Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fashion: Wardrobe staples

As I was getting dressed the other day, I got to thinking about the items (clothing, accessories, boots, otherwise) that are my wardrobe STAPLES. The items that I reuse, over and over and over, in a variety of ways to make an out fit ME, and that I get the most bang for my buck out of...

(Which is funny, b/c though I will list links to were you CAN purchase such items, I do not believe I purchased any of my items, sans a few at the local Value Village for no more than $6.99).

Current Wardrobe Staples:

Colored Tights
Essential, especially now that I live in an area that has seasons. Essential colors ( for me) are navy blue, Black, Brown, Grey and nude. The brighter colors don't always work on me, though I do have a pair of neon pink that I grabbed at a swap. You never know. Tights are essential b/c they allow you to wear the dresses and skirts you crave year 'round AND to start rocking the shorts in early spring when you just cant wait any longer!
We Love Color- Tights // American Apparel -Tights

Knee High Socks
I would say it has been the last 6 months that I have started to get into knee highs. I strictly stick to dark colors, usually in the same colors as my stockings, or matched about (so navy tights, with dark brown knee high socks). Once again, I DO own a few pairs of printed knee highs i got on SUPER sale, but haven't found a way to rock them. they are more daring, and they make your calves look wider/bigger (and if you already have big/muscular calves it might not be what you want). I wear knee highs to add warmth to my legs in cold Alaska, but keep the tights/skirt look. I also use them for a little flair peaking over the top of my tall boots, or with loafers. 
American Apparel-Knee High Socks

Simple, Fun Wide Belt
Now, I love belts. I own... A Lot. I feel it is important to own at least 1 wide belt in Black, dark Brown, and a camel Brown. I also believe one statement wide belt should be owned, I own a black stretch belt with animal print clasp. I wear my belts mainly around my waist to accentuate it, but I also own a few nice skinny belts for simple elegance. 

L.L. Bean Deerfield Rustic Boots

I LOVE my boots. They are the exact ones pictured. I got them this past Christmas from my mom, and they are WONDERFUL. I made sure to put a nice leather protector on them, since i was going to be in snow and sludge with them, and now they get worn ALL THE TIME. I mainly wear them with skinny jeans, or skirts/dresses, but occasionally wear them under a pair of boot cut jeans as well. I just feel they are so gorgeous they shouldn't be hidden! And the best part about them is the wonderful soles. They have tread! I can walk in Alaska with them! I wont bust my ass!

Men's Penny Loafer
I have a pair of these, yes, Men's. I found them (though, mine are a little more camel colored) at Value Village. I ALWAYS look at the mens shoes section at village, most time they are better than the women's (Esp. if, like me, you are not one to wear heals...).  I got them on a colored tag sale day, so they cost me $3.49. I think they are great, b/c like the boats above, they can be worn with skirts/dresses, jeans...and added bonus, SHORTS. with a nice pair of shorts and tights/knee socks, or in summer bare legs! I just think they are just as comfortable, and a lot more classy than slapping on some sneakers. Esp. in fall/winter months. In summer, go for cute sandals! 

1969 Gap Jeans
I was lucky enough to find two pairs, in (basically) the same size of these jeans at Value Village. THEY ARE AMAZING. It is true what they say about spending a little more money on certain items. No, I didn't personally spend the money ($69.50 online), but someone did, and I got the good fortune of finding these jeans for only $9.99 each. What makes them wonderful? the quality. No thin flimsy fabric. The waistband is thick, so no bending and such from sitting down all day. They retain shape! the dark wash is always flattering, and they aren't sized like american womens clothing, they are actual length/width sized! thank the heavens!   They are perfect. and i will cry when i can no longer wear them.

Wanna see someone who's style I think is immaculate, and inspires me to not ever dress like a bum (unless cleaning, or camping?): Orchid Grey.

What are YOUR fashion essentials?


  1. Basics:
    White collared fitted shirt
    Tan/White/Neutral colored sweaters (Zara)
    Dark wash skinny jean
    Black skinny trousers (Zara)
    Dark wash boot cut jeans (LTB)
    Black boot with mid-high heel and tread
    Black blazer
    Black tights

    I think everyone has certain colors that look best on them. For me it is jewel tones, but my basic wardrobe starts with black/white/neutral tones that I can mix and match before I start buying colored items. My rule is never buy anything unless I can picture it matching with everything else or combining it into an outfit out of existing clothes. You save a lot of money that way by not buying clothes that are "pretty", but never get worn.

  2. Mostly a bra. It's the only thing I wear everyday.

  3. One of my tricks is fitted cardigans in jewel/neutral tones: teal, brown, mustard, mint, dark orange. Pop one of those over a tank top with nice bib detail, and you aren't going to sweat like a gorilla, or show off bad tattoos/armpit hair. Yes, that is a concern of mine.

    I LOVE leggings. I WISH I had more tights, but I destroy them, so I go with leggings. BLACK is a must, but natural colours and jewel tones spice things up.

    SCARVES. I have about 32, maybe 12 that I wear frequently. Most are ethnic prints, excepting that awesome scarf your mom got me. THAT scarf is changing my style from dirty hippie to dirty bohemian.

    Earrings: make any outfit look better.

    I've never LOVED jeans for everyday wear, I prefer trousers. Recently I scored two pairs of O'neil brand skater pants from the dump. Navy and brown. They are comfortable and match everything. But they also sag in the ass. Question: are there pants that DON'T do that? Is it because I have no ass?

    Also: fuck Orchid Grey, she is beautiful. I want her HAIR.


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