What are the four most important pieces in your wardrobe? To answer this, begin with the foundation. Just as a house needs to be built on a strong foundation, so does a wardrobe. A comfortable, well-fitting bra is an extremely important part of any woman’s wardrobe. It’s one article of clothing that will be worn approximately sixteen hours each day or 5,840 hours a year. It should be comfortable enough to wear all day without slipping, sliding or binding. It should lift and separate, creating the best possible figure. If nature needs a little extra help, it should provide it; Warner’s Simply Perfect bra from Target is an excellent choice. If you want to minimize your curves, your bra should help to do so. In buying a bra, the price alone should not be the deciding factor. It may be better to pay just a bit more to find one that will give you the best possible foundation upon which to build your wardrobe.
The next item every woman needs is a comfortable, well-fitting pair of shoes. We spend more time than we realize on our feet. Our feet, which are relatively small when compared with our entire bodies, have to bear out full weight and carry us through busy days, parking garages, shopping malls and up staircases. Many people walk as many as 10,000 steps each day without even realizing it. Make sure your shoes do not pinch, slip or cause blisters. They should be about a half inch longer than your toes when standing with full weight on them. It may be worthwhile going to a professional shoe store and having your feet measured rather than guessing your size off the rack, at least once. A comfortable pair of shoes is a good investment that can often be worn for years. There is no need to sacrifice style for comfort, since they can often go together. Careful, thoughtful selections in shoes are worth the time and cost.
Every woman needs at least one handbag she can depend upon to go everywhere, carry everything, and be comfortable to wear or carry. Many women prefer shoulder totes that offer ample room and leave their hands free to carry packages, hold children’s hands or push shopping carts. Women generally carry wallets, makeup, checkbooks, photos, prescriptions, breath mints and a maze of pens, loose change, coupons, and snacks. Look for a handbag that will carry all your items, preferably with several zipper pockets to keep things out of sight and not allow them to fall out. Choose a handbag that will last. Look for straps that are adjustable in length and securely anchored, zippers that slide freely and well-sewn seams. Leather is always a good investment, especially when you are going to use the same handbag for several years. A $100 handbag with a lifespan of five years actually costs about $20 a year; if it lasts ten years, it brings the cost down to $10 a year. This is less than most inexpensive plastic or synthetic handbags.
Finally, women need comfortable sleepwear. As mattress commercials claim, we spent about one-third of our lives in bed. This is a long time when compared to the time we spend working, playing or dressing up to go out. Choose the sleepwear that you like best. Nightgowns, pajamas and sleep tees are about equal in popularity and price. They can be found at any department store in a wide range of styles, sizes and prices. Crisp cotton is always a good choice for summer and soft flannel is popular for winter. Whatever you choose, make sure it doesn’t bind, bunch up, twist or pull. It’s often a good idea to buy sleepwear that’s one or two sizes larger than you usually wear to allow ample room for total comfort and freedom of movement. Be sure you choose items that are machine washable and require no special care. Take a moment to consider whether you need to invest in a new bra, a comfortable pair of shoes, a functional new handbag or blissfully soft sleepwear the next time you shop, and give these items priority on your list.
As always, maximize your style and minimize your spending~