14 WOMEN BASIC WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

Howdy folks! You ever happened to scream in front of the mirror: “What am I gonna wear today?”. I know, it’s common practice, but no worries, because a good guide can get you out of trouble in no time! You just need the right women basic wardrobe essentials… Piece of cake!

There are garments that are a Must Have in your closet. Do you know why? That because a last minute invitation can happen more often than you think. So, you have to be ready for anything.

Moreover, if your closet is well organized with wardrobe essentials, it will never let you down! That way you’ll never panic, on the contrary, you’ll always be satisfied in managing this kind of “last minute alarm”.

An ordered wardrobe is your best allied
Now you know that, let’s take a look at basics clothes. I have identified 14 and here they are:
  1. Little Black Dress
  2. Trench Coat
  3. Black elegant Trousers
  4. White Under-Button
  5. Top
  6. Jeans
  7. Tube Skirt
  8. Dress
  9. Blazer
  10. Sweater
  11. Leggings
  12. Cardigan
  13. Lace Garment
  14. Tweed Coat

1. LITTLE BLACK DRESS (LBD)

Known also as “petite robe noire”, to say it in the Coco Chanel way, this timeless, passe-partout (or skeleton-key, if you prefer) dress makes a woman perfect for any occasion, from the most casual to the most demanding.

Better if at the knee and sleeveless, or with the barely hinted sleeve, in fabric by half weight to make it versatile and ideal for all seasons.

With a little help from accessories you can revolutionize this simple and linear, so feminine and chic dress to be in line with the occasion you are invited to participate.

I’m talking about brooches, rhinestone rings, shoes, clutches, stoles and jewels that allow you to wear it every time as if it were the first one. You can do literally anything with a LBD, your BFF when it comes to woman’s dresses! LBD with its simple and clean lines is a white canvas! Check it out:

Just add a saucy slit detail, killer heels and you go immediately vamp.

Add mesh or lace details and “boom”… It’s glam!

With Swiss-Dot Tights you can turn your look into 40’s flavor.

Add an embellished detachable collar and you go instantly bon-ton!

Wear cow-boy boots! How country style is that?

Match it with a fashionable printed bomber jacket to play down the classic LBD style.

Or accessorize it with a statement necklace, leather ankle boots… Rock style!

Put on animal printed Décolleté shoes… so cool!

Wanna go sophisticated? Simply add a pop of shine with a metal belt!

You can try an under-button underneath it for a school-girl inspired look.

Wear a colorful coat/trench on it to add a witty note.

Combine it with sneakers… Do you think is a too bald move? Well, because it is, but for the most brave ones the result can give life to a delightful contrast!

Have to meet some friends to the dance-floor after work? Just put on a sequin or tailored-jacket, and snap!

Wanna turn your outfit upside down, in a good way? Wear a faux fur on it… A more than successful contrast, cozy and stylish!

Here’s my selection of LBDs for all budgets! From left to right: under $100, under $200 and above $200Click on the images to see the collections and … good shopping! ^_^

2. TRENCH

So in vogue on the latest catwalks, so much to hope that it rains throughout whole spring and summer (frankly “NO, thanks!”).

Did you know that this garment was worn by British military soldiers in the “Trenches” during World War I?

In the years to come they were made famous and timeless by celebrities such as Marlene Dietrich and Humphrey Bogart and has endured as a fashion staple until today. So much so that it has become one of the most durable clothing icons in Britain. Click here to read the whole story ^_^

In the collective imagination the trench coat has become synonymous with power, danger (worn by both detective and gangsters in the movies) and sensuality (where it’s worn by women with high heels). Actually is worn by flashers too, but let’s keep hight the reputation of this great cloth!

Burberry became the first trench manufacturer, transforming and enhancing the properties of this item of clothing. It became much lighter, not constricting, water-proof, breathable in summer and warm in wintertime: the trench coat for all seasons!

The color to dress well remains the original one, camel. It’s perfect for spring and autumn when the temperature is mild, because it’s never too hot or too cold. Elegant and refined for people with a touch of class it also well matches with sporty looks.

Below, left to right, a selection of Trench Coat under $ 100, under $200 and above $200… Have fun gals!

3. ELEGANT BLACK TROUSERS

High-waisted trousers for those who have long legs and want to hide a little belly, hipster pants, good especially for skinny girls.

Depending on the shoes you choose to combine with you can have a comfortable (sneakers) or sophisticated look (heels and fake fur).

Not to mention a very rock style wearing a leather jacket and chains around your neck. This cloth is another skeleton-key, so precious for your wardrobe and a great ally for a successful outfit!

4. WHITE UNDER-BUTTON

A white under-button can’t be missed by your wardrobe! It’s a MUST like the LBD. It’s ok 12 months a years. You can build different outfits all well-chosen around the white under-button.

Pair it with black trousers or a tube skirt to look elegant at your work place or with a pair of jeans to hang out with your friends. In the Summer you can even use it on your bathing suit.

5. TOP

When I talk about “top” I mean T-shirt too, long, short, oversize or tight. You can combine a top with leggings, jeans, skirts. Go crazy with long sleeves, short sleeves, sleeveless, bare shoulders and so on and so forth, depending on whether you want to look romantic, rock, elegant or casual.

6. JEANS

A pair of denim jeans must be in everyone’s wardrobe. They were used as a work wear, but since then they’ve become a piece of clothing suitable for many occasions whether combined with sneakers rather than open toe, boots, ankle boots or heels.

To be honest a pair of classic jeans never set and you can wear them all year long.

That said, there are also so many kinds of jeans that you really can wear ‘em pretty much always: skinny, boyfriend, low rise, high-waisted, hipster, jeggins, boot cut, bell-bottom pants, jeweled.

7. TUBE SKIRT

The seasons follow each other and each of them offers different models of skirt, but the tube skirt remains a classic and never goes out of fashion because of its extreme simplicity.

It can be a classic garment, elegant, but also sensual if worn with an under-button. Just a skirt, a pair of opaque tights, a top to always be feminine and elegant. You can wear it sporty with a sweatshirt and a pair of sneakers or with lace and cardigan for a more bon -on version.

8. DRESS

With the dress we enhance our femininity. There are thousands of different shapes and colors. Choose the model that best enhances your body and your shapes.

It can be combined with opaque and colored tights in autumn/winter or with lighter tights in spring.

When you wear a dress you do not need anything else to be original! Just to never go wrong, I suggest having at least three type of dress: romantic, sexy and cocktail dress.

9. BLAZER

The jacket is an element taken directly from the male wardrobe, but listen closely, do not underestimate this piece of clothing.

Combine the blazer with a knee-length skirt or black trousers and you’ll immediately be elegant. To look more easy, instead, pair it with jeans or a light dress.

It goes beautifully both with heels and sneakers… Powerful!

With the jacket it’s easy to always hit the target.

Even if the blazer is a jacket with a masculine cut, I suggest you to take it with a feminine cut, especially if you are curvy. Our wardrobe, as a friend, must enhance our figure, not to flatten it!

10. SWEATER

Pure wool or cashmere, a nice winter turtleneck sweater is a very useful passe-partout, easy to put on jeans, skirts and trousers.

Also, the sweatshirt is a good choice because, today, they make it really beautiful and elegant, printed and precious that are good even over short or tube skirts, with sneakers or heels.

11. LEGGINGS

Even the leggings are a piece of clothing you must have, because they can be combined with almost everything, depending on the final effect you choose to give.

Faux-leather leggings combined with a cashmere sweater and leather jacket, blazer or bomber for an overall chic look.

You can also pair it with a turtleneck, hoodie and eventually a parka, in winter time, for a cozy look.

Just black leggings, black cashmere sweater and low heel décolleté shoes for a Audrey Hepburn bon-ton, minimal and elegant look.

The strength of leggings lies in being able to combine them with shoes that are so different from each other such as flat ankle boots, sneakers or heels to have a different look each time!

Wanna be cozy and chic? Then wear leggings with a top and a cocoon cardigan.

Choose an athletic look by tying a hoodie around the waist, especially if showing your bottom does not make you feel comfortable.

Oversize sweater and sneakers for a casual look or a button-down shirt on top.

Put on a leather motor jacket and it’s instantly street style look.

Knee boots, flats, boots, low heels, high heels, sneakers… You can really have fun playing to create various looks with shoes, sweaters and accessories.

12. CARDIGAN

The cardigan is another piece of clothing that can save your outfit. You are spoiled for choice.

For a touch of bon-ton choose a cardigan screwed with buttons, very 50’s. It also allows you to dare with colors: cobalt, pink, yellow, green grass, orange, red or purple.

Wanna go sexy showing an hourglass shape? Add a belt at your true waist… Cinch!

Leave it opened for a flattering, soft look.

For a short-over-long play match a short cardigan at the waist with a longer shirt.

Or wear very short shorts under a very long cardigan for a WOW look, check my post about this outfit.

Enhance your bald print dress by adding a solid cardigan to look more sophisticated, or, just the opposite, add a dramatic long patterned cardigan to a basic look and don’t forget to match dramatic accessories as well.

To have a more interesting look wear an open-knit, lacy and crocheted cardigan.

In short, dig it!

13. LACE GARMENT

Lace is romantic and delicate and it can not miss from the female wardrobe!

Whether it’s a top, a dress, a skirt or a jacket it can be bon-ton or very sexy, it depends on the accessories you put on it! Here you can play with shoes (heels, boots, ankle boots, décolleté, open toe), scarfs, jewelry, hats and why not? Gloves… Rita Hayworth’s Gilda style!

14. TWEED COAT

This is another garment to absolutely have, specially in fall and winter time, because it goes very well with all styles and keeps warm. Choose a well-cut model so that it can last over the years. With sneakers or heels, light dresses or jeans, by day or in the evening, closed or leaning behind, you will not leave this coat anymore.

CLOSET: YOUR CLOSEsT FRIEND… HANDLE CAREFULLY!

I said a lot about a woman’s basic wardrobe and what can not be missing. Of course there is much more to talk about, but, gals, one thing at a time 😉

Do you have all you need for your essential wardrobe? If not yet, fix this as soon as possible! Here you can find all it takes to be prepared for any occasion ^_^

Do you want me to tell more about a particular garment? Write it down in the comment box and I’ll be more than glad to help you. If you have any question, please let me know. See you soon my dear fashion gals :*

Arianna

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WHAT IS SHABBY CHIC STYLE? A EVERGREEN!

Howdy folks! Have you ever wondered: what is Shabby Chic Style? Well, if not, do it now. In fact, today we’re gonna talk about this very trendy Interior Design decor, which combines cozy and elegance.

Do not be fooled by the name, by the way, because the overall effect is not unkempt at all. Actually, it is very accurate in details!

In fact, a proper Shabby Chic Style, means your furniture and furnishing accessories show a lived, old-fashioned look. That’s the way you can find traces of time in them, even if they are not necessarily authentic. The thing is these traces must be well simulated and purposely created to show their characteristic light colors. That’s what is Shabby Chic Style all about… White colors, rather pastel colors, “faded” and “ruined” and “dated” to give the typical Shabby appearance.

Not by chance, it is a taste that loves the patina of the already experienced and the “dusty” effect of pastel paints.

What is Shabby Chic Style: decorations
Shabby Chic Style decorations

 

WHAT IS ABOUT SHABBY CHIC STYLE ORIGINS?

THE SYLES THAT INFLUENCED SHABBY CHIC STYLE

We must recall that Shabby Chic Style was born in the good and old Britain. The first glimpses of it were seen, above all, in the beautiful and large country houses. As a matter of fact, there were typical elements in every stately home, such as worn-out chintz sofas, old paintings, wallpaper, white curtains and large chandeliers. So, to begin with, this gives us a sense of what the Shabby Chic Style is.

It is no coincidence that Shabby Chic Style has much in common with period furnishings, especially Victorian Style. Although the glamorous and eccentric element makes the difference between Shabby Chic Style and other Interior Design Styles.

What is Shabby Chic Style
Shabby Chic Style Dining Rooms

By the way, it was not just the influence of English Country House and Victorian Era. In fact, Shabby Chic Style draws its inspiration from a wide range of styles of furniture. For starters the Swedish, further more the French Chateau (dating back to enchanting castles of the Loire) and finally the American Shakers Style, for which the essential simplicity reigns supreme.

Talking about the Swedish influence, the Gustavian Style, in particular, owes its name to the king of Sweden, Gustav III. They say that, once, he visited the Palace of Versailles and he decided to create a “New Paris” in northern Europe.

As a consequence, the Gustavian Style was a fusion between Neoclassicism and French Rococo. However, pruned from any excess and adapted to the sobriety of the Nordic style.

What is Shabby Chic Style: a book to know more about it!
Rachel Ashwell’s “The World of Shabby Chic”

THE SUCCESS OF SHABBY CHIC STYLE IN THE US

Shabby Chic Style was born in England and influenced by other European styles, as we saw. Then, it was finally and successfully exported to the US in the 1980’s by American designer Rachel Ashwell.

Indeed, she was the one who coined the name “Shabby Chic Style”. This name appeared for the first time on “The World of Interiors” magazine in the 80s. From there on it became extremely popular in the United States. To be fair, the 90’s were its most popular period, especially because of an increase in styles and variations.

Certainly, Shabby Chic Style can assume different shades. It depends on whether you use French Style furniture and light colors or more rustic furniture with strict lines and darker colors. Among Shabby Chic Style we find, therefore, Romantic Chic, Rustic Chic, Provencal, Country Chic, Pickled, Total White to name a few!

THE SPIRIT OF THE SHABBY CHIC STYLE

ROMANTIC AND NOSTALGIC ATMOSPHERES

So, what is Shabby Chic Style, again? We can say it’s a new way to redesign rooms. As a result, concerning how illuminating them with pastel colors, antique finishes, characteristic and personalized details. Hence, next to the furniture, you can add wrought iron details and simple fabrics such as linen and cotton, enhanced by soft colors.

In conclusion, Shabby Chic Style is the perfect style, not only to be fashionable, but above all, to create romantic and nostalgic atmospheres. That’s because the intent is to give new life to rustic environments. How? By embellishing them with details and colors and personalizing them with a unique and original character.

What is Shabby Chic Style: pages of the book
From Rachel Ashwell’s Book

Moreover, the Shabby Chic Style arises from the need to recover objects forgotten in the attic and give them new life. In effect, thanks to the “elegant shabby” technique, the dent is deliberately seen and, as if by magic, the defect becomes valuable because of a coat of paint.

Consequently, the leitmotiv here is the old object, worn but revalued thanks to its vintage nature. Therefore, imperfection is exalted to emphasize its vintage essence: hence, it is the soul of what Shabby Chic Style is.

What is Shabby Chic Style: pages of the book
From Rachel Ashwell’s Book

Similarly, it’s a bit like what happens to the Industrial Style. In fact, this particular style makes the recovery and reuse the cornerstone of its essence. Specifically, the Industrial Style wants to transform former factories and attached equipment connected to them.

Eventually, the both of Shabby Chic Style and Industrial Style, give a second chance to the old furniture. The result is that they bloom and shine again under a new, romantic connotation: the vintage one.

Definitely, there are so many affinities between these two Interior Design Styles, that both find a perfect fusion in Urban Chic Style. We can, maybe, define it as the Industrial Style with touches of white. If you’re interested, you can find more about how to furnish in Industrial Style in this post.

WHAT ABOUT SHABBY CHIC STYLE COLORS?

A FEW PASTEL COLORS AND WIDE GRADATIONS

So, as we already said, the Shabby Chic Style admits a limited color palette in shades, but really wide in gradations. That way, within this style, the atmosphere is very cozy, relaxing, with soft and strictly opaque colors. For instance, white dominates with all its shades such as classic beige, rather ivory and light gray. You can match these basic colors with pastel colors like pinklavender lilac, beige, light gray, sky blue and sage green.

What is Shabby Chic Style: pages of the book
From Rachel Ashwell’s Book

SHABBY CHIC STYLE’S FURNITURE AND DECORATIONS MATERIALS

WOOD, STONE AND TERRACOTTA

What about the materials used for Shabby Chic Style? First of all, as regards the surfaces, we have wood and then also stone and terracotta. In addition, hemp and natural cotton for fabrics. Moreover floral prints, in moderation, romantic sheets with lace details or flowers, curtains in soft linen and, of course, lace.

What is Shabby Chic Style: a fireplace as an examle
Fireplace With Candles from Maison Lafitte, Mandeville, LA

FURNISHING ELEMENTS TO INCLUDE WITHIN SHABBY CHIC STYLE

NOT TO FORGET THE DETAILS

  • Cushions, whose colors and patterns must always have a country and natural touch
  • White porcelain, vintage porcelain services with floral motifs, unpaired dishes
  • Lace: linen or cotton curtains, embroidery, lace under the shelves, floral fabrics, inspired by the French style
  • Tin utensils that you can easily retrieve in second-hand markets
  • Flowers with delicate tones such as hydrangeas, roses and camellias, country flowers, lavender, roses arranged in rustic vases, like those made of metal
  • DIY objects such as a wooden frame recovered and repainted in washed white
  • Candles to decorate the fireplace in the summer; you can also put them in a traditional candlestick or in simple glass jars
  • Antique chandeliers, classic, of iron with glass or crystal drops
  • Rustic or rural theme paintings, bucolic, like flowers, fields and poultry
  • The inevitable bird cage

TO EACH HIS SHABBY CHIC STYLE

Are you Shabby Chic Style person? I am! In fact, I have a couple of things in that style, especially in the dining room and the master bedroom. So, why don’t you show me your personal Shabby Chic Style furnishing by posting some of your furniture and decor? I am very curious ^_^ If you have questions, please don’t esitate to ask me in the comments below. See you soon,

Arianna

FASHION COLOR TRENDS: SPRING-SUMMER 2018 GUIDE

Hello! How are you today? It really seems that Spring is finally here. It’s time for the change of season in our closet.

Which are the fashion color trends for Spring-Summer 2018? Let’s find out together. So, we are in front of our closet and it seems that nothing is OK for the new season. Wrong! Apparently nothing new has come out of the catwalks from Milan, Paris, London and New York. It really looks like ideas, good ideas, are over. If once fashion dared, now it seems to be dormant. In fact, we are in a time of crisis and the only trend that appears to be in vogue is to recycle the wardrobe of the 80s and 90s. At least that’s what we saw lately from the most famous fashion designers.

The new rule is “to desecrate” with dissonance: “Put the wrong piece on the right body”! It’s the triumph of do as you like”, go wild and put together different shapes, different patterns, different fashion color trends but, with taste. Fashion, as we have known it in the golden years, still seems to be hibernating. We will make a reason for it, grudgingly. If we have to customize to our liking, better doing it the right way… if there is a right way!

THE FLAGSHIP COLORS OF 2018

Did you know that every year Pantone decrees a trendy color? This year it is Ultra Violet, among other colors obviously. I wanna show you the palette currently in vogue.

 

The pastel colors will still be among us… YEAH: Pink Lavender and Blooming Dahlia, but with nuances that will make them turn towards the fluo… DOUBLE YEAH: Meadowlark and Lime Punch.

We will also have more vibrant colors for the Summer such as Cherry Tomato, between red and orange, Little Boy Blue, Arcadia and Spring Crocus.

The cornerstones to match will be the brown colors of the earth as Chili Oil and Emperador accompanied by the soft color Almost Mauve.

So far as you are a disaster in matching colors, do not worry because there is a way to make up for this lack. There is a magic tool that can tell you how to combine colors in the right way, it’s called the Itten color wheel.

Itten Color Wheel

Take a color and combine it with the diametrically opposite one. Do not never match it with the one on the side. You can also play with different gradations in the same segment. Keep in mind that white, black, gray and beige combine with everything. That said it will come more easily for you to chose the winning color combination.

SEEN ON THE CATWALK

The most quoted piece of clothing on fashion catwalks is definitely the trench, so we can only hope that the next seasons are full of rain (actually NO! Spring and Summer are the stage for sun and heat, they have to be a MUST forever).

We come to the cloth prints: from Prada’s comics to Balenciaga’s bills not to mention Dolce & Gabbana’s playing cards and Donatella Versace’s multicolor pop prints… sadly everything already seen! We’ll get used to that? NO, at least I never will.

Gucci cotton tank top

Lettering and logos become as tattoos on the fabric, take a look at Gucci…

Honestly I think it’s too much. It’s like we are the fashion stylists’ product that is marked with their brand just for advertising.

I don’t wanna be a passive object, I wanna take action on my very own style, that’s why I’m not a fashion victim and I never will.

Animalier, fringes, satin, vinyl, transparencies and glitter will still be accompanying us through these coming seasons.

Turbans and wide hair bands for the head. Vintage scarf elegantly tied to the neck, very bon-ton. Waist bag, backpacks and shoulder bags.

 

 

WHA T TO WEAR THIS SPRING-SUMMER 2018?

How to go through this at best? To be never wrong let’s ask for help from Coco Chanel:

“Badly dressed and they will remember the dress. Impeccably dressed and they will remember the woman!”

Never forget that fashion passes, style remains, just to mention Coco Chanel again!

Some tricks to get out of the anxiety of the “what I put on?” question. Here’s my suggestion: create your own style. Be who you are, because how do we look is how we are. Our clothes tell the world something about us. It’s like our business card. Remember to always feel comfortable about what you’re wearing, because there’s nothing worst then looking at a person who’s not at ease in his/her own clothes. You can tell it for sure!

So far as you find yourself constantly covering that little bundle of flab that comes out of your shirt, use longer shirts! So far as you can’t walk on vertiginous heels, just don’t wear ‘em. Ultra Violet is the last word? Don’t wear it, if you feel like a raisin or a plum with that color on.

Whenever fashion dictates the law, you can choose to be an outlaw! You are your own fashion designer, because no one else but you know exactly what enhances your body and, mostly, what makes you feel comfortable. This is the only rule.

I hope this post helped. So far as you have any questions please let me know, I’ll be more than glad to answer you. Don’t forget to let us know your personal opinion about Spring-Summer 2018 fashion trends. I leave you with some of my Spring-Summer looks, click on the pictures to see all the individual items. See you soon!

Arianna

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Fluo Spring Outfit
Peachy Summer Outfit
Spring Outfit
Sporty Outfit
Shiny Night Outfit
Week End Outfit
This is me in Greenville wearing fluo colors
Punchlime will be the most seen color on the road! Just a joke ^_^