Hey Fashionable Friends!
Did you know that the "basic" pieces many influencers talk about are actually quite different from person to person? Our preferences depend on our lifestyle, and actually, some people need two "wardrobe" types in their closet, or even three, which is what makes it tough to put a wardrobe together until you understand what those shopping rules are for you! Thankfully right now is a wonderful time to choose your favorite way to put together your closet. As we have seen during these quarantines, those lines are blurring significantly.
Have you determined a basics "guide" for yourself? Some of my personal choices are:
-go with pants over a dress
-don't wear cropped pants and sleeves
-stick mainly to v-neck tops
-love horizontal but not vertical stripes
-just avoid the shoe/bag section at the beginning of the season
Before I chose to stick with these shopping guidelines, I ended up with too many beautiful dresses hanging in my closet, never to see the light of day.
A lot of this comes through trial and error. One awesome fast track to a successful closet is to pick a great silhouette for you, and consistently choose only items that match it. It's a great idea to start is to start a fashion inspiration "folder" either on Pinterest or on your computer! I've found so many photos even off of online shopping websites where they arrange the models in such pretty outfits. I just screenshot the image into my folder.
Another easy way I've recently discovered to find specific items is to use your explorer search bar. I discovered that if I type very specific keyword items I'm looking for, all the stores that are selling it pop up right below! You can click the right hand to keep browsing all the options, and often online stores that you prefer to shop at show up first. Here's an example of the results I got when I searched: dark brown oversize blazer on Google. Now that I know this, finding cute clothes has been too easy!
With the help of these tips and sticking to my shopping rules in the past few months, I've managed to find an array of beautiful basics that I find myself grabbing for on a constant basis. The majority of these can be upgraded into your sexy evening outfit with a touch of jewelry and accessory change. One thing I've found is that I love v-neck knits. Whether it's layering them over a button-up or tucking them into some jeans, I can't get enough of them! Here are some of my favorite recent purchases of this basic.
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This lovely cashmere knit combines so many of my favorite things (puff sleeves, v-neck) into the perfect sweater. Some outfit ideas I would recommend are to layer it over a white button-up shirt dress with thigh-high boots, or pairing it with paper-bag trousers, sneakers, and a long trench coat. The very special thing about this top is the color. It is a GORGEOUS neutral that matches EVERYTHING I own!
This is a classic and comfortable shirt I own in black, brown, and am tempted to purchase in green as well. It's very finely knit, stretchy but not sheer. I love to wear this with a delicate necklace, straight jeans, or a long cardigan robe. The buttons reflect either gold or silver, depending on what I'm wearing, and are a flat modern style without any embellishments. Most of all, I love the ribbed bottom that keeps a nice smooth surface over my hips when I wear baggy trousers or as I tuck them into my waist.
Rib-knit Wool Blend Sweater $25 H&M
I'm just beginning to experiment with oversized styles. When grabbing an oversized sweater at this time of year, you want it to be heavy enough to keep you warm because it's almost too big to drop a jacket on top of. This wool version looks great over a thermal, or pair it as I do with a white turtleneck, tapered pants, and some loafers. Once winter comes, this will be that reach for top for that stylish outdoor brunch (because COVID) in a coat and beanie.
Thank you all for subscribing! Are you excited to shop black Friday deals? They are already happening at so many stores. I already picked up a few things for myself! Will share soon.