Nothing Short of Chic: Personal Style: Wardrobe Basics (Business Casual)

13.9.16

Personal Style: Wardrobe Basics (Business Casual)


THIS is how you actually build a solid, stylish outfit around those "wardrobe basics" everyone's always telling you to "invest" in (hint: you don't have to splurge). | Nothing Short Of Chic
 
 LOCATION: SUNSHINE COAST, BC
   
 
Wardrobe "basics" are all you need to craft a simple but sophisticated outfit.

Every single fashion magazine, blog, or website ever has sung the virtues of building your wardrobe upon a strong foundation of high-quality basics. But they don't ever properly explain why it's important. Here's the thing: these closet essentials can form a base for every outfit from a simple weekend look to a special date night – and in a pinch, they can be put together in so many different arrangements to form a simple and reliable yet chic look very quickly. This look is what I wore yesterday and it was really because I had a busy day and didn't want to spend a lot of time styling myself. Here I'm wearing an outfit made up entirely of items I wear on a weekly basis. Quick tip – a silk neckscarf and some good sunglasses can instantly add polish to your outfit and make it seem like you put way more effort in than you actually did.

THIS is how you actually build a solid, stylish outfit around those "wardrobe basics" everyone's always telling you to "invest" in (hint: you don't have to splurge). | Nothing Short Of Chic

THIS is how you actually build a solid, stylish outfit around those "wardrobe basics" everyone's always telling you to "invest" in (hint: you don't have to splurge). | Nothing Short Of Chic

THIS is how you actually build a solid, stylish outfit around those "wardrobe basics" everyone's always telling you to "invest" in (hint: you don't have to splurge). | Nothing Short Of Chic

THIS is how you actually build a solid, stylish outfit around those "wardrobe basics" everyone's always telling you to "invest" in (hint: you don't have to splurge). | Nothing Short Of Chic
Photo credit: DJ Cleland-Hura | Boots: Madeleine (thrifted) | Pants: Le Château (thrifted) | Blazer: Suzy (thrifted) | Tee: Gap Body (thrifted) | Scarf: Liz Claiborne (thrifted) | Sunglasses: D&G (thrifted)

These items are always the ones I reach for first when I need an outfit that is polished, elegant, sophisticated, and chic but still easy. Black dress pants, a pinstriped blazer, a good pair of ankle boots, a bold scarf, a trusty neutral tee, and glamorous sunglasses are staples that I recommend all women, regardless of their style, get for themselves. They don't necessarily have to be investments, either: every single piece here is thrifted for under $20 each. This look alone is so versatile (work, dinner out, brunch, or even shopping if you want to look a little more put-together). Just proof that you don't need a lot of money or time or even so-called "fashion sense" to look chic.

A parting word – why have I not been invited to any of the fashion weeks?? I'm insulted. You should be ashamed of yourselves. Hmph.

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