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2017 Shoe Wishlist

Hello All,

Sharing with you my 2017 Shoe Wishlist. Some of these are making it back from a few years ago and some are new pairs that I’d love to add to my shoe closet.  These styles have been mainstays in a few of these designer collections but I’ve been eyeing these for a while.

I’m completely in love with two pairs of shoes from Valentino, the Rockstud pumps and sandals. I love the elegant twist on the rock vibe. I’ve always loved spikes and I just love the juxtaposition of an elegant shoe with very masculine details.

I have two pairs of sandals on my wish list. The first is the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals.  I love the minimalist look of this shoe. The second is the Saint Laurent’s Tribute. It’s been on my wish list for the longest time. I’ve tried both pairs a few times and have been in love with their comfort.

I’ve recently been into two pairs of Manolo Blahnik pumps, the ever so popular BB Pumps and the iconic Hangisi.  I’ve always loved pumps and both of these are classic styles that are collection worthy. It also helps that the Hangisi was popularized by Carrie Bradshaw’s shoe obsession.

Last but not the list is the Gucci Marmont . I love it’s its chunky heel and loafer look. It reminds me a lot of vintage shoes because of its classic cut.

Thank you again for reading. What on your shoe wish list?

XOXO,

Michelle

 

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Review: Tieks by Gavrieli‎

Hi Everyone,

I have not done a review in a long time and I’ve been wanting to do a review on this particular pair of shoes for a while. Tieks Ballet Flats has been the talk of the shoe world. Oprah talked about it on her show, several bloggers have talked about it, and major bloggers wear them on their blog. I was curious so I bought my first pair about two years ago after reading about them and studying their website. I wanted to see what the hype was all about and if it really lived up to its reputation as a very comfortable and portable pair of shoes.

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While shopping for my first pair, I thought more about color, material, and pattern. I wanted a color that would go well with the rest of my wardrobe but I really did not want to pick up the basic black. When you first login to the Tieks website you find several categories: Featured, Prints, Patents, Classics, and The Vegan Collection. Figuring out which category to pick from took me a while.  I eventually choose a pair from the Classic Collection. I debated over a neutral pair versus a colored flat. I eventually choose the Cardinal Red.

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Details about the shoe:

Packaging: When it first arrived it came in a Tiek Blue Box wrapped with an elasticize band and a flower matching the shoe in the box. The packaging was pretty and instantly put a smile on my face. I felt like I was opening a present for my birthday. After opening the box the shoe comes folded with  drawstring bag for packing and storing (not pictured). In all honesty, I’ve only used this bag maybe twice when I needed to pack them for travel. The box also contains a care guide, a card for sharing Tieks on Instagram, a folded Tieks tote, and a personal note to you, the buyer.

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Fit: TTS. I’m a size 4.5 and the size 5 fit me well without slipping in the heel area despite my narrow heel. If you are inbetween sizes, the recommendation is to size up. If after ordering Tieks you are not happy with the sizing, there is an easy return policy and customer service is helpful in helping you find the right size for you.

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Quality: The pair of shoes is of high quality leather. It has a full grain leather insole, leather suede lining and the upper is  made of Italian leather. The leather upper is soft and supple and does not cut into your skin or create blistering.  The leather insole eventually darkens over time because of the oils in your skin. If this is not something you like you can prevent the discoloration with some insoles or ballet flat socks. I did not mind it.  It shows that I wear them often. I usually wiped them down with baby wipes and a cotton cloth. The outsole of the shoe is made of leather but attached to it is a rubber split sole that minimally scratches over time and wear. There is cushioning throughout the insole of the shoe which provided added comfort when worn and a cushion heel for days when you are on your feet and walking. I am constantly on my feet at work. The inside of the shoe does not have lining so the leather is raw except for the throat of the shoe where there is fabric lining. This is to lessen the wear of the shoe where your toes meet the leather. While this fabric is is unbroken the leather at the top of the throat will remain in good condition. Once this fabric breaks the leather will start to wear.

Comfort: After two years of owning my very first pair of shoes from Tieks, I would say it is extremely comfortable. It feel like your walking on pillows. I have never gotten any pain or blistering from wearing them. It has my been time and again my go to pair of flats. In an average week I wear then about 3 to 4 times.

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Price: $175.00-$295 is expensive but if you calculate price per wear and comfort I believe it is worth every penny. Tieks never go on sale and it is truly an investment shoe.

Is it a Shoe for Everyday?

Yes! It is the one pair of flats I will purchase again and again for the sheer fact that it lives up to the quality of the shoe and comfort and I’m saying that after two years of wearing them three to four times a week and traveling. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves flats and would like a pair that’s worth every penny.

I hope this helps you decide if this is the shoe for you. If you are deciding to purchase this for yourself or give it to someone it’s great gift to give yourself or someone who loves style and comfortable shoes.

Hope you are having an amazing weekend and that you chose Tieks as a gift, now or later. Take care and happy shoe shopping.

XOXO,

Elle

Secrets to Shopping for Christian Louboutin and Other Luxury Shoes

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I guess it’s about time I share my methods in acquiring the shoes that I have in my shoe collection. I’ve been an avid shoe collector since high school and I’m going to be candid with you about the things that I have learn throughout the years. I am one of those people that never shop outside of my means. Let’s keep this real, I do not make a ton of money to blog, the reality is this blog has been a work in progress and the market is flooded with people who have their own style and want to share it with the world. I have a REAL career and I have an affinity to wearing expensive shoes.  I know that this blog is called A Pair of Shoes for Everyday. I have a lot of shoes but I do not have a pair for every day of the year nor do I have room for them. The blog name alludes to the fact that I have pairs of shoes that are used a lot in my wardrobe and therefore they are worth the investment I put into them.

So how exactly do I go about purchasing these shoes. I make a shoe list of my favorite shoes styles on the runway that season. Next, I go through my shoe wardrobe first to find shoes that I already fit current trends.  I look for styles that will last a few seasons, have very classic silhouettes and fit my personal style for example spikes and industrial details.

I  visit stores and boutiques that carry the shoes that are on my wish list. I try on a few styles, checking for fit, noting the pitch, and the comfort of the shoe. This is important because you have to be relatively comfortable in the shoes that you are in. Some pairs of shoes no matter how sexy or gorgeous they maybe on other people may not be the pair for you.  Then the waiting game begins.

Shoe seasons are quarterly and shoe sales are bi-annual. Sales tend to be from June to August and from November to December. It’s important to get to know associates at the boutiques in your area and establish a rapport with them. These associates will give you a heads up on what styles will go on sale at the end of the season and when special events happen in store. Retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and other luxury retail stores have the tendency to have sales during this time. And stores tend to drop prices the later you go, always fight the need to purchase at the beginning of the sale as prices drop often. If you wait long enough and if the shoe is still there, prices will drop to a price point that is easier on the pocketbook. I have found several pairs of shoes what went well over a $1000 and bought them for a fifth of that price but you have to be willing to wait it out.

Sometimes, I check online discount websites: The Outnet, Barney’s Warehouse, Off Saks 5th Avenue, etc. I also scour Ebay and consignment shops (The Real Real, Yoogi’s Closet, etc.)  on the styles that I would like to add to my collection. Always ask the seller questions and read up on the shoe brands and authenticity. There are great people out there who have created resources that you can use to figure out authenticity or ask about authenticity. I personally use the Purse Blog Purse Forum . When in doubt always find a second opinion, there are authentication places out there that can help you authenticate a shoe for a small fee. The great thing about shopping with consignment shops, they have an authenticity expert in house that check the items they sell.  silklace4a

On top of researching and doing some ground work, I also have a separate account for shoe purchases. The real goal is to get the shoe you want for a price that is reasonable for your budget. I always set a price point for shoes that I want to purchase. Truthfully,  I’ve have only bought one pair of designer shoes full price and they were for my wedding day. I do not shop for shoes impulsively, it’s too big of an investment and designer shoes will always go on sale or can always be found for less than market value if your are willing to wait.

Thanks so much for making it through this long blog post. I wanted to make sure I gave you enough tips on how to shop for luxury shoes. If you have any questions or additional tips please feel free to comment and let me know.

XOXO,

Michelle

 

 

 

 

Origami and Gemstones

Lately, I’ve been inspired to play with the pieces that are in my closet and use them in unexpected ways. This top was a end of summer purchase that is perfect year round.

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The blouse reminds me of origami that  you can fold  and transform it into something beautiful. It’s a versatile piece that can be thrown over a shift dress, a pair of pants or skirt. I like that it’s great for layering for cooler weather but perfect for spring and the summer.

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I like the way it looks backwards with the high neckline and the cinch at the waist to create a structured kimono look over a gemstone colored skirt.

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Thank you so much for reading. Please let me know what you think.

XOXO,

Elle

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TOP rumi murakami
SKIRT h & m
SHOES christian louboutin “simple”
RINGS  me plain stacking rings
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Preparing for Honolulu Fashion Week

The past few months has been a blur for many Honolulu Fashion Week participants. From preparing looks to the runway, model selections, marketing and advertising, photo spreads, it is by far the busiest month in Hawaii for fashion. This year the list of designers, stylists and fashionistas are both local and international with the likes of Marissa Webb and Younhee Park to Project Runway Finalists Kini Zamora and Ari South to local designers like Allison Izu and Summer Shiigi of Tentomorrow.

About a week ago, I had a chance to interview Summer Shiigi as she prepares for her runway show for Honolulu Fashion Week. Our interview took place at The Collective  at Ward Warehouse.

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The Collective is made of Summer and her design partner and mentor Allison Izu.

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In our chat, Summer mentioned that she designs with her customer in mind. Her background in retail, merchandising, e-commerce and styling informs the decisions she’s made for her line.  The wearability and comfort of her pieces speak to women on the go and a woman who wants to feel good in the clothes that she is in. The line reflects an eclectic style where a person can find a piece that works with their wardrobe.

Summer’s inspiration for her  Fall/Winter collection snow covered mountains. Translating ideas of Winter Wonderland for Hawaii weather. Because Hawaii is sunny all year round, Summer uses colors and textures in her line  that are layer friendly. It is Hawaiian sun meeting  metropolitan city Life.  The results are pieces that work from day to night for Hawaii and the continent.

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Summer likes to work with modern and vintage style esthetics. Taking classic styles and adding a modern twist. Button up shirts are reimagined with panels of chiffon, a tuxedo shirt is revamped with softer flowing fabric, and a asymmetric top gets a ruffled trim.

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When asked about her style icons, Summer named a few of  Hollywood’s most iconic fashionistas with the likes  Carry Bradshaw, Olivia Palermo, Victoria Beckham, and Audrey Hepburn to name a few. She looks to them as inspirations for her style and it informs her line of clothing.

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Summer’s line is named TenTomorrow. She stated in our interview that 10 a.m. in the morning and 10 p.m. at night are times when she feels the most productive. Tomorrow alludes to promising future. And her future is definitely promising, you can now find her collection at Nordstrom Hawaii. Her dream of owning her own shop  a few years back has come to fruition and she believes it is with the help of  and support of Hawaii’s people.

This year’s Honolulu Fashion Week started week was Friday to Saturday at the Hawaii Convention Center is featuring Runway Shows throughout the three days as well as a Marketplace to check out local designers. If you did not get a chance to go check it out, you can find details at  Honolulu Fashion Week website. You can also catch Summer’s designs on the Local Lux Runway Show.

Thanks again for reading. I’ll be doing more features on the blog about Honolulu Fashion Week so stay tuned.

XOXO,

Michelle

Waikiki Shopping with Nordstrom Rack

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Photo Credit: APairOfShoesForEveryday

Hey Everyone,

This past week was a busy time for work as well as for the blog. I’m excited to share with you the news that Nordstrom Rack has opened up their new store in the heart of Waikiki’s shopping district.  I’ve been a Nordstrom Rack shopper for years especially after college when they first opened their Ward store. It is the one place I go to for my favorite designer brands for discounted prices.

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Tuesday last week, I attended the private shopping event and got a chance to check out the store at the Waikiki Trade Center. In true Nordstrom Rack style, there was a great selection  clothing, shoes, beauty products, accessories, and housewares.

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I went to check out the handbags and the designer shoe sections for wishlist items. I was excited to find a Love Crossbody by Rebecca Minkoff that I have been eyeing for a couple of years now and a pom pom charm that’s on trend at the moment. You’ll be seeing these on blog soon.

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I also tried on several sunnies and designer watches that caught my eye.

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Ultimately, I spent the night helping my husband select a few items to add to his wardrobe.

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After the Tuesday event. We decided to check out the store again on Labor Day.

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I hope you get a chance to check out the store the next time you are in Waikiki and let me know what you find.

XOXO,

Michelle

Photos Courtesy of Nordstrom Rack unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own.

Nordstrom Rack is located at :

Waikiki Trade Center
2255 Kuhio Ave. Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96815

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SUNGLASSES cole haan
TOP jcrew
BOTTOM Old Navy
SHOES m. gemi
RINGS  m33ms designs
BAG dooney and burke

 

One Month Challenge

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A week ago I finish the 30 Day Challenge of wearing Fighting Eel, a local brand in Hawaii. I had fun creating outfits with their stuff and trying to make each outfit unique since a lot of the items I purchase from the brand are solid colors. I do not know if I’ll do anymore challenges in the future but I had fun doing it. I’ll share a few outfits I really liked during the challenge.

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I have to be honest, I like to mix it up with different pieces in my closet so the pieces do not only stand alone but also work with items I already have. I also like to accessorize the outfits to give them some personality. I hope you like it.

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XOXO,

Elle

P.S. This is not a sponsored post. I just happen to have a lot of their pieces in my closet.

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Lately, I’ve been posting outfits more often on Instagram apart from my blog posts. I’m not into contests but I found this more of a challenge to force me to wear my clothes and be a little creative with what I have in the closet.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Fighting Eel for as long as I can remember. My introduction to the brand was Alex the owner of Second Skin when it was at Ward Warehouse. Alex had great fashion sense and choice. I got to know him and the brands he carried and one of them happened to have been Fighting Eel. I love the modern cut of the dresses and tops and the idea that two local designers were doing what they loved and getting attention from famous people for it. I was amazed. I loved their vision for the brand, the fact that each piece could be worn anywhere depending on each wearers personality. I liked the fact that the brand gave me a sense of local identity without trying to fit into flower print island fashion which was not my style.

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As I attempt to complete 30 days of Fighting Eel, I want to remember the guy who introduced me to the brand. Despite the fact that we lost him a few years back, the contest reminds me of our conversations and the friendship built on Fighting Eel.

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XOXO,

Elle

My 10 Essential Pieces Part 2: The Icing

Hello Everyone,

In my last post, I covered the basics pieces of my wardrobe. The pieces I mentioned build the foundation from which I to create outfits. I hope you found the list helpful.

This post looks at essential items that  add or finish an outfit.

6. Trusty Outerwear

Depending on the look you want to achieve, there are many options to layer over your basic pieces. Each type of outer wear has a distinct effect. A blazer, naturally dresses up anything from a tee to a shift dress. A jacket, preferably a leather jacket changes the look entirely, giving an outfit a bit of an edge while a cardigan tames an outfit and gives it a relax comfy look. My go to outerwear are cardigans and pullover sweaters. It keeps me lightly covered when needed and keeps me warm when it’s a little chilly here in Hawaii.

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Bamboo woven cardigan

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

7. Pumps

The pump is definitely a great shoe for every outfit and occasion. Every girl needs a pair of black and nude non platform pumps with an almond or rounded toe in the closet. They go with just about anything and they never go out of style.  These styles of pumps are more classic in their silhouette and tend to be closet mainstays. Shoes not only compliment the outfit but they should also be comfortable to wear. Some things to consider when shopping for pumps, consider the fit and the material of the shoes. Evaluate the pair’s length, pitch, heel height, width, padding, toe box area, arch support, and type of leather. If you want to get adventurous with pumps, try a red or an animal print pump to add some color and interest to outfits.

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Christian Louboutin  “Yoyo” open toe pumps. One of my favorite shoes. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

8. Sandals

Sandals are a must have for the closet. They are great throughout the year in tropical areas and for Spring and Summer months in northern areas. They are great for many outfits and ocassions.  When shopping for sandals, I gravitate towards sandals are black, brown, or nude. Some considerations that I have when shopping for a pair are leather quality, stitching, height, and style. I gravitate towards a styles that I am the most comfortable wearing.

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Golden Gladiator Sandal by Grey Saks Fifth Avenue. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

9. Statement Accessories

A great belt, a printed scarf, a statement necklace or a ring are great pieces that add to an outfit. Accessories can be obtained at any price point.  I gravitate towards accessories that help to finish and refine the look of an outfit. I also look at its pairing power, quality, and maintenance as well as price per wear. While accessories are often trendy and seasonal, I gravitate towards accessories that have long shelf life and will be great additions to my existing wardrobe.

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Express Brass Bib necklace. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

10. Black Handbag

A black handbag is a must have for any wardrobe. It can be obtained at any price point but somethings to consider when  when shopping for a black handbag is high quality, logo free, subtle hardware and a clean structure. It should be an item that will stand the test of time and a bag that can go with many outfits and shoe pairings. In addition, your bag should fit the needs of your lifestyle and activity. I gravitate towards bags that hold items are roomy and hold everything I need.

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Michael Kors 

Photo credit: Glenn Andaya Photo

Accessories are like the icing on a cake. They add to the wardrobe by adding flavor and finish. I hope this post and the last was helpful. Please like this post and let me know with a comment. Thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

My 10 Essential Pieces Part 1: The Cake

This year, I’ve been more deliberate in my choosing of pieces to add to my wardrobe. It was a calculated decision on my part to be more conscious of what I add and take away from my existing wardrobe.

In honesty, I’ve been in a bit of a lull, a fashion writer’s block, if you want to call it that. Don’t get me wrong. I know what works for me and what cuts fit me better than most, what colors are complimentary, what pairings to put together but I’ve been stuck, like we all are sometimes. I’ve stared at my closet full of clothes and thought to myself, I have nothing to wear. I’ve looked at my pairs of shoes but feel like I don’t have the right type of shoes to go with this outfit or that.

For the past month or so, I’ve been soul searching in the fashion sense. Trying to figure out how to work with my wardrobe, trying to find the science and math behind outfit pairings so that I could maximize my wardrobe without forfeiting my translation of current trends, styles, my fashion perspective and more importantly, me. The most important part of the equation in fashion is the individual. It is ultimately the person and not the clothes that make the outfit not the other way around. Fashion is surprisingly very autobiographical, like our lives, it is distinct to us and our needs.

With that in mind, I can not help but revisit the Ten Most Essential Pieces. Everyone has their own version of the list, why not, we all have our absolute go to pieces. Nevertheless, what you chose is definitely a reflection of your personal style, profession, lifestyle, and geographic location.

This post and the next will talk about the ten items that are the most essential in building my outfits. Much like a cake, outfits work with a great base. Once the base is set then its time accessorize.

THE BASE-IC PIECES

1. T-Shirts

They come in all shapes, sizes, prices, cuts and prints and out of the many pieces in my closet it is the most versatile. It is great for layering and great by itself. It can be dressed up or down and definitely goes with everything and it is the most reasonable to obtain. They come as inexpensive at $4 or as expensive at $100. I personally like the inexpensive ones, they work just the same and sometimes their quality is much better. I select my tees by their texture and feel. I personally like softer knit fabrics. On top of finding t-shirts that are softer, I also like t-shirts that have details that add personality to an outfit like pleats, drape, or combined with other fabrics. Another thing you need to about t-shirts, they are very easy to modify according to your needs.

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Allison Izu grecian draped tee. One of my personal favorites to pair and accessorize.

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

2. A Great Pair of Jeans

A great pair of jeans is a definite closet staple.  Through the years, I have tried on different styles, cuts, fabrics, and brands.  Finding a great pair is sometimes a challenge but when you do find the one and it fits just right, it’s like love, it’s meant to be. While denim cuts are trendy, I’ve come to rely on the one cut that flatters my body the most. When I find a pair of jeans that fits really well, I do what most people do in that situation, I buy several pairs of the same cut and brand of jeans, sometimes in different washes. I also make sure to have one pair in a darker wash for dressier outfits.

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Printed Trousers from Zara

Photo credit: Km2Creative 

3. The Pencil Skirt

So classic and goes with anything, it is my absolute favorite type of skirt. It’s slimming and sometimes curve hugging. It can be dressed down for an easy breezy day of errands, dressed up for a fancy dinner or a night out with the girls and still work for high powered business meetings. They come in different fabrics, prints, textures, lengths and sometimes heights.  The basic black pencil skirt is a must for your wardrobe. When looking for a basic black pencil skirt, look for quality fabrics and stitching as well as light lining. Because the shape is so classic, I find pencil skirts in season appropriate prints and fabrics to add to my existing wardrobe.

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Zara Floral Pencil Skirt paired with an Old Navy Sleeveless Button Down Shirt

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

4. The Button down

My ultimate blouse of choice, is the button down shirt. It is a closet staple that has never gone out of style and it is definitely a wardrobe workhorse. While a white button done  is a wardrobe must, through the years, I’ve added different colors, prints, and sleeve lengths to the collection that I rotate throughout the year.  The button down is an easy pairing piece. It can be layered under or over another piece. It can top a pair of shorts, a skirt, a pair of jeans, slacks, and even a pair of overalls or a jumpsuit. Longer ones can be worn as a short dress or a cover up for a day at the beach.

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J Crew Polka Dot Button Down paired with a Floral Pencil Skirt from Ann Taylor. One of my favorite mixed print pairings. 

Photo credit: Adam Levine Photo

5. Shift Dress

Another great basic is the shift dress. The slimming cut is flattering for many body types. I love that can be dressed up in so many different ways. A simple floppy hat can make it lunch date appropriate, a blazer can make it seriously business, a little bit of sparkle and pearls can make a great outfit for dinner dates. A shift dress in basic black is perfect for that go to Little Black Dress.
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J Crew Shift Dress in Polka Dot Print accessorized with a bow belt from Ann Taylor. 

Photo credit: Taryn Reid Photography

These basics have been  my absolute go to items for years. They are reliable, timeless, and lasting. I hope you enjoyed this post. I know I have enjoyed writing it. Let me know what you think. Take care and thanks again for reading.

XOXO,

Elle

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