By: Jennifer Saul
There are a few things that most women already have in their closets. These are the ‘Basics’. They also tend to be the items that are less than exciting. It is easy to continually wear these items in the same way every time. And while it is fine to have a go to outfit that takes little effort to put together, it is also the thing that makes you feel like you have nothing to wear.
In order to fight this feeling, I decided to take two pieces that are staples in my closet and re-style them.
I bought this white sweater from Express when I was early in my pregnancy and just starting to fill out. Things that worked for your body in early pregnancy tend to work again in the first months after birth. I chose it because it was comfy but also had the added interest of the gold embellishments on the shoulders. This is my basic white sweater. This top could easily go with a skirt or jeans. For work, I paired it with cropped navy pants – another basic.
I did small things to punch up my look. I chose minimal jewelry, a scarf, a rain jacket, and flats. The style is in the details.
// TOP Express // PANTS JC Penney // SCARF Nordstrom BP // NECKLACE Kate Spade // SHOES Born DSW // JACKET Fred Meyer //
Jewelry: My initial necklace is Kate Spade and was given to me by my incredible husband after the birth of our daughter, Charlotte. (Side note: this would make a great Mother’s Day gift for those who are still shopping for ideas.) It is small and layers easily so it has become a sort of signature piece that I find myself wearing everyday.
Scarf: This lightweight floral scarf is from Nordstrom BP. It is the perfect compliment to my basic pieces and a great alternative for people who don’t wear necklaces. I love it because I can pair it with virtually any solid top and make it instantly more interesting. Charlotte loves staring at the different colors and patterns and I don’t have to worry about her grabbing and breaking an expensive piece of statement jewelry.
Jacket: Being in Seattle, even the nicest Spring days include the occasional rain shower. However, I get so tired of wearing my winter coats by the time March rolls around. So, one day, as I was grocery shopping at Fred Meyer, I saw this bright pink raincoat and had to buy it! Normally, I advise against impulse purchases on such staple pieces such as a trench coat, but I couldn’t be happier with this one. I feel fun and happy on even the gloomiest days when I wear it.
Shoes: When I was pregnant, my feet were swollen beyond belief and my high heel wearing days were quickly over. Usually shoe shopping is a time for celebration! However, shopping for sensible, comfortable flats was not on my list of exciting events. I found these gold flexible flats by Born at DSW on clearance. I love a metallic shoe. It is my neutral. And even though my feet are back to regular size, I still wear these shoes.