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October 04, 2011

Building My Fall/Winter Wardrobe Part 1: Foundation

I am currently in the process of building my fall/winter wardrobe. Building a wardrobe is like building a house. The first thing you need when building a house or a wardrobe is a good solid foundation. The foundation in a wardrobe is those classic pieces that every woman should have. They are those pieces that will never go out of style and they follow you from season to season. Here is a list of ten foundation pieces that every wardrobe should have.

1. Trench Coat

A good trench coat is an investment piece. Because it can be worn from season to season, it is one piece you should not be afraid to spend a little more money on. Looks best in the original khaki color, although there are other colors out there. These coats have been around for many many years and will never go out of style. A classic trench can give any outfit instant class.

2. White Button Down

The white button down shirt looks better in a men's style or an actual men's shirt like the one shown above. There is something ultra sexy about a woman in a man's button down shirt. Keep it basic and classic like a cotton or linen. They can go from business to casual. Should be slightly over sized, but not too big. These shirts look good with jeans, leggings, slacks and skirts.

3. Little Black Dress (LBD)

A LBD is the perfect wardrobe builder. When choosing a little black dress go for a classic fit. You can dress it up or down. It can take you from work to drinks and from Sunday brunch to a cocktail party depending on the way you style and accessorize it. You can go casual by pairing with a cardigan and a pair of flats. You can go edgy by pairing it with a motorcycle jacket and a pair of studded booties. For an evening look, wear your LBD with a great pair of pumps or stilettos, a statement necklace, a cocktail ring and a sparkly clutch. Always add a pop of color to your LBD. Remember LBDs come in a variety of lengths, materials and sleeve lengths. It's always smart to buy more than one LBD in different styles.

4. Black Blazer

A classic black blazer can be single-breasted or double breasted. Can go from the office to the weekend and can be worn from day to night. Black blazers look good with jeans, skirts, slacks or over dresses. Try different styles like the boyfriend blazer or more fitted and shrunken styles.

5. Black Pencil Skirt

A black pencil skirt is a very versatile item. Worn with a black blazer it makes a great power suit. The pencil skirt can take you from day to night and from casual to business. The pencil skirt looks best worn with high heels. The skirt should fall right above the knee or right below the knee. The skirt should be snug, but not too tight.

6. Black Slacks

Can be worn just like the pencil skirt. Can go from day to night and from casual to business casual. A classic pair of slacks is a straight leg or wide leg silhouette, but can also be worn in a pencil leg.

7. Classic Jeans

Classic jeans come with no bells and whistles. These are the jeans that never go out of style. A classic pair of jeans come in a dark wash and straight leg, trouser style or boot cut. Classic jeans can be dressed up or down depending on what you pair it with. A classic pair of jeans can also be worn to work on casual Friday. They can also be worn on a date, having drinks with the girls or just weekend casual wear. It all depends on what you wear it with and how you accessorize it. Classic jeans will never go out of style, so don't be afraid to spend a little more on this item.

8. Black Pumps

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Classic black pumps are good when you are trying to make a statement with your outfit instead of your shoes. They come in many different heights from the kitten heel to the stiletto variety. They can make an outfit classy or sexy depending on what you pair it with.

9. Camisoles and Tank tops


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I always keep camisoles and tanks in different styles and colors. These look good under cardigans and blazers. They can be dressed up or down. This is an item that can be bought anywhere at any price point.

10. White T-shirts

The classic white t-shirt is a mainstay in my wardrobe because of the diversity. They can be bought anywhere. You can buy a pack of five like Hanes or you can spend money on a high end shirt. The classic white t-shirt can make an outfit casual or dressy depending on what you wear it with or how you wear it. Wear with a pair of jeans and a blazer for a polished ans casual look. Or wear with a pair of slacks and a blazer for a more business casual look. The classic white t-shirt looks good with skirts, pants and under cardigans and blazers or alone. Remember that the classic white t-shirt come in different sleeve lengths as well as different neck styles.

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