Now that you’ve cleaned up your closet (*AHEM*) cuz I know as soon as you read my post, you cast everything aside, sent your children out to play and spent all day throwing out your dirndl skirts and sweatshirts. I just know it. Now you need to start from the ground up and build A Basic Closet full of attractive, appropriate wear.
Most of you are probably at some big box store stocking up for you kids, right? But this is also the best time to stock up for you – for next summer! Take a deep breath, arrange for your children to be cared for, and spend a day shopping for yourself. (You are not allowed to go into any children’s sections.)
Nina Garcia wrote a book, The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own. I’ve got it; I’ll lend it to you. For most of us mortals, we might think about The Ten for the Summer:
- Feminine t-shirts
- Pretty tank tops
- A dressy top or two
- Dressy pants
- Stylish Shorts
- Denim Skirt
- Summer Dresses
- Flip flops/Casual shoes
- Dress shoes
- and of course, a swimsuit
Here we go!
Numero Uno: Pretty t-shirts to wear every day, everywhere. Because you threw away all your over sized t-shirts, you’ll need ones that are designed to fit a woman. Clinton & Stacey make fun of having the same shirt in multiple colors, but I disagree. If you find something that looks great at a terrific price, go for it! (I have a basic v-neck t-shirt in white, black, yellow & orange.)
Dos: Pretty tank tops for those really hot days. Old Navy has a great variety at give-away prices! (Just make sure they “flatter” your problem areas, or layer with a basic tank underneath.)
Some will double up as dressy tops when paired with white pants or a cute skirt.
Number Three: Make sure you have a dressy top or two that you can dress up or down for a night out with the honey, or for that library fundraiser:
Quattro: Even in the heat of the summer, there are some places you need to wear pants. I love white pants. If you don’t own a pair, find the right pair for your body and it will double your wardrobe! Honest! Or a light pair khaki or gray that will go with lots of things:
Cinqo: You’ll need some attractive shortsnow that all your mommy shorts with the pleats are in the trash.
SIX: A denim skirt. Short, long, white, blue. But stick with a basic from the Missy department (not the Juniors) that stops just above the knees:
SEVEN: Dresses! I am definitely wearing these when I clean my surfboard! Orrrr mebbe when I’m pushing a shopping cart. The three on the right are great for hiding a non-washboard tummy.
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8: Slip on Shoes!
Flip-flops and casual shoes:
9. Dressy shoes for dates:
10. And finally, swimwear. There are a number of us here that swear by Land’s End swimwear. They have things marked waaay down and they wear like a tank, are extremely flattering and keep the “girls” looking fine!
Print out this list, and get thee to the mall now!!