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Friday, March 30, 2007

Closet Keepers

With so many fashion trends coming up everyday, how can a girl possibly keep up?

In the first place, following every single trend is a big no-no unless you want to be a fashion victim. It is wise to choose only a few trendy pieces that suit you well just to keep your wardrobe updated.

The key to a fabulous wardrobe is knowing what works for your body, and of course, your personality. It's all about choosing what looks good on you and what makes you feel good.

On the other hand, there are also some basic wardrobe necessities that should be in every woman's closet. I have come up with a list of wardrobe must-haves that should help you begin to build a spanking-new wardrobe that would last you a very long time.

10 Classic Pieces You MUST Have in Your Closet

1. The White T-shirt
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Whatever your body type, you MUST find a plain white t-shirt that fits you well. It should be just right -- not too tight and not too loose. This is a very versatile piece of clothing that you can either wear alone or jazzed up with accessories and other pieces. When you do find the perfect tee, get a couple or more 'cause you might not be able to find another one like it.

2. The Perfect Pair of Jeans

Levi's 551 Flare in Deep Blue and Mid Blue
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Gap indigo skinny fit jeans
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Determine the right pair of denims for your body type. Look at the style and the wash. For fuller figures, a long dark pair would be flattering. For slimmer body types, anything should work. If you're really thin, though, a lighter wash would work well for you. Be more bootylicious with back pockets. Again, it shouldn't be too tight or too loose, unless you're going for a skimpy or baggy look.

3. The Little Black Dress a.k.a. the LBD

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Every girl should have the perfect LBD that can be worn on almost any dressy occasion -- a big date, a cocktail party, and other semi-formal events. Choose a stylish, classic dress that wouldn't go out of style. I suggest you buy a knee-length dress because it's the most versatile length -- not too short and sexy and not too long and conservative. Always check the quality of the fabric and workmanship. Finally, make sure you can move in it! (Keep in mind, though, that in some countries like the Philippines, it is inappropriate to wear black at weddings and debuts.)

4. Dressy Shoes

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Whether you prefer closed shoes or open-toed sandals, make sure you have at least one pair of dressy shoes that you can wear to formal and semi-formal events. They can be stilletos, kitten heels, wedges or even flats. They don't always have to be metallic or sparkly; for instance, velvet and leather can work well, too.

5. The Purse

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Some call it an "evening bag" but why call it that when you can use it at daytime? Anyway, you will definitely need a purse to go with your dressy shoes. Call me traditional but in my opinion, it's best to match the color of your bag with your shoes. It looks sleeker and more put-together.

6. The Crisp Button-Down Shirt

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A button-down shirt, like the white tee, can take you a long way. This can be worn casually with jeans, shorts or even a mini. Dress up a white one with slacks and a blazer or just a knee-length skirt for dressier occasions. It doesn't really matter what color or non-color you get, but white and black are always good options. Long or three-quarter sleeves are more versatile than short-sleeved or sleeveless ones as well.

7. Sneakers

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I love classic white sneaks. Whether you're wearing them for sports or just for everyday use, you're gonna need a good pair that would last you a long time. Lacoste has great white sneakers and rubber shoes that would go with any outfit. That's another good thing about white -- you won't have trouble matching it with your outfits. On the other hand, if you like color, that's good, too. Just choose a pair with colors that would match your casual/sporty wardrobe. Make sure you won't end up looking like a Christmas tree, though!

8. Sunglasses

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You don't have to be a celebrity to sport a really nice pair of sunglasses. Aside from its style factor, it's good for protecting your eyes from the sun, too. (Wow, really?) Seriously, though, the most critical part in shopping for sunglasses is choosing a pair that suits your face shape. Check out this guide.

9. A Good Watch

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Everybody should have a good quality watch. It's a very practical buy since you're going to be using it everyday. It doesn't have to be very expensive, but it's good to invest in a watch that looks smart and sleek and has excellent quality that would stand the test of time.

10. Jewelry

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It is wise to invest in the real thing because the value of your jewelry increases over time. Gold and, of course, diamonds, are forever, but if you can't afford these just yet, statement jewelry would be your best bet. Bold beaded necklaces, solid metal or wooden bangles and smart pendants are some pieces that can spice up your outfits. In addition, find nice earrings that flatter your face shape. Make sure that you have at least one complete set of jewelry for formal occasions that includes a pair of earrings, a necklace and a bracelet.

So there you have it. Now you're probably itching to find the pieces you don't have yet. Happy hunting!

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1 comment:

jillsabs said...

great list!

you may want to join us at too. we're a group of friends blogging about kikay stuff. hope to see you there!