5 Wardrobe Essentials That Make Practical Pretty


The essential white tee
There’s no style a plain white T-shirt can’t work with. Wear a classic crewneck with jeans for a laid-back look, a skirt for something effortlessly cool—layer it up under knits in the winter, and pair it with cutoffs in the summer. We love this ultra-soft and sustainable organic cotton top by John Patrick.
Boy tee, available at Organicbyjohnpatrick.com for $80

The Perfect Pair of Go-To Jeans
Comfort doesn’t have to sacrifice style, which is why when we’re looking to rock a practical but pretty look, we skip the workout gear and go with pull-on legging jeans—our go-to pair from Levi’s®, to be exact. The shape-hugging Perfectly Slimming Pull On Legging offers a tummy-smoothing panel and skinny silhouette from waist to ankle for a sleek, refined look that’s both fashionable and functional. Dress them down for the daytime, and transfer them into evening with heels—this is one pair of pants you won’t be eager to pull off by midday.
Levi’s Perfectly Slimming Pull On Legging, available at Levi’s for $54

The slip-on sneaker
Cute and convenient, slip-on sneakers are hot right now. Sometimes we just get tired of heels, laces, zips, and ties—that’s fair enough, right? We can still look fabulously feminine, though. We love the luxe leather look of these pretty metallic ones by Vans.
Vans Metallic slip-on sneakers, available at Vans for $60

The style-with-anything sweater
Every girl needs a comfortable but chic cardigan (in a rich neutral like heather gray, camel, or black) that acts as her go-to when adding an extra layer to any look. It’s a practical way to cover up, and you can’t go wrong when styling with this classic piece either. This relaxed-fit cashmere cardigan by Equipment is a beautiful and versatile investment piece you won’t grow tired of.
Sullivan cardigan, available at Equipment for $318

The timeless shades
Style aside, sunglasses are a practical piece to have for simply protecting your eyes. Why not pick a pair that looks fabulous too? Aviator frames with polarized lenses bring together fashion and functionality, especially these classics by Carrera.
Carrera Polarized Flash Lens aviator sunglasses, available at Bloomingdale’s for $179