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5 Must-Have pieces that will stay forever in your wardrobe

That is, if you are anything like me — living in a 4-season climate (spring, summer, autumn, winter), and work full-time in mostly business-casual environments.

(The environment I am working in now is SUPER casual, I am talking t-shirt and jeans casual, but I can’t bring myself to dress like that.)

Anyway, here are my top 5 pieces.

1. A THREE PIECE SUIT

Seen above: J. Crew Blazer, J. Crew Pants, J. Crew Skirt but Banana Republic has a great suiting option too with a Blazer, Pants and Skirt.

By 3 piece, I mean a jacket, matching pants and skirt (in the same material), and mine happens to be from Jacob (a Canadian brand), and it was made in Canada years and years ago.

I used to own a lot more suits because I was on projects that were a lot more conservative (think: banks) and they don’t tolerate business casual there, so I wore suits. Lots of them.

I switched to other clients and got out of the banking industry and am now in business casual to SUPER casual environments where it is not uncommon to see jeans and a shirt for the most part.

I can’t dress like that (yet anyway), because it looks very unprofessional to me and I am a freelancer, but the one thing that has never left is my suit, purchased when I was in college and worn for every single interview since then with whatever blouse (silk these days) that happens to be in my closet.


2. A NEUTRAL WRAP DRESS

Seen above: DvF Jeanne wrap dress and this is a $100 version of it

By neutral, I don’t necessarily mean black unless that is your thing. I mean something that is easy to wear. Mine is a printed black & cream number with a collar (love!), but I would have also equally kept a navy blue, or grey one, printed or not.

Whatever it is, a wrap dress (if you wear dresses) is a very versatile workhorse.

I like prints because it is a neutral without being a boring solid colour.

3. WHITE SHAWL BLAZER

Seen above: Armani white shawl blazer, and I like this Tahari version as well and this one is under $20

I love these things. Not just in white, I have them in cobalt blue, black, and khaki green right now but am open to more colours as I see them pop up.

My favourite, is the white / cream shawl blazer. It is both casual and yet polished enough to wear over business casual items, as a topper, over jeans, you name it.

White is also fresh, and it livens up every look that is otherwise too dull & neutral to look at in the office.

4. SILK BLOUSE

Seen above: Aspesi v-neck silk blouse though I love this long-sleeved option as well, and this one from Liz Claiborne is only $40

I love me a good silk blouse, and the one colour that suits me the best is this deep purple colour. I love it, it is a dark neutral and yet not black or boring.

I also love having silk blouses with great prints, or in a cobalt blue as well.

5. LEATHER MOTO JACKET

Seen above: Karl Lagerfeld moto jacket but I love this BlankNYC vegan suede version

Leather moto jackets are INCREDIBLE to wear over otherwise too fussy or feminine because it tones it down. It isn’t a symbol of “rock and roll” or “punk” any more, and looks great on everyone of all ages.

I wear it over everything and anything, including wrap dresses, and silk blouses.

 

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have paid my $600K home in cash (my half was $300K), my $180K casr in cash, worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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