As a VIP stylist at Nordstrom, Sandy 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.