April 29, 2009

Basic wardrobe planning includes these 15 must haves. Keep reading to find out more!

  1. Classic trench coat
    A basic belted trench coat is versatile and comes in a variety of fabric and color options. To avoid looking like a secret agent: Choose a well-tailored option that hits right at (or below) the knee for a polished look.
  2. Sexy bikini
    The most flattering two-piece is one that's not too skimpy; pick a halter or bandeau top with a hipster bottom for just enough coverage in your sexy bikini. Or play up curves and make legs look longer in a one-piece suit with a high-rise cut.
  3. Stylish pair of flat shoes
    Give your feet a well-deserved break; try a knockout color like red. Heels aren't the only way to fancy up your feet. From preppy-casual to peep-toe sexy, you'll love the way the right flat shoes look with jeans, dresses and trousers.
  4. Sophisticated white shirt
    Think of a white button-up blouse as your upper body's version of black pants-it's versatile enough to wear anywhere, with almost anything. Pair your white shirt over a bikini for a weekend getaway or with your favorite pants for work.
  5. Cashmere sweater
    Invest in a classic style in a statement-making, vibrant color to brighten up your wardrobe. A cashmere sweater is luxurious and versatile-you can wear it to the office, for an evening on the town or just chilling out at home.
  6. Sexy camisole
    For a hint of sexiness and sophistication, wear this essential underpinning with a jacket or a cardigan. With several flattering styles from silky to lacy, a sexy camisole looks super-stylish on its own too.
  7. Slimming A-line skirt
    From mid-thigh to knee-skimming or longer, an a-skirt with just enough volume to move with you is always feminine and fun.
  8. Fabulous-fitting jeans
    Whether faded or tailored, the right pair of jeans will make you feel super-sexy every minute.

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Basic wardrobe planning tips are all you need to choose the perfect outfits and accessories for both day and evening looks.

Fashion Tips for Career Must-Haves

  1. Signature scarf
    The right scarf can add instant impact to a suit or a crisp white shirt. Pick one in a bold color or vivid pattern; tie it around your neck or onto your purse handle, or twist it and wear it as a simple, but vibrant, belt.
  2. Confidence-building suit
    From boardroom to bistro, an up-to-date, well-fitting suit flatters any shape. And it offers endless style options: Wear blazer and pants with a blouse for that impress-everyone meeting; pair the pants with a crisp white shirt and cashmere sweater for everyday; or add a camisole to the suit (along with a sexy pair of heels) for that evening event.
  3. Sophisticated leather belt
    A well-crafted leather belt looks polished and completes your look. Pair it over a long blouse, with a suit or to dress up a basic tank.
  4. Face-flattering fashion sunglasses
    The easiest way to class up any outfit-for work or weekend-is with a super-classy (and UV-protective) pair of fashion sunglasses. A general rule of thumb when shopping for the perfect pair: Rounded frames soften a square jaw line, square frames slim cheeks and rectangular frames add width and dimension to your face.

Fashion Tips for Evening Essentials

  1. A clutch purse
    Accessorize your evening wardrobe with a sleek, compact clutch purse that's just big enough to hold your keys, cash and cell phone.
  2. Strappy high heels
    Whether you buy them in satin or leather (silver, gold or black are always good choices), a pair of dressy-looking strappy high heels can be worn year-round to the office-as well as out on the town.
  3. Sexy black dress
    Dazzle in a classic black cocktail dress with a provocative neckline. The look of a sexy black dress is simply stunning-now and for years to come.