Building a Basic Wardrobe– Part II
Posted by Gail | Filed under Guest Post
I hope that at this point you’ve done some serious purging. And while you may have cursed me in my first post, here comes the fun part: shopping!
No matter what your style, there are certain fundamentals that create a good wardrobe, these pieces are:
- knee-length dress
- knee-length skirt,
- button down shirt,
- dress pants,
- dark wash jeans and
- black pumps.
These are the hardworking, versatile classic pieces that are the core of a good wardrobe and worth investing as much as you can comfortably afford. Set yourself a realistic budget (ask yourself “would Gail approve”) and hit the stores.
The reason that I suggest that you spend a little more on the essentials is that they are classics that won’t go out of style anytime soon. Generally speaking (although not always) good quality items will cost a bit more. But think of the cost-per-wear ratio: a pair of jeans may cost $150 but if you wear them twice a week, every week for a year, the cost-per-wear of that item is $1.44 as opposed to $10 per wear for a $50 pair of jeans that you don’t love so only wear a handful of times. I think that Gail would agree with this math J. Essentially pieces that you will wear to death are worth the upfront expense in the long run.
Keep these points in mind when you’re shopping:
- Ask yourself if the item is a”10”. You’ll never like it more than when you’re in the store. From here on out, only add pieces to your wardrobe that you love.
- Fit is crucial. If something is a little too long or big, take it to the tailor immediately after purchasing. If you wear it once, you’ll never bring it in.
- You’re not shopping trends (that’ll come later!) so stick to classic cuts and shapes. For jeans and trousers choose a straight leg cut which is universally flattering. Go for a dark wash jean that can be dressed up or down. Black is the most versatile option for blazers, trousers and skirts. (Although I also think that navy or dark gray are nice alternatives).
Be sure that you have set aside the time to shop so that you don’t feel rushed. And eat before you start so that you don’t lose energy. I personally prefer to shop alone but if you bring a friend make sure she’s someone who will give you honest feedback and not distract you from your shopping mission. Spend time looking at yourself in the mirror from all angles. Have fun! You’re on your way to a beautiful wardrobe!