Monday, September 19, 2011

Building a Classic Wardrobe

I'd like to feature a section on this blog which will help guide people in building a classic wardrobe that has plenty of go-to pieces during those "I have nothing to wear" moments. 

I was inspired to do this after seeing my younger sister struggle with finding the right outfit when going out. She, like me, is a teacher, and figuring out things to wear in and out of work can be tricky. She is lucky enough to work for a company that has a daily t-shirt, so she only has to figure out the pants & shoes for a work day. However, a lot of young girls just coming into their own fashion sense are at a loss when it comes to the classics. 

I'm a pretty eclectic person when it comes to style, so I like to follow trends and try out a lot of new looks, but still, in order to do this successfully, you need a strong foundation. I'm going to block about 6 items at a time under the title of "Building a Classic Wardrobe," as I am also trying to add some more classic pieces to my closet. 

Some items will be on the more affordable side, while some will be splurges, and I'll also feature a lot of my own purchases. 

The Basics 1
The Basics 1 by aliciablyyours featuring long shirts

Building A Classic Wardrobe: Series 1
The White Tee, The Black Shirt, The Riding Boot, The Blazer, The White Button Down, The Blue Skinny Jeans

The White Tee
The White Tee-shirt is about as basic as you can get. It's important to make sure that it fits really well and flatters your body type. Depending on your style preference it can be more feminine or sporty. A feminine tee can lend a more professional edge and work as a good layering piece at work without looking too casual or too career-oriented.

The Black Shirt
The Black Shirt is similar to the White Tee, in that it is a simple staple, but stylistically can be found in many different ways. A higher quality black shirt is important because black can fade pretty quickly if washed with other colors. Black works for all seasons and most outfits so is extremely versatile.

The Riding Boot
This style of boot is really very trendy right now and started getting big in the last 3 years, but there is a reason it's a classic instead of a come and go trend. Riding boots have a polished look because of their history. Think of a polo player. They are preppy, polished, and functional because of their low heel. A lot of boots on the market right now are a bit on the expensive side, but I found a really beautiful boot from the Shoe Dazzle boutique for under $40, which really is a steal. It's my opinion that people really need to get over the fact that some boots are made out of fake leather, because economically, and environmentally, it's the better choice all around. There are plenty of high quality boots made from fake leather, as well as boots made from real leather that fall apart within a year. 

White Button Down Shirt
The White Button Down is the cousin of the White Tee. It can be worn with jeans, slacks, skirts, under a sweater, over a camisole, just about with anything really. Like the White Tee, fit is important. Even though the boyfriend style is in right now, sloppy is sloppy any way you cut it. A crisp, well fitting white shirt always makes a statement, without even trying.

Blue Skinny Jeans
The darkest pair of Skinny Jeans you can find will pull your casual pieces together and make you look like you lost 15 lbs, no matter what size you are. This is an obvious classic.

The Black Blazer
At work with a skirt or jeans, a black blazer always gives off the professional vibe. It can be dressed up or down and can be found in Bloomingdales or off the rack at Kohls. It's impossible to not find a blazer that will fit your style needs. 

Jack BB Dakota cut out top
$54 -

Knit top
$30 -

Long shirt
$35 -

Forever21 skinny leg jeans
$25 -

Product Detail | H&M SE
£15 -