One of the most important lessons I’ve learned when it comes to building a stylish wardrobe each year is to focus on the basics. Picking out some simple, neutral-colored clothing then building your wardrobe up from there can save you a lot of stress and time when you want to put together that perfect ensemble, and it will give you a foundation to work with when you’re trying the latest trends and playing with different accessories. Another benefit of having these basics on hand each season is the cost savings. Instead of buying a new pair of jeans, dresses or blouses to keep up with the latest trends, you can layer and accessorize each piece to create a fresh new look and stay stylish.
When shopping for new clothes, I focus on collecting practical, timeless and classic pieces that can complement a variety of styles and colors. Whether you want to splurge on designer labels or you’re preparing for a budget-friendly shopping spree this season, use some of these tips to build a basics wardrobe on any budget:
Invest in the Perfect Little Black Dress
The Little Black Dress (LBD) is a must-have item in any season, so take the time to find one that flatters your figure and one that makes you feel confident and comfortable. You can accessorize this basic dress with a scarf, jewelry, a shrug, a wrap, or even pair it with some colorful tights and platforms for a fun and playful look.
Sport Dark Denim Jeans for a Sophisticated Look
Almost-black and dark blue jeans are another must-have for your wardrobe, a casual but classy pair of bottoms that can add a sophisticated touch to any outfit. Dark denim is great for semi-casual events and social gatherings where a dress would be overkill. Wear these with a pressed white shirt, a trendy blouse or a fitted sweater for a simple but elegant look.
Wear the Classic White Shirt Year Round
You can wear a classic white shirt in so many ways, so make sure you choose one that accentuates your curves and minimizes your less-than-flattering areas. Go with a fitted shirt if you have a long torso, and a looser, “boyfriend” shirt if want to hide a tummy. You can wear this shirt with the sleeves rolled up during the warmer months, and layer it with sweaters and jackets during the colder months. It’s a super-versatile basic that doesn’t cost a fortune.
Go All Business or Playful in a Pencil Skirt
A plain black or grey pencil skirt can flatter almost any figure and will coordinates well with different styles of sweaters, blouses, a vest and blazers. You can easily dress this piece up or down with the right accessories and a pair of heels. Pencil skirts are versatile enough to wear to after-work get togethers and other social events that demand semi-formal attire. Wear these with a pair of dark-colored tights during the winter season, and tan or nude hosiery in the warmer months.
Balance the Outfit with a Military or Classic Jacket
Jackets, blazers and trench coats are another essential for your basics wardrobe. They’re not only practical pieces that keep you warm on those chilly days, but can also balance out an ultra-feminine outfit. Whether you’re sporting ruffles this season or showing off those legs in a short dress, balance the outfit with a military-style jacket, trench coat or a fitted jacket that accentuates your figure and creates a streamlined look.
No matter what budget you’re working with, you can rely on items such as a pair of black pants, a little black dress or a simple sweater to coordinate the perfect out for any occasion. Use these tips and strategies to build a basics wardrobe you can count on season after season!
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