This was inspired by Susan at Friday Style , who posted about Oprah's must-haves for every woman. We all have ten pieces of clothing in our closets that we cannot be without. Thinking about my lifestyle, where I live, and what is constantly in and out of the laundry basket each week has led me to describe my ten most indispensable items.
In no particular order:
- Khaki pants. Ones that fit in length and that are comfortable. My pair is curvy fit from The Gap, hemmed ankle length. I most often wear flat shoes, so the majority of my pants are not hemmed for heels.
- Dark Wash Jeans. Again, these fit me in length. I own one pair hemmed for kitten heels, the rest are all for my flatter shoes. I own four pairs of jeans and understand that spending money on jeans that fit and flatter is a must, considering how much I wear mine. I recommend you check out The Limited, The Gap, Express, and American Eagle for their different cuts. My current favorite pair is the Eva cut jean in a dark wash from Express.
- Black pants. You are probably thinking "enough with the pants already!" Well, this is my last pair, maybe. Black pants can take you from morning to evening when you mix it up with accessories. They are professional when paired with a nice top and jacket for the office, and flirty when you take them out with a lace-trimmed tank or shimmery wrap top for a night on the town
- Button down shirts. I own a handful of these. I suggest that if you are going to buy just one, you buy one in a versatile color, that will go with the majority of the clothing that you normally wear. I love blues, greens, and dark reds, so I own blue, dark red, pink, and white button downs. You can layer these over tanks for a casual look, or under sweaters for something more professional.
- Fitted long-sleeved and short-sleeved tops. I will never wear a turtle neck. I have a friend who cannot have that much fabric around her neck without her face looking too large, and they are definitely not flattering to those with larger busts. I favor the Perfect Fit tees from Old Navy, and the Favorite Tees from American Eagle, and I own long and short sleeved tops in a variety of colors. Yes, bigger may be more comfortable, but it is not the most flattering. Pair your fitted long-sleeved top with a wide belt to show off your curves, and have fun with them!
- A Sweater you can layer. I love my small collection of sweaters. I own them in wool, acrylic chenille, and wool/angora blend. My favorite sweaters can layer over my button down shirts for the office, or lace-trimmed tanks for evenings out. Remember, you want colors that go with what you already have for the most versatility and ability to mix and match what is already in your closet.
- Polo shirts. I love polo shirts. You can find them to flatter every figure. They can be dressed up and down. I like to pair mine with everything from jeans and a longsleeved tee, to capri pants and bermuda shorts.
- The Little Black Dress. Oh yes, even I have one. Mine is cotton knit and lightweight, and easily dressed up or down. Find a little dress that you love and can see yourself wearing out day and night, and then accessorize it. I like a little pashmina wrap and some light jewelry.
- A hoodie. As a twenty-something, I understand that the hoodie is an indispensable piece of clothing. I own more than I can keep track of. I love to borrow them from my boyfriend when I'm cold and want to snuggle up in something worn-in, but for everyday wear, you need something that fits and flatters you. My favorite hoodies skim my body when zipped, and don't drown me in too much fleecy fabric.
- Capri pants or Bermuda shorts. These can be flattering to just about anyone. It can be hard to pull off longer shorts if you are a shorter person, so keep looking. My favorite shorts last year were from aeropostale, and I lived in capri pants from JC Penney, American Eagle, and Vigoss. Capris can be dressed up for a night out, or worn casually to grocery shop or spend a day playing catch, and bermudas are amazing to go outside and have fun in the sun in.
Next up: My favorite accessories.