THE WHITE SHIRT
It’s clean, it’s crisp, it’s absolutely flawless. Not to mention it’s designer Carolina Herrera’s number one staple! (And if it’s good enough for Carolina, it’s totally good enough for us.) The white shirt pulls together any look instantly, whether you’re wearing jeans and sneakers or a pencil skirt and heels. Button it up and you’ll be the most fabulous person in the room! Try one like the Rachel Stretch Cotton Shirt from Ralph Lauren Black Label ($298 at ralphlauren.com) — it’s designed with a hint of stretch, so it hugs your curves just right.
No, they won’t make you look like an old lady. At least not the ones we’re talking about! Go for ones with height — at least three inches — and a pointy toe, so you’ll look super large and in charge. Now, you don’t have to spend a fortune on these. Everywhere from Payless to Manolo Blahnik sells them. So it’s up to you how much to spend … just make sure you can walk in them, stand in them, look pretty in them all day long! And definitely make sure they peek out ever so sexily from beneath your fave pair of jeans. Our pick — the Lush Patent Pump by KORS Michael Kors ($270 at shopbop.com), which graces the vamp of the foot really elegantly.
Why? Because this is just the most flattering kind of denim out there. Bootcut jeans look good on every figure, from petite to tall, from thin to curvy. No matter what your body type, there is a pair out there to suit you. And the brand that seems to have this style down pat? It’s totally 7 For All Mankind. We LIVE in our Bootcut in Hawaii jeans ($185 at 7forallmankind.com), which just make our legs look seriously long and lean and our butt look totally amazing!
A GREAT SATCHEL
What better way to carry your entire life around than in a fabulous bag? The perfect bag will pull together any look and make you look of-the-moment in no time. We believe in carrying a leather satchel — the straps stay on your shoulder while you’re running from class to brunch with your girlfriends, the shape is uber-chic and the offerings are massive! Try one like the Totally Turnlock Mini Quinn from Marc by Marc Jacobs ($398 at eluxury.com), which comes in a go-with-everything gunmetal hue.
THE CASHMERE CARDIGAN
Why? Because it’s just a little more grown-up than your favorite college zip-up hoodie. You can find one in every color under the sun … not to mention it’s cozy, warm and stylish all year long. Our pick this season? The Cashmere Classic Crewneck Cardigan in Heather Plum by J. Crew ($168 at jcrew.com). The of-the-moment purple hue is so royal in feel, and the Italian cashmere is super-soft.