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The 10 Fall Wardrobe Basics Every Woman Needs: Minimalist Advice from a Fashion Maximalist

R.M. Williams Adelaide Cuban Heel

If you have an interest in fashion, or work in publishing, or have ever read Sassy or Lucky magazines (R.I.P.), or visit the addictive blog I Want to Be Her!, you may already know who Andrea Linett is. For the rest of you, here’s a summary of her various achievements: She was once the beauty and fashion editor at Sassy (where she essentially discovered Chloe Sevigny) before becoming the founding creative director of Lucky. She wrote several fashion advice books (including The Cool Factor and I Want to Be Her!) and was formerly the creative director of eBay Fashion and, more recently, the VP global creative director at Michael Kors.

Andrea has worn many hats, but what she’s never been is a minimalist—particularly in the clothing department. “I have always loved the idea of the capsule wardrobe— there’s something so appealing about minimalism. But it’s just not me,” she says. “In fact, when I worked for Michael Kors, he looked at my tangle of necklaces and actually asked, ‘Have you ever been a minimalist?’ The answer was an emphatic no.”

Andrea Linett Portrait
Above: Andrea’s casual, hip weekend look, perfect for baby-wrangling and coffee-drinking. Find more snapshots from her life on her Instagram account.

“My closet is basically a mini movie wardrobe closet. I have every piece for every mood, and I like it that way. Biker jacket? Check! Classic camel coat? Check!” she continues. So why would a site devoted to organization and simplicity ask an avowed clothes-hoarding fashionista for advice? Because while she may have an outfit for literally every occasion, she understands that it’s the basics that are the workhorses. Here, Andrea shares her 10 must-have wardrobe picks:

1. White Button-Down

JCrew Oversized Button-Up in Cotton Poplin
Above: The Oversized Button-Up in Cotton Poplin is $69.50 at J.Crew.

2. Black Dress

Mango Wrapped Gown
Above: The Wrapped Gown is $79.99 at Mango.

3. Black Trousers

Theory Talbert Wide-Leg Pant
Above: The Talbert Wide-Leg Pant is $325 at Theory.

4. White Tee

Jolie Laide Roll and Tuck Tee
Above: The Roll & Tuck Tee from Andrea’s own t-shirts and bags line, JOLIE/laide, is $125 at I Want to Be Her!

5. Cashmere Sweater

Uniqlo Women Cashmere Crewneck Sweater
Above: The Women’s Cashmere Crewneck Sweater comes in a range of colors (shown is brown) for $79.90 at Uniqlo.

6. Blue Jeans

Everlane Authentic Stretch High-Rise Cigarette
Above: The Authentic Stretch High-Rise Cigarette Jean is $78 at Everlane.

7. Blazer

Mango Padded Shoulder Blazer
Above: The Padded Shoulder Blazer, shown in dark navy, is $99.99 at Mango.

8. Motorcycle Jacket

Madewell Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket
Above: The Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket is $498 at Madewell.

9. Wool Overcoat

Mango Double-Breasted Coat
Above: The Double-Breasted Coat, shown in green, is $169.99 at Mango.

10. Black Boots

R.M. Williams Adelaide Cuban Heel
Above: R.M. Williams’ Adelaide Cuban Heel is $495.

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