Thursday, January 30, 2014

Building a Wardrobe

Building a wardrobe starts with collecting soul-stirring basics.  Below are a few examples of must-have pieces for every woman's closet.

We'll start with the ubiquitous LBD (little black dress).  For your go-to style, find a comfortable, body-skimming cut that can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories.

In the age of designer denim, the perfect jean has become the cornerstone in a woman's wardrobe and should be an investment piece.  We recommend a mid rise skinny or straight leg style in a dark rinse for an optimal balance of versatility with a figure-flattering look.

Other bottoms every woman should own are a pencil skirt and a classic trouser.  A neutral, straight skirt style can be worn with sandals and a t-shirt on the weekend or with a blouse and blazer for a day at the office.  Pant style is quite personal and varies depending on what works best with your shape.  A clean, straight leg black pant can give you a classic Audrey Hepburn look while a high rise, flared leg can channel Rachel Zoe's '70s glam vibe.

 Because they frame the face and can be layered together, your closet should contain more tops than any other style.  A woven button down shirt can be worn in a myriad of ways from layering under your favorite sweater to tying at the small of the waist and everything in between.  The classic t-shirt is another ultra-versatile style, our favorite incarnation being the classic breton stripe.

A classic fisherman's sweater style will work with any piece in your wardrobe and can layer well over dresses or under vests to stretch your wardrobe further.  Another staple you will always find in varying cuts and colors at Augusta Twenty is the silk shell.  This is a great avenue to introduce one of your favorite fabrics or colors into your collection of basics.  

A clean, long sleeved silk blouse is a piece you will wear to death.  Tuck this style into your favorite jeans with a neutral pump and a statement earring for a chic day-to-evening look.

A leather blazer is the perfect topper for everything from denim and a t-shirt to your favorite sheath dress.  A lightweight cardigan is a cozy and casual option that gives you just as much mileage.

In selecting jewelry, go for versatile pieces that encompass your overall aesthetic.  It is a good idea to have at least two options: one larger statement piece, the other a more subdued everyday style.  

Your signature scent says as much about your personal style as the clothing you wear.  Take your time in selecting something that can work for day or evening year-round.

A scarf is a keynote piece in your wardrobe and can be used for warmth or for decoration.  Be sure to find a print that speaks to you in a luxurious fabric since it will be up close to the delicate skin of the decollete.

Every woman should have at least 3 shoe styles in her wardrobe: a black boot, a classic flat, and a flattering nude pump.  While we could go on for days about the joys of a wedged bootie or a bejeweled platform, we are sticking to the real workhorses of your wardrobe.  

Stay tuned for an update on how to fill in the gaps and personalize a classic and thoughtfully collected wardrobe of basic styles.
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