My staple stores are Ann Taylor, Ann Taylor Loft (just Loft now), J. Crew, and Banana Republic. I am slowly starting to aquire more things from The Limited. The Limited is definitely not for teens any more, which I didn't realize until about 6 months ago. I will also buy occasionally at Macy's, Dillard's or Nieman Marcus, and of courseTar-jay (Target).
Now this is what works for me. This may not work for everybody, but if you are constantly in a wardrobe rut like I used to be or just need a little spicing up, this may work for you.
First and foremost, neutrals are key. And I am not just talking about just black and brown. Incorporate grey, navy, beige/tan, white/off-white, and red. Yes, red is a neutral to me because it goes with so many colors. You can also have stripes or houndstooth.
Okay, now on to the clothes. If you have at least one of each of these pieces in your wardobe, you will basically be set.
Button down shirt
A button down will automatically add sophistication and sexiness to any outfit. I prefer the crisp white shirts, but you can get them in almost any color and style. I usually layer a sweater over it in the fall/winter. If you are worried about any bulkiness, just add a belt.
I usually incorporate the most color here. Sweaters work better for me. I love that there are so many bright styles to choose from and many patterns from animal print to polka dot.
Accessories can change the look of any outfit.
Belts- Don't stick with neutrals here.
Statement Necklaces- go bold
Patterned tights-adds a hint of sexy
This is just the basics, you can expand from here. I intend to stay on trend by adding some more jewel tones to my wardrobe by the way of sweaters and pants.