by Ali Jackson (& Ceilidh McConnell)
It’s that time of year again when everything just feels a little blah, the holidays are over, and all the great things Spring has to offer still feels way too distant. Maybe you’re having a hard time getting excited about anything. Fear not, nothing will get you excited again like a little closet refresh. The following list is our top 10 picks of items that you can feel good about adding to your wardrobe because they are so essential we know you will wear them season after season.
#1 Dark Stretch Denim – A good pair of jeans can be life changing and something you can dress up or down. We suggest finding a dark indigo pair that will flatter every figure and by selecting a stretch denim material you can be sure you will be just as comfortable as they are cute.
#2 A Black Moto Jacket – Nothing gives an outfit an edgy vibe quite like a moto style leather jacket. This is the ultimate piece to take any look from day to night. Finding a leather jacket on consignment is great too because it isn’t such a big purchase and it won’t have that stiff look that a lot of brand new leather jackets tend to have. Love the idea of a moto jacket, but not ready to splurge? There are so many great vegan options that you can find that are a fraction of the cost.
#3 Dangle Earrings – Jewelry is a great way to add a little something extra to any outfit and larger dangle earrings can really elevate a look. We are especially partial to the feather or geometric shaped ones that are so on trend at the moment.
#4 The LBD – We are strong believers that every girl should have at least one sexy little black dress in their closet. We suggest finding one that is form fitting and hugs all your gorgeous curves. This is a piece that you will wear for years and have you ready for any occasion!
#5 Classic Pumps – Everything looks better in heels! But seriously nothing elongates your silhouette and feminizes any look like a great pair of pumps. Our favourite pumps are usually a neutral pair that are both sexy and comfy that can take you from a day at the office to after work cocktails with the girls. We often find that heels are an item that are worth the splurge, designer pumps tend to be much better quality and are typically more comfortable. A new pair of Christian Louboutins not in the budget? We get tons of amazing designer shoes in on consignment all the time!
#6 Mid-Size Bag – Nothing can make your life much easier than the perfect sized bag in a neutral tone so you can use it consistently. We suggest finding one that is stylish and functional – large enough to fit your wallet, makeup, keys, and a water bottle. Another great feature to look for when searching for a great everyday bag is a cross-body strap, keeping your hands free for more important things like your phone or coffee ;
#7 Fun Flats – Opposite to the classic pump is a fun pair of flats, but just as essential. Wearing a heel everyday may not be for you but no need to wear boring shoes. We love that a pair of flats with a pattern, a big buckle, or a bow detail can become the focal piece of an otherwise simple outfit.
#8 Athleisure Pants – How lucky are we that we live in a time where something as comfortable as active wear is also stylish? We suggest finding a pair of leggings that are high waisted and are a fun pattern like cheetah print. Or a pair of great joggers. Either way you will have a pair of pants that make you look good whether you’re working out or binge watching your favourite Netflix show with a glass of wine.
#9 A Comfy Hoodie – Living in Calgary where we can experience all the seasons in a matter of hours one can never underestimate the power of a warm hoodie. We personally love styling ours as a layering piece under a denim jacket for a cute everyday look. Some of our favourite brands are Lululemon, Nike, Adidas, Z by Zella, and Free People. We recommend finding one that can add a pop of colour to your look or if you’re adventurous enough giving a cropped hoodie with a high waisted jean a try!
#10 The Blazer That Does It All – Blazers may just be the MVP of the professional look. A great blazer can add professionalism and class to almost any look. We are obsessed with an oversize blazer in a plaid pattern. You can even wear blazers over your favourite mini dress for a sexy take on the professional look.
Missing one of the essentials in this list? Come visit one of our stylists at either location and you’ll be sure to find just what your wardrobe is lacking. Did we leave out any of your wardrobe must haves? Leave us a comment of what piece of clothing you just can’t live without.
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113, 1013 17th Avenue SW