Back in July of 2012 I shared with you all my 10 wardrobe essentials. I think it is time to revisit that post.
There are a couple of reasons for the revisit. First, is that some of my favourite classics were in that 10…well it actually turned out to be 11 but who’s counting. Also, I can feel that I am getting ready for a wardrobe challenge of some kind which always inspires me to get back to the basics. So I though over the coming weeks it would be interesting to have a look back at those magic 10 wardrobe essentials. Remind myself why they truly are essentials. See how I have included them in posts since July 2012 and then use them to create some “Essentials” looks to share with you all in hopes that not only can I inspire myself but maybe even a couple of you!
- Classic White Button-down Shirt – you can pick them up anywhere at a wide variety of price ranges. This one happens to be from Country Road. Sorry it’s a bit wrinkled…I had just worn it to work!
- Classic Black Pants – again, any price range but I recommend buying the best you can afford with all of these items because you will wear them to death. This pair I have had for years and love. They are from Ralph Lauren (bought at the outlet store, regular price $399 on sale for $79).
- Classic White T-shirt – any style collar is fine. It just needs to be one that you are comfortable wearing. This one is Mossimo, bought on my last trip to the US for $3…yes, $3…I bought a couple!
- Blue Jeans – Even though coloured denim is so hot right now, nothing beats a classic pair of blue jeans. You’ll recognize this pair as my beloved high-waisted, bell-bottomed J Brand jeans that I purchased last year from Shopbop.com at half their normal retail price!
- The Little Black Dress – I did a whole series using this dress called 7 Looks x 7 Days. That is how versatile it is! – Purchased from a boutique in Hong Kong for under $100 (you may remember this is the dress the lady thought I was “too big” for and it ended up fitting me perfectly).
- Pencil Skirt – normally I would recommend either black or nude to make sure it works with the other items and remains flexible but I had this one made in Hong Kong and specifically choose the fabric because it is black, white and nude so it will go with everything!
- Tailored Suit – black would work just as well as this nude one I had made in Hong Kong. If you are in Hong Kong, I highly recommend seeing a reputable tailor to have suits and skirts made. I was excited when the tailor I chose had photos of Anthony Bourdain on the wall! Seems I just missed him filming a segment there my about a week. They also had Bill Clinton but that’s not as cool as Anthony Bourdain.
- Black Handbag – this is the handbag from my lust have list – cost $99.
- Black Shoes – a mid height heel is most versatile but as I predominately wear heels most of my pants are tailored for a higher heel. This pair is Prada, bought on sale for $250. Buy a pair that works for your budget but make sure they are very comfortable because you be wearing them a lot.
- Black Belt – this one happens to be a medium width as I find it most versatile. Plus I like that the buckle is a little bit bigger so it adds some personality to a look. Pretty sure I bought this one at Target, so it had to be reasonably priced.
- BONUS ITEM – Black Leather Jacket – If your budget doesn’t allow for leather you could go for vinyl/plastic/faux but I would recommend using a denim jacket instead. So leather or denim the whole idea is to provide a layer and make it a bit casual.
So those are my 10 wardrobe essentials revisited, plus the bonus item. Later in the week We’ll look back at some of the ways I have incorporated these essentials into my wardrobe over the past 9 months and then we’ll see what new looks I can come up with!
Wish me luck!
- Wardrobe Pieces That Will Stand the Test of Time – Beauty & Fashion (everydayfamily.com)
- How to Dress Classic- Discover the can’t live without pieces in your wardrobe (focusonstyle.com)
- My Top Ten Wardrobe Essentials (capetownstylerack.wordpress.com)
- 10 Wardrobe Staples of the Young Professional (Female) (liberalartslife.com)