BUILDING A WARDROBE OF BASICS

I did a post a while back on finding your style, and this post is a follow up post, hopefully among many! I’ve finally pinpointed my style to be pretty laid back, model-off-duty, jeans and tshirt, little bit tomboy, little bit girly. Subtle details, and fabulous basics. So this post is all about finding great basics. If you have a different type of style from mine, you may want to adjust what you consider basics: for example, preppy style would wear buttoned fitted cardigans, and slightly more refined t-shirts, versus the slouchy t-shirts I tend to go for.

I have a few principles for basics.

  • Fit – flattering and timeless
  • Feel – great fabrics that will wear well
  • Quality Over Quantity – buy pieces that will last, with one exception (see #2 below)
  • Details – pick pieces with gorgeous details

basicswardrobe1// Everlane Women’s V T-Shirt ($15) – I’ve heard so much about Everlane and will be ordering some of these soon. If you’re interested in ordering these, Everlane has a referral program, so feel free to use my link to sign up for an account!

2// Hanes Men’s V-Neck Undershirts ($10-14 at Target) – These are my one exception to Quality Over Quantity…if you are anything like me, you will keep a white shirt clean for approximately an hour. White shirts also get sweat stains easier, and in general don’t hold up as well. So I don’t think it would be sound to buy super-expensive white t-shirts. My sister-in-law came up with this idea, and it’s brilliant. A couple rolls of the sleeves, and you have great white t-shirts, with minimal investment for when they get stains.

3// Clad & Cloth Lace Pencil Skirt ($32) – I discovered this company through Instagram, and they have some fabulous basic pieces with gorgeous details. Pencil skirts are timeless, knit is a great fabric for them to give them a more relaxed and casual feel, and the lace on this one is a fantastic girly detail.

4// Everlane Boyfriend Sweatshirt ($40) – Looks like the perfect girly-tomboy piece to me, well made and slightly fitted.

5// Free People Boyfriend’s Embrace Cardigan ($128) – This is my perfect type of cardigan: slouchy, loose, soft, cozy. These can be dressed up or down and layering pieces are perfect for a year-round wardrobe of t-shirts and tanks.

6// Clad & Cloth Native Sweater ($38) – Another example of great detail, and adding some trendiness in as well. For the most part, you want your wardrobe to be low on trends, but a few pieces here and there will go a long way.

 

 

Basics would also include great jeans, which I discussed before. My personal favorites are Levis, but fit varies so much person to person that the best thing to do it go try on a ton of different pairs. Department stores like JCPenny’s and Macys are excellent for this, because you get to try on lots of brands and styles. Find what works for you, and stick with it! Try to stay away from trends with jeans, and have a few basic pairs. Black, gray, dark wash, and light wash destroyed are four great pairs to have. Once you find your ideal jeans, scour deal sites, outlets, and eBay for great deals.

 

Next time I’ll be back with some tips for the shorties (i.e., me) and the models (i.e. the awesomely tall people like my sister-in-law). Each comes with its own problems…so I guess those of average height should rejoice! Also, if you have any style questions, feel free to ask in the comments and I’ll try to address them in future posts! 

 

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2 Comments

  1. What an awesome idea to use men’s v-necks! I’ll be putting that one to good use. Also! For pear-shaped girls (ahem. Those of us with large bums) Ann Taylor Loft. Sale Racks.

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