As you all know from my Zoe Effect, I love anything and everything Rachel Zoe delivers to my inbox in her Zoe Report (and her Zoe Project on Bravo, and her affordable fashion line on QVC, and… the list goes on).

Rachel recently posted a special edition of the Zoe Report, “The Not-So Basic Guide” to 20 wardrobe essentials. Some of her basics were affordable, some… not so much. Instead of picking up the essentials she suggested, I decided to select my own, using her guide as just that, a “guide”, and I did it all for under $100. Lucky us to get advice from “the” pro. I hope to add each piece to my wardrobe over time. I got a head start by picking up the black lace blouse last week and a biker jacket for my Zoe Effect.

  1. Dark Denim Skinny Jeans – $39.32
  2. Gold Menswear Inspired Watch – $38.00
  3. Abstract Printed Floral Scarf – $14.49
  4. Black Sheer Detail Tee – $23.93
  5. Oversized Off-Shoulder Sweater – Victoria’s Secret $49.00
  6. Abstract Pleated Party Skirt – Forever 21 $19.80
  7. Black Wool Fedora Timeless Hat – Forever 21 $11.80
  8. Go-To Sunnies – Forever 21 $5.80
  9. Sorrelli Floral Cocktail Ring – $40.00
  10. Black Body Con Dress – $34.19
  11. OPI The Thrill of Brazil Red Nail Polish – $4.75
  12. Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket – Forever 21 $30.24
  13. Gold Standout Clutch – $20.00
  14. Ruffled Military Denim Jacket – Charlotte Russe $36.99
  15. Statement Making Leopard Flats – $16.99
  16. Dark Denim Trouser Jeans – $29.99
  17. Black Wide Leg Jersey Knit Pant – $34.19
  18. Black Lace Feminine Blouse – $40.00
  19. Open Toe Nude Platform Pumps – $59.95
  20. Black or Brown Oversized Satchel – $59.95


  1. Angie says:

    I love, love, love the floral scarf! As always, you have some really great ideas :)

  2. Taylor B. says:

    I really like that slouchy sweater! I sure could have used that this Winter.

  3. KimmyDarling says:

    Excellent list! I loved RZ’s list when it came out, but felt like the pieces were way too $pendy for my budget. This is exactly the post I didn’t even think to wish for. Thank you so much!

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