(images by Monica Simone)
The other day I asked on instagram what you all would like to see more of on my blog and social media. Being that I am a stylist for a living, I want to use my platform to help inspire and to perhaps help you all think outside the box in the way of dressing. The two constant answers I received back were styling tips and how to incorporate basics into your wardrobe. Well as you may know by now basics or staples, whatever you want to call them is what makes up my wardrobe. I believe in simplicity, longevity and quality over quantity. My mother taught me at a very young age to buy good pieces made of good quality that will last you 15-20 years rather than spending money on the new "it' pieces or fast fashion that won't last. And I always, well mostly always listen to my mother.
I went with this particular look to start out discussing basics, as I love to take classic pieces such as a well made t-shirt and black pants that have a twist to them. Just because you are wearing simple pieces doesn't mean they have to be "basic". I found these pants at my friend April's store Wardrobe Department right after I had the baby. I needed a pair of black pants that I could wear immediately that would also fit as I was losing weight. These have an elastic waist so they were the perfect answer and I love that they are a simple black pant but the voluminous silhouette makes them more of a standout piece. I paired with a good cotton 3/4 length sleeve top which I rolled the sleeve and knotted the bottom to just add a little styling touch to make my own. By knotting the bottom of the shirt it made the appearance of pulling in my waist so I didn't look like Michelin Man clad in black. I just topped of with a pair of clogs with a slight heel to give me some height as my pants are so loose and I am short so need to play with proportions a bit. So go out and experiment a bit, just remember to buy good key pieces that you can mix and match and can stand the test of time.