Closet encountersPublished on August 15, 2011

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Ever looked into your closet at racks of clothing and wondered how it could be that you have ‘nothing to wear'? Erica Wark is an Ottawa fashionista who helps transform your wardrobe and closet into a stylish, yet functional space that will bring back the joy of getting dressed!

Crisp White Button-Up Blouse

This is a staple piece that can easily be incorporated into work wear with a skirt, or weekend wear with a denim pant.

The Perfect Tee

Seems like a no-brainer, but it's a great basic for any look. Whether it's worn by itself or under a great jacket, this is a simple start-off piece.

Cashmere/Wool Sweater

It's the ultimate throw-over. A good quality sweater can be done in a crew neck, boat neck, or V-neck, depending on your body shape.

Power Blazer

A classic two-button is usually a safe bet in a neutral shade so it can be matched with almost any colour. However, keep in mind what's best for your shape.

Dark Denim Pant

Whether it's a straight leg, skinny, boot cut or wide leg, this is a must in every woman's wardrobe - just make sure it's a cut that suits your height and shape.

Dress Pant

Again, shape of the pant will depend on a woman's frame, but make sure it's done in a wool/cotton blend with a bit of rayon as they fall the best on any frame.

Knee-Length Skirt

A-line, pencil, high-waisted or flowy; a knee-length skirt is a must for both work and fun.

Nude Pump

This can be done in a sling back, round toe, pointed or even a peep toe; just keep in mind what looks best with the shape of your legs.

Black Boot

This can be round toe or pointed, flat or heeled, ankle or knee high. Always be sure it's done in mat leather, so it can easily be dressed up or down.

The "IT" Handbag

The reason I say "it" is because the bag should really be all about you and your lifestyle. It should complement your outfit as well as your day-to-day routine. Whether it's a satchel, a cross body or a suitcase, just make sure it works for you.

Wardrobe in need of re-vamping? Contact Erica at or follow her on twitter @ericaonfashion.

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