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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

A Few of Ashley's Favorite Things: Wardrobe Must-Haves

I get a lot of questions from customers and friends about what key pieces that they need in their closet. How do you make sure that your wardrobe is fresh and nothing yells “Yo! Circa Fall 2010”?

Most of us do not have large amounts of disposable income. We cannot go out and buy every “it” item of the season. Rather, make a plan: when shopping decide on a few trends, capitalize and get creative. That fur scarf that you bought in the Fall can now be clipped to your favorite blazer or sweater for chilly, early spring days. The nude pump is still your everything, every season, go-to shoe.

Here is a list to round out your wardrobe staples ... affordably. These pieces are in-demand this season but have a life beyond any one season.
  • Motorcycle jacket 
  • Tailored/semi-structured blazer 
  • (Faux) fur item in the form of a snood (love these!), scarf or fur vest
  • Leopard (one piece will do ... for more, space out: a scarf and a pump)
  • Brightly colored, neon and nude pumps
  • Feminine embellishments (lace, beadwork, ruffles, overlay, embroidery)
  • Sheer tops
  • Skinny cargos/legging jeans
  • Tribal/boho print items and accessorizes
  • Nautical/stripes
  • Polka dots
  • Wedges, wedges, wedges
I've styled my favorites below. Take a look at a few of my fashion staples!

Tailored/Semi-Tailored Blazer
This item is an incredibly important transition piece from fall/winter to spring. In other words, it is a year-round staple. Wear it with a jean and oversized top in the colder months then transition it over a dress or pair it with a skinny jeans or cutoffs for the warmer months.

Motorcycle Jacket
Another core item that every girl should own. This is not your mother’s bulky-shouldered, fringe-adorned jacket, so go simple and chic. Olive or taupe are great color options! Moto jackets are awesome for spring and will add a pop of color during cooler seasons. (I personally love crinkled leather.) BB Dakota jacket available at Lori’s.

Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat. Whether or not you love Dylan, heed his observation: this print has made a grand comeback! No longer synonymous with older, fusty looks, leopard is young and daring. No need to go overboard though—invest in a leopard scarf, a pump, accessories. I love dyed leopard in pinks or purples—a nice deviation from the standard black and brown print. In the words of Rachel Zoe, “have the courage to wear leopard.”

This cutesy trend is huge for Spring/Summer 2011. These darling strappy sandals would look great with a white, slim-fitting dress or dark skinny jean and white top. The bright colors against the sheer black top? Love.

Pumps: Brightly Colored and Nude
I’m a huge fan of the brightly colored pump! My favorite shade is the deep ultramarine blue shown above ... adds instant sass to any outfit.

Faux Fur
Faux or real, it’s all right by me. This is one trend that you cannot overlook!

Prints: Geometric and Floral
Prints galore! Think "Three’s Company": these are the prints that you need to look for. Very retro. Floral. Go crazy—well, tastefully crazy. One Mrs. Ferley is enough.

I cannot explain to you how much I love stripes! Keep in mind your body type and height. If you are smaller in stature like me not only are you obviously awesome, but you need to exercise caution. Go for horizontal stripes when possible. Otherwise, make sure to keep the stripes up high in the form of a top with a snug upper portion so as not to dress an unwanted bulky look.

I live for accessories. Geometric shapes, classic pieces, tribal and bohemian influences are all the rage in jewelry. Keep a look out when browsing!

—Ashley Lacey, Lori’s Armitage Staff and creator of Stiletto Chic



Jane said...

Where can we get the actual clothes featured in the travel clothes on home page?

Lori's Shoes said...

Hey Jane, You'd have to raid Lori's closet for those—most of the pieces are hers. However, we are getting in a lot of new apparel pieces. Please keep an eye on the site or new arrivals throughout spring.


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Juelz said...

I love this post. So true - that was the perfect list of staple items!

Ashley said...

Thanks, Juelz! Glad you enjoyed!! I love every piece of featured here :) Do keep checking back in for my posts :)



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