One of the first things I ask people when they propose a wardrobe overhaul is "do you have all your little black everythings?" Okay, I don't actually ask that question because it's totally annoying. The main idea being that you can live in your basic blacks. Confession: I wear black head to toe ALMOST EVERY DAY. And day in, day out it's the same boring stuff that I get compliments on. Over. And over. And over again.
"Okay, Ivy. Prioritize my little black everythings."
Note - this is for the ladies. I'll do one for the gents someday.
- Black pumps. Mid-heel. Especially in shoes - you get what you pay for. Consider saving $300-$500 if buying new.
- Slim black pant. Personally I prefer something cut right above the ankle. Many people think this is "trendy" but if you look through fashion history, they're wrong. For someone with a stockier build I would suggest a straight leg. I personally avoid synthetic fabrics beyond 20%.
- Black cardigan. Merino wool is invincible, if you're allergic a silk/cotton blend is a good substitute.
- Black pencil skirt. I've heard raves about Dolce and Gabbana's, once I live in the same house as my husband (really) this will be the thing I start saving for.
- Black crew neck sweater. See specs at cardigan.
RANT - I know that everyone has a budget they want to stick to when shopping. In my opinion the basics are the thing you should splurge on - and that includes TAILORING - because you'll wear that black _____ a million times. It's worth the dough. You can thank me in 10 years when you've finally blown the back seam in your Dolce skirt.
Happy dressing, people.