This series on fashion is inspired by a few great fashion related posts and bloggers I've been reading lately as well as a really positive response I got from a comment I left on another blog. A young woman was asking what she should get for a work wardrobe without spending a fortune. I gave this some thought and then commented on the ten pieces I'd recommend she get. I got an email back, complimenting my complete list and saying it would serve as a shopping list.

Over the next two weeks I'll be doing a post on each article of clothing as well as photographing some of my outfits. Enjoy!

Today is the tenth and final article of clothing I'd recommend in building a wardrobe. It's hard to pick an item to end this series with. A pair of dress pants is certainly something useful. A cashmere sweater is luxury I'd wish on everyone. But I'm going to end this with something fun with layering possibilities: a graphic print dress.

I brought a graphic print dress to Vegas with me even! (PHOTOS COMING SOON)

Alternatively, if you're not a dress kind of person, try a graphic print tunic. The longer shirt length is flattering and elegant and you'll still be able to mix it with all your solid basics. Here's how I do it.


A printed dress with heels is business-y but you can take it to that next level with jewelry and maybe a pair of glasses to look a little nerdy.


The same dress with flip flops and costume jewelry makes a different statement.  Add brown leggings and it's super casual.


Layer the dress over a pair of pants for a funkier look. A sweater over can warm up the look.

Graphic print dress, Mossimo, $30

Tips for picking a graphic print dress: An empire waist is a flattering fit for most anyone. A thick band around the waist gives the dress some structure (and shows your body isn't shaped like a bag of potatoes!) The print should be versatile for you: if most of your clothes are black, pick a pattern with some black in it. Large or small print is up to what you like but a print to mix in with the other solid staples will keep things interesting. Since these kind of dresses are really in style, you should be able to find a variety of options that could work for you.

Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Cotton Sweater
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Crisp White Shirt
Top Ten Femlae Wardrobe Staples: The Graphic T-Shirt
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Pencil Skirt
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Wrap Dress
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: The Pin Striped Suit
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: Good Shoes
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: Flattering Jeans
Top Ten Female Wardrobe Staples: Three Season Coat

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