Everyday Style || Favorite Basics Under $100 + The Best High Waisted Leggings. Ever.

I wish I could say this is my “off duty” look…. buuuuut, I pretty much wear some variation of this outfit several times a week. Whether it’s on a relaxing weekend, a day of traveling for a short getaway, or a day with little miss…. one of the basics is bound to find themselves in my wardrobe line-up, and yesterday wasn’t any different…. Monday’s tend to be a day of catching up and getting everything back in order from the weekend, so I tossed this outfit on and got stuff done….

My everyday basics typically include six pieces that I can mix and match with other items I own… and toss together to create something that looks pulled together (even if inside I’m a #hotmess). Nordstrom is always my go-to place for great quality basics at reasonable prices…. with each clothing piece I am wearing under $100. My basics can be worn year around by simply mixing them together with other everyday items I own. Which is basically the key to a great, cross season wardrobe. So, today, I’m sharing my everyday basics that I can’t live without.

1. Leggings: A good ol’ pair of stretchy pants will never steer you wrong. I promise. These are my all time favorite high waisted pair… lightweight, yet thick enough to hold everything right where it needs to be. They easily transition from workout to any aprés activity. I love leggings because you can toss on a cute tunic and suede jacket for a classier look… or toss them on with over the knee boots and a chunky, oversized sweater for the perfect rosé sipping get-up. A good pair will take you just about anywhere. I also love this motto option (which I own in olive and black) and these faux leather leggings.

2. Basic Tee: My holy grail when I’m in a pinch. When I’ve pulled out every single top in my dresser drawers in search of something to wear…. ninety percent of the time I reach for the basic tee. A classic layering option… it can be dressed down (as seen today) or up with some simple gold accessories, your favorite distressed jeans, and a pair of mules. One of my all times favorites is this choker option, since it’s a fun twist on a basic v-neck…. yet, I also own and love this v-neck (in white) and this lace up grommet tee (particularly fond of the black….).

3. Denim Jacket: My favorite alternative to the oversized cardigan is the distressed denim jacket. My favorite from last year was restocked, and I love wearing it in these transitional months in the cooler mornings and evenings, and tying it around my waist in the afternoons. I also love the embroidery on this one (which I bought during the sale). Distressing makes it a little less structured which I like for an everyday option, but, if you’re looking for one sans rips, my favorite is this lighter wash option (I sized up for a slightly looser fit).

4. Simple Kicks: And, I should probably add, comfortable. Most days, even on the weekends, I don’t sit down until the evening. So, whatever I’m wearing on my feet has to be cute and comfortable. For the transitional months, I wanted a slide that I could easily toss on… and when I found these, I was sold. I wore them all day yesterday with little miss and they were super comfortable and functional (they’re also a fraction of the price of this pair!). Two other favorites include these white kicks (which are like walking on clouds….) and this pink mesh pair (perfect to pair with a neutral outfit to add a little bit of color).

5. Hair Accessory: I use that term loosely, since what readily comes to mind is a scrunchy (no thank you). I’m either dealing with hair that’s one day past due a wash, so I use this dry shampoo to give it a little boost, or I toss on a cap, throw my hair in a loose pony, and call it a day.

6. Large Tote: Preferably one that can hold all of my stuff and little miss’…. and can easily be cleaned… since dirty hands are always finding their way into my bag. For that, I turn to this amazing black tote or this blush option. I use both regularly, and they are large enough to fit whatever your heart desires, while still having room left over.

(Outfit Details || Leggings | Top (comes in several colors) | Jacket | Slides | Hat | Sunglasses | Tote)

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