I often hear “you have great style”… Which is a compliment I take wholeheartedly. I’m not a fashionista. I don’t mix things up just to be different. Generally, I probably fall on the more “classic” side. I like the times when women dressed as women. Bring on the dresses, the pencil skirts, the high heel shoes, the costume jewelry…
Along the years, I developed a style that’s mine. I realized I really enjoyed “dressing for the occasion” and having fun with my wardrobe. And I don’t have a size 2 frame so, I also had to learn to dress for my body, which wasn’t always a given. But I think, I’m starting to get the hang of it.
About a year ago, a friend said to me: “I wish you were here when I go out shopping. You always have such good tastes.” I was very nice and it inspired this series. Since I can’t be everywhere, with everyone when they go out shopping, I thought I would share my wardrobe essentials.
Building a wardrobe with a few classics will allow you space for self-expression while always looking put together.
The black tank
A black tank is a universal piece. It will take you from day to night, from casual to dressed up (with dark jeans, high heels and fun jewelry). When you find the one you like, buy a few… And don’t be afraid to replace when the color starts fading.
I personally prefer a larger strap and a little bit of elastic in the fabric; but don’t let them hang too tight if you don’t have the flat stomach that goes with it. It’s not because it’s black that it will mask your flabby parts.
Here are some option for all silhouettes and all budgets.
J. Crew | Ponte Peplum Top
The perfect mix of sleek and structured, with a chic exposed back-zip detailing that easily dresses it up or down.
The Gap | Essential rib tank
Perfect length, perfect versatility, holds great even after several washes… LittleAudrey’s favorite!
Old Navy | Women’s Perfect Rib-Knit Tanks
Who said fashion needs to be expensive? Those basics for under $10 will perfectly do the trick, whatever your budget is.
Velvet by Graham & Spencer | Stina Top
A great neckline that will take this top from casual to perfect under a blazer in the evening. Beware of the thinner fabrics that are much less forgiving though.
H&M | Top
A fitted tank in a soft stretch jersey with a pretty lace neckline and large straps, under $10… Yes!