In a perfect world, we will wake up each morning and find that new, designer, one-of-a-kind pieces have been left outside our door. But since it is not perfect, I know I am not alone when I say that because of some factors (no closet space, no income, etc.), I would have to utilize my closet for more wearability - which means repeating pieces in my closet more than once. I know there are some people that assume that as a blogger, we should never re-wear a piece of clothing. That is simply not true - it's just not economical, and it takes out the fun of wearing clothes. I love discovering new ways of wearing old pieces.
So today, I will give you some advice on how to maximize wearability of your closet. This includes what to focus on purchasing, what to keep, and some ideas to avoid repetitiveness. Enjoy, loves! And if I miss anything, please tell me in the comments below.
1. Focus on your BASICS.
I don't know how much I could stress this point. Case in point above - the button down shirt I've worn countless times above, and will wear many times more. Basics are like the blank canvases in your closet, they exist to make your statement pieces pop. Yes, these are the most tedious pieces to buy - I mean, who goes shopping for a white tee, right? But they are your closet lifesavers. They are almost invisible and infinitely stylish, which means you will be able to wear, and re-wear them for seasons to come. I once had a closet of mostly statement pieces - and let me tell you, it was almost impossible to mix and match. Then I studied one of my fave bloggers and realized the reason she could wear glitter, zany prints and bright colors is because she had the perfect basics to match.
Some basics include a white tee, a button down, dark jeans, ankle boots, and the ever-stylish leather jacket.
So let me put it this way - if you wear all statement pieces, you may end up looking like a runaway clown. But wear all basics? And your still chic. Like, Audrey Hepburn chic.
2. Do the 'THREE-OUTFIT+' rule when purchasing anything.
Okay so you have your basics pat down. Now you want to go out and get some new pieces for your ever-growing wardrobe. How does one choose statement pieces that can be worn more than once? The key is to buy smart. Before I purchase anything, I play a little game in my head - how many outfits can I come up with right now without looking like a crazy person standing here? Be honest. Do not pair it with pieces you don't have in your closet yet. If you only come up with one or two, I would suggest putting it down (unless you want it, of course!). It usually means that the piece doesn't work with your closet. And if you have to rework your entire wardrobe just to accommodate it, then it's not worth it. If you get three, or even better more than three, then you might just have a win on your hands. The polkadot crop top above, for instance, is not a basic. But I have worn it throughout the four seasons. That's because it complemented my closet well. When I bought it I thought of five outfits in 10 minutes.
Other things I've bought using the rule - the coral trousers (3) and the palm print skirt (4).
3. Take the time to MIX AND MATCH.
Go through your closet. See what prints you can put together, what shoes you can wear with what outfit, how you can come up with a new look based on your existing clothes. You will realize just how much of your closet you could actually use. Fall and winter is the best time to experiment. Try a crop top over a button-down shirt, skirt over pants, leopard with plaid, pencil skirts with sneakers. The possibilities are endless here. For example, when I bought the matching set above, I was only interested in wearing the pieces together, but actually, they can be worn so many different ways apart.
If you have any other suggestion, let me know in the comments!
See you soon,