As a woman living in the 21st century, it’s not hard to have a well-endowed closet. It doesn’t need to be packed full of expensive brands – just needs to represent your style and taste.
I’ve been falling back on some good old reliables lately which is so helpful when you don’t know what to wear, and it has worked wonders. I’m learning how to be versatile with new clothes I buy and meshing them with older pieces I’ve had for quite some time.
It’s like developing a strategy for a tennis match.
All-in-all, I would say it’s become easier to get dressed in the morning, so if you need help, here’s my rule of thumb:
Either you plan your outfits the night before or have a few outfit formulas handy. In other words, know what you like, make sure it’s comfy, and go for it.
I also have a blog, which makes it easier to document outfits I go bananas for (and knowing what looks good on me)… But if you don’t have that outlet, just take a few shots on your phone and save it to favorites. That way, when you’re feeling uninspired, you have something to resort to.
#1 Jacket and Jeans
This is my number one formula. At 14, I remember my mother having the coolest pair of jeans from Levis, a great basic t-shirt, and a leather jacket. I thought that was her best look of all time. Not long after, I borrowed her jeans, got my own t-shirt, and rocked it like a pro. Ever since then, it’s been a definite go-to. No failure can come of it.
#2 Standout Skirt
Having a skirt outfit is also fundamental. It doesn’t really matter which skirt, as long as you have it ready to roll. I find skirts most effective when you play with proportions (e.g. mini-skirt with a long coat).
#3 One Color
Whether it’s all black, white, yellow, or purple, make sure you have one. Monochromatic just works! I always have an all black ensemble for last-minute events and a neutral one for when I’m not really sure what to wear.
Makes my life so much easier!
Something that should never be missing from your closet is a good print. It can just be a small detail or an entire ensemble, but having prints elevates any basic you pair them with. Case in point, visuals above.
#5 Trendy and In Season
It’s also good to have a few key trendy items – meaning, something in season right now. I’m not saying abide by every single trend, but pick the ones that go with your style and invest. This fall, for example, we have the satin, velvet, and pajamas.
What are some of your favorite outfit formulas?