Monday, January 23, 2012

How To Build the Perfect Wardrobe With Seven Fashion Staples

You Will Need: A little black dress, Plain dark jeans, A crisp white button-down shirt, Black dress pants, White T-shirts, A black skirt, A trench coat, and Professional laundering (optional).

Step 1: Invest in a little black dress
Invest in what fashionistas call the LBD, or Little Black Dress: A simple, elegant sheath.Try a sheath dress in navy, brown, charcoal, or red, too. Just make sure it’s a solid color.

Step 2: Find the perfect jeans
Have a go-to pair of jeans that fit well and can be dressed up or down. That means no rips, studs, or fading – just a dark pair of plain jeans.

Step 3: Get a crisp white shirt
Own at least one crisp, white, button-down shirt. Look for fitted ones that won’t bunch around your hips when you tuck them in – but won’t tug at the buttons, either. Unless you can afford professional laundering, avoid 100 percent cotton in favor of a no-iron fabric.

Step 4: Have black dress pants
Buy at least one pair of black, all-season pants in a basic cut that works just as well with a sweater or jacket as it does with a shirt or blouse.

Step 5: Stock up on white tees
Stock up on white T-shirts – crew neck and V-neck, long-sleeved and short-sleeved.

Step 6: Get a good skirt
Get a good black skirt. A knee-length, A-line skirt is universally flattering. But if you have the figure for a pencil skirt, go for it.

Step 7: Buy an all-weather trench coat
Buy a classic, all-weather trench coat. Don’t skimp on it; a well-made one will last you a decade or more.

Did You Know?: Sixty-six percent of women own at least one “little black dress.”

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