Going Back to Fashion Basics – Dress to Impress

fashionWhether it’s an interview, first day at work or first date, there are times when you want to look your very best. You need to be classy, smart and polished. However, it can be difficult to choose an outfit that looks and feels great. Sometimes, it’s best to go back to the fashion basics.

The Items Every Girl’s Wardrobe Needs

Great Underwear – it doesn’t have to be expensive, but make sure your lingerie fits! A well-fitting bra can completely change the appearance of your outfit whilst your choice of underwear or shapewear will create the perfect figure under your clothes.

The Accessories – accessories can make or break the perfect outfit and are often the first thing that people will notice about the way you dress. Handbags and leather purses are more than just somewhere to stash your must-have items; they are also one of the biggest fashion statements there is.

Shoes – whichever height you prefer to wear, they should be clean and polished. It doesn’t matter too much if they’re not the height of fashion as long as they are comfortable. Don’t waste money on fake ‘designer’ goods, as people will notice. It’s worth splashing out on quality handbags and leather purses as they look great, will make a good impression and will last much longer than cheaper, faux leather or PVC copies. It’s the same with jewellery; wearing no jewellery at all is better than being laden with cheap jewels or fake gold.

A White Top – whether it’s long-sleeved, short-sleeved, a tee or a shirt, a white top is versatile and will never go out of fashion. Choose one that skims over your figure, rather than clings, for a flattering, wear with anything style.

A Beautiful Blouse – it can be silk or cotton with stretch. Choose a gorgeous blouse that you can pair with trousers or a skirt. Neutral colours such as cream or stone offer the most versatility.

The Perfect Cardigan – knitwear is important for style as well as warmth. Longer-length cardigans in a neutral shade look great and are adaptable.

Great Jeans – every girl’s best friend, jeans can be dressed up or down for almost any event (even the office for dress down Fridays!) Splash out on a decent pair that fits you properly as you’ll want to wear them again and again.

An A-Line Skirt – the A-line cut suits most women and looks good with flat pumps, heeled shoes or even boots.

Smart Trousers – for work or formal do’s, smart trousers are an essential. Black, navy or grey are flattering and easy to pair with a selection of tops.

The Little Black Dress – no wardrobe is complete without a Little Black Dress (LBD). Perfect for nights out, cocktail parties, dates and even for the office, your LBD is timeless and can be worn with a cardigan or jacket to suit every occasion.

A Statement Dress – a gorgeous, printed dress or tunic will add a splash of colour to your wardrobe and can be dressed up for an evening out or paired with leggings for casual daywear. Big, bold prints are flattering and florals are ever present in every fashionista’s wardrobe.

A Well-Cut Jacket – wear to the office or with jeans at the weekend. Splurging the cash here will add a polished look to any outfit you choose.

So, there you have it – the fashion basics that will help you to create the perfect capsule wardrobe and an outfit that’s just right for every occasion!

AUTHOR BIO: Ginny McDonald is a fashion blogger and journalist with a passion for anything sparkly and luxurious. Ginny’s handbag collection numbers well into the hundreds with shoes and leather purses not far behind. When she’s not writing about fashion, Ginny also enjoys reading, cycling and travelling.

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