Today I am sharing the first post in what will be a long-running series. Each week, I will discuss a classic basic and will show at least three ways to wear the piece. I will also share some things to look for in wearability and fit.
The basics include pieces we may already have in our wardrobes. Elements such as T-shirts, a denim jacket, jeans, a cardigan sweater, dressy slacks, and maybe a blazer can be used to create numerous good looking outfits. Accessories such as belts, scarves, and bags can pull together these pieces and make them appropriate for many occasions.
I wear a knit top (my version of a T) or a tank almost every day. The fabric is perfect for layering over and gives me a workable foundation to build on. Sometimes the top provides a pop of color; other times, it is the same color as my pants to create a column of color.
I am wearing dark denim pull-on jeans by Liverpool Jeans Co. from last year. These jeans are a great choice because the wide flat waistband looks much better under smooth tops. This relaxed, casual look is one that I enjoy wearing whenever the weather allows. Double denim can work if we vary the depth of the colors.
I wear these comfortable tops from Covered Perfectly (here) several times per week. They get high marks from me because they are the best first layer I’ve found. They are soft, supple, and not at all bulky. The feminine neckline is perfect for my face shape and so much more elegant than a T-shirt. These tops are a little longer than most Ts means that I can easily layer shorter jackets over them to give the illusion of being more slender than I am. I often add a belt to define the waist when I layer over a longer top. I am five feet six inches tall, and I mostly wear flat shoes now.
When I shop with Covered Perfectly, I always buy two tops because the third one is free. Free! Last month I bought three styles in red. The style I am wearing in these photos is here. They are available in several colors and also with other necklines. Watch for my post on Wednesday. I will show you how I wear the same top in a work-appropriate, professional look.