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last week, i shared a few tips and tricks on how to purge your closet. now that your wardrobe has been pared down, you might be scratching your head wondering what the next step is. today, we’re going to talk about wardrobe essentials and staples that will carry you from season to season and make getting ready in the morning a breeze.
what are the core pieces needed to build your wardrobe’s foundation? well, the basics aren’t glamorous. they don’t grab your attention when you step into your favorite store. there are no ruffles, bows, or sequins attached. but i promise, if you want to be well dressed or look effortlessly chic you have to build your wardrobe with the basics. and you can never have too many wardrobe staples. these are the pieces that easily transition from outfit to outfit and span the seasons. the more basics you have on hand, the more outfit options available. remember, this is only a guideline as there are different styles and fits to choose with any wardrobe essential.
when you take the time to invest in the basics, you are laying a foundation for a functional wardrobe that will prepare you for anything. and who doesn’t want that? off to work on Monday morning? headed to a charity luncheon? how about date night? or a quick weekend getaway? if you have the basics on hand, there will be no more struggles to put together a fabulous outfit for any occasion. today, we’re going to talk tops that can easily pair with anything ranging from a statement skirt with a bold print. those tops are neutrals: nude, black, grey, white. (and for winter olive, navy and burgundy are great alternatives.)
are you ready to learn how to build your wardrobe foundation?
there’s a variety of styles when it comes to tees. here are my favorites: henley, crew, v-neck, scoop, long sleeve. the v-neck and scoop are the most flattering tees for any figure. yes, i consider stripes a neutral. (and so does Jenna Lyons.)
tanks have wide straps, and a cami has thin strips. i suggest having both on hand, as these are the essential pieces that can layer underneath tops that might bare too much… information. like a wrap dress or shirt. they also allow you to rotate your favorite jackets, blazers, and cardigans with ease. a nude cami is a perfect solution for sheer blouses. a silk cami is an elegant layer.
button up shirts and blouses are that one item in your closet that easily transitions with ease from the office to date night or weekend casual. add a sleeveless and short sleeve for summer. long sleeves work any time of year. there are a variety of styles available: wrap blouse, pussy bow, trim, peplum all work.
denim or chambray has attitude but is typically considered a laid-back. it’s perfect for a day of errands, but don’t be afraid to dress it up for a night out. there’s all kinds of washes: dark wash, medium wash, light wash. lots of choices!
crew necks, v necks, and cardigans are all hard working staples. choose cashmere for winter. cotton for summer. who doesn’t love year-round options? think outside the box with cardis: chunky knits, waterfall, open, grandpa, and dusters.
next week we will take a look at basic bottoms: skirts, pants, and of course denim. maybe a few extras. see you then!