Are you a fan of the basics? They are the classic neutral pieces that you can wear with nearly everything in your wardrobe. The items may be different for every woman, but we all need a core wardrobe of solid pieces to wear with everything else in our collection.
We’ve been going for lots of long drives on sunny weekend days. There are so many beautiful places to visit within a two-hour drive in any direction from Johnson City, TN. On Saturday, we enjoyed driving through the Lamar Alexander Rocky Fork State Park.
Knowing that I would be sitting in the car for a few hours, and the temperatures were going to be mostly in the seventies, I wore soft dark denim jeans with a smooth wide waistband and my favorite camisole with a white cotton sweater. These are among my best basic pieces since I can style them with almost every other wardrobe element.
“What do I need to include in my basics wardrobe?” is a question that has come many times. The answers may be different for you, but I’ll list some of my must-have pieces by color to give you perspective.
When adding to your basics or core wardrobe pieces, the points to consider include color, fabric weight, texture, structure, silhouette, and attitude.
Basic Black Items – A well-made blazer, business or evening pants to wear with heels. One flattering black dress in a simple style to accessorize and wear in different ways for different occasions: a cashmere cardigan and a V-neck cashmere sweater, a shaped coat for all events, a one-piece swimsuit.
Navy Blue Items – A pair of dark trousers for all occasions; an elegant well-cut blazer, a cashmere V-neck sweater, and a cardigan. A fitted coat with decorative buttons for more casual looks, a cotton knit three-quarter sleeve top, dark denim jeans.
White Items – Great fitting high waist ankle jeans – the same in full length to the top of the foot. (I wear mostly white jeans since they are not see-through.) A white cotton cardigan – a white dressy blouse – a white cotton casual shirt – a white cami or tank that doesn’t cling.
Favorite Accessories – Black and also nude low block-heeled loafers, always with a visible arch. Low black boots. Nude pumps and sandals to wear with all my white jeans and the same in black for the evening. Handbags with personality and colors to add some zing to my mostly neutral wardrobe. Oversized dark glasses, silk scarves, hats, unusual long necklaces, bold rings, and bracelets.
The shoes are a couple of years old, and the tote is no longer available. Current shoes are here and here, and a similar tote is here.