Wardrobe Basics. Essential Items and Tips
Most women want to make the most of their wardrobe and be able to throw on a quick outfit and still look good. Having the basics is essential. It’s important to shop smart, buy the simple basics and maybe spend a little more on tailored pieces where the cut really does matter. When you do this, it’s hard to go wrong with any outfit you put together with the basic items as your foundation.
The first item on the list is of course Jeans, everyone’s favorite go to item and a must have. The below jeans are the Rock Stars that you should own:
Straight Leg Jean- Classic and versatile. They look great with heels.
Trouser or wide leg- Trousers look good on everyone. This is the dressier jean in the denim family. It substitutes as a pant, so you can wear them to the office. Go for darker denim for a dressier look. They look best with heels to elongate the legs.
The Skinny- they are great for a night out and can show off a great pair of shoes. They are the best pants to wear with boots.
Boot Cut- These are flattering, comfy and sexy and can be dressed up or down. Make sure the length is long enough.
Little Black Dress
LBD’s, the little black dress is always safe and looks good on anyone. Plus, they are versatile. Everyone needs the perfect LBD. A simple black pencil dress is one of the most useful things you can own because you can dress it up in so many different ways.
Embellishments- The key is to stay away from over embellishments, they can look too dressy or sometimes they look cheap
Skin or Shape- Follow the simple rule; Show skin or shape, never both.
Shine- Shine or sparkle glams up an LBD, but be careful because shine can make you appear larger, so feature them on places you want to enhance.
A skirt can be a disaster if the fit is wrong for your shape. Tapered skirts that sit on, or above the knee look well on most body types and long skirts that lay between your knees and ankles tend to be a bit tricky because they often look un-proportioned and boxy. A good rule of thumb to consider is the hemline should always be around the knee, either right above or just below. The pencil skirt is a shape that is going to always flatter a woman. It doesn’t add volume and gives an hourglass shape. It’s a timeless shape and it’s been around for the last 50 years.
Curvy- A-Lines and easy wrap skirts work well. You want fabrics that are soft and fluid enough to float over the curves.
Petite- Try tapered straight skirts or subtle A-lines. Make sure the length is just above the knee, not below the knee.
Bottom-Heavy- Try a moderate A-line, easy wrap, softly draped and tapered knee-length styles. Shy away from deep pleats or heavy pockets.
A classic. You can’t go wrong with a perfectly tailored white shirt. White shirts are great dressed up or down. It’s a great office shirt worn with trousers and a skirt or casually worn with jeans and flats.
Cut- You always want it perfectly tailored, not too loose or boxy.
Front- Watch for pulling across the chest, gaps between the buttons, and rising at the front hem.
Darts- Vertical darts below the bust line help give shirts a fitted look. Horizontal darts to the side of the bust accentuate the curves.
Sleeves- These should be wide enough so you can extend your arms and move freely without disturbing the fit of the body shirt.
A nice silk camisole, spaghetti strap or sleeveless top can be dressed up or down and is a great choice for the evening as well, it pairs with any type of skirt or pant, even jeans. A great easy look is pairing a nice silk camisole with dark boot cut jeans and high heels. You can wear this out almost anywhere. Plus, you can easily wear a nice cardigan if it’s chilly.
Having the basics is a good place to start to get your perfect wardrobe started. When the basics are covered, you just need to “add” pieces to expand your wardrobe.