My theory: anything flattering and multi-purpose, meaning you can wear on a variety of occasions.
  1. Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans in black
    Affordable (under $100), flattering on everyone, high enough to guarantee no muffin top, ever. Sexiest worn cropped just above the ankle, and paired with heels.
  2. Commando Matte Opaque Tights
    These super dark tights are the Hanky Pankys of tights: the waistband never, ever, ever digs into your sides or stomach, ever.
  3. Sophia Webster Lola Pumps
    As mentioned in another one of my lists, there are a relatively reasonably priced pointy-toe heel, always available in an of-the-moment color or print. A 80mm heel means you can wear them for ages/walk miles.
  4. J. Crew Wool Tippi Sweater
    I have like 9 million of these, in so many colors. It's thin, but sturdy, has flattering, three-quarter length sleeves, and is the perfect work sweater. (Especially Hitchcock heroines are your style icons = me.)
  5. American Apparel Tri-Blend Tanks
    Ideal for working out, dates, and wearing to bed, these casual tanks are my weekend/off-duty mainstay. Best in Athletic gray, IMHO, or charcoal gray.
  6. ASOS Bardot Midi Skater Dress
    Available in many styles, materials, and fabrics, this is my go-to weekend/casual dress. It's off the shoulder (which is faltering on everyone), has a sort of built-in double later top (no bra, suckers!), is machine washable, and has a flattering full skirt. Oh, and it's usually about $50.
  7. The Row T-Shirts
    Are they crazy expensive? YASS. Do they make everything look better? Also YASS. I have sale alerts on them, always, and try to own as many as possible. I have never regretted it.