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Simplicity with Flare, Here's How

No matter what magazine you pick up or blogger you follow, most every "Must Have Wardrobe Staples" list is the same. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, it's that ever-circulating pictogram consisting of plain jeans, a white button down shirt, trench coat, nice sunglasses, etc. (see example below.) A lot of adults have most of these pieces if they're invested in their wardrobes.

If you're not one of those adults, no worries, I can help you.  

But what if you have all of those "classic staples" and you're bored with everything? What if you feel like you've exhausted all of your go-to outfit pairings?  This might sound painstakingly familiar. We are all creatures of habit. It's normal to run into the issue of purchasing the same (looking) thing over and over again. Shopping the same shit over and over again makes dressing easy, predictable and safe. Unfortunately, shopping the same shit over and over again draws you a line right back to point A... that you're bored and "over" your safe basics.

All of this was true for an early-twenties client that I worked with recently. Sarah had loads of skinny jeans and preppy tops from college and was sick of the same button downs and dark wash skinny jeans. Her other dilemma was that she was finding herself in workout wear more often than not. Her goal was to add basics that held pops of personality. Between GAP and Anthropologie, we shopped for a little under two hours. She left the mall utterly THRILLED.

Here's what I asked Sarah to add and why...

PANTS

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PILCRO Script High-Rise Pearl Skinny Jeans
Why:
On-trend
Not crazy expensive ($158... some of these pearlized pants are over $300)
Transitional Summer to Fall
Added character on a small frame (5'2")
Wear with:
These actually go with all of the tops (see below) that she added that day, even the Blooming Flora Crop Cami. I love the Shorebound tunic tank front-tucked to show off the pearl designs.
Pair with: nude pumps, booties, caged heels, sneakers and flats

Slim Utility Cargo Pants
Why:
Sarah's small (narrow) frame looked adorable with large pockets on her upper thighs. Where most women struggle to wear large pockets, the long-nature of these pockets were actually lengthening on Sarah's body.
Transitional Summer to Fall
Wear with:
These more casual style pants look amazing with ALL of the tops that we purchased. Note: With the tomato-red top, I suggest adding jewelry with an ivory/bone-color or mixed metals to break up the side-by-side Christmas colors.
Pair with: strappy block heels, flats, fun sneakers, converse

PILCRO High-Rise Embellished Jeans
Why: 
Embellished pants = choose almost ANY solid top. So many options. Limited amount of work. The high-rise denim made her legs longer and the sequin placement was perfect on her muscular legs.
Wear with: 
Any neutral tee shirt, her white button down, silk camisoles, black or ivory turtleneck in the winter, off the shoulder tomato colored top now. The blue/midnight colored Michael Stars top pairs beautifully with this. Add a bronze/gold necklace + black blazer and your outfit is a wrap.
Pair with: sassy pointed black velvet flats, black booties, nude or black pumps

McGUIRE Ambrosio Embroidered Wide-Leg Crops
Why:
Sarah really wanted to try out wide leg crops on her short frame and lo and behold, they worked! They looked absolutely phenomenal (and these were on sale!)
With the exception of the crop top, all of the tops that she bought work with this... the Michael Stars stretch shine tee was my favorite pairing.
Pair with: neutral sandals, saddle color block heel sandals, a denim block heel (SW has a great pair!) or VINCE slip-ons.

TOPS

left to right:
Shorebound Tunic
Maya Off The Shoulder Top
Michael Stars shine tee
Cloth & Stone chambray top *similar* to the white linen that we bought.
Blooming Flora Crop Cami

We went to GAP after Anthro. There, I showed her a few staples that she could add for very little $. Cute, simple transitional dresses to style a million ways, a denim jacket, a blush colored jean skirt and so forth. 

SUGGESTED SHOES

(in the vein of Simple but Snazzy...)

Marc Fisher d'orsay flats
Metallic Tretorn lowtop
Loeffler Randall High Heel Slide *eclipse blue
VINCE CAMUTO Binks Block Heels
Gucci Ophelia Embroidered Heels

Keeping with the overall goal of adding "Simple but Snazzy" styles, I chose basics with flare. The black d'orsay flats go with the green cargo pants, the pearl denim and the embroidered black jeans. The sneakers are just fly AF and will be amazing with the white cropped jeans, pearl jeans and the green pants (rolled.) I originally found these Loeffler Randall slides in NYC and... here I am still obsessed with them. The velvet is so feminine and chic paired with the pearl denim OR as a sexy juxtaposition with green pants. Love this open-heel bootie for pre-fall! Definitely cute with the embroidered black pants (loosely cuff those jeans with one roll and add an oversized white top... ta da!)  Umm I am practically in tears over these embroidered GUCCI pumps!!! Love these with the green pants + pearl denim. 

SARAH'S RESPONSE:

 
Before I connected with Lillian, my wardrobe was super basic (and not in a good way...) When I needed a new pair of jeans, I bought the same brand and type each time!! I was wasting money on repeats and bored with my clothes. Meeting up with Lillian completely changed my perspective on adding to my wardrobe. I’m a jeans and tee shirt girl through and through, but now I know how to buy pieces that are “basic” but on trend. For example, white jeans are a staple in my wardrobe but we found this fab pair on sale at anthropolgie with a colorful frayed bottom. Would have never picked them out. Ever. But now I can’t stop wearing them! All of my co workers have been telling me how awesome my wardrobe is! I love having so many versatile yet basic pieces that I can mix-match AND feel “on trend” while wearing!
— Sarah

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