- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@LynnSnow: How fun! And congrats on getting fit, that must feel so great!
Here are my go-to’s (I hate spending money on clothes and don’t like to have a closet overflowing with cheap clothes, so I’ve been relying on these staples for a long time):
-2 to 3 pairs of dark-wash (very dark blue) skinny jeans. My favorite pair is James Jeans which I ordered on sale from bluefly.com for like $30 or $40. I don’t care about designer dresses/skirts/shirts but I will splurge for a good pair of designer jeans. I bought a pair of $180 jeans when I was 16 (a whole paycheck at the time!) and they STILL look great almost 10 years later, no joke. My favorite brands are Paige Jeans, Joe Jeans, Seven for Mankind, Citizens for Humanity, and Hudsons. I usually buy jeans on sale at Nordstrom Rack.
-1 pair of skinny black jeans. Sometimes it’s fun to mix things up, and black jeans are super stylish and very slimming. My favorite pair of black skinny jeans is also from James Jeans.
-1 pair of nude heels. Always flattering – I wear mine 2-3 days a week to work, and I can wear them going out too. Mine are pointy-toed, and close-toed, so they’re conservative enough for work but they’re cute at the same time.
-1 pair of leather riding boots. These are always stylish in fall/winter and look great with your skinny jeans. Sooo comfy too – when we are on vacation in a cold place, I can walk for miles in my boots! DSW has great selection of shoes and boots, I bought one of my pairs there. If you don’t have a DSW nearby, you should try ordering shoes and boots from Zappos.com – they have free returns and super fast service. I’ve tried out multiple shoes from there before deciding on one; with the free returns you don’t end up wasting a cent if you don’t like them or if they’re the wrong size.
-A few neutral-colored v-neck cotton Ts. Based on the photos you posted above, it looks like you like some earthy/neutral colors. V-necks are great in the summer with shorts, great in the fall with a scarf, you can really wear them year-round. The most flattering ones aren’t skin-tight – I get mine a little loose. The ones I wear most often are a black v-neck and a sandy tan-colored v-neck. A white one is also helpful for layering and can look good under any colored cardigan! Old Navy or Target are good places to check for v-necks.
-A few cardigans or sweaters. My favorites I’ve bought off the sale rack at J. Crew. You can get cute cardis everywhere, but I’d say make sure you like the way they fit (not too baggy!) and get a few neutral colors (like black or gray) to wear with lots of different outfits.
-Lots of sleeveless and shortsleeved blouses. I wear the same black and gray pants and skirts to work everyday and just change the shirts – it’s so much simpler that way. And I’ll wear these out on the weekends with blazers. Banana Republic and J. Crew always have cute blouses, since you don’t live near them you could order off their websites – I’ve always found their sizes to be pretty accurate and with blouses you don’t usually need a super exact size since they’re not form-fitting.
-A large gold or silver oversized watch. These are so much fun and help accessorize anything – I don’t wear bracelets, I just wear my big silver watch haha 🙂
-Treat yourself to some statement jewelry, I’d stay away from Forever 21 if you’re looking for more sophisticated clothes but they have tons of cute cheap jewelry. Get a few long necklaces and some fun earrings. F21 has some cute cheap scarves, too.
What part of the country do you live in? I’m just curious if you have cold winters or not, because if so that’ll affect the “staples” that you need.