Courtesy of Katrina Dick Having a few basic, nice pieces in your wardrobe such as plain t-shirts, a good pair of jeans and a few nice dresses helps make you instantly ready for any occasion without having to go shopping.

Hello all, I hope your week has been well. Mine certainly has, even if it has been rainy and dreary lately. Oh well, it's technically still springtime and that is to be expected. Luckily, we've gotten most graduations out of the way, so we don't have to worry about the rain ruining those.

Now that graduation season is over, next up is wedding season and family reunion time. Since family reunions are typically casual, we don't really have to worry too much about what we are going to wear to them, because honestly, who cares what they look like while they're pouring sweat over potato salad at the lake with their family. Not me, I can tell you that.

But, weddings are a different story, and even if we aren't in the wedding we still want to look our best.

A lot of us would be tempted to run out and buy a new dress for the occasion. Honestly, we should already own at least one wedding/ funeral/ graduation worthy outfit.

There are certain items that we, as adults, could really appreciate having in our closets.

No, I'm not going to make one of those lists like "Ten Things Every Woman Over 30 Should Own" because I think those are ridiculous and tad irritating. Like, who are you article writer person to tell me what I should own? But, I did want to maybe give some advice or "guidelines" on certain items that we could all benefit from.

First off, as an adult woman in her mid-thirties, I could probably use one or two really nice dresses. I'm not talking about sundresses or T-shirt dresses. I mean really nice, Easter Sunday worthy dresses. Having a couple of these on hand is useful for weddings and graduations or, you know, events where my best Walmart shorts just aren't going to cut it. Since I have a couple of weddings to attend this summer, knowing I have one or two of these dresses makes me feel a little more at ease.

If dresses really aren't your thing, try keeping a couple of pairs of really nice dress pants on standby. These, paired with a nice tailored shirt, are just as good as a fancy dress in my opinion.

Another item we should consider getting our mitts on is a nice pair of jeans. Honestly, you really don't need more than one, unless you do all of your gardening and yard work in them - then I would suggest having two pairs. To be honest, the number of times I wear jeans is so minimal that one pair would be sufficient. Jeans are something that will never go out of style. Investing in a nice, dark wash pair of well-fitting jeans is well worth it. I'm not saying go spend $100 on them, my favorite pair of jeans were $9.99, so price shouldn't matter as much as how they make you feel when you wear them.

A couple of basic T-shirts, with or without a pocket is, surprisingly, something else to consider. Since it is such a basic design, the styling options are virtually limitless. You could wear it knotted, tucked, front-tucked, with a cardigan, with a flannel tied around your waist. I could go on and on. These types of shirts, like a nice pair of jeans, are something that will be around for the long haul.

Having a few nice pieces in your closet is not only something that will benefit you now, but for years to come.

Have a great week and happy shopping!

Katrina Dick is a lifelong Wayne County resident who is looking to inspire others in Wayne how to not only be frugal when shopping, but be stylish while saving.


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