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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Essentials: Wardrobe Staples 11-15

We're going to finish up the list with items I'd describe as frosting. I've covered all the garments that are necessary, so here are some accessories that will liven up those basics!
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11. Red lipstick- I don't care what you've been told in the past, there's a flattering shade of red lipstick for everyone. If you are paler it's wise to choose a color with blue undertones, and if you're more olive skinned a shade with orange undertones will suit you best. It's worth it to play around until you find the right one. Don't say you can't carry it off either- studies have shown men look longer at women with red lips. If that isn't an incentive, I don't know what is. Red lips will up your sex appeal and pull your look together.

12. Gold Watch- With the invention of cell phones I've seen many people stop wearing watches and it's frustrating. Watches are one of the most classic and functional pieces of jewelry one can own! Also if you invest in something as nicely made as a Cartier watch it can become a family heirloom that can be passed down to your children and grandchildren! I prefer a chunky gold watch, even a man's watch because there's something a little naughty about looking like you snagged your man's watch. A definite must have in my book.
Sunglasses by Ray Ban
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13. Sunglasses- Sunglasses, or sunnies as I call them, are one of my favorite accessories. They are the epitome of chic and glamour, and an easy item of incognito when need be. My favorite sunglasses designer is Tom Ford but if you would like something at a lower price point you can't go wrong with a classic pair of Ray Bans, either the Wayfarer or the Aviator. The Wayfarers were of course sported by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's and the Aviators were sported by basically everyone in Top Gun. You can't go wrong with either stylish classic!
Boots by Hermes
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14. Riding Boots- I chose riding boots over any other for a few reasons. One, they are both comfortable and functional. They're easy to run around in, and can paired with almost anything. Two, because although a black heeled boot is just as chic, heel height and width and toe shape can vary season to season, and who wants to be left with no footwear because a skinny kitten heel is the shape du jour and you only own a 4 inch block heel? Riding boots are the safest choice and who doesn't want to give off the illusion they just came from the ring?
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15. Diamond Studs- Last but not least, a simple diamond earring should be in every girl's jewelry wardrobe. They are just as relevant out to lunch as they are at the Oscars. Who doesn't love a little sparkle near their face? A classic stud will take you through literally every occasion you could possibly attend, and again have the potential to become an heirloom one day.

Go ahead, add that pink sequin minidress and that chartreuse sweater. They'll be your friends too! Just make sure you have your wardrobe essentials to tie all your friends together.

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