Shopping is always a fun activity but for some, it isn’t. Every girl goes through the process of trying to build a solid collection of clothes in her closet. It can get complicated deciding what to buy and what items to stockpile one. My rule of thumb is to invest in a few quality staple items like a pair of jeans, a little black dress, a white shirt and a good handbag. Well, I’ll go through a list of these staples and give you hints on how to shop for the right items.
Handbag: A handbag is a staple item and that goes without saying. It’s ideal to have different staple bags for different occasions. A good oversized Clutches Bags, or a smaller luxe clutch for fancier occasions, a good midsize chain purse for every day, and one good oversize bag for days when you have a bigger load, then you’re all set. The oversized bag could be a tote which can also double as your laptop bag if you move around with your laptop often
White Shirt: It’s hard to find any other clothing item more classic than the classic white dress shirt We’re hard-pressed to think of anything quite as necessary, as a white button down shirt. With an instant ability to make you look sharp, these versatile stunners go with everything from skinny jeans, to pencil skirts, to cut off denim and beyond. The only problem is, there are thousands of them saturating the market, so how can you possibly choose? Well just do your research and find something that works best for your body type.
Little Black Dress: The little black dress is an evening wear statement. Designers like Stella McCartney have brought a modern take on the little black dress. ‘The little black dress is something to rely on — to fill you with confidence and ease. It’s a dress to make you feel cool and nonchalant. It’s a dress to make a statement and it’s a dress that will work for you. And this season, there is much more choice besides. Erdem channeled liberated flapper girls with beading that will shimmer and clatter or demurely hang just so. Gucci’s plunging necklines nodded to 1970s rebellion. Oscar de la Renta’s monochrome collared shapes defaulted to perfect primness. In short, the little black dresses legacy was reflected on every runway and the message was a very modern one that Simpson, Golightly. Finding the perfect one for you shouldn’t be a problem.
White T-Shirt: The white T-shirt has become a wardrobe staple and very popular like the blue jeans. No wonder, then, that along with jeans, the classic white tee remains a key element of the quintessential casual-cool uniform: It’s very plainness, after all, leaves room for self-invention. It can be dressed up with a blazer or pencil skirt and it can be dressed down with jean shorts and sneakers.
Black Boots: With the fall months approaching, it is time to get your fashionable winter shoes ready and a black boot is an ideal to have because they come in handy quite often. Wearing closed-toe shoes and boots requires some work to make the body look sexy. Not every pair of boots will work for all body types and shapes because every body shape is different. Some shoes or boots might make the body look sexy by complementing it, and others can accent things on your body you’d prefer not to highlight. You should also be aware that picking the right heel height for you to make your body look its best.
Denim Jacket: Denim jackets never go out of style, but how they are worn changes each season. There are times when denim paired with denim is a major fashion faux pas and other times when it is wholeheartedly embraced. And that time is now. Denim in denim is all the rave and if you have one in your closet it will come in handy quite often. With each passing year, denim gains ground. It is hard to imagine a place you can’t wear denim, especially dark wash or black denim. This season, however, denim jackets have skyrocketed into popularity. They are worn for ultra-casual events and thrown over party dresses and are seen as not only socially acceptable but on trend.
As a result, everyone is on the hunt for the perfect jean jacket, but the truth is that, as a fashion staple, a denim jacket is not one-size-fits-all. You either rock them or you feel overpowered, stiff, frumpy or like you are wearing a costume. People who practically live in their jean jacket can’t understand those who don’t.
When shopping for a denim jacket keep in mind that the classic style will suit many shapes. Just think about where the pockets are and what kind of detail is on the bust pockets. Added detail on the pockets such as flaps or embellishment will draw attention to your bust and make it look larger. If you have a large bust find a style that either has no bust pockets or really discreet ones. Pockets add bulk to your bust so ensure that if you don’t want to make you bust look larger that you look for a jacket that either has no pockets on the bust or are very discreet and flat when the jacket is on. Of course, if you want your bust to appear like a full look for breast pockets and pockets with pocket flaps to add curves. Pockets at the waist create horizontal lines. So if you have an undefined waist be careful about waist pockets as they will draw attention to your waist.
You can look for styles that have no waist pockets or go for those that have diagonal pockets at the waist. If you have a defined waist, then you can have fun with pockets at the waist.
Remember to look for denim jackets with great vertical seaming through the torso for a lovely elongating effect.
Black Blazer: A black blazer will stay in your wardrobe for many years and will serve you repeatedly. It has the ability to tune up any outfit and take it from casual to professional. It can be worn with denim, a dress, a skirt and many other ways.
A tailored blazer is a classic, feminine and looks great on all body types. Make sure to find one that fits you well and accentuates your waist—you don’t want it to look oversized.