I started planning my retirement wardrobe nearly five years ago. My goal was to collect core pieces to layer, wear together or separately, and then build upon those items. Those individual components must meet three criteria: 1. Each article must flatter my coloring and my shape. 2. It must work with at least three other pieces already in my collection. 3. The quality and material must reflect my desire to wear comfortable, timeless classics repeatedly. If you can tick off all of these boxes while considering a new item, you will eventually own a small wardrobe that fills all your needs.
A few of the styling tips I use to keep looks unique are to buy primarily solid colors and limit the accessories. The clothing shapes include soft and structured pieces that work together. I stick to a palette of colors, including my base neutral colors of navy and white. I have accent pieces in black, varying shades of gray, red, and blue, but all of the colors are cohesive, and they work in nearly any combination. I can pack a carry-on bag containing minimal pieces and be prepared and well dressed for a week-long trip and any event I wish to attend.
Styling and layering can help me create an appropriate look for almost any occasion without emergency shopping. A variety of accessories, including sunglasses, jewelry, scarves, hats, shoes, and bags, are the sparingly used spices that complete my looks.
A blowdry-and-go hairstyle that flatters my face shape and my frame make daily life effortless. Excellent skincare products (here) used daily mean that I no longer have to paint on a face to go out in public. I now have one tiny tray of makeup instead of several drawers full. My food choices are always the freshest plant-based options available when shopping for groceries or dining out.
My guidelines are not strict rules but rather a recipe that I can tweak as I wish. I may buy a polka-dot dress or a striped shirt, but those are extras, not part of my core collection. I may have a few bites of a decadent dessert, but not the whole thing and not every day. My time-management, financial and physical health improved exponentially after making these small changes in my daily choices a few years ago.
In the photos for today, I am wearing the same top and jeans. I wanted to show you how the most casual base pieces can be accessorized to elevate them. I blog to share all the valuable lessons I wish I had learned much earlier in my life.
I used the timer on my Sony Alpha a5100 camera and a tripod to take these photos. Randomly published posts no longer include collaborations or sponsored products. However, referral shopping links may allow me to earn a small commission at no additional cost to you.