Fashion Q & A:
Wardrobe Basics

Q: I have recently lost weight and trimmed down two sizes. I need to build a new wardrobe. What are the basics pieces to start with? Can I do this on a reasonable budget?

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A: Congratulations on your weight loss!!! It must feel wonderful to be down two sizes.

The important thing in this economy is to make clothing and accessory purchases that give you maximum flexibility in you wardrobe. The following are some of the basic pieces that I suggest you shop for first.

  • Great pair of black pants (A real wardrobe builder.) Buy two and have one hemmed to flats and one hemmed to heels.
  •     Trouser or boot leg jeans in a dark rinse. Buy two and hem one for flats and one for heels.
  •     White shirt updated with 3/4 sleeves
  •     Twin sweater set in cashmere or a good prima cotton blend. Look for colors like purple, coral and lemongrass.
  •     Sheath dress with short cardigan jacket or safari inspired shirtdress.
  •     Short belted trench coat
  •     Black patent ballet flats
  •     Black heel
  •     Black tote

All of the above items can be found in stores and online sites this spring. I especially love finding classic pieces at Talbots, Ann Taylor, Nordstroms and Macys. Check out their websites for ideas and watch for sales!

Use accessories to add a pop of color and an element of fun to your basic wardrobe. Look at Target, H&M, JCPenney and Kohl’s for the latest trends at affordable prices.

Happy shopping!