“What are your favorite items in your wardrobe?” “What do you wear in heavy rotation?” “What do you consider your must-have items?” I enjoy your positive comments and questions since they help me focus on what is most important. Today, I am sharing some of my favorite items and how I get fresh ideas for styling them in updated looks.
Your lifestyle will determine the content of your basics wardrobe. For example, you may love to wear skirts and dresses. I detest them, so my basics include jeans, simple knit Ts, tanks, cardigans, jackets, cashmere sweaters, and button-front shirts. Each time I have shopped for the past few years, I have looked for unadorned, classic shapes in the solid colors that flatter my complexion. I also look for pieces that work with all the other items in my closet. I can combine and layer those items differently depending on where I am going and the weather.
I used the image from Fashion Jackson above as inspiration to combine black jeans and a white tank across three seasons. I could wear my pink J.Jill sweater/jacket in summer. I can wear the faux leather moto jacket in the fall. The white linen jacket would be comfortable in spring.
My inspiration board on Pinterest (click here) shows many ideas for putting together updated looks. I discover combinations I might not have thought of on my own. The use of colors, silhouettes, textures, and accessories often gives me new ideas for using what I have in different ways.
The photo above of Anne Hathaway inspired my combination of a navy cashmere sweater with a scarf tucked inside the neckline. I look for photos that feature one or more items that are similar to the pieces I own.
‘From Luxe With Love’ provided the inspiration to wear a loose-fitting black silky tank with my gray suiting jacket and cap-toe pumps.
Note that all of my inspiration models are much younger and thinner than I. Their clothing items are most likely far out of my budget. These facts don’t prevent me from getting ideas on how to wear my basics similarly.
The magic happens when you have the basic elements in your closet that reflect your style. I own mostly solid colors and simple shapes in classic styles, so it is easy to build different looks using what I have. I can get appropriately dressed for any event using items I already own. Another benefit of my wardrobe is that I can wear my classic pieces for the next few years because they are timeless. I can skip spending a fortune buying the latest trends that I might wear a few times for only a season.