Everyday Women. Extraordinary Style.

Like many of you, I’m juggling a house, husband, kids, and a full-time job. I’m also struggling with many of the same issues. The biggest…? Finding time to tackle it all, and realizing it’s okay to put your needs first once in a while.

While I look far from perfect most days, I have perfected the art of easy, attainable style for busy, everyday women. It comes down to having the right pieces in your wardrobe and knowing how they work best on your body.

It is my mission to not only remind you that it is okay to take time for you, but also to help you achieve amazing style that is simple, affordable, and works for your size, shape and lifestyle.

Everyday women can have extraordinary style!

Labor Day SALES!

One of my favorite sales this holiday weekend is the Saks OFF FIFTH sale, which I wrote a whole blog about.

Click here to see all of my picks from that sale (also some options below).

Use code “LABORDAY” for additional 40% OFF

Use code “SHIP75″ for free shipping on purchases over $75

Up to 75% Off clearance items

rachel zoe boots

I ordered these (nearly) thigh high boots which are completely unnecessary, but GORGEOUS and sexy! They also happen to be quite comfy.

Here are some of MY SALE PICKS:

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Asos.com is practically giving stuff away.

You get up to 75 percent off CLEARANCE items, plus an additional 10 percent with code, “HAVE10.”

It’s mostly summer stuff, but worth checking out and possibly loading up on some pieces for next summer!

Here are some of MY SALE PICKS:

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JCrew is also having a BIG sale on their CLEARANCE sale items. Most of these are final sale so buyer beware.

Free shipping on orders over $100

Use code, “WEEKEND” to save additional 40 – 50% Off!

Here are some of MY SALE PICKS:

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Baublebar - 50% Off select styles

Here are some of MY SALE PICKS:

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AND… here are a few more SALES!!

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Sephora:  Get up to 75% Off hot summer favorites.

 Nasty Gal: 30% off, 50% off, 60% Off select items
LOFT: 50% off Select Full Price Styles and 50% off Sale Styles.

Anthropologie: Extra 20% off sale items!

Old Navy: 40% off entire store!

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I make a small commission on every purchase you make through my links. Thank you SO much for supporting me and my business by ordering through my links. And, make sure you share YOUR picks so I can thank you. You can comment or email me: Erin@BusbeeStyle.com. And, as always… thank you for reading my blog! Erin xo
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What Every Woman Should Have In Her Closet

I have talked about the importance of wardrobe basics before, but it has been a while… and it is one of those things that is worth repeating, especially as we approach fall.

Wardrobe basics are KEY to your day-to-day style.

I cannot stress enough the importance of these foundation pieces. They will make or break your style on a regular basis. Without strong, high-quality, basic pieces, your wardrobe will suffer. You will suffer. It will be harder to get dressed in the morning. It will be more frustrating and time consuming.

Soooo, do yourself this huge favor, and make sure you have your basics…covered!

Here is my list:

(keep scrolling to shop some of my favorite ‘basics’ picks!!)

 

1) Great Fitting Bra

If you have lost or gained 5 pounds or more, it’s likely you are wearing the wrong bra size. Set up a free consultation with a fit specialist at your local department store to be certain of your size.

Also, if ‘the girls’ are low, or lower than they should be, get a bra that offers more lift and support. Nothing is more aging than droopy boobs.

 

2) Shapewear

I know it’s not the most comfortable thing in the world, but it’s a necessary evil. Embrace it! Shapewear can smooth all the lumps and bumps and make you look much slimmer in your clothes.

If it’s cutting off your circulation, you are wearing the wrong size. It shouldn’t be painful. Actually, it should be rather comfortable.

 

3) Dark-Wash Jeans

Your dark wash jeans should be dark blue (think navy) with no fading, or whiskering across the front (those faded stripes that look like a cat’s whiskers). The darker jeans are more slimming and also dressier than faded or light blue jeans.

 

4) Black Trousers

Whether you work at a law office, or you are a stay-at-home mom, every woman needs a pair of black trousers. The style and fabric will determine how dressy the pants are, and whether they are most suitable for the office or running errands. For a more polished look, opt for a tailored, lightweight, wool pair. For your casual outings, try an ankle length, cropped, silky or cotton pair.

 

5) Black Skirt

The most versatile and perhaps sexiest option for women is the black, pencil skirt. The knee-length pencil skirt is also perfect for the office. If you are bigger through the hips and thighs, you might want to try an A-line or full skirt to hide your problem area.

 

6) Little Black Dress

The little black dress or LBD is another must. If you choose an option that fits and flatters your body, the LBD will take you everywhere from a wedding to a funeral. It will be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet!

Your LBD is also a great blank canvas to try out your statement accessories. Pair it with your new, amazing, ankle strap sandals, your beautiful red statement necklace or a cobalt blue handbag.

 

7) Black Blazer

For fall, I would find a knit or wool, black blazer that is tailored for your body. Make sure your sleeves end somewhere between your wrist and your first thumb knuckle. When in doubt, you should also find a blazer that falls to your hipbone. For maximum versatility, make sure the blazer has black buttons, a simple lapel and minimal design details.

The black blazer is incredibly versatile. You will wear it everything from a t-shirt and jeans, to a dress.

 

8) Black Cardigan

The black cardigan is a great option for all of you busty ladies out there. When you have a large chest, finding a blazer that fit properly is nearly impossible (without tailoring). Enter the cardi… your new best friend!

Try a waist belt over your black cardigan to mix things up at the office.

 

9) Black Shoes

You really need: black knee high boots, black ankle boots, black pumps and black flats. But, for the sake of simplicity, let’s say at the very least, you need one pair of modern, high-quality, black shoes. And, if you are only buying one pair, make it pointed-toe pumps.

 

10) White Button-Down Shirt

Your white button down shirt should be tailored to fit your body without a lot of extra fabric. These shirts are great to wear alone or under blazers, dresses, cardigans, etc. If you are like me and you detest ironing, find a wrinkle-free or no-iron option.

I know white button down shirts can be tricky for women who are particularly busty. If that’s the case for you, try a white blouse instead.

 

11) Statement Jewelry

You will get a lot of bang for your buck with statement jewelry. It is relatively inexpensive and can add a lot of excitement to your overall look. I would invest in a bib necklace, a pendant necklace, a substantive gold bangle, or cuff bracelet, a pair of drop earrings and a cocktail ring.

 

12) Everyday Handbag

Whether it’s real leather or one of the finest fauxs, make sure the bag you are carrying on a regular basis looks expensive. It should also be a relatively neutral color so it goes with almost everything (black, cognac brown, beige). For maximum versatility, you should also look for a bag with minimal hardware and design details.

 

Once you have everything on this list, then you can add the color, prints and trendy pieces to your wardrobe.  You can also slowly start adding the browns… (beige, honey, camel, cognac, chocolate).

I DO realize these are not the most exciting pieces to shop for, but I promise you, having the basics covered will not only make your day-to-day dressing easier, it will also enhance your style!

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Have a style question for me? Email me at Erin@BusbeeStyle.com.

Check out my YouTube channel and Blog for more styling tips & tricks.

 

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How To Wear a Red Jumpsuit

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Neiman Marcus Last Call Mega SALE!

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My Favorite Shorts Are On Sale!

My summer staple…? SHORTS. It is way too hot for pants here in south Texas. And, shorts enable me to tastefully perform all mom duties (without risk of over-exposure). I wear a this pair of shorts from JCrew at least twice a week (I own about six colors). They...
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