Pieces You May Not Have in Your Closet, But Should
By ninahelleny on October 17, 2012
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Looking for a bit of added style to your wardrobe? By adding a few signature pieces you may not have thought of, you can jazz up any look with ease. Here are some items that you may not have in your closet – but should.
Leather can be tricky, but if you pick the right color and classic design, it will be a staple in your closet for many years to come. Cognac is my favorite leather color. I love it because it can be worn with black and brown. Also, make sure the leather is of good quality. It doesn't have to be a major investment. The jacket above is priced at $299.
You can add stripes with a shift dress like these shown above (left, right). Sweaters and knit tops are also great options for adding stripes to your closet. Find stripes in colors that are flattering to you and make sure the item fits your body well. Ill-fitting stripes are not attractive on anyone.
The fur look in vests is here to stay, so you need to get yourself one. It can be faux or not (if you're comfortable with that; designers sure seem to be). Make sure it's not too trendy. This faux fur vest I'm sharing here has great coloring and shape. It will be in style for a long time. Fur vests are very easy to wear. Pair one with blank ankle pants and black turtleneck, over a long-sleeve tee with jeans, or even over a simple dress.
Speaking of jeans, the all-American boot cut is great and so are your favorite skinnies, but the classic straight leg jean (left, right) is a must-have for every woman. They are extremely flattering to many body shapes. They can be worn with flats, heels, boots and even sandals. Versatile is key when you're adding basics to your wardrobe and these fit the bill.
Denim shirts have become a staple piece for every season. They were everywhere during the Summer paired with white jeans or chino shorts. Now, we're seeing them under quilted vests with colored corduroys or paired with tweed skirts and colored ankle pants. You can really change up the look of a denim shirt into many different styles.
It took me a little while to jump on board with ankle boots but they are truly a wonderful addition to your closet. You can wear them with skirts, jeans, dresses. Again, you want to make sure to choose a pair that fit your overall style, a classic color, and a simple design. Fringe is not something I consider a "basic," therefore you don't want to pick an ankle boot with fringe.
Leopard PrintLeopard or cheetah whichever you prefer to call it, you should have at least one item in this print in your closet. You don't want to go overboard, but accessories and shoes are a great place to add it in. I also happen to love the cardigan I'm sharing here, too.
Whatever you decide, make sure you add a little flair to your wardrobe to express your individuality!
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