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CASUAL WEAR BASICS

11 Jan

Hello all, happy new year! I wish joy, peace and success to everyone in 2016 and beyond.

Today’s post is the first of a four-part series entitled “Basics” where I outline basic wardrobe items every girl should have.

In this post I’ll be aDRESSing (bad dum ching) basic casual wear which entails the stuff you wear when you go to the movies, dinner, shopping, hang out etc… basically everyday wear.

If you invest in a few basic pieces you will ALWAYS have something to wear. I HATE when my friends and I do something spontaneous and I go to pick out something and end up sitting on a pile of clothes I’ve dragged out of my closets almost in tears cause “I have nothing to wear”.

Having these basics almost entirely eliminates this occurrence. This list is not meant to be exhaustive but rather suggestive and is based on the premise that you will add some “non-basics” to compliment your basic wardrobe.

Let’s get to it!

TOPS

CAMIS/TANKSBlack Tank top $6 H+M

You’ll need about 3 of these in neutrals e.g. black, white, grey. These are excellent for layering as well as on their own.

 

TEESBlack V neck shirt H&M $6

Some basic tees with either a cap sleeve or half sleeve depending on your preference. You’ll also need about 3 of these in neutrals. They are also good for layering but fine on their own.

 

SHIRTS/BLOUSES

Plaid Shirt by Faded Glory $10

Something with some sleeves and buttons. These are useful for a more conservative or formal look as well as great for layering. I recommend 2 neutral blouses e.g. black and white as well as a plaid(flannel) and a denim shirt , two timeless styles.

 

JACKET

Black Jackey H&M $35(This doesn’t include winter jackets). You need 1 jacket. A nice fitted one with a good cut and made from luxuriant material. I recommend either a neutral such as black or tan or a deep jewel tone such as emerald, royal purple or navy.

 

BOTTOMS

SKIRTS
You need 3 skirts.

 

MAXI                                                                                                            Black jersy maxi skirt from allyfashion.com $11

Get this in a neutral e.g black or tan. It’s great for a boho vibe and can be paired with any of the basic tops mentioned above.

 

 

MINI/MIDI

Get this in a  body con  style. It’s great to dress up for an evening on the town or dress down for a daytime look.

Black pleated flare skirt.jpg

FLARE

A short(ish) flared skirt for a more dressed up fun look. This can be great in black or maybe a bold print that can be easily matched with a lot of different tops.

 

 

PANTS

SHORT

2 of these: 1 denim pair and 1 neutral e.g. khaki or black.

JEANS/JEGGINGS

You should have 2 pairs: 1 well fitted pair of blue jeans with whatever wash you prefer (I find a dark wash matches well with most things) and 1 other colour either another blue pair with a different wash or black. Jeans can withstand a day out as well as clean up nicely for night time looks.

Black leggings

LEGGINGS

These are a staple. You can be safe with 3 pairs in dark tones e.g. black,grey and navy. Leggings can be dressed down for a super casual day or vamped up for evening. They are great lounging wear, travel wear and can even be used as active wear.

 

DRESSY

Floral print wide cut pants H&M $50.jpeg1 pair. I recommend a neutral like black or white or a statement print that has many matching options.This is the kind of pant you can do a wide leg with or a super fitted bottom with heels for that elegant look.

 

 

 

DRESSES

SHORTBlack skater dress from Choies $26.jpg

I recommend 2 short dresses. One fit and flare and a more fitted body con dress. Cannot go wrong with black but other dark colours are equally versatile.

 

MEDIUM
This is for when you want to feel a little more conservative like maybe Floral midlenghth dress from Lindy Bop usa $16.jpghaving brunch with your grandparents or attending a church function. This kind of dress could work in a neutral tone but would be great either in a bright colour such as aqua or coral or maybe a floral print. A medium length dress would look nice with a fuller skirt but can work with a pencil fit as well, depends on your style.

 

LONGBlack Maxi Dress from H&M $12.jpeg

A maxi length dress for comfort as well as  bringing the drama. Great in black or another dark colour e.g. navy or maroon.

 

 

 

This list contains a lot of neutrals right? Black. White. Grey. That’s the point. With these basics you can now build your wardrobe. You can glam up or glam down each piece based on the accessories used making each piece stretch.

Having basics saves money. Instead of buying something new to wear each time you go out, you can open your closet and realise the almost endless options available. Usually adding just one new item e.g a pair of earrings or a belt and you have an entirely reinvented outfit!

Keep posted (you can follow my blog) for the continuation of this series. The next topic is Basics Work wear and will be posted in one week’s time.
Thank you for reading and have an awesome day!

Below I have listed all the clothing items shown in the pics

Cami- H&M $4

Tee- H&M $4

Red and black plaid shirt- Faded Glory $10

Jacket- H&M $35

Maxi skirt- allyfashion.com $11

Mini flare skirt- shein.com $13

Wide leg print pant- H&M $50

Black skater dress- choies.com $26

Floral print mid length dress- Linda Bop (lindabop.com) $16

Black maxi dress- H&M $12

Thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

 

 

 

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SALE-ing

30 Jun

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Say what! $595 US. That is the price of this shoe. On sale! Yes it is a designer brand and compared to the original price its a deal, but come on! Omg!

As my New York adventure continues I of course find myself shopping. As one would expect in a city as diverse and glamorous as this there are both dirt cheap bargins and then this!

Despite this particular high priced item, the popular department store I was in on this particular day (rhymes with Lacy’s) had a massive sale on originally much higher priced designer shoes. This is how a thrifty poor party girl gains some serious brand items, look for the 2nd most exciting 4 letter word (food being no.1) : SALE!

When I go on a shopping trip I would say at least 75% of my purchases are on discounted items in some form or fashion.
I am often asked how I find so much for so little. I think it’s a skill (which many people do have)
I will share a few tips that come to mind when shopping for sale/bargin items. Note many of these tips are aimed at avoiding being duped.

1) Treasure Hunt (Head to the back)
Most stores keep their sale and bargin items at the back of the store. Hidden away like secret pirate bounty.Let the new exciting fun stuff at the front lure you in but make a beeline for the stuff farthest from the door. This is often where the clearance and 2 for 1 etc items are stashed away.

2) Sift
I have found that some stores will hang a similar looking group of items together e.g pink flowy tops priced at $14.95 each. One might safely assume these tops are all the same and so is the price.
Wrong, very often there are one or two slightly different looking tops for a totally different price e.g $7.95. It’s almost like if you are willing to work hard enough to sift through everything then you deserve to find the bargin.

3) Sift
That’s right, sifting again.This is to prevent the opposite of no.2 from occurring.Many stores will have a rack of similar looking items and items no. 1,2 and 3 cost $5 but no.4 does not and this is the one you pick up of course.
More than once I have made my way happily to the cashier to purchase my $5 item only to hear : ” That will be $17.95 mam.” Excuse me! Don’t let it happen to you.

4) Cheap Tricks (Read the entire sign)
This brings me to tip no.4 a similar but different thing to avoid. It’s a cheap mean old trick but it continues to be practiced.
Very often a sign will advertise an un believeable bargin with the truth hidden in fine print at the very bottom.
Beware of :” $3 (and up) or “$9.99 (on select items) and one of my favourites “1/2 off (on 3rd item when purchasing 2 or more).
Despite this trickery, sometimes the deals are still good, you just need to be aware of the exact price of all your items before heading to cash. If you are purchasing multiple items (as we often do) you might not even realise when you have paid more than you intended for something.

5) Witchcraft and wizardary (Tables and Bins)
If no.4 was trickery this is pure soccery. As humans we have the learned belief that items placed on a table or thrown into a bin are on sale.
This can be blamed on the fact that for a long time this was true. When a store really wanted to get rid of stuff they would toss it all in a cardboard box and mark “$1 any item. ”
Unfortunately times have changed and the world is not so innocent anymore. Just as we can no longer assume that items on the front shelves of a supermarket aisle are on special we must be wary of anything on a table or in a bin. Very often, very, very often they aren’t on sale at all.
In the event that something is on sale, remember tips no.3 and 4.

6) Couponer for life.
Don’t be ashamed. Couponing isn’t only for the supermarket anymore. Endless stores have coupons that you can pick up online and either print or save the code to your mobile device. Always ensure that the outlet you shop at takes coupons and the one you have is both valid and applicable to your purchase. I have saved tons this way.

7) Avoid the impulse
I had a hard time conditioning myself with this one. That feeling of excitement and smugness when you realise you could own a fashionable designer item for 1/4 of the price. Before you whip out the credit card ask yourself :” Do I need or even want this? ”
The point of being a bargin/thrifty shopper is to save. Whether in order to buy more stuff, or to buy that one truly pricey item, because you are broke and in debt, or to keep your savings to a maximum. What ever your reason remember that.
Spending unesccesary money (on something you neither need or want) no matter how small the amount adds up.

So with all that in mind, go forth and SALE away!
Have an awesome day!

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