Beyond the Basics
In this issue of the “Monthly Fashion Update”, we will go beyond the core wardrobe, starting with an item that I think most women already own – spanx. This is one of the greatest gifts to women, (along with wheels on suitcases), as spanx can help cover up any unwanted bloating, thighs, stomach – whatever! They’re perfect when something is just a little too tight or doesn’t fit quite right.
Another undergarment that comes in handy is a bra with clear straps. This is great for when you don’t want to wear a strapless bra, but have thin straps on your garment. I have worn a bra like this when wearing a cami with a sheer tunic.
Something else that I believe all women should own is a “going out purse”. This is a purse that should be smaller than what you carry during the day. You’re wearing something very different than what you wear during the daylight hours and you should view your purse the same way.
For nighttime, I would recommend something without a long strap as a short strap is a bit more modern. Personally, I love clutches or even a bag with a small handle. I have found that purses that aren’t too dressy actually work better – just a plain black leather clutch, or a metallic one, goes with everything – more so than something with a lot of beading.
Now, patterned tights may seem like an odd item to have as part of your basic wardrobe, but these can add so much to just a simple outfit; picture a black skirt and sweater with a pair of patterned tights. If you are worried about adding bulk to your legs, then I would stick with a simple vertical pattern and would look for a pair of patterned nylons, instead of tights.
Again, a patterned nylon is more versatile than one might think -- they are the perfect way to add another look to your little black dress. However, if the pattern, even a streamlined vertical one makes you nervous, then I would suggest a pair of nylons with seam line up the back. So sexy and nobody ever wears it, but it’s great!
To round out this list, I would also recommend some silver bangles and or a pair of hoop earnings. Remember to keep these in proportion to your body, but of both of these items will go with everything – a classic work suit, a casual turtleneck and jeans ensemble, white blouse, et cetera.
Now, in last month’s issue I discussed my feelings for the skinny black pant, and this time, I feel the need to address my number one pet peeve, (aside from pants that are too short), - not cutting the thread that holds the slit or vent in the back of a skirt or coat! To me, this looks as bad as forgetting to take the tags off of something or wearing the size 10, size 10, size 10 sticker on a pair of pants. So please remember, next time you buy a skirt, jacket, or a coat, to turn it around and snip the thread in the back.