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 Originally made as a tough material for cowboys, it’s now the world’s bottom-half material of choice.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!

Arizona Muse Patrick Demarchelier
The flawless “Let’s Dance” fashion story by Patrick Demarchelier has made it into this month’s Vogue India. The shoot – featuring girlcrush Arizona Muse – was previously published in the June edition of British Vogue. The high fashion pieces from the likes of Dior, Alexis Mabille Couture, Atelier Versace, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Valentino Haute Couture and Gaultier Couture come from the styling genius of Lucinda Chambers, with Val Garland on make-up and Sam McKnight on hair. The versatility here has a license to kill. View Post

Beyonce Lace Wig
On the hair envy front, Katy Perry, Beyonce, Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Ciara, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton and Tyra Banks could all be categorized into a box I would happily label, “Give me your damn hair“.

Makes it quite shocking to know that their hair isn’t real, doesn’t it? No, I’m not talking about extensions (which are all so common now I have spotted tracks on 12-year-olds), but lace wigs.

A lace wig is one of the most natural looking ‘hair systems’ on the market. This isn’t your 10-dollar party wig (the kind designed to last 5 minutes…tops). Basically, a lace wig is made by using a fine lace material as the base/scalp, then tying individual human hairs onto the lace. The term ‘full lace’ denotes that the base cap is made fully of lace, while ‘lace front’ wigs have lace in front and different materials at the back of the cap. Once custom-made, the wig is then attached with a special glue (strong, but harmless), pins, clips, or special tape. No damage!

The reason celebrities wear them? The easygoing luxury of it all! Not only can you get top-quality hair the second you wake up, but you can change colour, length and texture without any damage to your own strands! The versatility is astounding. Also, with your “cheap wigs” you often get shedding and no ability to tie your hair up or expose the nape of your neck without seeing the wig. Lace technology makes it look no different to a normal hairline. Undetectable.

I found out about lace wigs through my close friend’s Mom, who recently launched a lace wig store. The amazing thing is, I have adored both my friend and her mother’s hair for some time and have never doubted that so much as an extension had gone into their hair! They are just the sort of beautiful, polished women who seem as though they’ve just stepped off of a movie set every day. I suggest you take a look at their new website for inspiration and more of an insight into the world of celebrity-perfect hair! Be ahead of the trend.