Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Must Have Wardrobe Essentials

New year, new wardrobe! Looking to refresh your style? Revamp your wardrobe? Then now is the time to start from scratch! When building your wardrobe, it is essential that you add classic pieces that will never go out of style. There are many, many, many style guides out there that suggest various items that should be staples in your closet. After going through much of them, here are my top 10 wardrobe essentials:

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In my opinion, you should have at least 7 pairs of jeans, one for every day of the week. But this is mostly because I tend to live in jeans. Now, you should find a pair of jeans that best fits your body type. Once you find that certain brand that fits you best, see if they come in different styles, washes, and colors to expand your jean collection! (Links are at the bottom!)

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Every girl needs a little black dress. It’s your go-to dress when you simply have nothing else to where. (Even though you have an entire closet full of clothes.) Your LBD needs to be one that could be worn at any occasion. Not too short, not too fancy, but simple and classic. To mix it up, and add a bit of color to your wardrobe, try a little navy or plum dress. Because these are darker colors, they play the same role as the LBD, but with a twist!
Back Bow Dress Hi-Low Dress Long Sleeved Dress

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The white button down is, and will forever be, a classic wardrobe piece. You can dress it up, dress it down, go to the beach, or head to the grocery store in it! Wear it with jeans, shorts, a skirt, or to bed if you’re feelin’ sexy! Go for one that is light enough to wear even when it’s warm, but can be layered when it’s cold. I mean who follows the “no white after Labor day rule” anyways?
3/4 Length Wrist Length Hand Length

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Go for a variety of colors!! I love full-length leggings because they are so wearable! You can use them under a dress, long shirt, with boots, as workout gear, and so much more! A huge rule that I’ve learned over the years about leggings, is to make sure that whatever you wear on your top half covers your bum. You don’t want to run the chance of your leggings being see-through…
Black Purple Dark Green Wine

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The classic trench coat will be either tan or khaki, but of course you could always add black, navy or red to the mix! The length of your trench coat should be around your knees. Maybe a little below, maybe a little above. It all depends on your personal taste. I die over anything with bows. Therefore, having a trench coat that has a bow, or embellishment on the back is a super plus! Also, if you can, have two trench coats in the same color, one double-breasted and one single-breasted.  
Single Breasted Wrap Double Breasted

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A versatile skirt can be worn day or night, winter or summer, and to a special dinner or brunch. This should NOT be a denim skirt. NO, NO, NO. There are plenty of gorgeous printed and patterned skirts out there!!! According to Tim Gunn, (LOVE him!) “the hem of the skirt should be no longer than the bottom of you knee and no shorter than just above the knee.”
Black Leather Gold Pleated Ivory Boucle

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You always need a basic tee in your wardrobe. The great thing about basic tees is that they normally don’t cost too much! Why would you spend a ton a basic tee when you will probably replace it soon anyways? Black and white are the obvious basic colors, but you could go for every color your heart desires! Wear your tee with jeans, a skirt, shorts for a classic, simple, and pulled-together look.
Black White Navy

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A fitted blazer can make anybody looked pulled together. It is the perfect addition to jeans to dress them up for work! Your blazer should be most fitted at your waist, to accentuate your curves. Whether you’re doing business or just running errands, adding a fitted blazer will make you feel important!
Black Navy Wool

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I believe that a classic, everyday bag should be either tan or black. Get one in each color if you can. Also, the bag needs to be big enough to hold everything you normally carry around with you. It should not be as big as a tote, but bigger than a clutch. A satchel tends to be the perfect size.  
Coach Michael Kors Nine West

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Pearls are perfect. You can wear them anywhere, with anything. Nothing says classic elegance like adding a strand of pearls to outfit! Invest in a good quality (real) pearl necklace for special occasions. For everyday wear, plenty of stores have pearl necklaces, bracelets, and other accessories!
Short Necklace Bracelet Multi Strand

Jeans: Skinny Bootcut Straight Leg Cropped

What are your go-to fashion essentials?

Side note: I am not endorsed, sponsored, or paid by any of the brands or companies shown above. 

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