Fashion Fundamentals - Blog

Style advice. Style tips. Style session. Wardrobe goals. Basics for putting together a wardrobe you love and look good in. Insight from working with clients at Nordstrom by appointment. Over 20 years of professional styling experience. How to curate your closet with pieces you love and look good in. Get confidence in ageless style and a closet that makes it easy to #getdressed. The fundamentals to a fabulous wardrobe. Personal stylist. How to style. Style advice. Style goals. How to. Wardrobe planning. What looks best on my body. Find your style. What looks best on you. What jeans for your body. Which jeans look best. Wardrobe update. Ways to wear. Why things work.

Fashion Fundamentals
Resort Casual Capsule Wardrobe | 10 pieces that say I'm going somewhere

Resort Casual Capsule Wardrobe | 10 pieces that say I’m going somewhere

This resort casual capsule wardrobe only takes 10 pieces to say I’m going somewhere. Use this capsule whenever you pack for paradise or to get excited about sunny weather. Now that’s a trip!


1. Palazzo Pant

Palazzo pants are the perfect pants to wear when it’s warm. All the styles I chose are made with fabrics that don’t easily wrinkle and work on a plane, pool, or party! The elastic waist makes them super comfy. Pick a print to inspire the color story for your capsule or a versatile neutral.

The Perfect Palazzo

If you left your packing until the last minute & don’t have time for alterations you can snag a pair of perfectly cropped palazzo pants from Change of Scenery. This high-rise drawstring style looks good with heels and a crop top too.

These printed polyester pants by Darrablu sold at Nordstrom are virtually wrinkle-free and run long. They have a 31″ inseam.

2. Swimsuit-Bodysuit

Most of us don’t look forward to swimsuit shopping, so when you have take time to shop for a style with staying power. I usually recommend a printed swimsuit, but for this capsule, I’m suggesting a solid that you can also style like a bodysuit. Having pieces that do double duty, even a swimsuit, will give you the most resort casual outfits.

Change of Scenery Swim – Small Brand Spotlight

All of these styles do #doubleduty as a bodysuit. I did a try-on of these 3 styles HERE on Instagram.

More versatile colors and styles from Nordstrom.

3. Cropped Cardigan

A cardigan has made it into more than one of my capsule wardrobes. My Modern Classic Capsule included a long coatagain style and my International Travel Wardrobe Planner included one too.

Jen’s Print Picks

Solid Cardigans for Days

4. White Dress

When it’s warm, a white dress is just as versatile as a little black one. Choose a loose style that you can toss over your swimsuit or wear with structural sandals to dinner at alfresco. A white dress is the most versatile resort casual outfit canvas and can be styled so many different ways.

Little White Dress

Favorites From Free People

5. Ribbed White Tank

A ribbed white tank is one of my new wardrobe checklist staples and a closet essential I always pack. The most flattering styles have square or halter necklines. Wear one solo when it’s hot or as an extra layer on the airplane when it’s cold.


6. Convertible Top

This top from my recent small brand spotlight has been so popular. My taller and much bustier friend made it Instagram Famous. WATCH. This fabric is ideal for travel and makes this top versatile enough to wear 6 ways: cowl neck, one-shoulder, off the shoulders, halter, short strapless, or long strapless with an empire waist.

The Anywhere Top Under $100

7. Distressed Jeans

Hopefully, by now you’ve taken my jean quiz and found the best styles for your body type. Get a distressed pair for that laid-back beachy vibe. If you’re not a fan of purpose rips consider trying a light wash with a raw hem.

Mother Insider

Levis Under $150

Straight Leg Styles We Love

Fidelity, Frame, and Paige

8. Shorts Set

The long and short of it is that a matching set of any kind makes a great travel essential. Together the pieces look pulled together and require no brain damage to assemble. My favorite sets include a hoodie. I love wearing hoodies as an in-between or last layer. Shorts sets make great coverups.

Amazon Under $50

Available in Plus Size Too


Gauzy Sets

Love the details

Luxe Sets from Saks

9. Sculptural Heels

Standout heels are making a fashion statement this season and are one of the hottest accessory trends this year. VINCE makes a few. The Nordstrom 6 chose a VINCE sandal as one of our six February Drop. These stylish sandals are comfortable too. A low or mid-heel is the most versatile in this capsule. It will be dressy enough out to dinner with your white dress but casual enough to wear with the distressed jeans.

From Saks & Nordstrom

The Look for Less

I found the look for less. These clear-heel sandals under $100 are so comfortable I’m going to order them in another color. Get more high-low swap-out suggestions for this capsule HERE.


10. Woven Bag

Woven bags are pretty and practical. They add personality and style to a simple outfit like a little white dress, or distressed jeans and a white tank. I love a classic raffia tote. This year I’m adding a colorful plastic version for a pop of color. I found great options from designer brands to Amazon finds under $60!

Classic Straw Totes

Colorful Totes


Don’t worry I won’t leave you hanging. Once you’ve picked your 10 pieces continue to this post to download the 23-page lookbook with all of the capsule wardrobe outfit combinations.


Flattering White Dresses | How To Style a White Dress

When you know how to style a white dress it can be just as flattering and versatile as a classic little black one.

Pattern Dresses | The Trick To Picking a Popular Print That Suits Your Personal Style

Pattern dresses are rapidly getting added to shopping bags online. The trick is picking a popular print that suits your personal style.

Stylists Swear by these 6 Pieces for Spring that are New at Nordstrom | N6 March Drop

As professional personal stylists, we swear by these 6 things that are new at Nordstrom and you need now for spring.

Subscribe & Get Jen's New Wardrobe Checklist and Shopping Links

A capsule wardrobe in itself, this definitive list will be the backbone of your closet.

Unsubscribe anytime you want.