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3/15/19 5:42 P

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Black, tan, navy, all so versatile. I pair with classic white, light blue, or pale pink blouses.

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Wardrobe Staple: Black Pencil Skirt

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Wardrobe Staple: Dark Skinny Jeans

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I like to blend my working wardrobe with my everyday wardrobe, but I can also go a little casual at my work place.

Slacks, multiple pairs of black, maybe a khaki brown or navy blue pair in there as well.
Maxi skirts for days when I feel like being a bit more comfortable, paired with a more business like top.
Skirts, knee length or just above the knee, nothing short.

Plain colored tops. Tank tops for anything low cut.

My place is business casual, so my working outfit can range from a full suit looking outfit, to a maxi skirt with a decent top. I could actually do really nice jeans with a nice top or black jeans, but I only do jeans for our casual fridays.

If I had a job where it did need to be more business like, I would not do the maxi skirts, just the suit/slack type of pants and knee length skirts with heels and set of nice blouses.

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For me, a basic working wardrobe is classic, tailored and neutrals.

Essential pieces are:
Straight or wide legged pants in black, khaki, chocolate brown, grey and navy
knee length pencil skirts in black, brown, grey and olive
suit (pants or skirt)
black blazer

I have fun with rich colour, prints and striped shirts/tops.
I love separates, since i can mix and match with almost any neutral.

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APPY-LAURIE's Photo APPY-LAURIE Posts: 117
11/17/14 4:31 P

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Since I have gained weight in the last two years. Many of my classic working wardrobe pieces will not fit. I hate to spend big $$ on bigger clothes, because I am shrinking back to size. So for the past year or so I have gotten into thrifting my wardrobe.
My wardrobe used to have a plan. I was doing mainly brown and blue with some black and green, with just a few pieces other colors that worked with those colors.
Since I am shopping thrift shops I can't be so picky about sticking with a color scheme. But I am collecting some really great clothes that work for me. I am very tall and over 50 ( may a well start saying 60 as I am turning it soon) so the pickings are slim, but man I have assembled some cool clothes.
I look forward to fitting back in to those classics I have that won't be out of style. But I won't ever give up thrift shop, shopping. Too much fun!

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NOTBLUSHING's Photo NOTBLUSHING Posts: 19,535
8/13/14 6:56 P

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CHARITYAK, I'm all over the menswear prints too. emoticon

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7/9/14 1:44 A

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I love my working wardrobe. It's mostly in gray and black in solids and menswear prints. I like to do basic sleeveless sheath dresses in neutrals and then spice them up. I love unusual accessories like my 1940s squash blossom turquoise necklace. Lots of cool boots in a variety of colors. And then cool jackets like my brown suede beaded and studded jacket.

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I like the Dummies link and that is exactly what I was going to say.

I might spend a little more for wardrobe staples. Anything that is super trendy. I would buy from Target. I do like the current blazer trend. The boxy blazers of the 80's make me look chunky. I have noticed those in stores. They call them Boyfriend Blazers now.

I also like vintage styles. So I do have a couple pair of rounded toe heels. They look sort of 1920's.

You all probably wouldn't like my Mary Janes. They are rounded toe and quite Minnie Mouse. I prefer to think Downton Abbey

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One is Winter!
The second are people who act like they are perfect. Especially when it comes to their diet.


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lol at Minnie Mouse :-) :-) definitely not round, but not too pointy either, a balance in between..

I think having a completely round shoe makes it matronly looking



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I don't like round toes. They have to be a LITTLE pointy, like at least almond shaped.
If they're really round, I look like I have on Minnie Mouse's shoes.

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The problem is, nobody does it.


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I would never ever wear leggings without a long top or skirt - and I'm appalled at some of the people I see wearing leggings with just a short top. A fitness instructor can carry it off - mosst of the rest of us can't. Just not an attractive look.

And re shoes - NB can tell you, I'm not a shoe person. Give me Birks or give me barefoot!

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I honestly struggle with what is "in" quite a bit...took me the longest time to buy leggings or skinny jeans...I cannot wear leggings on its own till today.... maybe under skirts like Phebess. I marvel at the folks who seem to pull it off so easily.

What about shoes?-I'm thinking your basic mid heel round toe pump?



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Ok, got ya!
And NO to neon for me. This is a look I associate with pre-teens. I could only wear a tiny bit of a neon color, as an accent.
I build my wardrobe around neutrals. I love off-white, charcoal, and brown. I don't wear much black.

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The problem is, nobody does it.


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I tend toward neutrals for my basic pieces, and go with colours for tops or shoes or accessories.

But the shape of the basic pieces changes somewhat with the trends - as well as the combinations I put together. For example, in my 20s we didn't have leggings, but now I'll wear them under a short skirt or with a long tunic. So I'd say I add some trends, if they work for me.

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SPARKYOURHEALTH's Photo SPARKYOURHEALTH Posts: 394
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Yes, Current. emoticon

For example, neon pastel colors gathered steam last year and we had clothing in bright flashy colors. I remember Banana Republic and The Limited had lots of their blazers, tops and pants in such colors.
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Staying current is definitely a must


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NOTBLUSHING's Photo NOTBLUSHING Posts: 19,535
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SYH, what do you mean by "trend piece"? Because I'm thinking "updated classic". Like blazers are classic, but a modern blazer looks very different from the 1980s blazer. The modern one lacks the bold shoulder pads. The modern one is much shorter. Yet, I wouldn't think of it as trendy. So if that's what you mean, I definitely TRY to stay CURRENT, but not trendy per se. Is that what you mean?

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What do you guys think about having a least one current fashion staple to a basic wardrobe? is it worth the expense? Fads can never be as strong as classic pieces, but where do you think trend pieces fit a basic working wardrobe?

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Black looks really good on you Phebess

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PHEBESS's Photo PHEBESS Posts: 45,529
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I tend toward Tim Gunn's 10 fashion essentials - though for travelling (and life in the VI) I skip the black blazer and the trench coat - I have a casual black rain jacket that goes over the heavy alpaca sweater for my cold-weather coat.

www.thebudgetbabe.com/archives/220-T
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or

abcnews.go.com/blogs/lifestyle/2011/
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My basics always include a white shirt, a black shirt, black skirt, black leggings, black dress, good pair of jeans, black slacks. I've added a grey skirt, and a day dress. Plus a variety of tops that go with the various skirts/slacks. And a cropped black sweater. I've rarely ever worn pumps or heels - I do have black wedge sandals in the US, but travel with one pair of red Birks, one pair of flipflops for wet weather, one pair of sneaks for cold weather.

This lady is my guru! travelfashiongirl.com/

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SPARKYOURHEALTH's Photo SPARKYOURHEALTH Posts: 394
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GREAT topic!

A basic working wardrobe for me should always be timeless, a blank platform to which I can add a trend if I so wish. I like the dummies.com link too, to me that is the classic basic working wardrobe example that can go almost anywhere. Less is always more.

For me, a good solid expensive black blazer/jacket. I am will to pay more money if the materials and cut are of high quality and construction.

A crisp white shirt-definitely several.

Knee length skirt, not above knee, maybe just at knee, and modest.

A casual boot-cut jean

Studs as well

I am not the biggest fan of pearls-too dated for me. Earrings and a simple gold necklace will do

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Another good one: www.examiner.com/article/14-basic-wa
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This sounds good: voices.yahoo.com/the-guide-creating-
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sic-womens-wardrobe-10734163.html


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NOTBLUSHING's Photo NOTBLUSHING Posts: 19,535
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I like this one, but it needs a lot more stuff:
www.dummies.com/how-to/content/wardr
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e-staples-women-must-have-among-theiR>r-clot0.html


EVERYONE knows EXACTLY what they NEED to do to be fit, healthy, and slim.
The problem is, nobody does it.


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NOTBLUSHING's Photo NOTBLUSHING Posts: 19,535
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Do you have what you'd consider a basic working wardrobe?
What pieces do you consider essential?

I have been pondering that question for a while. When I search the internet for guidelines, the advice is all over the place.
I decided I was going to write my own guidelines- just for me. But I'm curious to hear YOUR thoughts.

Please post links (using the "ADD A LINK" button) to any online guides you find particularly helpful, and tell us WHY you like them.

EVERYONE knows EXACTLY what they NEED to do to be fit, healthy, and slim.
The problem is, nobody does it.


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