Last week, a reader asked me:
If I’m starting from scratch, What CORE pieces + ACCENT stylin’ pieces should I get for both:
– My casual, weekend, date wardrobe
– My work wardrobe (which is kind of business casual)
I did a series of posts about what clothes are best for what body shape. You should read those posts to help determine what items you should invest in. I mostly touch on casual/weekend/date style pieces in those posts. They are filed in this category >>
For a casual work wardrobe, I would first recommend getting a great suit. Either get a blazer and skirt duo or a blazer and pant duo. Or get all three pieces. This will be an important outfit to have and you will be able to wear all three pieces separately so you can mix and match. That will help you get the most out of a small wardrobe. Some other pieces to consider for work would be a great fitting “pencil” jean skirt, a-line skirts, and wrap dresses. If you want to go even more casual, try wearing trouser jeans with a cashmere tank or a silk blouse. The jeans will be casual, but the shirt will dress it up just enough to look clean and put together.
Something you don’t have to worry about when losing or gaining weight is your shoe, jewelry, and handbag collection. Those always fit! If you are on a budget, but still want style, I would highly recommend Wal Mart. They have really stepped it up a notch on the fashion scale and they are getting better and better all the time. They have pieces that look amazingly similar to high fashion designer items, for only a fraction of the cost. You can get inexpensive jewelry, sunglasses, and handbags there. And their shoe selection is getting better all the time. I would urge you to try Payless Shoes first though. They have a much wider selection of shoes that are very stylish and hip.
Well, I hope this helps you out. If you have more questions, please leave a comment or email me!