Another day, another dollar and another outfit. Unlike celebrities, everyone doesn’t have a personal styling team waiting to pamper and prep. You are definitely not alone when you walk to your closet every morning and yell, “Man, I have nothing to wear!” But instead, re-evaluate what’s draping from your hangers. You might have things to wear just not the right basics to build up your wardrobe to its fabulous, confident and versatile potential. Don’t run to the mall just yet, with this as your guide plus a little help from Old Navy and Rack Room Shoes, you’ll have your closet on the fresh track in no time.
Let’s start from the bottom and work our way to the top.
Ladies:Look for your best-fitting black pumps. Whether you’re comfortable with a skinny stiletto heel or a thicker/chunkier heel, find your perfect pumps that can take you through all seasons and from work to play.
Suggestion:Go for a medium height instead of going sky high, you’ll get more wear and comfort out of them.
Guys:Get your best, black slick-bottom shoes. Whether they lace up or can be slid on, the right leather ones can be extremely versatile and paired with everything from a suit to jeans.
Suggestion: Go for more of a squared toed shoe instead of a round. They have the ability to look both professional and casual when paired with the right outfit.
In Those Jeans…
Great-fitting, dark denim jeans. Dark denim is way more versatile than light and can take you from day to a night out with the help of a blazer.
Suggestion: Ladies, find your right fit and a secure stretch in a pair of dark skinny jeans. Once you find the ones for you, I promise, they’ll become closer to you than your boy toy. Guys, ditch the baggy, saggy look and go for a straight or boot-cut look instead. No more wearing khakis to work on casual days or slacks on a night out, these will be your starter in the clutch.
Down to Business
Well-structured black blazer—THE perfect layering accessory! Make sure your blazer doesn’t have a sloppy look by checking the arm/shoulder seam. The seam should meet your arm socket perfectly for the right fit! Don’t let it droop and remember: Sometimes shoulder pads are NOT your friend.
Suggestion: Ladies, go for a one-buttoned blazer. It will take in your waist, right under your bust, hitting the right spot! Not to mention, giving you the perfect hourglass shape. Guys, go for more of a tuxedo blazer against your traditional suit fit. This will give a casual option and pair precisely with your dark denim jeans!
Clean, Fresh & Crisp
Crisp, white button-down. Roll the sleeves up, roll the sleeves down; no matter what, you’re ready to roll out regardless of the season. Go a little Jim Carey in “Dumb & Dumber” but look smart with a few ruffles, or dare to be a little more edgy with metal snap buttons. What ever you chose, you can’t really go wrong (just make sure your white is…white).
Suggestion: Ladies, we all agree that size does matter. In this case, go long with your white button-down! If you go with more of a tunic feel, you can easily place a belt at your waist, throw on some leggings and be ready to go! Guys, if you’re in the mood for seduction, keep those top few buttons undone and roll your sleeves up. It’s a secure way to make her swoon.
The Flying V
The V-Neck tee.Whether long or short-sleeved, in red or black, your v-neck can become one of your favorite virtues. You can wear a blazer over it, a white button-down under it and get it in a million different colors while staying chic.
Suggestion: Ladies, try pairing it with a pencil skirt and a long necklace or even your dark skinny jeans and a blazer, either way you’ll look fabulous. Guys, a blazer or cardigan can work for you. You could even try a rosary necklace and your favorite jeans for a polished, casual look.
That was a break-down of a few basics, but here’s a list to keep building up your closet:
- Tailored Suit
- Season-Neutral Scarves
- Cool Cardigans
- Versatile Vests
- Black & Brown Belt
- Classic Little Black Dress
- Layerful Leggings
- Structured Hand-bag
- The RIGHT-Sized Bra
- Black Pencil Skirt
- Denim Skirt
- Sports Coat
- Bold Ties
- Fresh Hat (fedora, etc.)
Both Old Navy and Rack Room Shoes can be found convienently at Friendly Shopping Center.