Good Basics and an Even Better Rule to Live By

The older that I get, the more I fall in love with some really good basics. Just because something is considered a basic, though, doesn’t mean that it can’t also be fun.

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For me, a great pair of skinnies will always be a basic in my closet. I feel like the fit looks best on my body. They slim, elongate and just make me feel better. Even when I feel my heaviest I can throw on a great pair of skinny jeans and instantly feel about 10 pounds lighter. The key with any skinny jean, and really any pair of pants, is getting your actual size. It is very easy to want to buy a smaller size, hoping they might fit, but I can tell you from experience that a pair of pants that is too small will actually make you look larger. I try hard not to focus on the number on a pair of pants and more so on how they make me look and feel. Another thing that is so important is that all pants are made differently. I size 6 at one store my actually be a size 10 at another. It is so important to try on pants at the store and get the size of pants that fit you the best. Dressing for the body that you have and not the body that you wish you had is the best way to make sure you look your absolute best.

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My peplum is so soft and was a steal at Target. It never fails that I go into Target for milk and diapers and come out with a new necklace, a complete outfit and no milk. I swear, I think that store releases hormones that attract women inside. Seriously though, Target is a great place to shop for basics at a very affordable price. Everything that I have ever bought has always held up very well, even after multiple washes. This peplum is great because it a great neutral color but it has a fun surprise in the back. It is from the junior department so I would suggest going up a size, especially if you like a roomier fit.

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A great flat shoe is another must-have basic in my closet. As a busy mom and teacher, I need something comfortable on my feet. I am always on the go and I feel like some days I don’t stop until my head hits the pillow. I love this pair of flats because they have some great details. First off, the color is so rich and vibrant. They really stand out and bring some life to my outfit. Next, they have the cutest lace-up’s making them way more fun than your basic slip-on flat. Finally, they are suede so it really adds a contrast of textures to my outfit. These were a Christmas gift from my sweet Mommy but I will link some similar pairs below.

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For my accessories I went with one of my favorite Kendra Scott necklaces. I love how this color paired with the flats and really brought everything in the outfit together. This necklace is from their Winter collection but is still available online on some sites! I would definitely scoop it up while it is still available! My sunglasses are just a classic pair of aviators. While I do have nice sunglasses, most of mine are cheap from places like eBay or Amazon. Vivi is constantly playing with them and I am terrible about throwing them in the bottom of my purse without a case. The ones that I have bought are great quality and if they get a little scratched I don’t feel bad because I know that I did not spend much money on them.

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My best advice that I can give you is to get what works for you. Every single person in the world is built differently so you can’t compare yourself to everyone else. Your list of basics may be different from mine, but the important thing is that they work for you and your life. Whatever your lists includes, though, make sure that they fit the body that you have. Don’t be afraid to go up a size! No one can see that little size tag but you and I can promise that if it fits great, you are going to look great.

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Peplum | Skinnies (similar) | Flats (similar) | Necklace | Sunglasses

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Photography Courtesy of Sara Dasher Photography.

Disclaimer: Affiliate links are used in this post and I may receive a small commission.

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