We all know the economy has taken a plunge. So, when it comes to shopping, it is a good idea to invest in items of clothing that you can have forever. This advice is great for women of all age groups. People want quality clothing that will last them a long time. I say, indulge a little when it comes to the price of your clothing. Go to stores like Banana Republic, ZARA, Ann Taylor, BCBG Maxazria, J Crew. You will find all your essential wardrobe staples, made with quality material. These higher end retail stores also carry playful and fun clothing as well. Here are my tips on what to look for on your next shopping adventure.
Blazer- A boyfriend blazer or a fitted blazer. I say fitted, because there are so many blazers that do not have a curve to fit a woman's shape. You don't want to end up looking masculine or boxy. A fitted blazer is more flattering. Any color works. Beige, cream, black or soft nude. Blazers are perfect for chic office attire or worn at night when you just want to wear something over a blouse or dress.
Flats- Flats are crucial to have in your closet. They are a great alternative to sandals and make all the difference in your outfit. Invest in durable flats, with a small heel. This way, they will last you much longer and with the added heel, you can wear them through the day, without pain. Keep in mind, flats go great with anything too.
A classic pair of heels- Platforms, kitten heels, or sky-high stilettos, wearing heels makes an enormous difference in your appearance. All of the sudden your posture is better and your legs look toned. Invest in really good high heels, like from ALDO or Nordstrom.
The LBD "Little Black Dress"- This is the ultimate go-to dress for any girl. Whatever the style may be, find one that you really feel comfortable in and keep it age appropriate. This is a classic piece that can be dressed up or dressed down in so many ways. It is so versatile, elegant, and ultimately, timeless. The LBD is the number one wardrobe essential a woman should invest in.
A nice pair of jeans- Don't pay $50 for jeans that are ripped. Look for dark skinny or wide leg jeans that you can wear with anything. Find whatever style you feel comfortable in. I personally love high waisted and wide leg jeans. They cover up any imperfections, like slight belly bulge. An added bonus, they are flattering on any size.
Anything that adds a pop of color- Whether it be a handbag or a scarf. Having fun with your wardrobe is what fashion is all about. But, choose your items wisely. A solid fluorescent scarf or a bright red handbag can turn up the volume on any look. Be minimal with your clothing and accessories. Really make the pop of color stand out.
A feminine suit- It is always a good idea to have a suit hanging in your closet. You never know when you might need one. Lately, menswear has been seen all over the runways making the feminine suit hotter than ever.
White button down- A crisp white button down is right up there with the LBD. I can't even tell you how many ways you can wear a white blouse. It essentially goes with anything from shorts to dress pants.