I wanted to do a quick overview of what I think are the fundamentals of creating a fabulous, bank-account-friendly wardrobe. The basis of this is building a closet that serves you! So here are some guidelines to get you started.
If you can’t remember the last time you cleaned out your closet, start there.
This can be the most daunting part of the whole thing, but it’s doable and it needs to be done. Go through your clothes. If you have things that you absolutely love, set them aside in one pile. If you have things that you love that you’ve worn to death (holes, ripped seams or hems, stains or other wear and tear) figure out if it can be fixed and if you will actually commit to fixing it. If the answer to either of those questions is ‘no,’ be like Elsa and let it go.
Next, put all the things you don’t really wear, but want to keep in a second pile. Try these things on. If you put it on and you feel anything less than Beyoncé in it, give it away. It may not seem that bad, but why deal with that when you could be Beyoncé? Plus, chances are you’ve got more stuff in your closet than you actually need. This makes space for new pieces you’ll love.
Finally, if you’ve got stuff that you just don’t ever wear or you don’t like, give it up. Pass these things along to someone who will love them like they deserve. Now that your closet’s had a face lift, let’s talk about what to put in to your closet.
Make sure you have all your basics.
This is a no brainer, really, but make sure you’ve got the things you need to create a top-notch outfit at a moment’s notice. This includes things like t-shirts, a button down and a blazer, jeans, sweaters, dresses and/or skirts, cardigans, outerwear, scarves and other accessories.
I’d give you a concrete list, but I believe this is something you have to build yourself. If you love black, you’re probably going to have more black items in your closet. If that’s not your thing, there’s no need to stock up on black tees. Find what fits your taste, but make sure you cover the fundamentals.
When you’re setting the ground work for your wardrobe, there are a few key things that will help you to get the most out of it for the best price.
DO: Make sure you have a variety of simple patterns, neutral pieces, and colorful items so you can maximize your options.
DON’T: Spend too much on you basics. There is no reason to spend more than you have to on a t-shirt.
DO: Check to make sure you’re buying quality items. Look at hem lines and sleeves to make sure that your garments don’t make you look cheap.
DON’T: Be afraid to splurge every once in a while. If there’s something you absolutely love that you just KNOW you’re going to wear all the time, go for it. Investing in yourself is worth it, just don’t get crazy.
DO: Keep your eye out for sales. There are lots of things that are more expensive than feels fair, but if you get them on sale, you can cut back on that. This goes for things like work wear, athletic gear, and shoes.
DON’T: Build your wardrobe around items that are passing trends. Go for the classics. They’re timeless, so you can keep them until they’ve been loved to death. This way, you don’t do all your shopping only to end up with a closet full of things you can’t wear.
Once you’ve got your basics together, find some fun pieces to round out your closet.
These can be bold colors or prints, edgy pieces you can’t wear with everything but can’t resist, or things that are a little outside of you usual look. This is where the magic happens. Pairing these exciting items with your basics allows you endless choice of how you want to look. It enables you to dress how you feel – or how you want to feel – no matter what you’re feeling. Empower yourself to be style-fluid. Try out a hipster ensemble one day and something boho chic the next! You can go any direction because your closet is there to support you.
Here’s to loving your look!