This past Friday, Lou had a work event and so help me it was AT THE BEACH! Anyone who knows me knows that I’m not a beach kinda gal. I don’t swim, and I DO NOT love sitting in the sun. In light of the fact that his bosses and coworkers were going to be there I didn’t think it was really appropriate to wear a bathing suit and show a lot of skin…even with a cover up. I needed to find something that was beachy, classy and appropriate.
After trying on 5 different outfits I was still at a loss…so I shopped my closet.
The trick to being able to shop your closet is buying good quality, investment pieces in the first place. Fast fashion may be inexpensive and on-trend but they will not last beyond one season. There are certain items that I consider investment pieces, a tailored black pant, a navy blazer, or crisp white shirt are good examples. These items will never go out of style and they are so versatile that you could get a lot of mileage out of them.
Keep in mind that you can still purchase on trend investment pieces as well. A wardrobe with longevity does not necessarily have to ignore the latest fashion trends.
This Ralph Lauren shirt is a great example. I have had this shirt for…brace yourself…12 years! I know… crazy right? The fact is, quality will last, you get what you pay for and trends always come back around. I wore this shirt on Friday and it does not look dated at all. It still looks like the fresh white shirt I purchased 12 years ago. Incidentally, this is another reason why I love Ralph Lauren, it is always quality fashion at an affordable price.
Ultimately, I decided to pair my Ralph Lauren off the shoulder white shirt with beige linen pants, another summer staple that I love. Linen pants are classy without being too uptight. When you have the right fit, they always look sharp.
So, the next time you think you have nothing to wear, take another look, everything you need could right there in your closet!
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