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Building Your Wardrobe : The Bare Essentials

Tuesday, August 30, 2011
We each have our own unique style. Therefore , there are so many pieces that every girl will want to have in her wardrobe. Building a wardrobe can prove to be quite a challenge, one which should not be undertaken in a day or even a week. When building a house , the builders usually start with a foundation, when building a wardrobe , we start with the "basics". However , "basics don't have to be that basic". Building a wardrobe is an ongoing "process". We are constantly buying items to fill that space. Careful planning should be administered when purchasing your wardrobe basics.

Here are a few key pieces to help you build your wardrobe.



The Little Black Dress (L.B.D) "Scheherazade is easy , a little Black dress is difficult"- Coco Chanel. Whether yours is strapless, backless or cold shoulder, the little black dress is used to signify the ultimate combination of desire and comfort, elegance and restraint, naturalness and fantasy. The LBD is extremely versatile. Its feel and style can be transformed in an instance by adding accessories :-) It was in 1954 that the LBD became popular when Hubert de Givenchys' new collection ( which included the LBD)  was worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film " Sabrina" and again in 1961 in Blake Edwards's film adaptation of "Breakfast at Tiffanys" The little black dress has  maintained its relevance for decades.



Jeans
Denim is mandatory for every wardrobe . This should be your staple item even before you think of buying anaything else. Make sure you invest in a good pair of high quality jeans that fits your specific body type. If you are petite like me .. a few extra bucks won't hurt. Chances are , alterations will need to be done. Don't mind this. The whole point is to find jeans that fit YOU , not a mannequin. A pair of dark wash jeans is more versatile and it also looks fancier.



Collared Button Downs

This is a timeless classic piece. It would be safer to stick to the solid colors for right now since you are building your wardrobe. The patterns and prints can come later. Black and white will do just fine for now. The white blouse can be light and floating, impeccable and austere, sumptuous and all-enveloping. It rises up to frame the face. It sculpts the body by transforming itself into a second skin. Imbued with glamour and posting, freedom and impetuousness, the prim white shirt has a thousand identities :-)






Skirts

Typically , skirts are not an item of things to get on most peoples' list. One might be thinking " why would i want to get a skirt when it basically does the same thing as a dress". In my opinion, it adds that touch of feminity to your outfit. It is also hepls to pull an outfit together and it also makes the outfit more "polished". Skirts can also be versatile. You can add killer heels to create that nightime look , or you can go casual by adding a pair of ballet flats or really cool slippers.




Tees

These are great for layering and can be dressed up or down depending on how you accessorise :-) This may not be classified as a "stand out piece" in your closet. This would more be classified as the glue that holds them together. The tee is one of my very own "go to pieces". I especially love the cotton ones whether round neck or v-neck. I try to get them in every colour just so i can have more options .





Blazer / Jacket

Every girl needs a well tailored jacket or blazer in her closet. The boring old work style blazer has been revamped to fit the stylish needs of our generation. Blazers and jackets will typically go well with skinny jeans and heels. These can also be used to make an outfit more polished and clean. The blazer or jacket can give you many looks. From day to night , dressy to casual and the list goes on.





Heels

Their is nothing like a sexy pair of heels to kick of any outfit. I would suggest getting real leather pumps just because you will get more out of it. Of course , this will be a little expensive , but as i always say " it will be a good little investment". Would you rather buy  a cheap pair of shoes that looks really nice and you only get approximately get 3 wears out of it , or would you rather spend a little extra on good quality shoes that may last youup to a lifetime? I would take option 2 ( thats just me).

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