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10 July 2013

Back 2 The Basics

Untitled #4 Last week I found out that my job is flying me out to our corporate office in San Antonio to show some vendor's and consultants what we do. I am really excited but anxious over the trip so I want to make sure I at least look presentable and bring my BEST business professional look. My office here doesn't require us to be dressed business professional which is a good thing but also a bad thing! Great because I don't have to stress so much about what to wear in the morning, but bad because I don't keep my business professional wardrobe up to par like I should.

So last night I was going through boxes (yes, I still have lots to unpack from the move. SMH I know) to see what items I could put together for my trip and then I would know what I need to buy to finish my outfits. I came across several different items I could wear but some were a bit too elaborate and would require a lot of back up pieces. This made me think, "Why not keep it simple!" Keeping it simple will allow me to pack lightly and smartly. I decided to go with outfits that could easily go from "Day Job" to "Night Out"!

Now after all that rambling, the purpose of this post....Going "Back 2 The Basics". Black and White! Day & Night! Well of course I do not plan on wearing just black and white during my time in San Antonio! A. It can be boring, B. Its too redundant C. I am sure I am going to melt in that SA heat! However, I realized that a lot of my simple but still fashionable clothes consist of the basic colors "Black & White". So I decided to come up with a list/collage of MY 10 Basic "Wardrobe Must Have's". Please remember that these are 10 items that I feel are a must in my closet for those days that you just need something simple to make or complete an outfit! These are in no particular order...

Back 2 The Basic
Back 2 The Basic by mskandii87 

1.A Little Black Dress: Let's face it, Black compliments and slims almost any figure! So having that cute little black dress can give you Simple Chic and Elegant or Tastefully Sexy. I have 3 black dresses in my closet and its a different look each time I wear them because you can pair black with ANYTHING!

2.Basic White Blouse or Shirt: White is so FRESH! Yes, I agree, wearing white is a bit frightening because the wrong move can turn that "Fresh" look into FUNKY really quick! All the while, white brings professionalism so easily. Even if you wear a basic white t-shirt (not a Hanes one or anything you get in a package) under a nice blazer and paired with the right accessories your look has quickly went from dull to amazing!

3.Blazer: A nice simple black or white blazer can make casual BUSINESS casual. As previously mentioned, White can get dirty easily so I would definitely suggest a solid black blazer or one with a mixture of the two over a solid white one.

4.Pencil Skirt: I think the pencil skirt was the one of the best things ever sewn next to peplum & wrap dresses. Pencil Skirts come in different fabrics and lengths. For most, a pencil skirt compliments a girls curves in a very sleek way. There are so  many ways you can wear it and that's why I have like 10!

5.Multipurpose Bra: I hate bras! I live for the moment I can walk in the door and take that thing off! Bras do have a purpose and since I can't go bra-less it is very important that I have a bra that not only will support these D cups (ahhhhhh!!!) but also are very comfortable. Also make sure you get a bra that has adjustable straps and can serve several purposes such as a strapless, one strap, cross straps etc! I have several of these but I just found the best one at Walmart for 9.99. It's even better than my bras from Nordstrom that I paid $59 freaking dollars for! 

6.Black Leggings/Jeggings: I am not a fan of Jeggings but for you ladies that are this still applies! Leggings are so comfortable & affordable. Target always have Capri and ankle leggings for $8. I don't know one thing you can't wear with leggings, the versatility is endless. Make sure you pick the correct panties however when you wear leggings. I always choose the seamless one. 

7.Classic Black Pumps: Not only do heels provide additional length, they also accent your legs! If you cant walk in very high heels start small and go with some blocked heels or ones with a thicker sole platform. Something is better than nothing, just get you a pair! Every girl should have a pair. Period.Point.Blank

8.Over sized Black Bag and/or Clutch: Having a nice big bag that you can hide all your ugly junk in is essential. Black especially because it goes with EVERYTHING! Just don't be like me and get comfortable with the same one & get to lazy to switch it up at times. All my black bags are looking extra ratchet so I will be making a trip to TJMaxx to hunt for another. Having a black clutch is also a necessity b/c clutches are timeless just like the color black is. 

9.Black Loafers or Flats: Some girls can walk in heels all day.  I can't and if I could I wouldn't. I typically am ready to trade my heels in for flats in 3-4 hours. Although heels give the extra "umph", nice loafers or flats can still maintain a great outfit. Be careful not to get extra cheap flats because those can hurt just as bad! ASOS, DSW, and H&M have a good selection & good prices. 

10.Pearls & Hoops: Jewelry is essential! Just like every girl should own a pair of heels every girl should have a pair of pearls and hoops. You can find faux pearls anywhere and everywhere. Even RiteAid sells them. I keep a pair of baby faux pearls in my second hole. Pearls are so so classy. When I think pearls, AKAs, Coretta Scott King and Audrey Hepburn automatically come to mind. 

Hoops are fun! They shape any face and bring a youthful yet still mature look. I prefer gold hoops but I own silver as well as black. Every Mom & Pop Beauty Supply Store sells them for $1-$2. Go get you a pair! 

I feel completely naked & manly if I don't have earrings on and pearls or hoops have never failed in time of earring need.

So there you have it! These were my 10 wardrobe essentials! Did I miss any? What are your wardrobe must haves???? Until next time, I leave you with this quote:

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