I always recommend that my clients have a selection of long sleeve/short sleeve/three-quarter sleeve and strappy tees, in a range of necklines, amongst their collection. Granted, they’re pretty dull to purchase, but they shouldn’t be over looked. They are a pretty important component to any versatile collection of clothes. You’ve heard me talk about the foundations of a wardrobe and how important it is to build a strong bedrock (I plan on going into this in a little bit more detail later in the week)? Well, having a great selection of basics to choose from will go a long way to helping you achieve this. I have a range of plain (and stripy) basics in my closet and last year I updated my collection with this simple, black, off-the-shoulder (OTS) number from H&M. I’ve layered it under jumpsuits, worn it tucked into maxi’s, teamed it with a sleeveless long-line shirt, and today, I’m showing you three more ways that this simple, inexpensive item has updated my collection.
For my first outfit, I’ve tucked the top into a pair of extra high-waist (mum) jeans, layered it with a sleeveless duster and finished the look with my trusty leopard pumps. A quick side note: if you’re pear shaped and have been struggling to find a pair of relaxed jeans that fit you round the waist then you must try these: (USA // UK – In black…couldn’t find them in blue) I tried on plenty of pairs – all of which should have worked but didn’t – before I found these in the sale in Anthopologie. This is a perfect smart/casual outfit…a dress code I know so many of you struggle with!
For my second look I’ve tucked the top in again, but this time into a pair of high rise (can you spot a theme going on?!) wide leg jeans. I tried this outfit with the top un-tucked but because the jeans are cropped, it shortened my legs more than I would like. So tucked in it is. I don’t normally match my accessories but I wanted to elevate these jeans from ‘beach jeans’ (as my hubby refers to them) to something a little more chic and if anything is going to do this, it’s a pointy flat and matching tan accessories.
And finally, my third outfit. I wanted to pull together a dressier look for my final look, and these wide leg trousers/pants made the perfect piece to take the OTS top from day to night. A cheeky knot tied at the front changes the shape of the top and highlights my waist – which is something that all pear shapes should be doing! I’ve kept accessories to a minimum purely because I want the top and trousers to be the star of the show.
So there you have it. One plain, basic, top and three very different looks.
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PUMPS – UK // USA
SHOES – UK // USA