A sustainable style includes a curated wardrobe, meant to last for years, rather than a few months. Merriam-Webster’s definition of curated: carefully chosen and thoughtfully organized or presented.
One of my all-time favorite summer shirts is the Portofino here. I have been wearing my collection of these shirts in a variety of colors for about five years.
Denim is essential to most of my daily looks. I wear black and dark blue wash jeans in winter and on rainy days, white and light to medium blue washes on sunny days and in summer. Ankle-length is perfect for me since I have short legs. Ankle-length pants should stop a couple of inches above your ankle bone. Pants that end at the broadest part of the calf or puddle over the tops of shoes will never make us look our best. A straight slim fit is best for me since I have no hips or behind and thick calves. Try on several different cuts to find the best one for your shape.
I look for jeans with no more than 2% elastane or lycra for comfort and a sleek fit. I dry them on low heat for only a few minutes to get the significant wrinkles out, then smooth and shape them with my hands before hanging them on pant hangers to air dry. The most versatile jeans are medium blue with no strange fading, holes, or rips. The 100% cotton jeans pictured above are here.
When I buy a button up the front shirt, I go up in size so that the buttons don’t gap at the bust. I rarely layer over a button-up shirt, but I may wear a camisole under a sheer one. The Talbot’s Perfect Shirt shown above is here.
Those super comfortable, sleek white leather sneakers are here. My cropped navy cardigan is here. My favorite layering pieces include scoop neck Microfiber tanks here and long sleeve tops here or V-neck camisoles here.
Jean jackets here and faux leather moto style jackets here, as well as other fabric types, are also basics for me. My favorite black jeans are here. I often wear black jeans with boots or loafers, so I like them in the full length. Full-length jeans should barely touch the top of your foot.
I often get questions about classic neutral basics. “What are they?” “Which pieces do I need?” “How many basics are there?” “Why do I need these pieces?”
Your body shape, lifestyle, and climate will determine which pieces are the best basics for you. There is no one-size-fits-all answer. I’m showing you an example of my choices to help you visualize the possibilities.
Dressing in classic neutral pieces without accessories or statement items would get boring for most of us. Think of them as the clean canvas on which you can create endless unique looks. The basics themselves may not be exciting, but we can mix and match them to make all the other pieces in our wardrobe more wearable. Great basics in shapes and colors that flatter you and are comfortable for the weather will give you something to wear with all the statement pieces in your wardrobe. You’ll never again say, “I have nothing to wear.”