Want a fantastic return on your wardrobe investment? Who doesn’t. And it all starts with one of our favourite pastimes—shopping for clothes. Of course, we know that investing in high quality, well-made pieces is the key to a productive, well-stocked closet, but how do you get started? You need a great base in order to start building a wardrobe that allows for versatility. Then just add a few stylish and even inexpensive accessories and you’re all set.
Creating a closet you love—where you can pick and choose items that work together—is possible with a little planning. It’s really no different from how you decorate your home. You start with the investment pieces like furniture, add accessories and sometimes, there’s that one unique piece that help you boost your WOW factor. Now just apply that same principle to your wardrobe. First up, every gal’s favourite wardrobe staple: the infamous Little Black Dress.
With a few accessory pieces, you can wear that LBD in three very different settings. One dress, three ways. All you need is a good basic starter piece, like Dress Mavens’ Audrey, a simple classic that will stay in your wardrobe for years. To update your look with the latest trends—you can still rock some plaid this year—just add accessories. (Caveat: For your sake, think plaid scarf, not plaid dress!) There really are so many ways to make a classic look current. Check out these three very different looks, depending where you’re headed.
1 CLASSIC BLACK DRESS, WORN 3 WAYS
1. AUDREY AT WORK
Office attire doesn’t have to be boring. To showcase your personality, have fun with adding colourful accessories to your favourite little black dress. Next, layer it with a tailored blazer or interesting scarf. That way, you’ll add dimension to your outfit and you can also adjust to the ever-changing office temps.
Check out this look: For a clean, updated feel, pair your LBD with a black sharp-shouldered blazer and trendy scarf. Choose a small tote handbag (that can fit a file folder and double as a briefcase), and complete the look with patent nude kitten heels.
2. AUDREY DOES BRUNCH
This look is casual and polished, perfect for brunch with your girlfriends. Again, layering is key because it shows off your style while keeping you prepared for any type of weather. Investing in a few different coloured cardigans is a must as they give you different options of different days, really changing your vibe.
Check out this look: Your LBD looks fun with a pop-of-colour cardigan and a pretty pendant station necklace. Grab a daytime handbag, pull on your high black boots, and off you go to brunch.
3. AUDREY ON A DATE
The easiest way to glam up a simple black dress is to add some sparkle and shine. To create drama and pump up the look, go for gold. Here, the gold statement bib necklace is the ideal focal piece. Remember to keep the look consistent by adding hints of gold in the accessories you choose.
Check out this look: Dress up your LBD with a gold statement bib necklace, gold cuff on the wrist, gold leather clutch, and sparkling open-toe heels. Now you’re ready for anything.