wardrobe staples

What you wear can define you as a person. Our style, whether you like it or not, tells the outside world what you are all about. It can indicate what kind of person you are, what your lifestyle is like, and even what music you’re into. Fact is, it will always be very important that you’re comfortable and confident with your clothes.

Despite all that, there are still certain items of clothing that I feel every woman should have in their wardrobe. The style and cut may vary, but these essentials are timeless, and can be relied upon in almost any situation. Don’t worry…I’m not about to force harem pants into your wardrobe.

1. Little black dress (LBD)

Every woman should have one of these – the default outfit for any dressy occasion. It could be a date, a party or even an interview – with the right accessories the LBD can cover all the bases. Get one you really like and it will provide you with years of reliable service. Not bad for one little dress, is it?

2. Black blazer

Very similar to the little black dress, the black blazer is all about versatility. It can look great as a casual or smart item. Team it with some jeans for a stylish, understated look, or with a black skirt for a smart, authoritative appearance. It doesn’t need to be expensive, just the right cut and fit. By changing accessories, you can alter its appearance to suit any situation.

3. Quality blue jeans

Denim is more or less universal. Originally made as a tough material for cowboys, it’s now the world’s bottom-half material of choice. I feel as though, with jeans, you get what you pay for. Buy cheap and they’ll look just that – probably won’t last very long either. Go with a respected brand like Firetrap and your jeans will look great with everything for years to come.

4. White, button-down shirt

A great white shirt should subtly accentuate your shape and your best features. Like so many wardrobe staples, it really works with anything – the true meaning of a ‘wardrobe essential’!

Style is all about individuality and expressing yourself through your clothes, but these items are ones that we should definitely all have in our closet. Use them as a base from which to accessorise and build up your own individual je ne sais quoi!

Clarissa Explains It All
One of my favourite shows – ever – is Clarissa Explains It All. For those of you too young to remember, let me explain:

Clarissa Explains It All was the first female-led show on Nickelodeon, as well as the first “kids” show to reference sex, teen partying, hell and more. The lead character, Clarissa Darling (played by Melissa Joan Hart), was an intelligent, outspoken teenager who both spoke directly to camera and tackled each theme/issue of the episode through a computer game. My kind of girl.

I think, subconsciously, Clarissa also influenced a distinct flair in my fashion sense:

  • The girl knew how to layer. Usually with vests, or some kind of button-down that never took away from what she was wearing underneath.
  • Colour-blocking queen. Long-time fans of the fashion blog will know I hate ‘matching’. Clarissa always rocked ‘carefully considered clashing‘.
  • Statement pieces. I think We can thank the teenage blonde for the rise of geeky glasses. She almost always wore something in her hair, along with quirky earrings or heavy necklaces/bracelets.
  • Playing with proportions. Always in a high-waisted jean or a drop-waist created by an extra-long t-shirt. As a petite, this was a very valuable style secret learned early in life!
  • All of this is illustrated in the gallery below.

    “There’s height and then there’s stature, Sam. Never confuse the two.”

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