After spending way too much time standing in front of my closet in the mornings trying to decide what to wear, I finally created a basic core of clothes. My list was three blouses, a sweater, a cardigan, khaki pants, black pants, and a black jacket. As long as these clothes: fit (I had to define this as something that fits today, not after a five pound weight loss) and were clean and pressed (something I would do on the weekend), I could always get dressed in five minutes. When I had more time, I could be more creative, mixing up these (admittedly) boring basics with the trendier things in my closet.
Here are a few staples from New York and Company. I'm featuring this store because they are reasonably priced, offer a wide range of sizes (0-18, tall and petite) and more importantly, they have a sale going on today, where you can get $40 off $90 (promo code 6359) or $20 off $50 (promo code 5139).