Must Have StaplesFriday, November 7, 2014 9:08 AM
Often times people ask me what people are wearing, what the trends are, what is worth buying. One of my best friends had a baby a few months ago, and hasn't worn anything non-maternity for the better part of a year. She requested that we have a day of shopping to buy some much needed basics and staples. I shop more often than I would like to admit, but I almost never shop without a purpose. It can be overwhelming and you may end up impulsively buying. Staples are pieces that you can wear over and over accessorizing many different ways to get many different looks. Here are a few that I believe are must haves for your current wardrobe.
Jeans- Whether it be a skinny, boot cut, boyfriend, or all of the above, you need denim. Fortunately we are in a time where pretty much all denim is a go. Most washes, distressed and cuts, etc. This means, you probably own at least one of these styles... go out and get at least one other pair, you won't regret it.
Cords - Everyone needs one pair of cords. In my opinion, if you are only going to have one pair, they should be a neutral color. They will be more versatile and you will wear them more often if they are, grey, taupe, beige, or black.
Plaid Shirt- Everyone should own at least one. Pair it with a pencil skirt and a statement necklace, jeans and boots, or leggings and sneakers... you can not go wrong with a plaid shirt.
Boots and Booties- a pair of to the knee, or over the knee boots and an ankle bootie can bring you right from fall through the winter. There are so many heel heights and price points to choose from. Over skinnies, leggings or tights, with dresses, skirts and tunics, you just can't go wrong.
Lil Black Dress - because you just have to have one in your wardrobe. So many styles to pick from, but if we had to pick one, I would make it a shift. Dressed up or down, it can be worn sooooo many ways.
Leather Leggings (real or faux)- I prefer leatherette leggings, but it is all personal preference. In addition to the vast price difference, I think leatherette is more comfy and easier to move in. They are a great alternative to jeans. The texture gives them a little something extra. Pair them with heels or sneakers for endless looks.
Denim Jacket - I don't even think I need to explain this. Pretty much part of my uniform from April through November. In the colder months throw a fur (real or faux, no judgments here) vest over it! Just get one!
Leather Jacket - Just as a denim jacket works for pretty much everything in the warmer months that is how the leather jacket works for me in the colder months. Honestly I believe you can pair a great leather jacket with pretty much anything. I have nothing but respect for people who will only where vegan and faux fur, but if you are NOT one of those people, I suggest you invest in a real leather jacket. You will be amazed how warm they keep you.
The Loose Tank - My favorites are Chaser tanks. I own them in a bunch of different colors. Loose, a little see through, with bigger arm holes. Something a little sexy about your bra saying peek-a-boo.
A Duster Sweater: Why? Because you can throw it over anything and it will polish a look!