WIW: Essentials

Hi Fabbers:)

Angie recently helped me understand what the essentials are in my closet. I know much has been written but I'm a pictures gal and don't always fully read everything :(.

So, without realising it, I have been adding essentials to my wardrobe over the last little while. These are items that if I didn't have, the sky would fall down ;). They are the foundation of my outfits. Some of them are "similar but different" to one another and I love them all equally.

The dress here is new. I ordered it from Boohoo and for an inexpensive garment I am pretty happy with it. Nicely made, fabric skims my body and I love the drape.

Worn with leggings, ankle boots and a drape long tail cardigan from Portmans. I did add a black with white trench for my commute but forgot to get a pic.

The tote is also a new and was my birthday gift from my sister.

Thanks for looking. It's a simple look, but one I could actually wear very day:)


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  • fuzzylogic replied 6 years ago

    Great find and great outfit, Deborah! Lovely birthday tote! Happy birthday!

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    I love your drapey dresses and that's a fab birthday gift! And there's nothing better than feeling good in an outfit ... Winner all the way :)

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    Just perfect, and essentially you.
    A lovely drape on the dress and what a great Birthday pressie :)

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Thanks ladies:).

    Debra do you have the Metalicus Plaza Drape tank dress by any chance? Did you see Shannon has ordered it?

  • kkards replied 6 years ago

    your essentials are way more fab than mine! love the draping on the dress,and the tote is fab! 

  • replied 6 years ago

    You've really zoomed in on your look!

  • gryffin replied 6 years ago

    Deborah - love this.  The dress is absolutely perfect.  Leggings, booties, tunic dresses are wardrobe essentials for me too, I just swap out the cardi with long blazers (when I can find them!!)  Otherwise, we could be twins. This is what I was trying to explain to Anna and Angie - I think the topper needs to be pretty close in length to the dress/tunic hem to really look it's best.  Just perfect.  I can steal the whole thing!!    Fab tote!!  Love the design and perfect size. 

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    You manage find items with the most perfect drape everywhere! Or is it that everything just drapes perfectly on you? Love the birthday tote on you too!

  • amiable replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!  I love all the drapeyness.

  • Hil replied 6 years ago

    Everytime I read one of your posts I feel freshly inspired for my look. Wonderful dress! 

  • replied 6 years ago

    Looks great! So very *you*.

    I'm a little curious how the trench would sit over the tails over the cardigan. Do they hang below the hem of the trench?

  • celia replied 6 years ago

    This outfit is so fabulously put together. Your expertise with black outfits is always amazing to me.

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    And essentials 'don't count' in the budget/ wardrobe numbers either, and are so important to the finished outfit I think.
    This looks perfect for everyday too- comfort with style :)

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Hahaha, I want to chime in with Lyn D on that. Essentials are essential so they do not "count" as purchases.  :)

    You look perfectly comfortable in this. I really like it with the long cardigan especially -- it adds some extra texture and movement to the look! 

  • Aida replied 6 years ago

    This is such a perfect Deborah outfit! Fabulous drape, interesting layering, plenty of black, and boots. That dress looks like you'd be able to pop all kinds of fun toppers over it.

  • SarahTheWhite replied 6 years ago

    I love how many wonderful details this has, all being black. So awesome! You look so beautiful in this!

  • pil replied 6 years ago

    You certainly pick the right pieces and details to give interest to a monochromatic look. So nice!

  • Gracie replied 6 years ago

    Beautiful and streamlined, I love the lines of the outfit with the topper, lots of movement. That birthday bag is sharp, the embossed detail makes it so unique.

  • Ariadne replied 6 years ago

    So, so gorgeous!  That tote is fantastic.  Did your sister pick it out or did you?

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Diane, the tips of the cardigan may have shown a little but on movement it really wasnt noticeable;)

    Ariadne, my sister chose it without knowing that I had been looking at it online:)

    Lyn and Suz you are both so naughty! I think most of wardrobe is essentials...I like your thinking.

    Thanks for your comments:). I love the dress so much I wore it again today. But with a similar topper and lace up black leather shoes.

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    As if you need to ask :) I have 2..... Black and cobblestone and I love them both :) I know...I have a problem.....

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    Lace up shoes sound great :)

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Debra, the only problem you have is excellent taste:). The Gene Tank Dress in black arrived today ...cannot wait to wear it:).

  • Debra replied 6 years ago

    How exciting....don't you love it when parcels arrive :)

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