2018 is texting me that she is around the corner and she is like hey girl you need to be cute too! Over the last few months, I have been on a hyperdrive of transformation. I started earlier in the year with my heart and mind by seeing a therapist who if she was a movie she would be my favorite part. The next phase of my transformation has been my wardrobe. I kept items because well I felt having a lot meant I was good. It’s quite the opposite. I know that since I want to spur my career in a new way by going after more advanced roles and also launching my speaking pursuits, I needed everything in my closet to fit my current body well and make me feel amazing. No more needing 50-11 Spanks or feeling bad because I had a donut 2 months ago.
Your wardrobe truly reflects your style and voice. Many times, however, people don’t have their own voice. So what happens is they buy a lot of crap that is trendy and it never sees the light of day. Or some people feel fashion is BS and it’s vain—I use to think that way as well when I was super warped in religion. Fashion throughout the years has evolved but there are some things that are classics.
There are a few key pieces that I believe no matter your size or budget you need to have. Spend for your coins and budget. If you have it invest as it will help you not have to re-buy so frequently and can hold up.
Black Pencil Skirt/Pants
I’m a skirt type of girl so a nice form fitting but not come get it skirt is key. I picked this up recently at Lanebryant.com on clearance for 15.00. I was very pleased with the length and how it sucks you in. A solid pair of pants and my fav cut is wide-leg. I just think they look classic and timeless.
Look babes let’s chat for a brief moment especially if you have twins. If you are an A cup I ain’t got nothing but love for you, but this isn’t your chat. If you are like me rocking some 42G’s you must ensure a button down fits you properly. I have had to go up a size and get it taken in to fit me properly. Unless your giving your lover a show, the look of popping out isn’t cute. I have had times when a shirt seemed risky and popped at the worst time, an interview. Thankfully I caught it before they did. Invest in as high quality as you can and take the few dollars to get it tailored.
I picked this baby up, a London Fog up in a thrift store on random. It’s been the best 20 bucks spent. I love the classic tan color, the red lining and overall well put together look. It has kept me warm while on many of my up North work trips. Invest in coats that are sturdy and can last the hands of time. I once had a cute little coat from Dots and went to Rhode Island. The result was an inner ear infection and chest cold. Don’t be like me, get a good coat.
I was minding my own biz when I saw the Tracey Ellis Ross collection at JCP had finally dropped. I was so heading towards the sequin dress but this number caught my eye. I love different prints and that it’s long sleeve. A statement dress can be anything that you want it to be. It can be a solid color but have an interesting fit or can be a wild color. Whatever you pick, make sure it fits you like a glove and makes you feel like you are Beyonce.
These items to me are key to being able to go anywhere and looking amazing. I always believe that you invest in the look you want. I’m good with creating a list and going to thrift stores to find high -quality pieces to add to your closet. No one has to spend a billion bucks to look it. I also firmly believe to be patient vs just hitting the racks at places like F21 or other fast fashion retailers. They are good for going to the club and you ever so often will find that fun piece like a sequin skirt. A wardrobe that has solid fabrics and even if needed some tailoring will help you be a step above. No more tugging at skirts or holding your purse just right in order to hide. Walk boldly and confidently into the new year and your new life!