If you took a look in my closet, you'd see a sea of colors, patterns and fabrics. Every season I love to bring in the latest style trends and really have some fun with fashion. It's the fashionista in me -- what can I say!
I'm also a practical fashionista, though. I know it's important for moms to have basic pieces in their closets that can stretch a long way. A successful clothing item to me is something that I can wear a multiple amount of ways. It's an item that can dress up, dress down and do everything in between. It's these kinds of items that I like to call -- essentials.
What kinds of items are essentials?
For starters, a basic black cardigan has always topped my list.
I love that a black cardigan can work for any woman -- regardless of her shape, her size or her age. I love that it can be paired with just about anything, and still look fabulous. I love that they are available in so many different price points. And I love that a black cardigan is offered in so many different fabrics (cashmere is my all-time fave!).
I want to show you how you can take a basic black cardigan (or "cardi" as I like to call it) and quite literally make it work five different ways. I purposely wanted to show five distinct different looks just to stress how much fashion versatility you can get out of it!
Take a pair of your favorite colored jeans (mine are green right now!), a striped tee, a chunky necklace and thongs to perfect this look with your black cardigan. I love that this look is very casual, but it's also very trendy. The black cardigan adds a sense of sophistication to the look!
Spring sundress season
There's nothing I love more about the spring than finally being able to take out my favorite spring sundresses. Only problem is, it's not that warm yet, so I always need to add an extra layer. In my fashion opinion, the black cardigan is the perfect go-to add-on for any spring sundress for a special occasion.
This is the easiest look for any woman! Bring on your favorite blacks -- capris, trousers, sweaters, blouses, tees, etc. and just toss on your cardigan, too. I love how classic and timeless this look is; it's perfect for work or play! I especially love adding a bold shoe with this monochromatic look; it's perfect for the spring!
So many moms want to know what they can wear to work and look professional, yet still chic. I love a pencil skirt and heels, and I think they are fabulous work staples. I wanted to show here how you could take your pencil skirt and heels, add a bold blouse and layer with a black cardigan, not a blazer! I also love to pair with my favorite bold accessories -- bangles and cuffs and coin necklaces. I think it's super easy and such a gorgeous look!
I'm all about having fun, but it can't always be about work. This look is all about relaxing with a pair of boyfriend jeans, white tank, scarf and espadrilles and adding the classic black cardigan. It's an easy look and I especially love it for moms on the weekend.
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