Wardrobe Closet Staples

“Style is expression, NOT consumption.” – Alex Evjen of AVE Styles

Earlier this week I had the privilege of modeling at a women’s ministry event and hanging out with Alex Evjen of AVE Styles.  Alex is a talented stylist in Phoenix who has worked with magazines (currently the fashion editor at Emma magazine and styled me for the shoot I modeled for here)  and branding companies for their campaigns and photoshoots, and works with modeling agencies in the Valley.  I adore her for many more reasons aside from her sweet personality and it was fun to let her rummage through my closet to ensure I had the closet staples.

My favorite message from Alex as she presented at her lab was, “Style is expression, NOT consumption.”  I love her philosophy and she told me earlier she didn’t want to promote consumerism, but instead encourage that having a few key pieces you could easily walk away with almost two weeks worth of wardrobe.

I wanted to share the basics that she selected from my closet that she mixed and matched that evening in addition of a few links to items in every budget – the expensive stuff I share because I loved the style but you can easily find a comparable like within your budget.  Alex and I do love bargains but we also agreed that some staples are absolutely worth the splurge for the closet longevity.

  1. Classic button down:  Sheer snap button top $19.80 at Forever 21
  2. Chambray button down: Pearl snap chambray button top, $24.80 at Forever 21
  3. Colored cardigan: Green button front stretch cardi, $25 at Old Navy 
  4. Colored blazer: Red Schoolboy Blazer in Linen, $175 at J.Crew
  5. Black blazer: Classic 2-button blazer, $98 at Gap
  6. Denim jacket: Nolita Indigo Jacket, $118 at J.Crew
  7. White cami: V-neck layering cami, on sale $7.50 at Old Navy
  8. Lightweight scarf: Tassel paisley scarf, $8.80 at Forever 21
  9. Black pants: Slim crop Pants, $49 at Gap
  10. Dark skinny jeans: Hudson Jeans ‘Collin’ Skinny Jeans in Eddy Wash, $189 at Nordstrom
  11. Simple dress: Sleeveless Racerback Maxi Dress, $22 at DrJays.com
  12. Black pencil skirt: High waisted pencil skirt with belt, $12.80 at Forever 21
  13. Gold belt: Patent Leather gold belt, on sale $19 at J.Crew 
  14. Statement necklace: Bubble Necklace, $150 at J.Crew
  15. Nude shoes: BCBGeneration Cielo pump, $89 at Piperlime.com
  16. Black shoes: Kitty by Joe’s, $69 at Piperlime.com
  17. Metallic wedges:  Marc by Marc Jacobs, $198 at Piperlime.com

Visit Alex’s AVE Styles website and see her original list here.  Alex is also available for a hourly fee of $40 to help you go through your closet, and decide what you need and gives you a list of what to buy.  She’ll even go shopping with you if you need help!

Diana Elizabeth likes the quote by fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, “Buy less, choose well.”

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.



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