The Basic Black Tee

photo¬†Now that’s your basic tee. And you can’t get more basic than that. Round neck or Vee neck, a basic black t-shirt, not too tight, is a MUST in your wardrobe. Here are just a few ways you can wear it.

One of course is just don it with simple blue jeans. Add a statement necklace, and you’ve taken it up a level. Shop for necklaces at Aldo, Chemistry, Forever New. You get great deals during sales.

photo (3)Now to this tee I’ve added a fringe necklace from Zara. It dresses it up instantly. It’s still not complete for a night-out though, and so, I add my shrug.

Voila! Am set for a night out.

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Here’s one final look, with the same jacket and top. I’ve just cinched it in at the waist with a belt. Ain’t it cool?

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All you’ve got to do to achieve even more looks, is to change the jacket and necklaces. Try crochet sometimes, a thin gold jacket at other times. A simple black t-shirt is an incredibly versatile garment. Invest in a good quality garmet so it doesn’t look faded before its time. As you can see, you will be wearing it a lot, so it will be money well spent!

Stay fabulous! ūüôā

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Shop Smart

chain-beltEveryone goes shopping. Everyone spends money, but few make great additions to their wardrobe.

Dressing well is an art, and it is much harder than it looks. Easy access to a ton of cash helps of course, but not every one with a ton of money dresses well. Similarly, there are many on a tight budget, who dress better than their friends who may have more money to splurge.

Dressing well is important. It makes you feel better about yourself, that contributes to mental well-being and a higher sense of self-esteem.

It makes others look at you with greater admiration and respect. Remember Pretty Woman? The bitchy salesgirls were falling all over themselves to serve a posh Vivian, who they had treated like crap a short while ago because she was dressed trashy. Yes, it DOES happen. Few of us are such extremes though, but still, in general the rule of thumb is, the better you dress, the better you will be treated, whether you go to the bank, an insurance company, or to a shop, a restaurant, a hotel… etc etc.

If you dress sharp at work, your bosses will treat you better, and so will your colleagues. They may hate you though, ‘coz you’re so cool!

So how do you become a better dresser?

I have a friend who dresses horribly. She goes to cheapy¬†stores and picks up a ton of t-shirty¬†lycra¬†tops. She’s in her mid-thirties, and will wear jeans and a t-shirt with a chunky necklace for formal parties. It doesn’t work.

Stop buying a dozen similar-type tops. Instead, buy accessories.

Belt

Buy a fabulous belt. A belt can add a great finishing touch to any outfit. Everyone should have a thin chain belt that sits prettily on the hips. Instead of wearing your (longer) shirt tucked inside your jeans all the time, leave it out, don a pair of jeggings or skinny jeans, and clasp that belt around your hips. It gives the same shirt a whole new, and better look.

Another belt that is a must-have is an elastic belt. They can be worn around your jeans like a regular belt, or around any dress to dress it up, or even to cinch in the waist of your cover-up.

Shoes

Do not underestimate the power of shoes. You do not have to own hundreds of pairs, but just because you have a pair of black shoes doesn’t mean it will work for every item in your wardrobe. Buy another one! You need black stilettos, black casual shoes that are not too clunky, black boots, black slippers, again for casual days. None of these will go very well with formal work trousers, for which you need a pair of black pumps. Do not EVER¬†buy shoes with fat elastic straps. They look horrifying.

Get a gold pair and a silver pair of stilettos. These should see you through most dressy events.  Cut down on buying another t-shirt the next time, and opt for a pair of shoes.

Bag

Get one large sequined or glittery¬†clutch bag that has a gold chain attached, and you’re good to go.¬†¬†While some drop multiple thousands and even lakhs of rupees on bags, needless to say, it is not necessary to spend that much. Check out the bags at Mango and Zara.

Shrug

A long summer shrug is a great buy. You can wear it day or night, especially if you get a colour like red, grey or even white, which will look good at night if you wear it with a black singlet or an LBD. Wear your shrug with an elastic belt around it for yet another look. Crochet shrugs are also cute and extremely versatile.

Vests

Marks and Spencer has some totally awesome vest tops in stock right now. They fit great, are just the right length, and have a lace border. You get them in a number of colours, so check them out. They can be worn under a cover-up at night, or with jeans during the day for a casual look. Like most vests, they can be worn under any top with a deep neck. That lace peeking out looks tres cute.

Hoops

A pair of gold and silver hoops will see you through a ton of outfits. Invest in a couple of pairs. Also, check out Anokhi¬†for¬†fairly reasonable, wonderful earrings that can be worn daily and will pump up any outfit. I like Anokhi earrings because that they use pure silver, which doesn’t irritate my ears.

So there you have it. Build up your accessory base, and before you know it, you’ll rock!