The Top 5 Wardrobe Essentials
Ladies, do you have one of each of the above items in your wardrobe? If you haven’t then you should!
What are Wardrobe Essentials?
Wardrobe essentials are simple, classic items you can use to enhance your personal style. They do not go out of fashion and they can be utilized when dressing for work or play, night or day!
The top 5 classic items (pictured above) are fundamental to your wardrobe. If you don’t have at least one of each then your wardrobe is lacking.
That uncomfortable feeling of having nothing to wear is a common symptom of a wardrobe lacking the fundamentals.
Details of the Top 5 Essential Wardrobe Items
Well made, good fit and simple design – these are the three basic principles when purchasing your Top 5 essentials. Keep in mind you are buying items that won’t go out of fashion. They should last you for many years – so don’t scrimp, go for quality.
1. Classic black dress
Buy a classic black dress you know you will be able to dress up or down to suit the occasion. Perhaps one which is lined and shows a bit of cleavage (not too much) when worn on it’s own, but can also be worn over shirts or T-shirts and under jackets or waistcoats.
Dressing your black dress up or down will mostly be done with layering, shoes (sandals, flats, heels) and accessories – scarves, jewelery, handbags and hair-dos. And let’s face it ladies, bra friendly is a must!
2. A pair of well fitting, classic jeans
These jeans just look great on you and don’t necessarily comply with the fashion of the day. This means PLAIN – no designs, no rips, no pleats, no extreme leg styles. Jeans that just suit you.
Boot cut is a style great for us curvy gals and gives a leaner look. This is because these jeans pull you in at the low-rise waist, hug (and flaunt) your hip and thigh curves and then flare slightly from the knee which gives a balancing effect. Avoid an over-tight waist fit, this will result in a dreaded muffin top!
Length is something you should pay particular attention to. Remember versatility. You need to be able to wear with both flats and heels. Choose a length that covers most of your flat shoe without dragging on the ground.
3. Flattering black pants
The rules for black pants are nearly the same as for jeans. Pay special attention to the length, making sure they are good for flats and heels.
Again, simple quality – no pleats or embellishments. Plain black that fits well and doesn’t fade. Faded black pants are just plain tacky and no longer qualify as one of the top 5 fundamentals we are talking about here.
4. White blouse or T-shirt
Simple quality and made for a woman. As a plus size girl, it is important for me to feel like the shirt is made for me and my curves, not for a man.
Never buy your button-up shirt too tight. There is nothing worse than buttons that pull and gape. A relaxed fit in all positions!
5. Black shoes
Your black shoes should be a classic style such as the Mary-Janes pictured above with a heel that is a comfortable height for you.
The material should be leather because it adjusts to the shape of your foot and breathes. I would also recommend a make that specializes in comfort fit, such as Ziera®. Such shoes tend to be well made, will last a long time and comfortable from the moment you put them on.
Top 5 is as Simple as That!
If you are seeking to up your style, make sure you have at least one of each of the above items in your wardrobe. It doesn’t matter whether your personal style is middle-of-the-road or more free-spirited and arty, these versatile foundation items, if chosen well, are here to make you look classy to the core. Your personal style will be largely determined by how you enhance these items with layers, accessories and hair-dos. Here’s the Top 5 Checklist for Wardrobe Essentials. Come back when you have a tick √ in every box and we’ll talk about the next step.
□ 1. Little black dress
□ 2. A pair of well fitting, classic jeans
□ 3. Flattering black pants
□ 4. White blouse or T-shirt
□ 5. Black shoes
Guidelines for Choosing a Plus Size Black Dress for the Apple Body Shape
Womens Plus Sizes Flaunt Cocktail Dress
From: Kiyonna Clothing
The purpose of this article is to assist ladies with an apple plus size body type to make the right style decisions when looking to add that essential, versatile, plus size black dress to their wardrobe. In our hunt for the right classic black dress we are aiming to achieve a look of timeless sophistication and elegance.
Style has a lot to do with balance and how the eye moves around the body. Whilst black is a slimming colour, we should also look to other design features in the dress to give our shape a nice balance.
When judging our own bodies, we all have our ‘positives’ and ‘negatives’ – the bits we like about ourselves and the bits we don’t. It is what we do with these positives and negatives that determines our style. The right choice will make you feel stylish every time you put it on. After that, it’s all about confidence and how you wear that style! Confidence is cool and very attractive.
Apple ladies tend to carry most of their weight above the waist – top-heavy and roundish between the hips and bust. Most apples will identify their roundness as one of their negatives. As such, we will aim to distract attention away from the middle. How? By using tricks to draw attention towards our assets of course!
So what are the parts of your body you would identify as your positives or assets? The assets of the typical apple plus size body type are:
- Legs and ankles
From the above information I define our objective as:
To choose a style that creates the illusion of balance in the apple figure by diverting attention away from the mid region, out towards our legs and ankles, décolletage, face and arms.
My advice is to start looking for a plus size black dress with an A-line style skirt with its hem around the knee. An A-line skirt is essentially triangular in shape. It is narrower at the waist and wider at the hem. No pleats or gathers. The gradual widening of the A-line skirt adds balance and harmony to the roundness of the Apple torso. It doesn’t have to be radically wide, but the width of the skirt at the hem line should be wider than the hold at the waist. The longish, over-the-knee skirt gives an impression of length to your body which encourages eyes downward towards the legs and ankles – where they look, linger and dance with a pair of sexy legs and shoes worn to showcase awesome ankles.
A waistline cinched just under the bust will further disguise the apple shape because this is the thinnest part of the apple. This style is most commonly known as an empire waistline because it is elevated higher than our expected centre. An empire waist again adds to the illusion of length and conceals roundedness.
Womens Plus Sizes Delilah Long Dress
From: Kiyonna Clothing
Décolletage is next. Décolletage is about showing off the skin under our neck and over our breasts. Décolletage is not necessarily about cleavage – if you don’t feel comfortable showing cleavage, then don’t. Scoop, V or princess necklines will showcase your décolletage, add length to your neck and encourage attention upward. Create further eye-catching interest in this region with a broach, necklace or earrings to fit the occasion. You also have make-up and hair-dos to attract appropriate interest.
If you are happy with your arms then choose a sleeveless dress that shows them off! Sleeveless dresses have much added versatility because they can be worn over other garments such as a blouse or long-sleeve T-shirt. Make it chiffon for a glamorous night out, stretch cotton for a winter’s day visit to the art gallery, or wear your classic black dress over a sensible white shirt for work.
The significance of comfort and quality when choosing your plus size black dress cannot be understated. Neither comfort nor quality should ever be compromised. Your black dress is a classic wardrobe item chosen to serve you for years – so treat yourself. Take special care with knowing your precise measurements and getting the fit right. It is a very good idea to ask a knowledgeable friend to help with body measurements. Ill-fitting garments are not stylish at all.
Important! Opt for quality materials which will make you feel beautiful every time you put it on – long after you have forgotten how much you paid for it. Visit the local material shop to feel and research available fabrics. A lined dress will always feels classier.
Summing up, apple ladies should be looking for a quality, well fit, sleeveless, plus size little black dress with an A-line skirt, empire waist and a neckline which showcases your décolletage. These features will distract attention away from the roundness of the apple torso. Hunt with a view to the ability to wear your little black dress anywhere. Dress it up or down with layers, shoes, accessories, hair-do’s and make up. If you choose it correctly, it will be like a best friend – loyally supporting you through some of the most memorable occasions of your life
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