For the last couple of months, every other Thursday, we have told you how to update the basics in your closet. We feel this is very important. Creating a work wardrobe is not just about buying fun fashion pieces, though we want you to have those too, you have to first build a great foundation to add the more stylish items too. So today we are going to go back and recap the basics we have discussed so far while putting together great outfits using these basics and a few of the fashion pieces you have been craving. Ready to shop?
We started with:
White Dress Shirt * Black Pants * Cardigans * Black Pumps * Black Skirts
and showed them to you in contemporary, petite, and plus sizes. Now we are going to make two some business casual outfits in each of these sizes.
Contemporary Sizes: Let’s start with black pants, red cardigan, and black flats. Then add a plaid blouse, splurge on a grey handbag, and accessorize with a black watch.
Banana Republic, $98, Women: Martin lightweight wool trouser – Black
Old Navy, $26.50, Women: Women’s Rib-Knit V-Neck Cardigans – Crimson Red
Piperlime, $50, Women’s shoes: Rampage Hipster – Black
Quicksilver, $77.99, Plaid Ruffle Front Shirt
Piperlime, $269.50, Women’s handbags: Olivia Harris Tubular Ball Hobo – Grey with black and green
Ladies Leather Watch, $66.50, Buffalo – B542LBLK
Next let’s but together a look using your full black skirt, white dress shirt, and black boots. Then we will accessorize using a black belt and opaque tights. Wear this dress shirt updated with the bow, or remove the bow and add a beaded necklace instead.
Lord & Taylor, $38.69, LAUREN RALPH LAUREN Ozzie Silk Skirt
Lord & Taylor, $99.59, Ellen Tracy Button Front Shirt with Removable Tie
Naturalizer, $55.99, Black Boot featuring N5 comfort system
Lord & Taylor, $40, Betsey Johnson Wide Black Patent Belt
Bebe, $24, Textured Rib Tights
My Jewelry Box, $44.99, Multi-color Fresh Water Beaded 7-10mm Pearl Necklace 36 inch
Petite Sizes: Slim black pencil skirts with a belted cardigan look amazing on petite frames. Wear your black pumps and add jewelry for more personal style. Don’t forget to add a cami underneath this cardigan.
Petite Sophisticate, $27.65, Stretch Twill Pencil Skirt
Fossil, $58, Wine Logan Cardigan
Old Navy, $7.99, Women: Women’s Cinched Waist Camis – Stainless Steel
Onlineshoes.com, $89.95, Trotters Nadia Black Pump
Lucky Brand Jeans, $65, Enamel Plate Necklace
Lucky Brand Jeans, $64,
Banana Republic, $79, Petites: Petite jackson stretch trouser – Black
Banana Republic, $69, Petites: Petite fitted ruffle-front tuxedo shirt – White
Piperlime, $55, Women’s shoes: Unlisted by Kenneth Cole Ready To Spike – Black
Piperlime, $99, Women’s handbags: Melie Bianco Frame Lock – Purple
Brooks Brothers, $168, Striped Silk/Wool Oblong Scarf
French Connection, $55.99, Croc Belt
Plus Sizes: Before selecting these styles, we spoke to Johara from Luvin’ My Curves. Here’s what she had to say. “Basics are essentials to ANY girl’s closet, whether she loves or loathes clothes; they are the perfect combination of versatility, serving both as a foundation to build upon or the perfect add-on to make that outfit “just right”. It can tone down a loud outfit or add a touch of elegance to something that’s extra casual – If you have no basics, you have no foundation. If you don’t have a foundation, your closet needs some help!” Now, let’s put together an outfit utilizing these great foundation pieces. We will use your black pants, white blouse, cardigan, and black flats. Then we will add a red bag, sleek black belt, and red beaded necklace.
CJ Banks, $45.50, Textured Stripe Pant
CJ Banks, $39.50, Fitted Layering Shirt
Old Navy, $39.50, Women’s Plus: Women’s Plus Rosette Cardigans – Light Heather Gray
Piperlime, $98, Women’s shoes: Boutique 9 Stanton – Black suede
Piperlime, $62, Women’s handbags: Chinese Laundry Ring Tote – Red
Old Navy, $22.50, Women’s Plus: Women’s Plus Leather Belts – Black
Old Navy, $12.50, Women: Women’s Faceted Bauble Necklaces – Crimson Red
Next let’s use your black skirt and pair it with a blue knit top and jacquard jacket. Then we will add some oxford pumps, a dark blue wallet, and fun printed scarf.
Lord & Taylor, $53.09, Calvin Klein Yoke Skirt
Kohl’s, $21, daisy fuentes pintuck tee
Kohl’s, $42, Sag Harbor Jacquard Jacket
Endless, $98.90, GUESS by Marciano Women’s Yerex Pump
Endless, $95, Lodis Veloce French Wallet
Fossil, $34, Green Dots Leslee Scarf
Now that we have put together a few great business casual looks, you have no excuse but to have a workchic closet at your disposal. We aren’t quite done building out this foundation, but we are going to give you a break until after the holidays. In January we will talk about cleaning out your closets and picking up some more necessary basics. You still don’t have a go-to blazer, or great bag big enough to slip a fresh resume into. Not to mention our ladies with more casual offices who made need a new pair of dark wash denim. We assume anyone with a business office has a wardrobe full of suits, but how is that go-to black suit looking these days? So we have lots more to talk about. Until then we will let you have some fun. Look for blogs on stylish accessories, gift guides, and all your favorites like recaps on the CW’s Stylista over the coming weeks.
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Remember, start with your basics, then have some fun with prints and accessories so you always look Workchic!