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Key Ingredients – The Staples For Every Woman’s Wardrobe
Stocking your pantry with key ingredients and basic staples is similar to developing a wonderful, organized wardrobe. (WOW!) By purchasing classic, timeless garments and accessories, women can look and feel confident in ALL outfits . . . not just a few items!
Take a look at our “grocery list” below for suggested brands and retail stores for stocking your closet.
A strand of faux (or real!) pearls adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to the most casual look. The diameter of the pearls and length of the strand should be proportionate to your height and frame. (Ralph Lauren at Belk)
Sterling silver or gold hoop earrings are incredibly versatile, and can be worn for both casual and formal occasions. Medium-size hoops are usually best for most face shapes. (Stella Dot)
Cubic Zirconium “diamond” stud earrings can be worn with a basic t-shirt and jeans or with a cocktail dress. Faux gems are sometimes tough to decipher from the real thing! You are the only one who knows! (Charming Charlie)
Look 5-10 lbs. lighter by creating a smooth silhouette underneath shirts and sweaters. Seamless scoop neck or v-neck camisoles also add warmth during cool seasons without bulk. Every woman needs a neutral/flesh-colored cami and a black cami. Wash on gentle cycle and hang to dry to extend the life of your camisole. (Express)
Neutral colored/flesh tone seamless undergarments eliminate VPL (visible panty line!) (Beloved Intimates-Nashville)
Although industry standards vary, every woman should own a flattering black or navy pantsuit. You never know when you might be invited to visit the White House! (Ann Taylor)
3-4 inch heel elongates the leg and creates a lean silhouette. Make sure to practice walking in these heels before wearing if you are not accustomed to wearing a higher heel shoe! (Nine West)
Ideally with a 3-4 inch heel to wear with just about any color dress or slacks. Attention is drawn to the upper body as the shoe blends with the leg and looks longer and leaner. (Stuart Weitzman)
White, long sleeve button down shirt to be worn with jeans, under a suit jacket, layered with a camisole underneath, or under a sweater in cool weather. (White House Black Market)
Casual, dark denim jeans can be worn with a variety of tops and accessorized with boots, pumps, ballet flats, etc. (Citizens of Humanity)
Dressy, black slacks are a staple for your wardrobe to be coordinated with almost anything . . . turtleneck sweaters, blazers, and denim jackets. Make sure the style of pants is the most flattering for your body shape. (The Limited)
Black athletic pants with coordinating top (Lululemon)
Tall boots in black or brown with medium heel and less hardware are usually best to be worn with jeans, skirts and pants. (Nordstrom)
Silver or gold dressy, strappy heels are ideal for formal events and add a bit of sparkle to holiday attire. These shoes can be coordinated with many outfits in your closet. (Macy’s)
Black cocktail dress – everyone needs a LBD for a dressy dinner party, holiday event, New Year’s Eve, engagement party, or even to wear on a cruise. The style and fit should be flattering based on body shape (pear, apple, hourglass, athletic.) (White House Black Market)
Nylon tights with spandex are ideal in the Fall and Winter to layer under skirts and even under slacks for extra warmth. Tights are thicker and provide more coverage than traditional nylon stockings. The control top versions are an added bonus for smooth lines underneath clothes. (Express)
Black or dark brown leather handbag is classic and can be utilized everyday. Invest in a quality handbag that will endure the test of time! (TJ Maxx)
Full-length winter coat looks polished. Trench-style is often most flattering with structured lapel, belt, and clean lines. (BCBG)
This timeless jacket is season-less and can always be added on top of a maxi dress, t-shirt and jeans, over a black turtleneck, worn as a “shirt” layered over a camisole and buttoned. Always grab the denim jacket to wear at the movie theater or for the chilly evenings in the Spring and early Fall for a lightweight option that also packs easily in luggage. (GAP)
By maintaining these staples in your wardrobe you can take comfort in knowing you always have something appropriate to wear for any occasion, during any season, at a moments notice. We would love to hear what pieces in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without and where you got them. Let us know in the comments and happy shopping!