Build a Wardrobe you LOVE!

By Catherine Cassidy

Recently I spoke to a group of women, mostly entrepreneurs, about building a wardrobe they love so that they have the ability to essentially ‘shop their closet’ when they have an occasion or a networking event. Let’s take the frustration out of getting dressed and make fashion FUN again!

Considering the rustling of paper I noticed when I commented I was going to share the top 10 Closet Essentials, I’d say there was interest in the topic! These essentials are the key foundation to building a wardrobe you love.

Dark Suit – Preferably three pieces to fully maximize the mixing and matching possibilities. Your go-to suit needs to fit you well which requires good tailoring. Pay attention to how it fits you across the back, in the shoulders and at the bust. Also, it should highlight your waist and shape nicely. A truly great fitting jacket will look just as fabulous open as it does buttoned.

Favorite Top – Fabric, print, color, etc. doesn’t matter as long as it has the ability to instantly brighten your mood. You KNOW you look GOOD in this top. Pair it with your jeans, your suit pants or suit skirt and it’s always flawless. Personally, I prefer color because it really brightens a mood as well as your face!

Perfect Cardigan – A great layering piece that can give you unlimited outfit options. Wear it over your favorite top or your LBD, belted at the waist with your suit pants, etc. It shouldn’t fit too bulky or too tight.

Belts – Great for instantly adding shape to an outfit as well as pulling it together for that polished look we all strive to achieve. Belts are imperative for helping you show your shape. Please don’t hide your body! That only adds unwanted pounds! If you’re unsure of your waist, start with a wider belt.

White Shirt – Do I really need to explain this? White shirt with a great necklace, sexy dark denim and your favorite heels = instant outfit and style!

Sexy Dark Denim – Again, this should be a given! If you gain or lose weight, this is your first investment for your wardrobe. Your jeans go with everything and ask any woman how she feels when she slips into her favorite jeans … amazing!

Statement Necklace – Preferably with a bit of color in it so you can really pop an outfit. A little bit of jewelry goes a long way to pull together a polished look.

LBD – Whether it’s black, blue, purple, red or brown, you need one little dress that you slip into and voila, vixen! I don’t believe in stressing over finding an outfit for an event at the last minute. If you don’t have a perfect little dress, go NOW and get one!

Black Pumps – Goes without saying! Unless your wardrobe is mostly earth tones, then brown pumps are more appropriate for you. Find a pair you L-O-V-E!

Nude Pumps – Ensure that you always have a pair of shoes for a new outfit. Never again stress over matching an outfit! Nude pumps are your solution. Not to mention that they make your legs look like they go on forever. Incredibly Sexy!

Taking leave of the Corporate Fashion Industry, Catherine Cassidy founded U*styled in 2008 to support busy women everywhere. YOU are our mission. U*styled is dedicated to empowering women and giving you the tools to discover the lifestyle you deserve through personal style. Her unique approach to Personal Styling and Brand Image has had her work across a broad range of industries and career stages including Real Estate, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Entrepreneurs and Celebrity Entrepreneurs.

Additional STYLE resources

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