Saturday, 15 June 2013

Women's Fashion Basics!

Hello blog readers! Again sorry for not posting anything yesterday apart from a post apologising for not posting anything (wow that was complicated). But as I wrote yesterday, I am putting 2 up today! The first on women's fashion basics (my friend helped me a lot with this one) (why do I keep using so many brackets?), and the second on men's fashion basics. For a while now, I've been looking everywhere for blogs or articles or anything on women's AND men's fashion basics. Anything I've found is either not what I was looking for or just too complicated! So this post will be about women's fashion basics, and I hope all readers (male and female), gain something from these posts. Now I have split it up into Loungewear (what you wear for a quiet, comfy day at home), Casual wear (day out somewhere, going to see a friend and day to day stuff) and Formal wear (going out to parties, events or any special occasion)-with Jewellery and Bags added on to the end. So, here we go…
Loungewear:
Just to let you know this is written from my female friends point of view. 
Leggings. I've never really been sure of what these are but apparently there great for wearing around the house. 
Oversized Jumper: 
For any Americans reading this, I think you call them sweaters. But almost everyone owns some sort of oversized jumper. Personally they are a MUST. Almost every weekend I'll have a day when I just wake up and put on a pair of joggers and a soft jumper. 
Converse or similar shoes:
Converse or similar, plain or even just comfy shoes. Some people prefer to wear shoes like Ugg boots but really it's up to you. 
Plain Tops:
Any tops or T-Shirts that can be worn around the house is always good. 

Casual:

Sunglasses:
These are great for every casual outfit and with summer coming up you'll definitely want some. Look at aviators and wayfarers as they are THE trend at the moment. 
Jeans:
I LOVE jeans. As a guy I have 2 pairs of jeans that I wear constantly for going out and they're just as good and stylish for women. Honestly, jeans are something everyone must have (they go with so many things and the right fit make you look even more stylish as it seems you've spent time and money on getting the right pair). 
Boots or flats:
Having a pair of plain black boots is essential. Now I don't mean boots that have huge heels and go up to your knee. Simple ankle boots can have a huge effect on your outfit, there are so many women's boots out there, online and in store, so have a look and see what you like. Flats is another great thing too own, lots of my friends that I know who are girls (I didn't want to say girlfriends) own multiple pairs of simple flat shoes which can have bows on the front or just plain and in all sorts of colours (neutral and pastel colours are great for summer). 
Blouse:
Until now I've never really been sure what a blouse is. But I've been told its an essential item, especially to look casually stylish. 
Coat/Jacket:
I cannot explain how important a stylish coat or jacket can be. As a guy its a key item in my wardrobe and it is a key item for women too. Finding a coat or jacket that suits you shouldn't be too hard, there are so many available, but don't get one that doesn't fit you right. Unflattering coats won't do you any favours, at all. These will complete your outfit, and will change how people view you. 
Vest top:
I'm not sure what to say about vest tops except that they're a basic item in a wardrobe and that they can be used with so many other clothes and have lots of different styles. 
Scarf:
Scarves are one of the most important items to own. Some will say they're just something that's used to keep you warm in cold weather, they're not! These are accessories that will show your fashion sense, your own style. Scarves can make a bad outfit look amazing, and can even make outfits look very expensive…if you buy the right ones. Find scarves that suit you, and that you like. If your new to scarves maybe choose some neutral, plain colours to start with, scarves can go with so many different outfits and affect your current outfit as well. 

Formal:

Black Dress:
Many hear black dress and think Chanel (and expensive) although they don't have to be, Black dresses are so iconic that you can find loads of plain black dresses on the high street and most can be very affordable, remember there are also all the online stores with thousands of products and clothes available, all competing with each other to be the cheapest. This type of dress will be available in lots of different designs and fabrics. Meaning you will be able to pick one that really suits you
Neutral Dress:
These are always good to have, especially for summer evenings, or barbecues or just going out to a local restaurant/pub to eat with friends and family. These aren't as special event as the black dress, which is good, because the black dress is more for formal events. Whereas neutral dresses are for more casual evenings out like what was suggested before (dinner out etc). Seeing as the summer holidays are coming up pastel colours will be great for dresses, and so you'll look stylish and relaxed. 
Heels:
There really isn't much I could write here that you wouldn't know. The right heels will change your outfit and will make you look great, some can be really cheap and yet look very expensive, so don't think you have to spend loads on designer brands. Check out some high street brands websites and in store, try some on and see what you think (I'm sure you'll love them). 
Clutch:
Basically a simple and tasteful purse is great for nights out. These are practical in storing your phone, money and back up lipstick. But will also show your individual style, I would recommend having one that was simple in that it would be either one colour or two toned. But don't use neons or anything that looks really plastic. Having a hand clutch is good but maybe consider an over shoulder one, with a simple chain. 
Blouse:
I've already discussed this one but nice blouses will look great with a smart jacket. To look more dressed up possibly choose a blouse with a particular colour or with intricate patterns. 
Smart Jacket:
Not everyone wants to wear a dress, so a blouse and a nice jacket will look great. When I say smart jacket, I don't mean that it has to be really plain and practical. But something that isn't covered with sequins or flowers etc. A leather jacket for instance is great, it can have added bits on it like studs or chrome add ons, but a plain leather jacket over a blouse and skirt with heels will look elegant and well dressed. 

Jewellery:
For necklaces, simple chain necklaces can look great, they're so simple and yet will look really tasteful and elegant, don't underestimate simple pieces of clothing. 
For earrings she (friend of mine) suggested simple studs. For wrist wear, a watch is a necessity. You can get watches from lots of different stores, and some for as cheap as £5. I myself am going to get a watch for £5, I'm not getting it for the build quality, I use my phone for checking the time. I have no real need of a watch except that it will look great and fashionable. Cuffs and bangles are another great piece to wear, especially with dresses. Rings are also good, but don't have too many and don't buy rings that look cheap, you can get nice rings from high street shops with out the need for paying loads, remember, you don't have to pay through the roof for all nice things. 
Bags:
I have to admit, I have an obsession with bags. I don't know why but I do, I love looking at designer bags but enjoy buying high street bags as well. I will do a post at some point about bags for men and women, but until then I'm going to suggest a shoulder bag, there are so many bags to choose from so look at shoulder bags (they're easy to wear in different positions and to different places/events) and then look at the different designs and styles of shoulder bags until you find one that's right for you. 

Thanks for reading this, I hope it's helped you and I just want to say having some of these is great because they can all mix and match and look great with other clothes you buy. As I said these are basics, this doesn't mean that you have to go out and buy them all, but to have some of them means you can then buy more unique clothes to add to your wardrobe. Please comment and check back for more posts :) 
Bye!

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