As a child, one of my favorite things about going back to school was the back to school shopping trips with my mother and sister. These trips were necessary to make sure I had clothing for the year ahead. However, as I’ve gotten older, the need to shop during this time of year has become less about necessity and more about taking advantage of the great back to school sales.
Basics are the building blocks of every wardrobe. These wardrobe staples are what complement the fun, trendy pieces you buy with each season. Basics can be styled a hundred different ways and will always look chic regardless of the current season’s trend. Because they are often the pieces that are worn the most, fall is a great time of year to replace these items during all the back to school sales.
A great pair of jeans that fits you well will never go out of style. Skinnies were the hot trend last year and flare jeans are in today. Style of jeans range from boyfriend, high rise, straight, wide leg, flares, and boot cut, and are available in a variety of colors. With all of these styles to choose from, pick one that flatters your silhouette and wear them until they fall apart.
When shopping for denim, try them on at the end of the day after lunch. You want to make sure they’ll feel great all day long, and not just in the morning when your stomach is the flattest. You also should look for jeans with a little bit of stretch for the optimal comfort.
A classic pair of black heels are a wardrobe staple. These wear-with-anything shoes are the most reliable and versatile shoes in your closet. You can dress them up for more formal occasions or dress them down for more casual events.
Look for black heels that are comfortable and not too high. They should be easy to slip on and comfortable to walk and stand in for a period of time. Stay away from trendy styles and instead opt for a basic pump, sling back, peep toe, or wedge that you can wear with everything in your closet.
In the Florida Keys, a pair of metallic sandals are a wardrobe must. With our rough terrain, black heels are not always wearable for outdoor events. In place of wearing your classic black heels, a pair of metallic sandals can perfectly complement your attire for both dressy and casual events.
Metallic sandals can especially come in handy for outdoor events on the beach, the grass or the keystone rocks. Choose a metallic color to match the jewelry you tend to wear the most.
A structured blazer can make a big impact on an outfit. Be sure to pick a blazer that is structured both in tailoring and fit and complements your body type. Regardless of what you’re wearing, a structured blazer can pull together any look from jeans and white tee to a basic sundress. Instead of wearing light weight knits or sweaters for air conditioned buildings, opt for a blazer in a bright hue to instantly pull together your look.
White Tees are another basic that often need to be replaced on a yearly basis. If you love V-neck white tees perhaps try a scoop neck style this year to add to your wardrobe.
A classic white button up also works like a basic white tee as it can be worn with everything. The difference is a crisp white button up shirt can polish your look in a way that a white tee can not. For another use, roll the sleeves up and wear your white button up with your metallic sandals as a cover up over your swimsuit for your next outing on the boat or to the beach.
Little Black Dress
A little black dress, or LBD, is a wardrobe must for every fashionista. The little black dress in your closet should be classic enough that you could wear it to church, work and for a night out. In other words, it shouldn’t be too short, too tight or too low cut that you couldn’t wear it in front of your boss or your priest. A basic black wrap dress is a classic silhouette that looks good on every body type as it provides you with a waist accentuating tie in the front, a v neckline to draw attention to your neck and enough flow on the bottom to flatter your figure through the the butt and thighs. If the LBD in your closet is looking a bit worn, it may be time to replace it with a classic style you can wear to everything.