I get asked a lot… ‘what are essential pieces you recommend in a closet?’ I always have the same answer… there’s not just one response either, it’s going to be unique to the person. I think that it has a lot to do with anything that makes you feel confident and sexy! Because those pieces are the essential wardrobe additions that you’ll mix with other pieces over time to create look after look.
Let me explain by sharing some of my favorite go-to pieces:
You need good denim in your closet… a few pair in a variety of washes and silhouettes. They do not have to be expensive, but quality so that they are comfortable and wearable. You want a waistband that is flattering, comfortable and a good fit! No gaps or cinching too tight! Find a good fit! I recommend denim with spandex so that it looks almost tailored to the curves of your body. Some of my favorites are these pictured above, American Eagle $50. A new favorite that’s actually in the shop here. They’re only $35 and even though they’re skinny pencil fit they’re flattering and don’t cut me in two! Huge bonus for jeans and a hard to find feature for those of us rocking the mom bod!
Having comfortable and flattering tops is just as important as your denim! You want staple solids so that you can change up the looks with accessory pieces! Like this simple sweater! I can totally change the look with a printed jacket or a floral print skinny pant! Statement jewelry is also an easy outfit update! You can change the look of any outfit with a simple switch of your necklace or throw on a different pair of earrings! I love playing with fun pieces! Do NOT be afraid to try different things with these staple solids… they’re meant to be a blank canvas of color you can pair with anything fun! I challenge you to find your favorite solid piece and pair it with something NEW and fun from your closet this week!
Ok, ok I hear you. Leggings to some of you aren’t pants. BUT worn correctly they are a key piece in your wardrobe. Let me explain… Leggings are my favorite when worn under a long
flowing top that doesn’t always look good over a bulky pair of jeans. When you’re looking to flatter your waistline instead of draw unnecessary attention to it, go for the leggings. Wear a longer tunic style top that covers your booty and maybe even add a cute cardigan… long ones are my favorite. Especially ones like this one to make me appear taller and slimmer. It’s the play on lines! Love! A good pair of leggings should also NOT be sheer… those are tights. Leggings are thicker and more durable… Look for some awesome solids coming to the shop soon! This duster is back in stock here.
Your closet should reflect some of your personality… don’t be afraid to rock something other than a plain-t every now and then! I love a quick witty top or tanks with cute graphics on them to layer underneath other pieces. It’s just something that can again, change things up! Now these pieces I tend to shop for in solid colors so that I can piece them with some of those fun patterns in my closet… so if you ask me, a good graphic top falls into the same category as a solid!
Fun fashionable details such as lace and embroidery are just timeless if you ask me. They can be just another simple accessory or layer pulling an outfit together! I love v’s in fashion… they’re flattering and appeal to all body types so of course I had to have this one! It’s old, from the Limited, but the idea and concept can be found anywhere… still super popular. Don’t be afraid to go for the pieces with detail. Especially if you think it’s beautiful! Try it on! Remember that these pieces that are staples in your closet need to make you feel sexy and confident! This top (lower left) is another staple with embroidery details and cutouts. I usually can’t stand this type of shirt especially with it being linen (type A to the max)… BUT I put it on and fell in love. Now it’s one that I reach for all the time. It was a snag off the clearance rack at LOFT, but again… tops like this are everywhere. Don’t be afraid to try them! I’ll be adding new and unexpected style pieces in the shop soon…
I hope this helps explain my methodology when talking about closet staples… I choose things that fall into these categories sure!! But most importantly I choose things that make me feel comfortable, confident and sexy! Because when you feel good, you feel confident. Confidence is sexy! You know when your friends feel good, your significant other, your kids – we can tell! So the next time you know… SAY something! Tell that person… you’re workin’ it! You look great today! Give them the confidence to do it again tomorrow! Now, go take a look in your closet… a different look. What can I help you with?!
Be bold, be you and beYOUtiful!
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