Fashion Wardrobe Essentials

Wardrobe Essentials: Being Casually Chic On A Budget

Similar blue shirt options / similar Old Navy jacket / Old Navy booties (exact & similar) / similar black skinny jeans / similar Marc Jacobs bag

I wore this casual outfit last Sunday for a trip downtown with our girls…the look from head-to-toe is made up of my basic wardrobe essentials. I’ve had so many compliments on this jacket and booties which makes me feel great because they were both steals.  I love telling people where I got them from and the most common reaction I tend to get is “reeaaally?” …yup really! You all know I’m a firm believer that you don’t have to break the bank to look good.  Being casually chic on a budget is easy these days with so many designer dupes and budget-friendly retailers, all you need is some of these wardrobe essentials that I’m featuring below.  I personally add on to my wardrobe with some new pieces each season to freshen things up, for example most of us already have a striped tee so picking up an affordable one with a new detail such as a lace-up neck is a simple way to stay on trend.  The jacket I’m wearing is sold out but Old Navy does have the exact style available in a different material (I linked to it above and below in the collage), the booties are still available in some sizes and they also have similar ones available that are just as cute.  This chambray ruffle-sleeve top was a new arrival but is already out of stock, I’ve always found that great pieces at Old Navy fly off the racks because they are affordable yet so chic.  I’ve learned my lesson many times over so now when I’m in the store or online I scoop up a piece before it’s gone.

I picked out the pieces below that can all be mixed and matched for multiple outfit options, everything is a neutral tone and nothing is over $45.

Basic wardrobe essentials for a casually chic look on a budget:

1. lightly distressed denim / 2. knit sweater / 3. slip-ons /4. ankle booties / 5. lace-up tee / 6. layered sweater / 7. black skinnies / 8. neutral scarf / 9. textured jacket / 10. peep-toe booties

Black skinnies (#7) and lightly distressed denim (#4) are a must for any wardrobe, the basic black denim obviously goes with anything and is great with oversized or layered sweaters.  A lightly distressed pair of jeans instantly updates your look and gives you that cool vibe.  Pair either of these with the white knit sweater (#2), layered sweater (#6) or striped lace-up tee (#5) and one of these ankle booties(#4 or 10) or super cute slip ons (#3) and you are good to go.  To finish off the look add the gray scarf (#8) with the textured jacket (#9-which is the exact style of the one I’m wearing) and voila a perfectly styled effortless look.  You are going to feel like a million bucks without having spent much and that my friends is how I stay casually chic on a budget.  Two of my fave stores for affordable and on trend fashion are H & M and of course Old Navy.

I’d love to know where you shop for steals?

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  • Reply Megan

    These are all the perfect wardrobe basic pieces. xo ~ Megan

    March 1, 2017 at 1:38 am
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Love these pieces!
    Xo, Elizabeth

    March 1, 2017 at 7:38 am
  • Reply Andrea Nine

    You’re so cute! Fantastic tips and nothing like great basic pieces! Have a wonderful Wednesday!

    March 1, 2017 at 8:43 am
  • Reply Jill

    This is such a cute look! I had that chambray top in my basket and then it sold out. I love all of your picks for basics and your tips on how to style them! Have a great day!

    Doused In Pink

    March 1, 2017 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge

    Love your chic look! That jacket is really special. I can see why people stop you. Thanks for all your suggestions here. Perfect basics!

    March 1, 2017 at 9:01 am
  • Reply Lauren

    These are great basics! I love those booties!

    By Lauren M

    March 1, 2017 at 9:08 am
  • Reply Blaire

    This would make the perfect spring capsule wardrobe. All of these pieces are so incredibly versatile, and you are right about Old Navy. They have really been killing it for the past several seasons. I love how you layered the windowpane print under that cute cardigan.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    March 1, 2017 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Yasmin

    Great wardrobe essentials, I agree that Old Navy is stepping up with their fashion, it’s totally modern and chic. Have a great Wednesday!


    March 1, 2017 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Lisa

    H&M is one of my favorite places to shop for basics – and I have found really good quality for a low price. I love your look. I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday.

    Daily Style Finds

    March 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Mary Murnane

    Love the simple style of this coat. Very chic.


    March 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Getyourprettyon

    Love these essentials. Thanks for sharing!

    March 1, 2017 at 1:38 pm
  • Reply Gina

    I really love that coat and can see why it gets compliments! I don’t need many coats where I live but I think next winter I’m going to update my options a bit. When I do need a winter coat I want it to add to the outfit, not just be a boring layer.

    March 1, 2017 at 2:44 pm
  • Reply Brooke

    My go-to for affordable styles are old navy and h&m too. I’m also always looking for a sale! Great picks, you’re a master of affordable fashion!

    pumps and push-ups

    March 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Shannon

    You look so chic! Obsessed with that coat!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

    March 1, 2017 at 8:23 pm
  • Reply MVAP Blog

    So chic baby! I like your street styleeee!
    Mónica Sors

    March 2, 2017 at 6:04 am
  • Reply Elise

    So casual and chic! Love your coat!

    xx, Elise

    March 2, 2017 at 10:31 am
  • Reply Amy Arnold

    Love this list of wardrobe essentials. I could not agree more. You look great!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    March 2, 2017 at 11:43 am
  • Reply Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I am just in love with that coat. I really do like the deals and prices that ON has… you really can’t beat it. That chambray top is really cute, too and different from all the chambray tops I have in my closet.


    March 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm
  • Reply Mani

    I loved the slip-Ons you added on the suggestion!


    Mani Piñeiro
    Snap: @manipineiro

    March 3, 2017 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    I love it too when I get compliments on steal items and you look indeed fabulous, Marta! Love this cozy look! So chic and even better that they were both a steal! Love that!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love! LOVE YA!
    xoxo, Vanessa

    March 3, 2017 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    Old Navy is my fave! You’re absolutely right about them having affordable essentials. And they’re always so on trend, too. Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday!

    March 4, 2017 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Jacqueline

    Love this jacket! Perfect essentials!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    March 4, 2017 at 10:56 pm
  • Reply Elle sees

    Love it! The jacket is my fave–no wonder you get compliments on it all the time!!

    March 6, 2017 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Lisa Richardson

    You are so right. You don’t have to break the bank to look stylish and when I get a bargain I think I enjoy those pieces even more 🙂 You look adorable!

    March 7, 2017 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Laura

    You can’t go wrong with some wardrobe essentials! I love the texture of your coat! I can see why you get so many compliments on it!

    March 7, 2017 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Ruth

    Love this coat! Such a great piece to own and a fabulous neutral!

    March 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm
  • Reply jess jannenga

    Great look! I love the coat as well, isn’t is great when you can get a deal and feel good in it too?!
    thanks for linking
    jess xx

    March 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm
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