Many of us (me included) sometimes struggle to put an outfit together. Why, we wonder, can’t we emulate our Instagram and Pinterest icons, who just seem to throw on a few random things and look amazing? There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look effortless, but that takes some wardrobe planning and well…effort.
That’s one of the reasons I’m always emphasizing wardrobe basics. Having a foundation of pieces that you can put together without a lot of fuss is a crucial first step. But the devil’s in the details, and nailing down your best basics can sometimes take some trial and error.
A couple of years ago, I spotted a woman whose outfit I really admired. The piece that really clicked for me though was the silky ivory top she was wearing underneath what appeared to be a vintage kimono jacket. It looked more polished than a tee shirt, but not too stiff and “buttoned up.” Even worn untucked, it looked finished.
Ever since, I’ve been on the lookout for something similar. It’s the kind of “supporting player” that felt like a missing piece in my wardrobe. I kept searching and finally found a version of it a few weeks ago. (And then another, and another.) Above, this sleeveless shell is the one I’m wearing in both outfits above. It’s lightweight, and even though the fabric is polyester, it feels silky. It’s not completely opaque, but underneath a sweater or jacket I feel comfortable without a camisole. It skims over my tummy but isn’t voluminous.
Here’s the same top with sleeves. Yes, I bought this one too. It’s offered in a few colors as well as the Ivory.
If natural fibers are non-negotiable for you, here’s a silk version. I just discovered this brand (The Reset) when we were in San Francisco last week. I haven’t tried this top yet, so don’t know how the sizing runs.
Since I’ve had a couple of these tops in my wardrobe, I can’t believe how easily some outfits come together. Sometimes “effortless” is a result of searching out just the right pieces.
Is there a garment or style in your wardrobe that was a game-changer for you?