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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Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit

It’s that time of year again – where we start transitioning from summer to fall, and this floral jumpsuit is perfect for a cooler fall day paired up with this gorgeous orchid blazer and a pair of velvet tennis shoes. Not that I really want to start thinking about fall because I love summer, but ready or not, here it comes. Get ready for cool crisp days and layering up your look.

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse + rose gold sunglasses

 

I love the silky smooth feel of the material this jumpsuit is made out of. It is actually a polyester / spandex blend, but feels cool to the touch. I wasn’t too sure about the fact that it is strapless. I always feel like something without straps is going to fall right off of me, but it has a wide elastic band on the top. It isn’t going anywhere. And, it has pockets. I love pockets!

The jacket on the other hand, while being super cute, the pockets are fake, and the buttons don’t button up. Hmm. Weird. I mean, this is a Romeo + Juliet blazer. A pretty good name brand. But fake pockets and buttons that don’t button? Is that why I found it at Ross? Ha. I love a good deal, though, and found the jumpsuit, blazer and shoes all at Ross. Gotta love name brand fashions for less, right?

Then there’s those shoes, cute, comfortable and a nice combination of dressy / casual. They are Ralph Lauren’s – found on clearance at Ross. The blazer was a clearance item as well. Not the jumpsuit, but with Ross everyday prices, it was actually less than the other two items.

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse + rose gold sunglasses

 

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse + rose gold sunglasses

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse + rose gold sunglasses

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse

 

Blue and white strapless floral jumpsuit, orchid blazer, velvet tennis shoes + black and white Betsey Johnson purse + rose gold sunglasses

 

I just have to mention that my hair had been done on the set of Timmy Failure by the lovely hair stylist, Kay, the day before and I tried to keep it going for the next two days after that. It only looked good still the second day, though. I really only tried to make it look good the next day for this photo shoot, then didn’t try so much the day after that. Plus my head was getting itchy. Time to take the updo down!

 

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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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