Closet Staples

Closet Staples

By Elizabeth Harris

Editor’s Note: I’m not feeling super fashionable these days, but one day we will be back to caring what we look like! Right?! Enjoy this picture my mom recently sent of me from 1993. Check me out in a jean jacket! So ahead of the fashion curve, as usual – haha.

Local fashion experts weigh in on items they think all women should have in their closets.


Blazer – Val in Vogue

According to Val in Vogue, every woman needs a good blazer in their wardrobe. It’s a piece that can be worn in a professional setting or can be dressed down by pairing it with a band tee and a pair of denim. To tie it all together, Val suggests some black pumps or loafers. Black, tan or plaid, no matter the color, a good blazer is a power piece that all should have.

Val sports one of her blazers.




Denim – Primp Boutique

High rise, dark wash, skinny jeans. All women need to own a pair of these, according to Primp Boutique manager, Robyn. Primp carries a variety of styles and washes by Hidden Denim. The beauty of a good pair of denim is that they can be worn with just about anything. T-shirt, sweater, hoodie, anything goes! They are an extremely versatile clothing item that should reside in everyone’s closets.

Scarf and Handbag – Kismet Consignment Fashion and Home Decor

Kismet owner, Penny, says all women need a scarf and crossbody handbag to complete their outfits. These items offer “function and flare.” A t-shirt and jeans can easily be dressed up by adding a scarf. Kismet’s inventory is always changing. A variety of handbags, scarves and other accessories are always available.

Ponte and Paper Bag Waist Pants – Samantha Erickson @theeverydaymae

Leggings are not the only comfy pants out there. Personal stylist and local blogger, Samantha, also known as @theeverydaymae says that it’s necessary to give ponte and paper bag waist pants a try. Ponte pants are similar to leggings but are made of thicker material and come in fitted and flared options. Paper bag waist (very high waist line that sits just below the belly button – see Samantha’s look, left) might look intimidating, but it is actually quite flattering and also has a comfortable loose fit that is appealing to most women. We all want to be comfortable, but style and professionalism don’t always have to be sacrificed for comfort.

Jean Jacket – On Track Boutique

The perfect jean jacket can be found at On Track Boutique. Cropped and slightly distressed, it is flattering on everyone. Contrary to what many people think, jean jackets can in fact be worn with other denim. The best way to do that is by pairing it with a different wash. But jean jackets are also the perfect addition to sun dresses, rompers and more. Possibly the best thing about them is that they can be worn throughout all seasons, which makes them versatile in just about every way possible.


Elizabeth Harris is a Rochester, MN local. She likes to stay busy by working as a Community Engagement Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association, teaching dance classes, and coordinating weddings for couples across Minnesota.