The Essential Wardrobe: Blouses & Tee’s

Three days ago we chatted about what an Essential Wardrobe is and why every girl needs one in the article that also included your first batch of undergarment needs.

Today we’re detailing the next step. Tee’s and blouses.

You’ll notice throughout this series that the color scheme basically stays the same, apart from a few pops of color. This is because having an orange shirt and purple pants makes it hard to coordinate a effortless look. Neutral colors are easy because everything goes with everything. The oversized light blue linen blouse can go with denim cut-offs or a classy white pencil skirt.

The items I picked out are pieces that I personally love, they’re examples of what you could look for. This essentials list is also high customizable. If you find that you don’t love wearing heels (that article will come in a few weeks) then opt for more flats. Although do give the heels a try! Try everything. Because this essential wardrobe is the foundation, there’s two ways to work it. You can fill it out with the “meat” which might be the stuff you wear on a day to day basis. Gym clothes, farm gear, etc. The second way is that this becomes your “uniform”. The items you always wear. Your “meat” items become the sprinkling of on-trend pieces or those pops of colors. It all depends on your life-style.

 

Blouses

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I love, love, love a good blouse. So effortless. The list of must-haves is as such:

  1. Classic stripes: This is will never not be in style.
  2. Black: I’d go for a chiffon or satin, something that can be dressed up and down. A plain button front blouse would be just that.. plain. Make it splashy. Give your wardrobe some texture and life with different types of materials. Chiffon, linen, satin, etc.
  3. White dress shirt: I love this particular shirts style elements. It’s not your classic  office wear white button front, and it has some fun details. The length means you can rock this with leggings and perhaps cute flats. Win.
  4. Silk Blouse: I love wearing white, ivory and creams because it looks classy and timeless. This particular blouse is great because of the hidden buttons, but also because it only opens half way. This can be both office appropriate and casual.
  5. Casual linen or denim blouse: I love this light blue linen blouse. It’s the perfect blend between chic and casual. If you don’t love denim shirts then this is a good option to give more color and texture variety.

 

Tee’s

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I live in my t-shirts, so they have to be good quality and super comfortable. I love oversized tee’s because they look so effortless, and because I’m curvy, I don’t like to always accentuate absolutely everything. I can breath in this style. For some of you however, this may not be your look. So pick something that you love and can live in!

  1. Something with stripes. I love this tee because it has some great style elements. The collar being a bit tighter and the sleeves being a bit looser make it something unique. If you absolutely hate stripes then pick a lovely neutral color, like a blush pink or nude.
  2. White
  3. Black
  4. Grey

 

Stay tuned this week! We’ll be tackling denim and dress pants!

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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!

 

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Two Garments, Five Outfits

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Putting together an outfit is without a doubt one of the most frustrating things about getting ready in the morning. A part of this struggle is recognizing that you may not have a closet that works together, is cohesive. Having lots of clothing is great, but having clothing that works together is even better. The “glue” of your closet are items that work with everything, creating multiple looks with different “feels”; dressy, casual, work appropriate etc.

I chose two items that are interesting, have great design elements and wouldn’t be considered items that you can wear in multiple scenarios. The first is an off the shoulder blouse, the second a zip up jacket. Both can be worn to a work scenario (think Fridays..) and both can be dressed up or down.

Check out these two “glue” items that I use in 5 different looks to show you how having pieces like these can expand the versatility of your closet. I also re-used a few elements like the shoes, handbags and sunglasses to show that you don’t need tons of different accessories. Just the right ones.

 

 

 

 

 

Must-Have Bags For The Perfect Closet

The perfect closet is like an elusive unicorn. It’s the closet that has all the latest on trend pieces mixed in with the classics and basics. The perfect balance between minimal and chic. Getting to this closet takes time, financial investment, and the knowledge that you won’t get away with abusing your clothing, but that you’ll have to take really good care of your things. (No tumble drying!)

The quest to the penultimate closet also includes organizing your bag situation. Slimming down your wardrobe from tons of semi great bags you only use a few times, to the few quality bags you’ll use over and over again will take diligence and self-control. If you’re serious about tackling your bags but the financial investment part scares you, then shop at places like TJMaxx, Zara, Mango, and other department stores that have really great leather products but for a fraction of the cost of high-end names. Same material quality, different price point.

Here’s my list!

The Tote: An Every-Day Bag

A tote bag is a necessary bag not only for style reasons but for functionality. You can use a great tote for work or school to pile in your books, laptop etc or as a great weekend travel bag. Think about traveling and using it as your carry on. When you’re looking for a tote, look for one that’s structured and leather. Always do leather. Make sure it’s not too small (should be tall and wide enough to fit a laptop and some books, in my opinion), and a neutral color with not too many flashy aspects like buckles and zippers. You want to go for timeless. Will this bag be in style next season and 10 seasons from now. Think colors like black, grey, tan. I’d try find one that has a zipper closure so you don’t have sticky fingers rummaging in your bag if you live in a place with pickpockets around.

 

The Weekender

Your weekend bag is something you can toss on your shoulder and go. It’s small, no hassle and carries the essentials. You can run about town and do your thing without lugging something heavy around. Stick to your neutral colors, that way you don’t have to worry that neon pink is clashing with your look. It goes without saying, choose a quality leather item.

 

The Black Tie Event Clutch

We’ve all been caught in situations where we’ve been invited somewhere nice and realize we don’t have a bag to go with the elegance of the evening. That being said, a “black tie event” clutch will go a long ways to ensuring your date, broadway, and fancy soiree nights are fully prepared for. You’re most likely wearing a gorgeous black dress to one of these events, so have fun with a clutch that is both elegant but has some great style elements.

The Wallet/Every-Day Clutch

This little guy is where I live. I despise carrying around my tote (it’s usually full..), and that weekend bag isn’t always appropriate. But what IS appropriate is this wallet that doubles as a clutch. It’s small enough to throw into your tote or weekend bag, but big enough to carry like a clutch. It fits all the necessary things like your phone, a lipstick, a few credit cards, some cash,keys, and your license. So adorable!

 

The Fun Bag

This is sort of a bonus category, but in case you feel like you may get tired of your neutral colored bags, it’s fun to have that “other” bag for the days when you feel like you’re made from sun rays. We all have those days! Try a fun colored bag, or if colors aren’t your thing, go for a neutral color with crazy amounts of texture. Thing tassels, buckles, zippers. Make sure when doing a fun colored bag that your overall look is well balanced. Depending on the outfit, looking like a neon eye-shadow palette might not be so hot.

 

Hope you found this article helpful! Let me know what you think!