By Mary Wheeler

Building your wardrobe up based on the current fashion trends is always fun to do but it’s those staple pieces in your closet that you want to spend a little extra on. Check your wardrobe for these essential pieces.
The Perfect Jeans

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True Religion, Westfarms Mall
500 Westfarms Mall
Farmington, CT 06032

No matter the style — skinny, boot cut, flair — you can’t beat a perfect pair of jeans. Whether worn at the office or out on a date, this classic trend is simple, rustic, and will never go out of style. And you can’t get much better in the jeans department then with True Religions for various body types, the Women’s Tara High Rise Legging Jeans ($238.00) available in a deep indigo hue, creates a long and lean silhouette. For an extra bit of rock-in-roll edge, the sexy side zippers update the classic shape. For those looking to go a bit more casual, check out the boyfriend and bootcut versions.

Added Bonus: The Westfarms Mall True Religion offers a complimentary fit session with a denim specialist; so you’ll never have to question the fit, length, or style.

Chunky Boots:

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Baker Shoes
1201 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460

Everyone needs a solid, structured boot in their wardrobe that can be paired perfectly with pants, dresses or skirts. It’s best to have two pairs: one in black and one in brown. Bakers Shoes has a great selection of flat, knee high, casual, dress and wedge boots; all reasonably priced for those bargain hunters. The Temper Riding Boot ($130.00) is polished and sophisticated with a great earthy strap design that gives the boot an added dimension. Available in three colors, this classic statement boot can be worn year-after-year. Those looking to go a bit dressier, check out the Rachel Boot ($69.95). Hitting just at the knee, these faux suede boots with ruffle accents and pointed toes are the ultimate bold statement piece.

Added Bonus: Can’t find it in the store? Bakers Shoes offers free shipping on all orders!

Crisp White Blouse:

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Jones New York, Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets
20-A Killingworth Turnpike
Clinton, CT 06413

Whether you have a job interview or looking to impress someone special, nothing says sophisticated better than a crisp, unfrilly white blouse. Jones of New York has a great selection of 100% cotton, non-iron blouses ranging from $64-$84. These blouses are the perfect addition to any wardrobe because they go great with slacks or jeans. Another great option that’s a bit more updated-the Georgette Blouse, ($69.00), a short-sleeved lined shirt with cute front pin tucks and 5 button front.

An Added Bonus:  Shoppers 50 years and older save 10% every Tuesday at the Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets.

Boyfriend Blazer:

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Urban Outfitters
43 Broadway
New Haven, CT

This updated and super feminine piece is anything from your actual boyfriend’s blazer and is universally flattering on many body types; hitting right below the waist. This Silence & Noise Boyfriend Blazer, $78.00, is available in various bold colors (think purple and red) as well as in more traditional colors like black and gray. With an open front and big front pockets, this jacket is modern and updated with a cool sophisticated touch.

An Added Bonus: Looking to buy more than just what’s in the store? Urban Outfitters offers free shipping on orders over $50.00.

What are staple items you have in your closet?

Mary Wheeler is a New York City publishing professional and freelance writer whose work has appeared in Redbook, Hamptons, Aspen Peak, Time Out New York,, and AOL’s Wheeler is a graduate of Lyndon State College where she majored in English and Journalism.