I cleaned out my closet today. I hate that chore. Clothes are sentimental to me and it is hard for me to let go sometimes. I had planned on writing a post about what to keep and what to purge from your closet. But when I really think about it, I just cannot subscribe to the fact that any one piece is “timeless.” Sure, the little black dress, the black blazer, the khaki trench are all items of clothing that can be found throughout the past several decades. But each of those pieces is stamped by it’s time period. For instance, in 1980 your black pumps would have been super pointy. In 1970 your little black dress would be super short with bell sleeves. Nothing in clothing is truly timeless (in my opinion).
Even though nothing is timeless, there are a few pieces that should be in every women’s closet this season. Some you should splurge on, some you should buy cheap, but each of these pieces should be a part of your wardrobe this year. However I must warn you, this is not an exciting post. It is not meant to be exciting. Basics are not exciting, they are dependable.
First up, the black riding boot. Look for a nice, smooth leather with very little detail on the boot. This shoe will go with every thing. Personally, I think this is an item where you should splurge so that the boot will last and be comfortable. I bought my black riding boots three years ago. Last fall I had to have them re-soled because I literally wore a hole in the sole. But the shoe was in such great shape, and so comfortable, I couldn’t bear the thought of looking for a replacement. You can literally wear this boot every day if you want.
Next, the black pump. Everyone should have a black pump in their closet. Again, shoot for something not shiny or suede, just down the middle black. This shoe is not, however something I would recommend spending tons on because you are not going to wear it every day, or every week for that matter. You should spend enough money that you can walk in them without being in so much pain all you can think about is taking them off.
You should also have a black blazer in your closet. I wrote a post a few weeks ago about blazers. You can go there to see about different fits and styles. I personally love the blazers made out of jersey knit. They are comfortable and look great at the same time. And lets just face it, a blazer makes you feel put together. Even with jeans and a t-shirt, you can look serious if you have a blazer on.
This season, every closet needs a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. I know what many of you are thinking, “I am not skinny enough to wear skinny jeans,” or, “I am too old to wear skinny jeans.” No you aren’t. How are you going to wear your riding boots if you don’t have a pair of skinny jeans? Make sure you get a dark, dark wash. They can be dressed up or down. You can wear them every day and no one will ever know. Now I will say this is a piece that I would save up for and splurge on. Nice jeans hold their shape and color better. And if you have a body that has born children, look for a mid-rise jean, they do wonders for your shape.
And finally, the black and white staple tshirt (long sleeve and short sleeve, black and white). These tees came from Gap.com, (Pure line). They are reasonably priced (both under $20) and super soft. A black or white tshirt is like a pallet for a statement necklace or a scarf. It can also be an easy thing to pair with your printed jeans (that you can’t figure out what wear with them). Don’t spend a ton of money on these. I am always on the look out for a black or white tshirt on the sale rack at Target and Old Navy. I feel like I never have one clean.
Ok, there you have it. The basics are not boring. Having the right basics is like having the right ingredients to put together the perfect outfit every day (or almost every day).