The Essential Wardrobe: Why Should I Have it? (And A Comprehensive Undergarments List)

My husband and I are in the midst of a season of life that includes lots of moving. Due to this, I’ve developed what I like to call the Essential Wardrobe. It’s the things that I absolutely MUST have in order to have a co-hesive closet that can be moved around easily, and can be appropriate for any situation whether dressy, casual, business appropriate or any other circumstance.

I’ve written loads of articles detailing what the perfect closet looks like. So have many other bloggers.. The difference here is that this collection isn’t just 30 things that go together. They’re the essentials of a wardrobe that any woman ought to have, regardless if you live in Paris or on a farm in Minnesota (that might be too extreme but you get my gist).  These pieces are timeless. They were stylish 20 years ago and they’ll be stylish 20 years from now. Think of them as a frame, a foundation, a skeleton, the scaffolding. These pieces create the infrastructure of an excellent wardrobe.

I love shopping. I can’t have only 3 blouses. With an essential wardrobe you can go out and get the fun blouse that doesn’t go with anything. Why? You have your essential pieces to hold down the fort. Every splurgy piece you buy will “go” with any of your essential wardrobe pieces. That nut-so blouse? It’ll go with your essential black cigarette chinos. You’re having a crazy morning, you’re late for work and literally zero time to get dressed. What do you do? You throw on your essential silk blouse and your essential pencil skirt, and your essential pumps before you lope off to work. If you’re a house-wife it might look something like leggings and a hoodie. (My current situation).

It goes without saying that your essential wardrobe pieces are pieces that you invested time and money in. Don’t grab the first thing off the rack. Try on a bunch of different brands. Find the one that works for you. Make sure it’s from a place that has a reputation of stocking good quality items. When you wash them, take care of them, baby them. These pieces are meant to last you a while.

The essential wardrobe creates space and opportunity for winning. And you are a winner!

This week I’m going to discuss the very first group of items.  Underwear. You may think that this wouldn’t matter but it’s the first line of defense. It must matter. In my late twenties I discovered the magic of spanx. For having a naturally curvy body, this was a little too late.  That is what I’m trying to prevent. I want you to be prepared for anything.

 

A Comprehensive List of Undergarments

This week I’m going to discuss the very first group of items.  Undergarments. You may think that this wouldn’t matter but it’s the first line of defense. It must matter. In my late twenties I discovered the magic of spanx. For having a naturally curvy body, this was 5 years too late.  That is what I’m trying to prevent. I want you to be prepared for anything.

My lists may come across as a bit over the top, and this will either infuriate you or inebriate you with joy, but here goes:

  1. Every-day  bras: in colors nude and black.
  2. Every-day cotton panties: nude and black. (Cotton: so your lady parts can breathe).
  3. Unlined bra/s: For when you need to be comfortable.
  4. Matching sets – pick a number based on your obsession with underwear.
  5. Spanx – in nude and black. (If you don’t need spanx then know that the Spanx Club is jealous but understanding)
  6. Hosiery – sheer black, a few pairs.

It goes without saying that your essential wardrobe pieces are pieces that you invested time and money in. Don’t grab the first thing off the rack. Try on a bunch of different brands. Find the one that works for you. Make sure it’s from a place that has a reputation of stocking good quality items. When you wash them, take care of them, baby them. These pieces are meant to last you a while.

Stay tuned for the next weeks article on essential wardrobe blouses!

 

xx

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