Seasonless is not just a word for bland soup. Seasonless style should define at least 80% of our wardrobes. To that end, now’s the time to mine the summer sales. The obvious scores are seasonal items we can grab for a song, but the real steals are garments that can add value to our closet all year long.
We shopped online for some of some updated basics and found great deals that will take you into Fall 2011 and even beyond.
The Ankle Pant: Black is a no-brainer, but this past season red pants have been an unexpected standout. If you decide to try red, look for a darker shade like the Priscilla Pant above. Whichever color you choose, this pant can easily take you through fall in most climates. When the weather starts to cool down, add novelty tights or knee socks and a pair of ankle booties.
The Boot Leg Knit Pant:This is the pant you’ll pull on every day. These pants do double and triple duty as workout pants and lounging pants. They can also be dressed up with a hip length tunic or long shirt and low belt for a less causal look. It’s a good item to have in multiples.
The Scoop Neck T: An often overlooked staple, it’s a great alternative to a tank top or short sleeve tee when you want more arm coverage. They also look great worn backwards! The back scoop is a secret sexy variation. Eddie Bauer offers them in both 3/4 sleeve and long sleeve versions and lots of colors.
The Long Sweater Cardigan: This is another item that can go causal or dressed up. The crochet version above is a steal at $25. It comes in several colors, BUT we recommend the black. The caveat with inexpensive sweaters is that the lighter the color, the cheaper they look. Nothing is a bargain if it looks cheap!
The Serape: Interesting hand woven wraps like this serape from Eddie Bauer will transform anything you toss it over: gym clothes, denim jacket, white shirt, or even winter coat. It’s also a great airplane blanket.
Fat Free Dressing
Fat Free Tanks & Tees: These are NOTHING like your mother’s faint-inducing girdles. They are “power tools” for the new millennium. By the time a gal hits 40 or so her lingerie needs to work a little harder to defy gravity. Shapewear takes on the heavy lifting: banishing back fat, holding the “girls” in place, and taming the tummy.