Perhaps you have one item in your wardrobe that is a standout piece that you love but rarely wear. Or maybe your closet is like my old one. I used to own a lot of statement jackets, cardigans, patterned tops, and even print pants. I remember standing in that overstuffed closet that was the size of a New York City bedroom saying with dismay, “I have nothing to wear!”
I had yet to learn how to build a curated wardrobe focused on the items that are a reflection of my style and what looks best on me. When I stopped buying all the newest things, I found getting dressed to be a snap, and I always look much more elegant now.
Thoughtfully collected items that reflect my style can be used together amazingly well. The secret sauce in my current wardrobe is basics. Over the years, I’ve helped many women build a better wardrobe. The one problem we all shared was too many statement pieces and not nearly enough basics to build on.
Basics are simple (some may say boring) items like camisoles, tank tops, simple tees, and solid pants in different silhouettes. The pieces that you put on first to create a strong foundation for your ensemble can be considered basics. They may not look like much until you add your statement jacket and accessories.
This look includes a silk ruana framed in delicate boiled wool and hand-dyed a vibrant turquoise color that instantly captivated me. Sibel Mallory created this stunning piece. You can learn more about her shop located in Lewisburg, WV, here.
Neutral accessories, a tank top in the same turquoise color, great fitting white jeans, and a necklace in similar translucent tones made this outfit a success. Most of the pieces I show you on my blog are carefully planned purchases that I know I will wear on repeat for several years.
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