Seasonless Shopping: Building the Basics
Building your wardrobe doesn’t have to mean blowing your budget. Strategic shopping with an eye for how a piece can be worn all year can help you fill your closet with the basics, ensuring the perfect outfit is always at the ready.
Basic doesn’t have to mean bland. Buying pieces that mix and match is important, but so is showing off your style. Don’t be afraid to play with colors and patterns. The key is the silhouette. A bright blue pencil skirt makes a statement, but it also goes with almost everything. Add trendy or classic accessories to take it from a jazz festival to a boardroom meeting.
Once you find a piece you like, think about how it can be worn in each season. Transforming a summer outfit to something winter appropriate often involves layering. For instance, a solid-colored maxi dress in a simple silhouette can be worn under a long-sleeve top in the winter. The key is to stay away from super embellished necklines or anything that’s going to look messy under another layer. This strategy is great for the wallet because you can pick up clearance pieces that can be used year-round with a little creativity.
While you want to get the most out of your money, quality should also be considered. Cheap pieces aren’t always worth the money. Make sure the seams are stitched straight, the material is a suitable weight, and there are no unraveling threads. If you have to replace a shirt in a month or two, it’s not really a bargain. A good rule of thumb is to be able to wear the piece once for every dollar it cost. If you’re pretty sure you’ll wear a $20 shirt at least 20 times before it wears out, it’s probably worth it.
Once you have your wardrobe stocked with seasonless basics, you can take it to the next level and start experimenting with a trendy piece or two to add some extra pizzazz to your outfits. Remember, you can never go wrong with something that makes you feel great.