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Start your weekend knowing you’re stepping up your wardrobe game! If you read our latest fashion article, 8 Wardrobe Musts Every Closet Needs (to simply work better), you may want to go ahead and order some items … as in now. And, read to the end for our biggest wardrobe cheap thrill PLUS the link to a favorite recipe blogger that we think you’ll love, too.

1) Black and white striped tops

As we explained in yesterday’s article, you’ll likely want this top in several different options: more black than white, a wider white stripe, a wider black stripe, a sweater option, a v-neck option, a longer option … it’s all good as this category of top — black and white striped — goes with so many different options and you’ll look polished and fabulous … yes, always.

Long, striped top (covers your bum when wearing leggings!) $19 | Details here
We really like this top with the neckline which is more scoop-neck than crew. $29 | Details here
This boat neck is flattering and the stripes are evenly spaced. $49 | Details here
Black and white top with equally wide stripes and a three button accent on the shoulder. $55 | Details here

2) White button down

There are so many tweaks to a white button down, and depending on your bust and shoulders, you’ll need to try several on. That said, this one brand for the white button down shirt works for many and is a great one to have on hand:

Brooks Brothers’ no-iron button down is a classic favorite. We’re all in favor of having a few white button downs … just make sure one of them is this one as you don’t want all of yours needing an iron, right?! $98 or two for $165 | Details here

3) Leopard shoes

With their neutral pattern, leopard shoes are the perfect shoe to have on hand that will go with almost everything in your closet.

Click on any word in the color coral for more details: (1) Johnston & Murphy 3.5 inch heels, $188 (2) Kate Spade loafers, $268 (3) Kate Spade 2.75 inch wedges, $325 (4) Um, just need say these are amazing! AGL, $430 (5) Vionic (they make super comfy shoes), $119.95 (6) Louise et Cie, $139.95 (7) Patricia Green, $238 (8) TopShop, $85 (9) Jimmy Choo makes the shoe you will want forever, a 2.5 inch pair of leopard heels, $795  And, yes, you can have more than one pair!
One of our steals of the day? These Vaneli leopard ballet flats are available in most sizes, at time of publishing, from 5 to 11 for just $60.99 at | Details here

4) Chambray shirt

Just like the white button down, there are many options. But, the one I personally like best is from J Crew — both the lighter and darker versions. Each comes in petite, regular and tall because they are such customer favorites.

These are great options, both from J Crew. On the left, this chambray shirt is $78. On the right, this darker Western-style is $88.

5) Camel blazer

Yes, you really want a black blazer, but as explained in yesterday’s fashion article, where we specifically talked about eight wardrobe items that will make your clothes simply work better together, the camel blazer has lots of flexibility and it’s an item most women will want to consider adding to their wardrobe options … and one many don’t have.

Get on the velvet trend with a classic color! This camel blazer is $178. Details here
This Polo Ralph Lauren herringbone camel blazer is a classic. $298 (Purchase online at Lord & Taylor this weekend as practically the entire site is 25% off with code FRIENDS). Details here

6) Black skirts

A black pencil or A-line is a must. You’ll wear yours time and time again.

This pencil skirt from Banana Republic comes in sizes 0 – 16 in petite, regular and tall for $98. Details here
Depending on your height, this just might be the skirt! Sizes xs – xl for $69. Love the asymmetrical hem. Details here
If you can splurge a bit more, these are great choices, all available at
This paneled Nic + Zoe skirt has an A-line shape and nice movement. $138 | Details here
This Ann Mashburn skirt is pretty fabulous. $275 | Details here

7) An all-season gray or navy dress

For a dress that is the absolutely most versatile, pick gray or navy. You’ll be able to wear it to a luncheon meeting, church, a wedding, a baptism and a funeral. You can dress it up for a cocktail party or add a jean jacket and boots for something more low-key. These colors just give you a wee bit more flexibility than black (but then buy a black one, too, okay?!).

We really love this plus size wrap dress ... this is a great one!
We really love this plus size wrap dress! $174 | Details here
This dress is flattering and works for many occasions. $90 by Top Shop | Details here
This Vivienne Westwood is on sale at The Outnet for 50% off. $312.50 | Details here
This simple navy dress works and the price is right for $59.40. Details here
This navy Theory dress is great, hands down. The A-line shape is flattering for many who don’t want the confines of a more fitted bottom half. Theory just makes great staple wardrobe pieces worth the investment. $385 | Details here

8) Dark rinse jeans

By all means, have lots of jeans. They are the American staple, are they not? But, the one that works for almost all occasions, when others won’t, year-round, is the dark rinse jean. Yes, you can shop the high-end brands, but for dark rinse, lower-priced jeans can look super high-end … save your money for the other washes.

Working gals, these dark rinse denim pants are your new best friend … petite, regular and tall. Sizes 0 – 16. $98 | Details here
And now for our cheap thrill for the week … Denizen jeans by Levis, at Target, get great reviews. And, we’ve had so many readers and friends tell us they love them. In fact, Judy from Judy’s Chickens (recipe blogger who you should really follow if you like approachable recipes that are seriously delicious) texted us that these were her favorite, the same day our COO for StyleBlueprint was wearing some. We knew in that instant that these were a bonafide cheap thrill. At $27.99, you may want to try these out … Details here (and follow Judy’s Chickens, okay?!)

Hope you have a great weekend!


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Liza Graves

As CEO of StyleBlueprint, Liza also regularly writes for SB. Most of her writing is now found in the recipe archives as cooking is her stress relief!