Saturday, November 19, 2011

dot cuts back {make your wardrobe a workhorse}

Happy Saturday!  Today, Shannon from The Scribble Pad is joining us to share her tips on how to make sure you're looking your best by building a wardrobe that's a workhorse.  Don't forget to leave her some comment love!

 Hi everyone, I am Shannon from The Scribble Pad.  I hope you are enjoying Beth's series on saving money.  I was thrilled she asked me to be part of this great group of women!  I have to be honest, I am a bit of a shopaholic, but this series was just in time.  I am transitioning into my new body type after having my first baby and I have two sisters transitioning into the workforce - all three of us in need of wardrobe building blocks without spending a ton of money! So today, I am here to tell you how to make your wardrobe be your workhorse!  Find a few great pieces {that fit well...take pictures, bring a friend, be sure it fits!} that transition you from day to night and even festive parties of the upcoming holiday season. Rather than splurging on one outfit, find a few separate pieces that mix and match.  Let these be your building blocks.
Jeans in a medium dark wash with a slight flare like the Original Boot from American Eagle will transition from day to night with the addition of heels and a bangle. A black skirt, a bit off classic, that is conservative enough for the office or can ring in the festivities like this pleated version from Tulle. If you don't already own a party shirt, grab yourself a sequin tank this winter, like the one featured from Anne Klein.  But remember, this is a trendy item, so don't over pay.  ppst...this item might not make it into the 9-5 rotation, keep it for the weekends! The perfect black tee from Banana Republic.  To find the perfect tee, try it on and ask yourself: Can it work with jeans?  With a suit?  A party skirt?  Does the material feel nice?  Check to ensure it isn't see through, and finally, try it on first, under everything else, to see how it moves.  If you are tugging, it isn't perfect! Skip the cardigan and grab a simple Black Blazer. It will always be useful. This one from LC for Kohls offers a bow detail to sweeten the deal. A second blazer {to stretch your work wardrobe} is a great addition, just be sure the color compliments the rest of your choices, like this Taupe Jacket from LuLu's.
Additional Building Blocks:
+ jewel tone cardigan, once you already have two blazers
+ 3-4 basic tees in the colors you wear most frequently
+ a taupe pencil skirt to wear with your black tees
+ two statement necklaces, one chunky + one pendant
+ sparkly stud earrings to finish off any look
and
+ black flats, the true workhorse of your wardrobe

Thanks so much for letting me share my two cents about building a new wardrobe on a budget!

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