lady’s list

every girl needs the key pieces.

a friend once asked me before she moved to D.C. to give her a list of must-have articles of clothing for city living. unfortunately, here it is. belatedly.


1. dark wash denim

every girl need a pair of go-to, dark wash jeans. instantly slimming. option to dress them up.  pair with a white v-neck & flats during the day. and then throw on a boyfriend blazer & ankle booties for a seamless switch to a night look.

i prefer skinny jeans. but i also love my high-waisted, trouser jeans (TopShop).

Adriano Goldschmied Jeans

AG Adriano Goldschmied $168


2. structured blazer

a blazer can transform an outfit from day to night or casual to work.

it can go over dresses, blouses, t-shirts and pretty much everything else. its an investment that can go to a party or to work. great paired with long or many necklaces. so go ahead and splurge on this one!

Helmut Blazer

HELMUT Flash Drape Blazer $460


3. black pumps and/or black ankle boots

every girl needs a pair of black heels. for cooler weather, i switch to ankle boots. perfect for dresses, skinny jeans, great with tights!

(note: i can’t wait ’til fall!)

Frye Black Booties

Frye Black Bootie $262 (sale)


4. ballet flats

now this is where i get serious. i don’t mess around with my flats. they must be comfy. they must be very flat. they must be awesome.

J Crew Leopard Flats

J. Crew Calf Hair Flats $258


5. cross-body bag

there’s nothing worse than a sore shoulder after a day of lugging around a shoulder bag. or your bag swinging down when you bend down to… tie your shoe.

this particular bag can has removable straps and can be used as a clutch . i also love a great leather or canvas bag. not to mention…. it cuts down purse clutter!

Marc by Marc Jacobs Messanger Bag at, $160

Madewell Lovelock Bag


Madewell Lovelock Minibag $128


6. versatile blouse

i generally choose soft, neutral blouses because they can work with so many things. tucked in. left out. with skirts. with jeans. it’s really a piece that never goes dusty in the closet.

Zara Silk Blouse

Zara Jacquard Blouse $60


7. sheath dress

this piece is just so flattering, easy and elegant. it can go from work to dinner easily. classy, sexy, slimming.

Michael Kors wool sheath dress


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