I'm a VIP Nordstrom Stylist—If I'm "Fixing" a Closet, I Add These 8 Items

As a VIP stylist at NordstromSandy Koszarek spends the better part of her days helping clients explore their personal style by testing new trends and items. If a particular client comes in and wants a complete overhaul (i.e., wants to “fix” and upgrade their closet), she typically suggests a few key pieces first to help lay the foundation of a well-balanced wardrobe. The items in question fall in that “elevated basics” category, so they’re chic and extremely versatile.

Below, you’ll find the eight items Koszarek will often recommend to take a wardrobe to the next level. You’ll notice everything from a top-notch denim silhouette to a shirting style that’s classic but also trend-forward.

Keep scrolling for more, including visual inspiration from Koszarek and shopping recommendations.

“Adding a loosely tailored blazer to your wardrobe is a smart choice. This piece instantly pulls every look together and is a classic year-round staple.”

“Current, on-trend denim is key to an updated wardrobe. I recommend adding flare, wide, or straight-leg jeans. All are versatile and easy to style. Pair them with heels and sneakers.”

“I suggest my clients update their button-down blouses to include an oversize style, a fresh take on a classic piece.”

“I recommend a slip dress as a versatile piece to dress up or down. Pair with a relaxed blazer and trendy sandals or a denim jacket and sneakers.”

“An easy way to update your wardrobe is by adding new shoes. I suggest adding pretty sandals and chunky slides. Plus, bold colors are trending, so try adding colorful shoes that are fun and make you smile.”

“The classic trench coat deserves a spot in the updated wardrobe. Always trending, it’s a coat you will reach for often.”

“Sneakers are go-to shoes for many of my clients. I always suggest they refresh their sneakers with a new classic white or retro style to wear with jeans, trousers, or dresses.”

“A denim jacket is a must-have in creating casual looks—layer over a dress, wear with trousers, or wear with denim for a Canadian-tuxedo look.”

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