Over the years, I've learned a few closet tricks that can really help you amp up your wardrobe. When I was in high school I would buy as many items as I could with the money I saved to spend on clothes. As time went on however, the cheaply made shoes broke or were uncomfortable, and the purses wore down quickly. When it comes to shoes and bags, quality over quantity is the key to a successful wardrobe. I loved shopping through carefully curated Style Room on They have so many beautiful designer purses and shoes. 

Black is such a classic color, so I opted to splurge on this black leather bag from Zappos. It's not near the splurge of a Celine bag, but it has the similar shape that I love for a fraction of the price. Its minimalist and is fantastic quality. I have a hard time splurgin on a smaller clutch, since I only use those on rare occasions. This bag is a great size that I can actually fit stuff in! With Zappos's free 2-day shipping I didnt't have to wait long to see it in person. If it had ended up being to small, a free return or exchange would be quick and painless.

These black pumps are just dreamy. Again, I opted for classic black. The gold accent along the bottom of the toe and on the sole of the shoe are my favorite details. Its the perfect height (around 4", so elongating on the leg but not too tall to walk in, and they are comfortable!

These two closet staples will last me years and will get so much wear out of them! With a nice bag and a quality pair of shoes, you can afford to throw on an inexpensive top and still have a killer look!

*Photography by Kendra Maarse Photography. In collaboration with Zappos.

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