Now I’m not the oracle when it comes to wardrobe planning and style tips, and heaven knows I have some disastrous pieces lurking in the depths of my wardrobe, but the older I get the more I realise how important it is to have the wardrobe basics covered.
Once they’re in place, it really doesn’t matter what you buy each season (although you should keep the basics topped up) because in all likelihood the new pieces you buy will add a pop of lustrous colour or intrigue to your staple, and classic wardrobe.
Gone will be the days when you rifle through a groaning closet and declare: “I have absolutely nothing suitable to wear.”
So without further ado – having done exhaustive a little buying, and time consuming research, I bring you my wise woman’s list for a classic working wardrobe. You don’t need all the pieces on this list, and of course you’ll probably want a pretty summer frock in here too if you’re in Australia, but over time, I’d say, get the basics covered.
Style Tips for Wardrobe Basics
- When possible buy basics which you can wear over and over again.
- Toss out anything in your wardrobe that you don’t love, that doesn’t fit or that doesn’t make you feel great
- For a working wardrobe to work, remember it’s quality over quantity and good material will last.
- When you buy new pieces try to buy a few non basic items each season that will add some sparkle to your working wardrobe to keep it current and fresh.
The Essential Tops
4 Tees – black, white, navy, grey
3 Tank Tops – black, white, navy
1 White Shirt – long sleeves with sleeves which can roll up
1 Silk Blouse – patterned
2 Everyday Blouses – white and black
The Basic Bottoms
Tailored Black Pants
Tailored Navy Pants
White Capri Pants or Cut-Offs
Long Shorts – Khaki
Black Skirt or Patterned Skirt which will go with white or black tops.
The Jackets and Cardis
Tailored Black Jacket
Hip Length Lightweight Jacket in a pop of colour
Lightweight Trench Coat in beige
Winter Coat (for cold climates)
Black and White Bolero Cardis
Nude or Black Wedges
Mid Calf Length Boots
Summer Sandals comfy for walking
Scarves – various, preferably silk
Minimal, classic, gold and silver jewellery
Daytime leather handbag
Print me out and take me shopping
How many different ways could you wear the Zara black pants below?
Equipment round top 185 AUD – brandoutlet.com , Acne Studios t shirt mytheresa.com, H M v neck t shirt 17 AUD – hm.com, River Island black leather jacket 335 AUD – riverisland.com, Imperial brown jacket 145 AUD – yoox.com, Zara black pants 55 AUD – zara.com, Slip on shoes 28 AUD – kstoresusa.com, Accessorize brown bag 82 AUD – accessorize.com, Black hat 24 AUD – newlook.com, Horn rimmed glasses 14 AUD – popmap.com
I’d love to know what works for you – and what is your Go-To brand of clothing? Why not tell us in the comments?
Until next time,