It’s spring, a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. What does that mean for fashion, you ask? It’s time to strip your wardrobe to the foundation and get back to basics. Let’s asses what staple pieces you must have in your closet to guarantee you will always be chic (as if you weren’t already).
on the front page: Bambi Northwood-Blyth for Harper’s Bazaar Australia, June 2011
The Button Down
This borrowed-from-the-boys style (which, might I add, still looks great on the boys…) has become a classic style and wardrobe staple for women since the days of the iconic Katharine Hepburn, pictured top right. A button down is the symbol of the working woman, but the look can be toned down to fit a even the most casual of styles. Whether it’s fitted or loose, white or blue, ruffled or printed, with silver buttons or pearl, this is a shirt that you need in your closet.
On Chictopia: Iris of Irisanddaniel shows a modest and cute way to wear her pale blue button down. ari_c takes a more bohemian route, wearing her shirt tied up with a maxi skirt and chunky turquoise jewelry. TurquoisePassion opts for casual chic in a printed loose button down with cuffed shorts.
The PLD (Perfect Little Dress)
Who ever said that the LBD had to be black? I totally respect Coco Chanel’s judgement, but that doesn’t mean that everyone likes to wear dark colors. Let’s broaden this category, and call it the PLD—the perfect little dress. Following the guidelines of the LBD, it should fit beautifully and have the ability to be dressed up or down—but I recommend choosing one that comes in your favorite color, or a color that suits you. Use Audrey Hepburn as a guide: you should look as radiant as she did in your PLD.
On Chictopia: Joannaladrido wears an LBD with a punky edge. Fashionquite looks classic in a flirty navy number (it contrasts nicely with her hair, too!). La_blog makes a vibrant red dress casual with a black moto jacket.
Whether you think they’re overworn or under-appreciated, I believe in the merits of owning at least one pair of great jeans. I won’t deny my love for skirts and dresses, but sometimes jeans can just give you an extra oomph of sexy or tone your look to perfectly casual. Choose a pair of jeans that flatter your body and fit with your style.
On Chictopia: Kristensmellis wears a flattering pair of dark wash skinnies. Kathleencarla jumps back in time with her flared 70s-style bellbottoms. Toutlamode keeps her jeans casual with a t-shirt and cardigan.
The Classic Coat
Whether you love the Burberry classic trench or favor a red peacoat, it’s important to have a classic coat in your closet. (Try saying that three times fast!) You need a coat that will keep you warm when its cold, but also look great. (Take a hint from the elegant Karlie Kloss, pictured at bottom right.) Some coat styles that go well with many outfits include the trench, the peacoat, the blazer, and the anorak/cargo jacket.
On Chictopia: Daniel of irisanddaniel wears a long gray coat with interesting detailing. Annabel pairs a khaki trench over a casual outfit. Kansairetro wears a feminine navy coat with a peter pan collar.
What are your wardrobe essentials? Let us know in the comments!