Payton Reed

Back to the Basics

Payton Reed
Back to the Basics

My outfit: Shoes / jeans / tank / teesunglasses / bag

Cardigans, tanks and tees...oh my! If it is neutral and comfy, count me in! I find myself reaching for certain basic pieces in my closet almost every day. I have a few well-loved items that can quickly transition into tons of different outfits, no matter the season. I am traveling today, so comfort is key. It's days like this that I throw on a basic piece and GO. If you are a get-up-and-go gal like me, here are some basics that you MUST have in your closet.

Old Navy Boyfriend Tee I have this in 4-5 colors, some short sleeve and some long sleeve. For $10 you really can't pass it up.

Wilt Tank Top It is very rare that I post pricey pieces on my blog, so if I do, you know it has got to be good! I wear this Wilt tank under blazers at work, with denim shorts in the summer and with jeans and a denim jacket in the fall. It is so versatile and has lasted me 3 years! The quality is undeniable and the fit/hem adds a classy touch to a basic tank. It is on sale right now so you should snag it and I PROMISE you won't regret it. 

Madewell Tee I don't personally have this one but it is on my list! A classic v-neck has endless options and I think that a black or white one is a must for your closet! $20 ayyy.

Open Front Cardigan This is another Madewell piece that will be in style for years. It is also on SALE. This baby will take you from work to play in minutes.

Heather Asymmetrical V Neck Tank Just look at this for yourself. It needs no description. AND IT'S ON MAJOR SALE!

Black Lululemon Leggings I am not one to jump on the Lululemon train for every piece of workout wear that I own, BUT their leggings are worth the investment. If you have one pair of versatile black leggings, you will wear them everywhere. I recommend the Wonder Under (in high-rise) fabric by Lulu because it sucks it alllll in. ;)

A comfortable, stylish sneaker is a must for casual days. Here are a few fun options:

J Slides Star Sneaker

Quilted Steve Madden

Marc Fisher Dexie Sneaker

I saved the best for last. A good, genuine leather bag will absolutely never go out of style. The bag that I am carrying in my picture is one that I gifted myself as a going away present when I moved from Nashville. The flagship store ABLE (formerly known as Fashionable) is in Nashville, so I thought it was fitting. This bag can be carried as a cross body or over the shoulder. I have never loved a tote so much. It comes in tons of colors and is the most beautiful leather EVER.

Did I mention that ABLE is an empowering organization that pulls women out of poverty by providing jobs to help them overcome extreme adversity? Talk about a bag that can do both ;) 

The Abera Crossbody Tote needs to be in your closet, TRUST ME ON THIS ONE.

All of these pieces can be worn together, interchanged, dressed up and dressed down. I am not a math person (to put it lightly) but I do know that if you invest in a few good basics, your wardrobe will grow exponentially.