Which won’t leave your clothes looking fifty shades of grey.
Who hasn’t looked at their wardrobe over the last few years and instantly regretted buying those acid washed jeans, or pair of neon leggings circa 2006? (Totally not judging. I had them in every single shade). But being an adult in the real world often means spending the last of your paycheque on something a little more substantial such as a versatile LBD as opposed to a round of shots for your girlfriends – and one for the bartender.
So don’t throw away your denim skirt and neon leggings (just yet), but make sure your clothes rack is in good supply of the following essentials which will update your look, and boost your overall confidence.
1. Basic button-up shirt
This classic style is so flattering on all body types, and can be worn with pants, skirts, shorts – you name it. Choose a funky pattern if monochrome isn’t part of your vocab, and make sure the fit is flattering against your chest and arms. Sudden rips are never ideal. Especially if said button-up is a silk number from Uniqlo…
2. An all-purpose coat
Who else feels like a child playing dress-up every time coat season comes around? Instantly dress down this piece by pairing it with distressed denim jeans, flat shoes (don’t fret – ankle boots work better in Winter), and a colourful scarf.
3. An LBD
If you must own just one item from my list, let it be the LBD (Little Black Dress). There are just a few things to look out for when choosing the one for you. Fit: Did Goldilocks settle on the first porridge she saw? No. Not too big, not too small, mmm just right. Fabric: Make sure the material is suitable for work – ahem, no see-through materials, breathable, and won’t crease too easily. And figure: Not just how it looks on your body, but how much it can burn a hole in your pocket. A dress with a heftier price tag doesn’t always translate into better style. Find one which works for your curves, and shop within your means.
4. A leather belt
Who doesn’t suffer from chronic baggy-jean syndrome? The annoying time between each wash when your pants stretch to double their original size, and pulling them up via the belt loops is second nature to breathing. A classic leather belt will keep your pants in place, and act as a subtle styling accessory.
5. Skinny jeans
Black, white, grey or denim, it doesn’t matter which colour you prefer, skinny jeans will never go out of style. Keep the super-distressed style for casual days, and always make sure to try them on in store. Even though a cheeky late night purchase is just irresistible.
6. Kitten heels
Kitten heels are often hailed as a fashion faux pas – as in, do not tread in under the age of forty, but I’ve been converted and now there’s no turning back. They might not always look like a million bucks, but your feet will be thanking you three hours into your next shift.
7. A structured blazer
The structured blazer might bring back repressed memories of unflattering uniforms from high school, but there’s no denying that this piece can dress-up any outfit. Paired with skinny jeans, a classic white tee, and ankle boots, it’s a no-brainer in my books.
8. Ankle boots
If ankle boots were a fruit, then they would most definitely be an avocado. They match pretty much everything, and are the popular choice of footwear for women of all ages – a legendary staple in my books. If black boots are too basic for your wardrobe, try a distressed shade of brown or even khaki which adds a bit of character to your clothes, and you’re ready to be taken as a serious grown-up lady.
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