Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Build Your Basics (See Jane Layer)

If you're like me then you have those moments where you look in your closet and think to yourself, "I have no clothes."  Even though I probably have too many things (Eric certainly thinks so--the inequality of closet space in our room is actually quite sad), I tend to get into major clothing ruts.  It's really easy to get caught up in trends and with the internet at our fingertips, we're constantly ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the latest thing.  I'm trying harder to to wear my pieces in different ways; it makes me feel like I'm getting the most use out of what I've got.

Day outfit on left + Night outfit on right

So, here we'll take some basics...

and make two different outfits for separate occasions:

Day

Night

Do you ever go back to basics?

36 comments

Neris said...

Love it! basics are awesome! especially, if paired with bold accesories :)

xxx,

Fashion Fractions

RosaLovesDC said...

Yes, basics are awesome. I usually tend to spend a little extra on these pieces as I tend to wear them more often. Love the pieces you have in the post, specially that white sequin tank.

Cassie Lee said...

Awesome post, I feel the same way sometimes..I especially love the day clutch :)

jillian :: cornflake dreams. said...

great round up of the basics. i need to add a few of these pieces to my wardrobe. xo jillian:: ps im hosting a judy kaufmann print giveaway!

Belle de Couture said...

Great post girl! I'm trying to do the same thing = trying to make the most out of what I already have in my closet instead of continually buying the latest and greatest!

xx
Jen

http://belledecouture.com

vanda said...

ALWAYS!!! The white tank top is a MUST in all girl's closet(I live in Greece, and we need at least 5-6 like these!). The striped top is my FAV, and the beige accessories, bags are a must! You are a very classy girl Jane!!!

Jenna Lee said...

Everything here is so beautiful. I love the shoes and the tanks. I'm a big white tank girl. Its all stunning! Simple is the way to go! I always go back to basics

Courtney Erin said...

I pretty good chuck of my wardrobe is devoted to the basics and I wouldn't have it any other way because it creates endless outfit possibilities.


xoxo ~ Courtney
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Collections said...

Love the boxey striped tee. And I was thinking of getting that vest from J. Crew!

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Kayla said...

Love your picks as usual. And I totally agree - you can get so much use out of a white tank and black skirt.

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Melissa said...

I need to go back to basics. I think sometimes when we have too many clothes, we feel like our options are limited because we can't see the combinations we would if we had fewer to choose from. That's why I enjoyed doing Kendi's 30x30.

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Marissa said...

Both of these ensembles are perfect! I find myself going back to basics so very often.. especially on those days that I just can't seem to find something to wear! It's all about a basic v-neck tee & a simple skirt or pair of shorts!

XO
Marissa

MG said...

I'm absolutely loving Aldo's collection this season!

La Petite Olga said...

I always go back to basics. And your selection is just great!!

xx Olga
La Petite Olga

libby said...

i have the same problem at least once a week! gotta love those basics though.

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{molly beth} said...

i don't know why it took me so long to find your blog! i love it!

i'd love for you to stop by and check out my 30 for 30 remix.

xoxo.
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Kassel and Kate said...

what a cute clutch! glad I found your blog :)

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Style-Pursuit said...

Oh yes! I totally agree! It's better to invest in some basics and then bulid many different outfits around them! :o)

x

Taylor said...

Love this post!!! I almost did one similar last week! Basics are so hard to buy bc you always want the fun stuff! But I am really trying hard to buy those pieces more and more!

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

Basics are key!! I absolutely love the J. Crew vest...xo

Closet Fashionista said...

Loooove all of those!!! I know exactly what you mean, I have SO many clothes but sometimes I have no idea what to wear...
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Gigi said...

Love the pieces you selected...especially the heels from Aldo xo

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♥B said...

love both of the shoe picks!

-B

Christine said...

i love how basics can even be dressy just add a few accessories and their a hit! :)

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Silver Strands said...

Glad I found you - I really enjoyed scrolling through your posts.

Josie said...

You're so right, doll -- a solid wardrobe really is built around basics that can be worn a million ways! I'm loving both looks, of course.
xo Josie
www.winksmilestyle.com

le sorelle said...

I feel like most of my wardrobe consists of basics! They're just so versatile - I love the outfits you've chosen! (Now I might have to go add some more pieces to my already over-stuffed closet ;) )

-j
sorelle in style

April said...

So true! Some times you just need to "step back" and walk slowly away from the trends. Basics are the building blocks.

TheChambrayCountess said...

I totally agree with you. I call it "going on a shopping spree in my own closet" and try to unearth something I haven't worn in a while or make a new outfit that will add a little variety to my wardrobe. I think it takes more creativity to work with what you have than to give up and buy something new...but shopping is still my fav past time ;) Love the combos you created!

Claire M. said...

I love your creativity and style! nice choice ;)

Erin said...

The basics are my favorite! Especially on idle Tuesdays, I hang out in jeans and a basic blank James Perse tank!

xx

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Fash Boulevard said...

i love this black skirt. amazing. thanks for another inspiring post. would love if you stopped by to see my latest outfit post and celebrity trend report. xoxo

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SoL Sia said...

you are so stunning!!! i love your style.. :) and your blog is fantastic! followed you here and in chictopia.. :)

really hoping you could visit my blog too and follow back.. it would be a pleasure! :)

Sol

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Julie and Lauren said...

Those wrap around sandals are perfection. Xx.

Christin said...

It's ALL about the basics...

Helena @ BrooklynBlonde said...

Love this post! So true and timeless!