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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Casual outfit idea for Valentine’s Day

I love Valentine’s day colors. Pinks, purples, reds, whites and creamy whites. I’m definitely a girly girl. Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with not being one, either. I don’t have a lot of outfits with hearts all over them – although I can think of one top – I’ll have to make sure that gets into the rotation this next week. But I do have lots of red and pink sweaters and tops. And a few purple or white ones. Time to bring them all out this coming week!

 

Pink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow boots

Sweater is from Ann Taylor Loft – end of season a previous year. Off-white coat, Ross, jeans, given to me – old. Slouchy bow boots, Kohl’s end of season, purple sunglasses, old. Betsey Johnson bow bag, similar here.

Before the snow hit, we got some photos in this fun winter outfit, that is not only warm, but perfect for Valentine’s day. It would be pretty to get some more photos on a snow day, but the snow is already half melted and I didn’t have anyone who could help take photos for me yesterday when it was really pretty out. So I tromped around in the snow in my over-sized rain boots. (Used to be my kids, but they’ve outgrown them. Now I wear them in the snow since I don’t actually have a good pair of winter boots. I should ought to remedy that!)

I’ll have to post some of my photos on here from my snow day later, but for now, this outfit, though. I love bright pink. Such a fun color and bright colors are my friend. I love this coat, also worn hereI’m always afraid I’m going to get it dirty, though. Last time I wore it I got a glob of mascara on it. Luckily, it did come out! And slouchy boots are so in again. I’ve had these for a while, but it’s always nice to have styles come back in again! At least style you like.

 

Pink sweater, white coat, jeans & slouchy bow boots

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I feel bad for the poor trees that were just starting to bloom before the cold blast came in. Luckily they weren’t in full bloom, so they can finish trying to bloom later on when the temps warm up for good. It just goes to show you, sometime you’ve just got to bloom when the timing is right. It may feel like ‘right now’ is the right time to bloom, but God knows what’s best and his timing is always perfect.

To all my peeps in the northern hemisphere – stay warm this week!

 

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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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