My focus for this year is to do more with less. I have wayyy too many clothes in my closet ( if my sister is reading this, she is nodding along in agreement and I’ll probably receive a text later saying she’ll be happy to take some off my hands!) I’m focusing on buying more pieces that I can wear for years. You know, those pieces that you can’t wait to pull out of the storage container when you unpack for a season? And it’s like, “why hello old friend! . THOSE pieces. In order for that to work, those pieces have to be:
2) Well made
and last but not least….
3) I have to really like them!
I know what you’re thinking:
“I’ve seen too many articles and posts about wardrobe basics!”
I agree with you. They always include a white button down, black pants, a cardigan, a trench coat, and a LBD (little black dress). BORRRR-ING. Yeah, this is not that post. Everything included in this post is something I actually wear over and over and over…..so I guess you could call it the new-and-improved wardrobe staples for the modern woman. That’s a mouthful! Maybe just Basics 2.0.
The Stripe Knit Top: Mine is about 3 years old but this is J. Crew Factory’s 2013 version. Mine looks almost exactly the same and I’ve worn it with everything—pencil skirts, jeans,shorts, dress pants, even over a dress once. Get one that’s stretchy, so you can layer it over blouses. I got navy/white stripes because I adore navy blue but black stripes works too. It’s classic, so it never goes out of style . I actually keep it in my closet year round since it’s ¾ length sleeves. It looks great with a statement necklace or a scarf.
An Anorak: Get a good mid-weight fabric and wear this jacket 9 months out of the year! The military details of this jacket lend a sharpness to anything you pair it with. It’s great for wearing with jeans, chinos, skirts, and dresses. Casual polish right here people!!
A Colorful Pair of Pants: I love red or hot pink. Pants will go from work-week to week-end without a hitch. These are instant “outfit makers” and brighten even the most dismal Monday morning. I like the ankle length pants, because I can wear them with flats or heels, depending on my mood. Colorful pants are “the new black”!
A Chambray button down: This one is from JCP. This too goes with just about anything–skirts, shorts, chinos, with leggings, as a swimsuit cover up, you name it. You can wear it alone or as a layer. Get one that fits you well. I wear mine at least once every week. Also a piece that stays in my closet year round.
Leopard print anything! Think about it—leopard print is composed of neutral colors (unless of course you go for a hot pink version!) so it works with most outfits. It brings instant cool to just about anything and can really pull an otherwise drab outfit together! Above is a scarf, but you could also do shoes or a bag!
Ta-Da! Basics 2.0! Have a fashionable week, y’all!