The Only 6 Things Every Girl Needs in Her Closet

the only 6 things every girl needs in her closet. create a time capsule wardrobe with these essentials

If you follow me on snapchat (cristina.snaps) then you’ve seen how tiny my collection of clothes is.

I simply do not spend a lot of money on clothes. I buy staples that I can wear loads of different ways and invest my money in other things that I value more such as trips, gifts for loved ones, resources for my blog (i.e. webinars, conferences, e-books), and oh yeah….tacos.

I don’t consider my wardrobe to be lacking, and I’ve never had any “Lizzie-McGuire vs. Kate Sanders outfit repeater” moments.

I know that with the warmer days of sunshine and cookouts ahead of us, we’re inclined to break out our wallets and hit “add to cart” on every sale we see. That’s fine! In fact, I totally support it! (Be my friend so I can shop your closet…haha!) However, we need to be smart shoppers. If you’re going to buy, buy one of these staple items that will last you FOREVA and will be easy to dress up and down.

Chambray shirt

I talk about my chambray shirt that I’ve had for 4+ years like it’s my soul mate. I mean it really was love at first sight and we truly are inseperable. I dub it my best purchase to date – especially since I scored it at Forever 21 for under $25. (I’m guessing….all the hairspray I used back in 2012 is clouding my memory!) Just head on over to my Instagram account (@cristina96x) and count how many times you see it!

Your dream denim

I have one pair of jeans. One. (I don’t know if this breaks some unspoken girl code, but if so, have pity on my penny pincher soul!) Now, I’m not saying you should only have one, but I do think you need one every day pair of jeans. Get the boyfriend pair and the distressed one that makes you look like Vanessa Hudgens, but find your dream denim that goes with everything. I’ve been repurchasing the high-rise jeggings from American Eagle longer than T Swift’s been a pop singer.

In-between jacket

I’m from Houston, so the weather is always iffy. My best blog pal, Rachel, is planning a trip to visit me and she recently asked me when the weather would be about 80 degrees. My reply? “Oh…December. April. Maybe October.” Houston weather is crazy, ya’ll. A lightweight jacket that goes with everything is a must no matter how crazy the weather is where you live!

Flirty skirt



pictures by Katrina Mai (instagram: @katriinamai)


When it comes to spring style, I’m a skirt over a dress person. I’ll get more wear out of a skirt since I can pair it with so many different tops and accessories. (But don’t get me wrong, I love a good dress for those warmer months.) I got this skirt at Francesca’s to go to my conference in. I think it’ll be a great option for confirmation/first communion season, summer dinner dates, 4th of July backyard parties, and more!

Lightweight sweater

I love thicker long sleeve tops because again – Houston weather is crazy. (And Fayetteville’s can be a little iffy, too!) I have several and I typically shop them from my favorite girl-on-a-budget stores such as Forever 21, Old Navy (my love, my life), and H&M. Incidentally, my favorite ones this year were in the Pantone colors. They work for most seasons, so I get a lot of wear out of them by dressing them up and down and layering them!

Something trendy

I think every girl needs that out-of-her-comfort-zone piece. Just don’t go too far out of your comfort zone because you do want to wear this a lot and get your money’s worth! Over spring break I tried on this jean dress at H&M and had a 5 minute staring contest with myself in the dressing room mirror to decide if it was “too trendy” for me. Considering I could think of how to make it work for 3 seasons (sandals and bright accessories in the summer….tights and booties in the fall and maybe part of winter) I took it home with me! It’s my new favorite piece!

What is a must-have for your closet? Search the hashtag #CWHcloset on Instagram to see what’s in mine!