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One of the comments we regularly hear from clients is: “I wish I had done this a long time ago!”

People often contact us after years of wanting to dress and feel better, but not knowing how to go about it. If you’re in the position of needing to build a wardrobe from scratch (read: almost everything you own is outdated, doesn’t fit, doesn’t suit your lifestyle, is worn out), we are here to help!

Often, a major life transition is the catalyst to reach out and get help from an expert—whether it’s a promotion, starting a new job, or finally not being either pregnant or breastfeeding after so many years.

Everyone’s foundational wardrobe will look a bit different depending on one’s lifestyle, but there are some key pieces we end up recommending over and over again. These pieces are truly versatile, working for you in a bunch of different outfits, rather than one or two. (Because we see that too! You know, spending your entire budget on five pieces that are beautiful but impractical for regular wear. Those pieces have their place, but after you have foundational pieces.)


Here are a few of our go tos to get your started:

Uniqlo’s Cashmere Crew Neck Sweater

Available in a rainbow of colours, as well as the staple black, heather grey, charcoal and camel, at $99 (and $49 or less, on sale), the versatility and value of this sweater is hard to beat. Wear it casually, or dress it up with a blazer and jewellery. In Toronto, cashmere can easily be worn in three seasons.

Ann Taylor’s Ankle Pant in Modern (formerly Devin) Fit

Slim fit, hemmed at the ankle, with a slightly higher rise, this $100 pant is an updated work trouser for many women who have a closet full of 5-10 year wide-leg, floor-length pants. A staple at Ann Taylor, available in different fabrications and colours. For women who carry more weight in their bottom half, the Curvy (formerly Kate) Fit also works well.

Ann Taylor’s Camp Shirt

A fluid alternative to a button-up dress shirt, and a low-maintenance and cost-effective ($80) alternative to a flowy silk blouse. Easily paired with skirts, trousers, jeans and blazers.

Babaton Akira Blouse

Another fluid alternative to a button-up dress shirt, and a low-maintenance and cost-effective ($98) alternative to a flowy silk blouse that looks much more expensive than it is. Available in a variety of colours, including your necessary white, ivory and black.