Welcome to Corinna Ciera's creative blog. Here you will see posts concerning crafts and general topics of interest. At www.corinnaciera.etsy.com, you will find retro and modern fashion accessories, fabric creations for the home, and other unique items...all handmade by Corinna.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Staying in Style on a Budget

Fashion trends change yet our wardrobe budget is usually not as flexible. That is why it's good to have a few stylish fashion pieces that will work now and later. They need to be able to stand the test of time. What is needed besides that "little black dress"?

Blazer:  A basic non-bulky blazer in a subdued color (black, grey, tan, etc) will coordinate with many items in your wardrobe and be in style year after year.

Cardigan: A soft sweater cardigan that buttons up in the front is a can't miss item. It can be worn with or without a skinny belt.

Tailored Trousers: Everytime I visit the ladies department of a clothing store, I see straight-leg trousers. Again, a subdued color allows the pants to be worn with many bright-colored accessories and tops. Trousers have been around a long time but seem to be especially popular now.

Large Tote Bag: Yes, purses have gotten larger and tote bags are everywhere. A tote can be used for nearly any occasion.
Handmade by Corinna Ciera
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Basic Dress: A non-fitted basic dress is not only comfortable, it can be dressed up or dressed down. It can be solid or be a large patterned print that allows you to stand out in the crowd.

Long Necklace: Jewelry is, to me, an essential. A long necklace can be worn full length or doubled and worn with casual clothes.

Infinity Scarf: A scarf makes any older outfit look new. The infinity/circle scarfs are very manageable since they don't have to be tied at the ends to be worn. As with the long necklace, the infinity scarf can be worn long or looped again around the neck again and worn as a cowl. These type scarves should be around a very long time.
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Loose Blouse: A loose, flowing blouse that covers the top of the hips is not only slimming but looks great with skirts as well as pants.

Neutral Skirt: A slimming pencil skirt has always stood the test of time.

Footwear: By staying in the middle of fashion trends and not toward the extremes, well-made shoes can last many, many seasons. A basic pair of pumps with a wearable heel are always "in". In addition, a pair of comfortable flats can make those trousers or jeans look both current and timeless.

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