Wardrobe Basics – Timeless Pieces You Shouldn’t Live Without
A special dress – there must be at least one stunning go-to party dress in your wardrobe. A classic style, (like our Austin Envy) that fits you perfectly, skims over your problem areas, and makes you feel fabulous. This is the dress that will take you to a classy restaurant, to a garden wedding, or to the ballet.
A great pair of pants. Never underestimate the power of a straight legged pair of black pants, worn with classic high heeled shoes – this look elongates and slims the legs, and will make you look taller and thinner. Annah Stretton Lorelei pants are a great option. Remember to do the ‘sit down’ test in the fitting room before you make your purchase.
A super jacket is one of the best investments you will ever make – you can wear it with your corporate black pants or pencil skirt – and bring it out again in the weekend teamed with your favourite jeans. Fit is crucial, and there is nothing wrong with a slightly padded shoulder.
Your favourite pair of skinny or straight legged jeans will become a wardrobe favourite, and darker denim is a more classic option. Don’t buy fifty random pairs of jeans – find a style that works for you, get the right fit and colour and buy two pairs.
The classic pencil skirt is finally moving out of the boardroom. Pair it with a silk blouse and your leather jacket for after-hours style. We love the flirty frill on our Rochelle skirt – it makes corporate wear just a bit racy!
The trend you are never too old for is the leather jacket – every women should have one in her wardrobe, and they just get better with age. There is no excuse these days that they are too expensive –faux leather is absolutely impossible to tell from real. Funk it up a bit with studs or ruffles – and wear it to the office! If you can’t bring yourself to wear leather, try denim – the Annah Stretton DJ Jojo jacket has a beautiful pink wash through the fabric.
Every wardrobe needs a pretty blouse – organza or chiffon is the fabric of choice, and a soft, pretty floral will never date. Our Lyra Top is new for summer 2018, and is the perfect light floral shirt to wear with ¾ pants.
A string of pearls is a beautiful accessory for any outfit, and will go from the office to a formal affair. We know real pearls are expensive, but a long string of fake pearls is just as good – don’t just wear them for special occasions, they look great with jeans as well.
Don’t forget shoes – it seems that every woman loves shoes! There is no reason these days to wear ugly or uncomfortable shoes – there are loads of pretty, stylish and comfy shoes out there. If you are not a big fan of towering stilettos, the kitten heel is back – and ballet flats work with everything. If you need a bit of height without the wobbles – try a wedge heel.
These ideas are just the start of an amazing wardrobe – once you have the basics you can add your own style with unique and distinctive garments and accessories.