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Fashion Basics for your Wardrobe

Fashion Basics for your Wardrobe

Edna Woolman Chase once said: “Fashion can be bought.  Style one must possess”.  It is true that fashion is ever changing.  Style, however, remains constant. A true fashionista knows that style comes from within, and is built on key pieces that transcend the seasons.  From these, you create your own personal style.  These wardrobe basics will take you from season to season, and investing in good quality basics now will allow you to build the ultimate wardrobe using trend pieces each season.  Ensure your wardrobe consists of these key pieces that never go out of style.  From that point, you’re free to have fun with fashion and create your fabulous, fashionable style!

The Little Black Dress
Karl Lagerfeld said it best:  “One is never over-or underdressed with a little black dress”.  Nina Garcia, of Project Runway fame, calls it “the ultimate blank canvas”.  Simple and elegant, I believe it to be the ultimate style statement, as picking the right one allows you to look effortless and sophisticated.  And let’s not forget – it has a slimming effect and looks great on everyone!  There are so many styles to choose from.  Go for a short cocktail dress if you’re feeling a little more daring, or a sophisticated knee length shell dress with simple black pumps will never go out of style.


Trench Coat
A good quality trench coat is also timeless, elegant and the ultimate style statement.  Neutral tones are best – and investing in a good quality trench coat is well worth it as it will go with anything, and will look stylish in any season.  Layer underneath it in winter, or wear it with a light cotton dress in warmer weather.


A good quality blazer
This is definitely a key piece because it is so versatile.  Pair it with a crisp white shirt and skinny pants for the office, or layer it over a short dress with heels for a night out with the girls.  The blazer has come back in a big way in recent years, with good reason.  While we love the comeback of shoulder pads in the blazer this season, a simple black, well-tailored blazer will never go out of style.  Karen Walker does some fantastic blazers, and although a little bit more expensive they are worth every penny.


Leather Jacket
I call this the ultimate piece to transform any outfit.  It adds a tough edge to a pretty dress, or teamed with skinny jeans and boots is always a stylish look.  Once again, spending a little more on this piece will ensure your jacket endures through the seasons.


White Shirt
A well-tailored, crisply ironed white shirt is another key piece for every woman’s wardrobe.  Aside from its obvious practicality as an office staple, a white shirt looks great with jeans and flats for a casual weekend look.

When it comes to accessories, there are also a few key pieces that are a must have!