It’s the first month of a new year. We have a new president, we are brushing the surface of our resolutions and we are trying to change our lives. I did a video years ago talking about my wardrobe staples and things that I think every woman should have at the base of their style closet. I have decided to share a refresher post and give an updated post sharing the same principles.
The classic white button front shirt has been a part of American style for as long as we can remember. Whether you are a man or woman you need to have at least one of these in your wardrobe. The style possibilities are endless but the white shirt is traditional and should be kept in good condition.
Another classic is a pair of denim jeans. You can keep it clean or go distressed. The shade of denim is different for everyone based on their own personal style and body type. If you are curvy you might like darker shades of denim which can be more slimming. If you are slimmer or have a more athletic build the lighter shades may help your curves appear larger.
If you haven’t noticed by now your wardrobe staples are things that are simple, clean, timeless and can be worn several different ways. The black blazer is used for business meetings, job interviews, or with a t-shirt and jeans on a date or brunch outing.
One can never have enough white t-shirts this is something that you really shouldn’t invest too much money in because they need to be changed and rotated often. I have always been partial to a good V neck. It literally goes with every pair of bottoms! This item is self explanatory and if you do not have this in your closet you should stop reading and go get one right now.
Everyone that lives in an area where the temperature changes like it does here in New York needs a good coat. It can be a trench or a wool coat but this camel color looks good on everyone no matter what your skin tone. Make sure it fits well not too tight and not too big. Sleeve length again is based on personal style. If you are tall and the sleeves fall a little short then get a pair of gloves that close the gap. This trick gives the illusion that you are well put together.
If you are a style enthusiast you need one statement piece. This can be accessory but in fashion I like to get one article of clothing that is anything but basic. Animal print seems to be one of those things that will always withstand the test of time. It can be a blouse a skirt or a pair of heels but whatever it is make sure the quality is top of the line (you don’t want to look cheap).
Nude is the new black. I spoke to you guys about finding the perfect nude shoe for your skin tone. Let’s replace our simple black pump with a nude one instead. Contrary to popular belief, black does not go with everything! Finding a heel that blends away at your feet help to elongate your legs and if matched well will literally go with every outfit you put on.
Every girl needs a good pair of flats. I personally need a little lift because “flat-flats” hurt my feet when worn all day. Make sure they are interesting and have a special detail. A classic red pair or something with a buckle or both will make you not even miss the fact that they aren’t sky high heels.
If you are a commuting New Yorker you know the importance of a good pair of travel heels… more commonly known as sneakers. Make sure they are super light weight and nice to look at. They should give the feel of a travel sneaker and not look like someone stole your heels and this was all you had left in your closet. It helps to style it against your outerwear or have a funky print or pattern that is a conversation starter.
Last but certainly not least you need a simple time piece. This is something that you are going to wear every single day. It should not be to glamorous but not to basic. Find a metal band in your favorite shade. My favorite rose gold watch is always on my wrist. Save the precious diamonds and jewels for special occasions.
However you chose to pair your basic pieces is totally up to you! I will be sharing my favorite classic style combos tomorrow. But I would love to know in the comments if you have your own style staples. This is not meant to be interpreted as a laundry list of things you have to buy but instead an inspiration for you to find something that works for you. Until next time Happy Shopping!