last week, we started a series called back to the basics that discusses building a wardrobe with core essentials, or as i like to call them, the basics. remember, every successful wardrobe is built on a strong foundation, and often, some pre-work is necessary to lay that foundation. the first step begins with a closet cleanse. after you’ve finished that, assess the state of your wardrobe. ask yourself, “yeah, i want that new skirt with a bold print, but do i have anything that will go with it?” you will if you have the basics; you won’t if you don’t. remember, we’re looking to build a wardrobe containing essential women’s fashion: bottoms to tops.
always remember: the basics as the items that marry any two garments together. they are typically year-round pieces that easily transition from one season to the next—outfit to outfit. basics are neutrals: black, white, nude/camel, grey, and navy. the goal of building your wardrobe with the basics is to have a closet filled with those essential items that will carry you during any transition period with as few updates as possible. when your wardrobe foundation is built correctly, you will only replace a few items each year which is easy on your pocketbook.
a skirt in any neutral color will work. but most women have at least one black skirt. if you have room for only one skirt choose a style that can work for day and night. length, fit and fabric are key.
some women might forego a skirt altogether and head straight to pants. again, length, fit, and fabric are key.
yes, blue jeans make the basics list. a pair of denim can be dressed up or down with ease and work for so many occasions. straight leg blue jeans in a dark rinse are the most versatile style. but mix in a variety of styles to give you options.
in my opinion, you can never have too many pairs of blue jeans: boyfriend/girlfriend, ankle, distressed, frayed, flare, wide-leg, cropped flare, boot cut. the list goes on and on. and, yes, some of these styles are trendier than others. once upon a time skinny jeans were a trend. now they are a closet essential. don’t forget to add white, black, and grey into the mix. plus denim skirts.
some of you might be scratching your head wondering why (J.Crew) cargo pants made the basics list. aren’t cargo’s trendy?
honestly, these make my classic list as they flatter any figure but have a little edge. and now they’re a wardrobe staple. green or camel are my top color choices. try a straight leg or ankle.
the little black dress isn’t a bottom, technically. but this is a wardrobe basic nonetheless.
next week we’ll take a look at, wait a minute, why not keep you guessing? happy Sunday, ladies!