Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wardrobe Basics

Okay all you fashion-savvy folks, this one is just for you! I need your help!

I have decided that the new year is the perfect time to begin updating my wardrobe. While there are some that will swear that I have been dressing like a kindergarten teacher since high school, I feel like my wardrobe is currently more "high school student slouch" than young professional. And that needs to change.

Over the past couple of years I have been acquiring new bits and pieces here and there, but I want to get serious with what I have and what I need and getting rid of the stuff that is simply taking up space! I got a good start at Christmas this year, but there are still some things I need.

Khakis - plain old khaki pants that I can wear anywhere with anything. CJ Banks has been letting me down, but I'm still hopeful I can find some there because I really love the way their pants fit me!

Black dress pants - I have one pair that I'm not digging and don't really wear, so I need some I'll actually get out of the closet!

Denim jacket - preferable something a little feminine. There are a couple on the Dress Barn website that have my attention, but I will need to see them in person and try them on. I'm also open to other suggestions.

Sturdy cardigan - My friend Betsy has one that I have coveted for years but have never been able to find something like it. I don't want something super-thin and clingy, but something that will be a good go-to for a long time! I have found two from Lands End that aren't exactly what I want, but may be what I end up with because they're pretty close!

Shells/Tanks/Tees in lots of colors - Preferably something that is not super fitted/clingy but that is knit and has a little movement to it.

White button down - I know this is one of those things that every person needs, but I simply don't have it because I have yet to find one that fits comfortably and looks nice on me! Perhaps I need to shift simply to a nice white blouse?

No, I don't have a basic little black dress and no I don't want a basic little black dress. I know they're a classic, timeless staple, but my body is so odd right now that dresses in general don't fit me correctly! I have a good black skirt (part of a suit) and that is doing me for now!

And of course please feel free to let me in on any things you know of that I need and aren't on my list!


  1. You know, I think the white blouse would be fine. Isn't the reason the white button down is so popular because white matches and looks good with everything? I think the blouse would serve the same utility.

    I hear you about dresses. Since I'm not so tall (5'2ish) it is also a struggle for me to find dresses that fit!

  2. I have a white button down from Lands End that I love.. it's wrinkle free and it always looks crisp.

    I think you should look into getting maybe a cargo-y, khaki or brown or navy blazer instead of a jean jacket. I think that might give you the more adulty feel that you're looking for.

    Don't underestimate the power of an LBD. I have a jersey black longsleeved one that I wear all the time. It's loose, it's long sleeved and it can dress up or down. I'll be on the lookout for a good one for you.

    And of course, I will always go shopping with you.

  3. OOh. Lands End has a nice Merino Wool Sweater Dress that looks like it wouldn't be too clingy. (nobody likes an overly clingy sweater dress)
    check it!

  4. is amazing and they mail to the USA.

    My high school made us dress in business attire in 11th and 12th grades, so I still go to work in the stuff I was wearing at 16-18 because I'm too cheap to replace most of it.