New Year Fashion Basics

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The New Year is always a catalyst for change and renewal. While most folks use Jan 1st as the best time to start a new diet, why don’t we use this new beginning for a style over haul? Basics are the key to a successful wardrobe. So let’s spend the start of the New Year setting you up for a big victory.

Tailored Jacket Whether it is for a big job interview or to wear on the first day of work with a pair of slacks; a suit jacket is essential to a complete wardrobe. Start by purchasing one in black that can conform to a variety of outfits. Wear it professionally, but don’t forget to pair it with jeans and a tee.

Stripes For the beginning of the year and into the spring season, I suggest picking up some clothes embellished with our horizontal friends. (Yes, I said friends!) No need to be scared of this style detail. A white top with blue stripes adds instant causal sophistication to your style. And if you are still worried about it possibly adding weight to your frame; pair it with that tailored jacket mentioned before.

Great Denim It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of boot leg, straight or skinny; denim is a must have for the New Year. While all shades are fun and have their use, I suggest getting your perfect pair of dark jeans. They look of a higher quality even if you purchase them from a less expensive retailer. The most important factor in choosing denim pants is fit. Make sure they are the right length, its not cute to see tattered hems. Give yourself enough room in the waist area (muffin tops are not in this season.) Second is style. If your on the curvier side, I suggest a nice boot-cut or straight leg. If you are slim, a skinny leg would work just fine.

Oxfords Carrying over from last year, this classic shoe made a come back. Traditional colors are black, brown or black and white. The new colors are nudes and gray tones. They pair perfectly with a skinny leg or knit stocking.

Additional must-have basics; button-down blouses, cardigans, skinny belts, a leather satchel, scarves, woven hats, floral dresses, lace tops, and tights/stockings.

Style Tip: If you wonder whether an expensive purchase is worth it, ask yourself these questions. How many times will I wear it? Is the fabric going to hold for years with normal use? Is this a classic that is always in style?

If you plan on wearing the garment many times over a period of years and it can stand up to that use then, go for it. Sometimes in our path to success and style there are pricier purchases that will make a lasting impact on our wardrobe.

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PiageMoore August 1, 2011 at 7:56 am

It is really nice Leather Jacket.I like to wear leather jackets because it will create different stylish look after wearing.Recently I have purchased such type of leather jackets from one online shoppe.


Patricia@lavenderuses January 1, 2011 at 9:36 pm

Hi Patty

Love the post. Very practical tips and all pieces I agree we need as basics in our wardrobe. I need to get the tailored jacket. Finding one that fits is the challenge.

Smaller sizes here in Oz are usually also meant for really petite gals! The fact some of us are slim but average height doesn’t seem to come into it.

An American friend donated some small size jeans to me as she had grown. They fitted perfectly and were also smart. Your clothing is much cheaper than here in Oz. She was shocked what we paid compared to what she got things for back in Texas.

Patricia Perth Australia

Tia Peterson January 1, 2011 at 10:06 pm

Hey Patricia – That’s really interesting! I did not know that clothing was cheaper in the U.S.!

Henway January 1, 2011 at 3:51 pm

When it comes to fashion, I like to keep things simple: just buy timeless classics that look good and are versatile, without regard to brand name. Invest in things that will last a long time.

Patty J January 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I completely agree. If you really invest in some great pieces they will pay you back years to come!

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