No matter how much you love to shop, there is something to be said for having a core wardrobe. It ensures that you always have something to wear that you feel good in, that you can get dressed each morning without a struggle. But not everyone knows how to create this core wardrobe. To help, take a look at the guide below.
First, Think About What Works for You
When you look at guides for core wardrobes, most of them seem to be fairly dressy. They focus on blouses and slacks, paired with blazers and cardigans. And there is nothing wrong with this, as long as it actually works for you. Do not feel boxed into these suggestions; if your life is more suited to athletic wear than business attire, go for it. There isn’t just one right way to dress.
Next, Pick Your Bottoms
Look for bottoms that fit you well and make you feel good. Keep then neutral so you can have fun with your tops. If you find a pair of pants that you love, don’t be afraid to buy extras, especially if they come in different colors. This is the base for your wardrobe.
Now, Pick Your Tops
In general, you can get away with wearing bottoms more than one day in a week, so where you are really investing will be your tops. Try them on with the pants you pick to make sure they work well together. Once again, check the fit, but also think about how they make you feel. Even if you look great, if you don’t feel great in them, people will notice.
Then, Find Your Layers
Now, what do you want to put on top when it is chilly, or just to add some extra interest? Think about cardigans, blazers, cocoon wraps, throws, hoodies, and more. Like the pants, keep these neutral so you get more wear out of single pieces.
Now here is where you can have tons of fun. Scarves, jewelry, shoes, bags—buy what you love. This is where you can really make each day feel different, even if everything else is the same week after week. To make it affordable, don’t be afraid to try cheaper alternatives with some items.