We always hear about fashion staples, but what exactly does that mean? The basic answer is something that is versatile and can be worn in many different ways, with the classic example being the LBD (little black dress). Staples are items that never really go out of style, and ensure that no matter what the situation that comes up, you are always able to reach into your closet and pull out the perfect outfit for the occasion.
Having the perfect eight staples on hand is a necessity, especially for curvy girls. Why? Simple — how many times have we skipped out on something because we felt like we didn’t have the perfect thing to wear, or how many times have some of us worn something to an event that didn’t quite fit, or was uncomfortable? How many times do we hide in the back of group shots because we’re not feeling amazing and fabulous in our clothes? Staple pieces are an investment not only in our wardrobes, but ourselves.
There are so many times that we tell ourselves, “I’ll do this when I lose the weight, when I can get into this size, when I can…” Recent events have reminded me of one of the greatest maxims in life — we are never promised tomorrow. So we can either choose to enjoy and live today, investing in ourselves by getting the clothes, the shoes, the external trappings that make us feel like the amazing, beautiful and confident goddesses we are, or we can stay home and miss out on life.
The number on the scale can only give you a numerical reflection of your relationship with gravity. That’s it. It cannot measure character, beauty, talent, purpose, possibility, strength or love. The same thing goes for the number on the tag inside your clothing. If you need a number to focus on, how about the number of times you laugh with your friends at events, the number of times you hug your kids on a daily basis, or the number of times you try new things? Those are the numbers that matter, and those are the numbers that give meaning to our lives.
I’m happy to share with you a few of the staples; don’t forget to add in a great black pump, a fabulous black suit (tailored to fit you perfectly, of course!) and a fabulous strappy sandal, and you’re ready to conquer anything!
BOTTOMS UP Start with a great bottom, and the rest can be mixed and matched for success! Some days I’m a skirt girl, but most often you’ll find me in pants; having great pieces to choose from means I can build my ensemble for the day based on my morning mood.
TOP IT OFF A classic button-down and a great jacket can dress up a business casual event. Top it off with jeans for a little bit of flair, or go over a cami as versatile jacketing when the days are warm.
DRESS YOU UP A little black dress is, of course, the number one staple for every wardrobe. Add in a great day dress and you’re ready for the office or an afternoon wedding.
FINISHING TOUCH A signature wrap and evening clutch ensure you always have the right pieces on hand to complete your look with a heavy dash of your own personal style. These ones by Chan Luu are possibly the softest things I have ever touched that were not a baby, and Vivienne is, well … a goddess of style, just like you.
So here are the basics, and the basic splurges, that every woman should have. If you’re rocking out in any of the pieces shown here, tag us in your selfies or pics with #zapposWRW — we’d love to see your style!