Because building your wardrobe requires some thought, I'm going to write this in four parts--bottoms, tops, shoes and accessories. And, this is for everyday wear, when you want to looked pulled together to run to the grocery store or have lunch with friends.
Here are the basics you need:
1. Black pants. In my earlier post, I talked about my crush on the Gap series of black pants. Many of the styles are casual enough to throw on with flats but look super polished. I love the Slim Crop and the True Straight. They are both slim enough to tuck into tall boots but easy to wear with flats.
2. Jeans. Honestly, one pair of jeans is never enough! Right now, I love the look of the straight/skinny jeans with flats or tucked into boots. Some to try: AG Jeans (Adriano Goldschmied click here for eBay search) Angel fit. They run a little looser in the thigh. I also love the Tory Burch Metallic Brush Legging (although they don't fit like leggings.) Citizens of Humanity also runs a little looser in the thigh. Make sure they are hemmed to work with flats, you don't want them pooling at your ankle, nor do you want to have to roll them up all the time, although that look can be cute!
3. Skirts. Full disclaimer: I don't wear a lot of casual skirts. I mostly have pencil skirts or fancy lace, sequins or silk skirts to wear for business, church or evenings out. But, on a warm summer day, or with tights in cooler weather, a skirt can't be beat. A casual A-line or pencil denim skirt can take you from breakfast to dinner with ease. Wear it with a tank top, a slouchy tee shirt or an embellished tee and cardigan. For fall, I love the corduroy skirts with tights and chunky booties. This one from Ann Taylor Loft is cute. Pair it with a turtleneck or crew neck sweater for a 70s/prep look.