Some people shop by function: certain items are for "work only" and others are for "weekend only". This ends up in a huge closet and a huge credit card bill.
Here's a better idea. When purchasing major staple pieces, select neutral shades (brown, grey, navy) and clean, classic styles. This way, the piece will not be out of style next week and, with the help of accent pieces and accessories, it will work for various outings, day and night.
Below is an example of a versatile piece: a grey sweater. Oh, the possibilities! With some changes in shoes, purses and jewelry, this sweater goes from office appropriate to weekend run-around to night-time sexy.
(1) Multi-Colored Pearl Bib Necklace, $99, Spiegel (2) Short-sleeve belted cardigan, $90, Banana Republic (3) Carrilena, $98.95, Guess (4) Striped wide-leg pant, $152, Banana Republic (5) Be & D Bag, $1,084, Zappos
(1) Essential crewneck tee, $30, Banana Republic (2) Short-sleeve belted cardigan, $90, Banana Republic (3) Ballet Flat, $120, Camper (4) Jane Boot Jean, $98, Ruehl (5) Timex military watch, $150, J. Crew
(1) Adriana Orsini, $125, Sak’s Fifth Avenue (2) Short-sleeve belted cardigan, $90, Banana Republic (3) Nanette Lepore Sweetheart Pump, $350, Piperlime (4) Silence & Noise Tulip Skirt, $48, Urban Outfitters (5) Gabby Clutch, $79.00, Nine West