Styling the Closet Staples

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Happy Monday! Today’s outfit post is all about the closet staples and how to style them for last minute events. Yesterday, I went to Austin to see what SXSW events we could get into. I originally wanted to check out an Urban Outfitters panel but changed it the night before to a Create & Cultivate panel followed by a visit to the Los Pollos Hermanos pop up restaurant. Because going to Austin was somewhat unplanned, I hadn’t thought of my outfit. So, what do you do when you’re heading somewhere last minute and don’t know what to wear?

Stick with the closet staples.

I previously shared how to look put together, and yesterday I followed 3 of those tips to ultimately create this look in no time. I knew I would end up taking pictures (because hello, it’s SXSW), so I wanted to wear a photogenic outfit. In addition to that, I kept the venue in mind. Austin is very chill with their sense of fashion so I usually keep it casual when visiting the city. The last factor in picking the outfit was the weather. Out of nowhere, the temperature dropped for literally just the day so I wanted to make sure I was warm.

With all that in mind, I decided to stick with the basics. You really can’t go wrong with a striped tee, denim, and leather. I added a flannel because my striped tee happens to be a tank, which isn’t appropriate for colder weather. If it warmed up a little throughout the day (it didn’t), I wanted the ability to take off my leather jacket yet maintain coverage.
As far as the makeup, I popped on my ‘Heathers‘ liquid lipstick from Anastasia Beverly Hills to top off the “put together” look. A red lip instantly boosts your overall outfit and makeup selection–it’s fail-proof. Although it was colder than expected, I really enjoyed myself at SXSW. Next year, I’d like to get more involved and attend events throughout the week, but we’ll see how that goes!

What closet staples do you reach for when you’re in a pinch?

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