Hey guys, welcome back. Today, I’m coming at you with — *gasp* — a fashion post. This is going to be a first in a sporadic series involving everything fashion: from my fashion favorites, style essentials, and where to find deals on clothing, among other fashion themes.
In my many years of trying to figure out how to polish my look and discover my own personal sense of style, I’ve learned a lot on trends and what works for me, individually, and have made some very questionable choices along the way. YouTube and other fashion-heavy blogs have definitely helped aid me and I hope to be that person for others in the future. I think how we dress is a great way of self-expression.
I do believe now more than ever that, while having trendy pieces are all fun and games, trends always come and go but style sticks around. Now I’ll start this series off by breaking down 5 basics I think everyone should start out with to build a solid wardrobe.
1. A Flattering (and Comfortable) Pair of Jeans
Jeans are absolutely a staple. A classic pair of blue denim can stretch pretty far and can be absolutely flexible to fit your needs. They’re so easy to dress up with a belt and other accessories, or kept casual with a comfy pair of sneakers. The options are limitless, really.
Some great places to get good, solid, sturdy jeans are American Eagle, Aeropostale, and Target:
- American Eagle High-Waisted Skinny Jeans
- Aeropostale Light-Wash Mom Jeans
- Target Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans
2. A Bomb, Jack-of-all-trades LBD
An LBD is a must have, especially if you work in a professional setting or if you regularly (or semi-regularly) attend formal events. It’s a nice, simple piece that can polish and amp up your wardrobe without being a discomfort to wear (and without too much extra effort).
I joined a sorority in college and after my first chapter meeting, I very quickly learned the meaning of “business casual.” Let me tell you, a nice black dress is the easiest way to nail a business casual setting without going too crazy trying to match pieces together. (That can already be stressful enough, I get it.)
Black dresses come in all kinds of lengths and styles and that’s the beauty of the LBD. Here are some solid options for you.
3. A quality pair of Nude Heels… or Neutral-Colored Wedges
Even if you only own a single pair, a fancy pair of heels or wedges elevates the snappiest of outfits just a bit higher. Nude colored heels tend to create the illusion of a longer figure if that’s an effect you’re trying to go for. But a good, more comfortable alternative is a trendier pair of wedges. Both add extra height! I’ve also noticed that on the off chance I do wear heels to work, my posture and my stride both change — I find myself walking and standing straighter which is totally awesome.
Here are some options for you if you don’t know where to start:
4. A Classic White Shirt
You can never go wrong with a crisp white t-shirt. Like a good pair of jeans, you can dress it up or down and white is flattering on just about everybody. Whether it’s a V-Neck, Scoop-Neck, Turtleneck, or Button-Down, having a couple of white shirts in your closet is a timeless, classic piece and is totally worth having around.
Here are some options to get you started on that white shirt kick:
5. A Bad-Ass Leather Jacket
I know leather jackets can get pricey. But, if you’re going to splurge anywhere, it might as well be here. Leather jackets add the right amount of rockstar edge to just about any look. Leather Jackets come in so many styles and colors that you can’t go wrong.
I hope that this helps get you started in your journey to building an elevated wardrobe. If you want to see any other fashion-specific posts, let me know in the comments!