Do you know about Madewell? It’s recently become one of my go-to places for basics with a slightly trendy bent, and I’m consistently impressed with their price point and quality. I wanted to show you that even though you might think the brand skews young, there’s plenty of hidden gems for us age-defying women. With a rich catalogue of elevated basics and fun seasonal pieces, you can find everything you need in one place.
I’m all about dressing from the bottom up these days, so I started with shoes. I need comfortable, cute, and versatile. Think a cute pair of Birkenstocks, a perfect pair of espadrilles, or chic leather sandals. From there it was on to basics that avoid being boring, but still work with a bunch of stuff. Rainbow stripes on a cute pair of jeans? Sounds perfect. I tossed in a pair of white jeans, because what else would I wear to kick off the summer?
For the top half of my outfits, I stuck to the basics. White t-shirts, flowy blouses with interesting design details, and of course a cream colored, goes-with-anything sweater. For a big going out look, I grabbed their bright yellow, floral wrap dress. And in the spirit of packing efficiently, it works with any of my outer layers!
Don’t forget accessories! A hat that’s equally packable and cute? Check. A canvas tote has space for everything I need to carry, and anything I might buy when I’m out. Check out all the different looks we put together below, and then make sure to shop for yourself.
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