So. Wardrobe Wednesday: we filmed. And, then – inexplicably – the video was lost. Gone forever.
But, maybe that’s okay. Because this topic is a little more visual and might require some ‘splainin’ via Polyvore. You dig?
So, on Tuesday, I was totally inspired by this post from a fantastic style blogger. She tells us all about how she created 14 – FOURTEEN!! – outfits from a handful of pieces from her wardrobe. Seems that she’s traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday and doesn’t want to get stuck with things she doesn’t want to wear.
We ALL can relate to that, amirite or am I freaking right?
I mean, how vexing is the feeling of having a full day ahead of family activities – only to realize that you *hate* everything in your suitcase.
Well, you no longer have an excuse for holding up the family with your sartorial hijinks, because I’m breakin’ down how to identify your most versatile pieces.
You see, versatile pieces mean easy pairings.
And easy pairings mean happy holidays. Let’s first take a look at some versatile pieces:
That’s 1 jacket, 2 cardigans, 3 blouses, 3 pair of pants, 2 pair of shoes, 2 scarves, 2 pieces of jewelry and a single bag. The good news is, I’m willing to venture that you already have these so-called ”versatile pieces” in your wardrobe – as you read this now! All you have to do is just look in your closet and identify. So, here we go:
What to look for: slim fit, length compatible with a variety of shoe types, medium-weight fabric that dresses up/down.
Skirts generally aren’t that versatile across the wardrobe spectrum. However, a basic black pencil skirt is very versatile for any business situation, and a slim denim skirt is pretty versatile for casual times. Note – we’re not talking bulging-zipper-in-the-front-acid-wash denim skirt here. Find something that has a slim profile around stomach, for obvious reasons.
For this exercise, you really only need one. A blazer works, but so do a variety of other jacket types. Just make sure it’s got some shape.
*side eyes the army jacket*
What to look for: medium weight knit, clean structure (no frilly details), neutral color. Think tan, navy, hunter green, ivory, etc.
What to look for: sleeveless or cap sleeve – to avoid competing with a blazer or cardigan sleeve – solid color or micro-print (polka dots, chevron, etc. on a very small scale).
This category is wide open to your interpretation, but the most versatile shoes are comfortable and well-made.
What to look for: stick with simple gold or silver jewelry and neutral scarves. A basic bag that will carry a good amount of things.
I mean, honestly, putting this all together is easy stuff. But retail marketers have us convinced that we need an overflowing closet to avoid wardrobe repeats. What you need to know is that 1.) wardrobe repeats are a-okay and 2.) more things “go together” than you realize.
When you’re putting outfits together, forget what you’ve learned about how to mix color and pattern (unless it was from me – then you’re good to go). Just start putting the components together to see what you come up with. As always, it’s a good idea when making outfits to whip out your smart phone and take a few photos to document what you came up with for easy reference later.