I love InStyle Magazine. They have great features such as this one I am about to share with you. There are certain staples of a wardrobe that every woman must have. Most of these items can be dressed up or down, which makes them completely multi-functional. These are the perfect type of items to bring when traveling. Remember – less is more! There is no need to pack four suitcases when you can easily make-do with just one and have plenty of options to choose from. I promise.
- The Little Black Dress
Casual Couture by Green Envelope – $89.10 (Retail – $168)
All women need a little black dress to wear for an evening out. It works for so many different functions, whether a date, a reunion, or a cocktail party. Finding a dress with a bit of embellishment, such as this one-shoulder detail, gives the dress a bit more style. Look for one that fits your body type really well, it will make or break the outfit.
2. Oversized Watch
Michael Kors Gold Runway Watch with Glitz – $169.99 (Retail – $250)
I love the look of wearing a watch that could be for a man. Wear it loosely as you would a bracelet, it makes a gorgeous accessory. This particular watch is on my radar!
3. Red Flats
Ciao Bella Pause Leather Cut Out Flat – $49.95 (Retail – $80)
I have featured these before on a previous post, and just love them. Flats are a must-have shoe for every woman, and although black seems to be the go-to color, a red flat gives you that pop of color. They work for every season and look way cute with a striped tee.
4. Striped Shirt
Michael Stars Riviera Striped Scoop Neck Tank – $49.00
There are tons of shirts out there featuring nautical stripes. I really happen to love this particular style, so although it is not on sale, it also doesn’t completely break the bank. Do a quick search for striped tee and you will have tons of options to choose from. Wear with a cute pair of jeans (I’d pick skinnies) and your red flats. This trend is big for 2010.
5. Printed scarf
Made of Me Patchwork Scarf – $38
Scarves are one of the greatest ways to accessorize your outfit. Pick a bright colorful print to add a dash of color or look for an animal print such as a leopard or zebra pattern. I am a firm believer that you can never have too many scarves! These ones from Nordstroms are a great price for the quality.
6. Black Blazer
Express Studio Stretch One Button Jacket – $98 (Shop Mondays and use promo code 4199 from $15 off)
A tailored black blazer is a must for every woman. Perfect for work, with a pair of jeans, little dresses, trousers, skirts, it’s great on all body types. Make sure to look for one that fits you well and accentuates your waist. As InStyle says, you don’t want it to look like it’s swallowing you!
7. Statement Necklace
Statement Chain Necklace from The Limited – $39.50
A statement necklace is a great way to play with the basics in your closet. I tend to have a lot of basic items and dress them up, whether it be with jewelry or scarves. This necklace not only accomplishes that, but it also pairs the mixed metal look which is very in right now. A simple way to make an outfit look feminine and strong. At under $40, it’s a great find.
8. Classic Trench Coat
Calvin Klein Belted Trench – $128
I love my black trench coat. It truly is a timeless classic that is perfect for work, for play, or for dress. It is a sexy coat that when fits you well, gives your body a beautiful shape. I agree with InStyle, that this is an investment piece. Burberry is known for their trench, but at over $1,000, it is out of my price range (one day it won’t be!). I bought my trench for just over $100 and totally love it. The key is to look for a classic A-line silhouette that cinches at your waist line. Don’t be afraid to try a few on to find your perfect fit. Remember, we all have totally different body styles! Find what works for you.
9. A Perfect Flared Jean
Hudson Stretch Flare Jean in Natural Indigo – $71.99 (Retail $176)
A flared jean fits almost all body styles. Do I believe it’s the one cut of denim all women should have? I am not sold on that idea. I’ll warn you now. I have a huge denim addiction, one that extends to all cuts and styles. (Well, not gaudy denim, I hate that.) I think every woman should have a few cuts of jeans, but that is for a whole other post. Featured above is a great stretch flare by Hudson. Darker denim does well for most people, and also can be dressed up very easily. Hudson’s have a great weight and stretch quality. Please note the price of this denim will go up by 10% tomorrow, as this reflects a promotional price on Bluefly (love them!).
10. Black Opaque Tights
Gap Black Opaque Tights – $12.50
InStyle said it best: A great pair of tights can make your legs look slimmer and help you get away with wearing a dress that’s a little too short. Double them up for a more opaque look—and to keep you warm in the winter!” Don’t be afraid to play a bit with tights or patterns. They can look really cute paired with the right pair of shoes, skirts, shorts, etc.
I loved that InStyle gave all these wonderful suggestions for women. What I didn’t love was that they provided no ideas or links to actually purchase the items. It left a lot to be desired. But, I love their mag so much that I forgave them. It was the least I could do to provide each of you with a buying guide. Should any of these items not work for you, or if you need help fitting your body-style, I would love to help. I have a great way of being able to provide sizing suggestions and brands for individuals that match your uniqueness. Should you need cheaper items, no problem! Want to spend a bit more… that is easy! Just let me know – firstname.lastname@example.org