I was reading an interesting blog regarding fashionista finance that posed an interesting question: “Is your wallet warm weather ready?” Ponzi schemes are an epidemic while companies are being kicked out of the Dow. It’s the financial world’s version of the fashion police!
March is a very unpredictable month by nature; this winter was mild over here in NYC and when do we get the big storm? March!
So transitional clothes are my BFF!
What’s in your closet? If you don’t wear pants like me, here’s
6 work tops (use versatile tops like 3/4 sleeve or lightweight long sleeve tops)
3 fun tops
4 weekend tops
2-3 shells (for layering)
t-shirts: hit stores like Old Navy and Target. Usually they cost $5 – $15!
2 black t-shirts (because they do fade in the wash)
2 white t-shirts (because they get dingy and stain)
4 tank tops (for layering during spring)
1 striped tee
1 henley or polo
sweaters: something for the office and cool summer nights
1 vintage sweater
2 season-less work skirts
2 summer work skirts
1 day-to-evening skirt
2 summer weekend skirts
1 denim skirt
1 summer evening skirt
2 season-less blazers
1 summer blazer (preferably cropped or very structured to balance the flowy skirts)
dresses: effortless style and cool (in both senses of the word!)
2 Work dresses
2 Weekend dresses
1 Evening dress
1 Daytime party dress
7 pairs of underpants (yes, mom was right about not going to the doctor with dirty underwear)
3 everyday bras
3-5 work hose (or as many as you need)
1 pair of evening hose
1 black bra
1 nude camisole
1 silky camisole
2 pairs of good office shoes
1 pair of flip flops
1 pair of flat sandals
1 pair of strappy sandals
1 spring jacket
1 transitional coat (like a peacoat or a trench that you can use for both spring and fall!)
1 lightweight casual jacket (like a dark denim jacket or a windbreaker)
handbags: the bare minimum for spring/summer. If you have to buy a bag, makes sure it’s high quality and classic so you will love it for years to come.
1 everyday bag (in black or brown)
1 work bag, tote, or briefcase
1 casual tote or straw tote
1 weekender bag (that’s carry-on worthy!)
1 summer evening bag (get a clutch or wristlet to do double-duty)
1 sturdy beach bag (make sure it’s waterproof and has strong bottom to stay upright)
As the weather changes, many of us re-evaluate our closets. As I redid my closet last month, I typed up a checklist of the minimum my wardrobe should have. throwing out the dated looks and sizes that don’t fit, replacing them with new pieces.
So what is a fashionista to do in a recession? Financial scandals come and go, but you can always depend on the timeless pieces in your wardrobe. Separate your favs from the rest.
Spring and Summer is easy to shop for…sort of. Don’t have enough basics or you just have to get something cute?
Stay tuned…for tips on what to do, where to shop, and when to clean out your closet!