Building a wardrobe is a concept that too few us have the knack. While we may have a closet full of clothing, the reason you may find yourself in the “I have nothing to wear” thought process is due to your inability to get dressed, in your head. What do I mean by getting dressed in your head? It’s the ability to skillfully plan your outfit based on knowledge of what IS in your closet and what is not.
Here are a list a Basics I believe should be in every woman’s wardrobe to get started so that she can skillfully dress for different occasions.
SOLID COLOR BLOUSE(pink, red, green, etc.)
DARK DENIM JEANS
As a New York Native, I know we, women have a tendency to focus on black, even in the summertime. If it’s too much or extreme for you, consider a substitution of grey or navy as alternatives, to black.
If you’re really lucky you may have several of the fore mentioned items at your fingertips; but having at least one of each insures your ability to dress for work, a date, a casual meet-up or professional scenario. It’s also the basis to mix with other items which will call for a more refined wardrobe; taking you to the NEXT LEVEL.
NEXT LEVEL GARMENTS
Next level items means that you’ve fulfilled your basics and consider yourself more of a “dresser”, thus the need for items which allow you to express yourself more and offer a better variety in rounding out your wardrobe. While the basics will always be needed, I find the enclosed pieces offer more room for conversation and versatility.
NEUTRAL FULL OR PLEATED SKIRT
TWIN SET(SWEATER AND CARDIGAN)
SILKY WHITE BLOUSE
BLACK & WHITE STRIPED TEE
*(long & short sleeves)
Since I’ve already mention substituting your black for grey or navy, consider another substitution of brown or camel for the grey pieces mentioned. Your silky blouse can be all silk, some silk or pure polyester; it’s all about that “flowy” look. That twin set can be very traditional light weight knit or a mix of lace or some other fabric. I still feel the traditional knit will serve you best in your mix and match, but this is YOUR WARDROBE, thus this is your choice. I have the same feeling about the denim shirt decide if it should be long sleeves, short sleeve, light or dark wash; you’ll figure it out.
Ultimate items are that which we would like to have but are not completely necessary to dress skillfully. They offer yet another level of versatility and poise, mix well with the Basics, Next Level items, and offer an amazing springboard to The Best Dressed Woman.
BLACK LEATHER JACKET
SEQUINS DRESS OR TOP
SHEER BLACK OR WHITE TOP
UTILITY STYLE PANTS
These items can come from anywhere and be purchased in abundance or sparingly. It’s about what makes you feel best. Also note each item is open to immense interpretation. Your PLAID PANT can be bold in color or black and white, your deconstructed JEAN can be a skinny or boyfriends fit, completely full of holes or only a small tear at the thigh or knees. It’s all up to you.
Special Note: Sequins is something new that has come on the scene the past few years. In the past, it was an incredibly dressy item worn by that “Sassy Gal” or on very dressy occasions, but now it’s incorporated into so many more items, even baby clothes! If infants can wear it, surely adding a bit to your wardrobe concept won’t hurt!
Once you’ve reviewed the list, try not to use it as a hard guide to follow and check off, but rather an opportunity to organize what’s in your closet, add or remove different ideas and maybe keep in mind when you do have the opportunity, to shop. Remember fashion and fashion dressing needs to be open for interpretation to help create your own personal style.
As you pay attention to the list, realize that all of the items, including the ones from Basic and Next Level can come in a variety of silhouettes, fabrics and price markets; I did this on purpose. It’s NOT price and Designer that offers style to your wardrobe but rather poise, confidence and grace; something each of us are capable of, no matter the cost of garment, size of the woman or outside opinion of others (including me).
BONUS IDEAS TO TRY
NEUTRAL DRESS (Basic) with Leather Jacket (Ultimate)
DENIM SHIRT (Next Level) with BLACK PANTS (Basic)
CAMO PANTS (Ultimate) with SEQUINS TOP(Ultimate)
TWIN SET (Next Level) with WHITE JEANS (Basic)
DENIM JACKET (Basic) with BLACK DRESS (Next Level)
UTILITY PANT (Ultimate) with BLACK JACKET (Basic)
FLORAL PANT (Ultimate) with WHITE SHIRT (Basic)
BLACK TURTLENECK (Basic) with NEUTRAL PLEATED SKIRT (Next Level)