Let’s get back to the basics – the fashion basics, that is.
I was going to title this post “The Work Basics Every Woman Should Own,” but I think these pieces should be in every woman’s closet – regardless if she works 8-5 in an office. Classic fashion is timeless – which is also why I believe that if you’re going to splurge on clothes, it should be these. It’s worth the money for something you’ll be able to wear for the next 10+ years. I’ve already had the pencil skirt for eight, and I still wear it at least once a week.
Come on, you know what this is. It’s almost become a fashion cliche. Every woman needs a black dress that makes her feel fabulous and fits her perfectly. It’s not enough that it was 75% off or came with a rockin’ waist-cinching belt. It has to fit your body like it was custom-made for you. That’s the secret to an LBD, or really to all fashion – it’s more important how the dress makes you feel. And you deserve to feel fabulous.
A crisp white blouse
Points if it’s non-iron. Seriously, do yourself a favor and go for the blouse that won’t wrinkle. It’s worth it. Ironing is so 1950s. I go through wrinkle-release spray like it’s Poptarts. If you’re all boobs like me, pick one with extra seams – it will nip in your waist even more. Also go for one with a little stretch. And finally, don’t be lazy like I am and wash this with the colored pile of dirty laundry. Take the time to reach up and get the bleach, even though it’s heavy and stored high up, and do a special load just for this blouse. Because you’ll be super pissed if you pull it out of the washer and it’s pink. Not that this has ever happened to me.
A black pencil skirt
I’ve talked about this one before. A black pencil skirt is great because you can wear it all season long. The midi skirt (length is halfway between your feet and knees) is back in a big way this season. That one’s acceptable too – but I think much harder to pull off. If you can’t wear pencil skirts (and some body shapes just don’t work with them) try A-lines with wide waistbands. Start with black. Then add different colors, patterns and textures. Pencil skirts come in a million varieties (I even have a “Friday” denim one), so go skirt-wild.
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