Quite often one of my clients would tell me that they don't think they have a wardrobe base to start working on during our sessions. Evaluating it, curating it, etc. They just want to start anew and build a closet from scratch.
Perhaps one of the biggest mistakes that can be done when buying clothes, is just randomly buying pieces you like. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying you should buy things you don't absolutely love, no. What I mean is that it's very easy to fall into the temptation of going shopping, seeing a nice pair of trousers or a blouse at a reasonable price and go and buy it.
That's the wrong approach.
Just because something is cute it doesn't mean you must get it. You need to have a system, so you know what you need, what you want and what would complete your wardrobe. And the best way to do that is to:
1. Get your basics right.
2. Know your lifestyle and personality inside out.
Once you have nailed those two, filling your closet with the right pieces that would make you happy would be easier. You would stop wasting money and you would start thinking about investing in garments and accessories that you like and can refine your look.
This applies to both men and women.
The best way to create a rounded wardrobe from nothing is to start with the basics. Not everyone's basics will be the same. It's going to depend on which part of the world you live in, the climate, the type of environments you usually navigate and your personal style.
For women it's easy to say a well cut blazer made of a good material, a pair of fitted jeans (skinny or straight depending on the shape of your legs and overall body structure), a white shirt , a little black dress, a printed dress, good pair of heels, etc... I'm sure you've heard all of these before but they might not work for you.
Men are usually recommended to buy a couple of good and versatile suits. Three crisp shirts, high quality jeans, and so on.
But the truth is that the way you should go about basics is like this:
- Think of how you need to dress everyday (for work or whatever you spend more hours doing during the week).
- Decide how you will like to dress during the rest of your hours.
- Have a dressier outfit for an event, party, date...
- Don't forget about good quality lounging clothes.
With all of that in mind, buy 12 to 16 pieces that could carry you from morning to night, Monday to Sunday. Imagine you couldn't have any other clothes, just those 16 pieces, what would you choose? Those are your basics! Otherwise called capsule wardrobe. It's the ratio of top to bottom, dresses or suits that really matters.
How to avoid all closets looking exactly the same?
That's where personal style comes into the picture.
Some people would like certain colours, materials, would want a blazer instead of a bomber jacket or a leather one instead of a suede version. You might like prints, someone else might prefer a nudes and black and white palette...
Those little touches are the ones that would make your starting wardrobe yours.
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