Building Your Basics -- Denim and T-shirt

An easy place to start for a chic and cheap wardrobe is identify 2 quality basics that you can revolve all your other pieces around.

For me, 2 pieces that I get the most bang for my buck are a pair of straight leg jeans and a white t-shirt.  Earth shattering?  No.  But when paired with your more exciting "pop" items, you will see you can build an entire wardrobe around 2 easy basics.

For example, take your favorite pair of jeans.  Mine...the real straight fit from the Gap...are slimming, versatile and give you the skinny look without being too tight.  Pair this with  a basic white tee and your possibilities are endless.  Hint:  medium wash is a great transition fabric from warm to cold weather.                                       Real straight jeans (medium wash) $59.50 at Gap.

With this combination, you can mix and match a great print scarf, statement jewelry, a cardigan, belt or blazer.  Not to mention but just making a simple footwear change, you can give your basics a totally different look.                            Jersey V-neck T $15.00 at Gap
Try these:    
Clockwise:  Scarf, $14.97 at piperlime.com, Necklace $5.80 at Forever 21, Blazer $98.00 at express.com              

Both your jeans and white tees are worth spending a little extra on because they are the backdrop that will let your more interesting pieces shine.


Buy These Boots Now...Save Them For Fall

Hidden Wedge Buckle Strap Boot
$31.30 at gojane.com

These boots are a ridiculously low-price and won't be around if you wait until it is time to wear them!

What I like:  Besides the price?  Quite a bit.  This fall is going to be all about boots with the riding boot being the new classic style.  Get a head start on your fall wardrobe by adding this versatile basic.  I love the color..."whiskey" to be exact.  This season, buckles are also the new stud.  Plus, I love a good kitten heel -- a little lift with no sacrifice on style or comfort.

What I wear them with:  I am feeling these boots with anything skinny...skinny jeans, leggings...the usual.  I also love riding boots with dresses and tights.  One of my favorite combos is a black dress, black tights and whiskey boots.  A plaid blouse also seems to be calling...but avoid anything too country for fear of farm girl overkill.  Top it all off with a chunky knit for a stable chic look.

Head's up:  These boots are not leather, however, the advantage here is that you do not need to worry about the leather getting ruined in nasty weather.  Salt pretty much wipes off.  And for the price?  You will get your money's worth.

I always size up in this brand's boots.