Today continues our Essential 20 series. Yesterday I featured the schoolboy blazerthe field coatthe peacoat and the structured bag. Today we are looking at the fur vestthe silk blousethe plaid shirt and the neutral clutch. 

I love a fur vest because it works in a variety of climates and can be worn throughout the season. In early fall wear it over a silk blouse and as temperatures drop layer it over a plaid shirt. When winter really hits pile it on over a comfy sweater. It's super chic and a great investment piece. If you don't like real fur there are amazing faux options out there. 

The silk blouse is such a classic item. You can wear it year round and it instantly upgrades even the most basic of outfits. Think about this: jeans, ballet flats and a t-shirt vs. jeans, ballet flats and a silk blouse. The blouse is just as easy to put on, but it looks that much more put together. I love Joie for real silk, but Banana Republic makes a nice faux-silk. 

The plaid shirt. What can I really say other than it is a true classic? Think about the seventies, eighties, nineties...every decade has had some iteration of this All-American staple. And while it adds the perfect amount of menswear to your outfit, I recommend keeping it tailored to avoid looking too 90s Seattle grunge. I personally love it paired with a super feminine skirt, but it also works well as an everyday staple with jeans and boots

You can't go wrong with a neutral clutch (and yes, animal print is a neutral) because it works regardless of what color you're wearing. I particularly love the juxtaposition of the rugged fabric on such a feminine bag here. Go for something small or elegantly oversized to get that cool-girl glam feel. 

Happy shopping!