The importance of having good basics in any wardrobe

Defining good basic wardrobe staples is different for every person. For me, a good basic ‘feel good’ pair of comfortable jeans is a must. Along with jean shorts. For tops, solid colored camis, tees, long sleeve tees & sweaters for layering. Dresses, skirts and pants in solid colors or subtle patterns would also be considered ‘basics’. Basics are crucial to any wardrobe for dressing up or down in, or layering with other items.

Today I’ve teamed up with Mott & Bow to share some of their basics. First time customers to Mott & Bow can save 15% here. Code works at checkout.

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Silk cami, c/o Mott & Bow, black skinny jeans, c/o Mott & Bow, black wedge sandals, old, Goodwill, tortoise shell cat ear sunglasses, Marshall’s, blue abalone shell earrings, old, Target.

If you have not tried jeans from Mott & Bow, let me tell you, they are comfortable. They are stretchy denim! Yep, you know me and stretchy pants from this post hereStretchy pants are super comfortable and these jeans are no exception. The jeans fit like a glove and move with you so you’re not feeling super stiff and immobile in them. Yes, please! I just need to make sure I never throw them in the dryer and shrink them.

This cami is real silk people. Real. Silk. I’ve looked up some tips on how to care for silk and found a great article on  Mott & Bow. I will probably not eat spaghetti in this top like, ever, but if I do, I now have some great tips for cleaning it.

Basic wardrobe items are important because they are base for any capsule wardrobe. They are perfect to take when traveling as they are easy to mix and match with other items for different looks without having to pack a lot. They can consist of more casual items to more dressy items but are mostly known for their wardrobe versatility. Wearing just basics will give you a clean, simple, classy look.

I can’t wait to start mixing and matching these with other items in my wardrobe!

~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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How to dress for the office in fall

I do a lot of background acting work when it’s available, and recently wore this office style dress on set. Which made me think that I should throw together some of the looks I wear on set for the blog. As an extra, you always bring your own clothes unless you need to be in costume, or have a certain period the show is set in. Even then, sometimes you’ll go to a fitting and have your clothes matched with stuff they have in wardrobe to pull the look off. A lot of times, they piece my stuff together in different ways than I ever would have thought of pairing things up. So it’s always fun to see what wardrobe comes up with for me out of my own clothes.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

This look I wore as a business person for the set of Timmy Failure. I liked that this set wasn’t afraid of bold, bright colors. One day they had me in my fuchsia top from this blog post here, and fuchsia soft combed cotton jeans with a green and black long plaid top to break up the colors. I don’t think I ever would have thought to wear the fuchsia top and bottom and then break it up with another color over the top. Sometimes it helps to get a new perspective on how to wear the clothes you already own.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

This particular dress I wore with a black blazer over the top and flat black patent leather penny loafers, in this post here. It’s always good to wear comfortable and quiet shoes on set. As it is, we were walking over a marble-like floor and someone’s shoes were clicking along every take. They checked my shoes out first, being the woman walking near the noise, to see if I was the one making the loud noise, but this wasn’t my first rodeo on set. Mine were quiet flat shoes and it was actually one of the guys with a block heel on his dress shoes making all the noise. And here they automatically assumed it was the woman making the click clacking noises while walking along. Ha!

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

Oddly enough, I’d never worn this dress before. It had been given to me by a friend a while back and I just never had anywhere to wear it. I wasn’t even sure I liked it until I wore it that day.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

 

So, if you need a more business-y look in the fall, a nice color block slim fitting dress paired with a blazer is all you need. It has been nice and warm out lately, so I didn’t bring one with me for photos. For a warmer fall day, forget the  blazer and just wear the dress by itself.

 

Purple and black colorblock dress + large black cat eye sunglasses and bow tie heels

Purple and black colorblock dress

 

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~ All photos were taken by Calvin Hodgson.  You can find his work on Flickr and on his blog.

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