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the sunday brief | back to basics | bottoms

three weeks ago i started a series ‘getting back to the basics’ that discusses building a wardrobe with key pieces, core essentials, or as i like to call them ‘the basics.’ every successful wardrobe lays a foundation. the first step starts with a closet cleanse. if you missed that blog post, you can read it here. why is cleaning your closet important? it might be cluttered with items that no longer fit, are damaged, or just plain worn out. after that task is completed, it’s time to assess your wardrobe. of course you will want to add trends into your lineup. or that skirt with a bold print that had your name written on it. but do you need to keep shopping to find something to wear with them? not if you have the basics on hand. these are the items you can pair with anything else in your closet and end up with a snazzy outfit. think of the basics as the items that marry two garments together. closet basics are typically year-round pieces that easily transition from one season to the next. and outfit to outfit. basics are neutrals: black, white, nude/camel, grey, and navy. the goal of building your wardrobe with core pieces is to have a closet filled with those essential items that will carry you from season to season and year to year with a few updates. when your wardrobe foundation is built correctly you will only replace a few items each year which is easy on your pocketbook. two weeks ago we took a look at tops. if you missed that post, you can read it here. this week, it’s all about bottoms. are you ready? let’s dive in. skirts – a skirt in any neutral color will work. but most women have at least one black skirt. if you have room for only one skirt choose a style that can work for day and night. length, fit and fabric are key. a ponte or seasonless stretch pencil skirt is perfect for the office but can be dressed down for the weekend with a jean jacket. if possible add a variety of styles: skater, a-line, wrap, midi, and maxi.   pants – some women might forego a skirt altogether and head straight to pants. again, length, fit, and fabric are key. a trouser in a tropical wool fabric will work year round. again, add a variety of styles that suit your figure: ankle, straight leg, wide-leg, and flare.   denim – yes, blue jeans make the basics list. a pair of denim can be dressed up or down with ease and work for so many occasions. straight leg blue jeans in a dark rinse are the most versatile style. but mix in a variety of styles to give you options. in my opinion, you can never have too many pairs of blue jeans. boyfriend/girlfriend, ankle, distressed, frayed, wide leg, flare, cropped flare. the list goes on and on. and, yes, some of these styles are trendier than others. once upon a time skinny jeans were a trend. now they are a closet essential. don’t forget to add white, black, and grey into the mix. plus denim skirts.   cargo pants – some of you might be scratching your head wondering why cargo pants made the basics list. aren’t cargo’s trendy? honestly, these make my classic list as they flatter any figure but have a little edge. and now they’re a wardrobe staple. green or camel are my top color choices. try a straight leg or ankle.   lbd – the little black dress isn’t a bottom, technically. but this is a wardrobe basic nonetheless. add a variety of styles to your closet. sheath, wrap, halter, a-line, shift, shirtdress. if you choose wisely one dress can work for any occasion. in order to accomplish this follow these guidelines: length: not too short fit: not too form fitting, let it hug your curves not squeeze them style: don’t show too much skin or bare too much information fabric: not too dressy next week we’ll take a look at, wait a minute, why not keep you guessing? happy sunday, ladies! The post the sunday brief | back to basics | bottoms appeared first on Style at a Certain Age.

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