A sentence almost every girl across the globe has uttered at the sight of her wardrobe is ‘I have nothing to wear’. This particular sentence often comes out of our mouths when getting ready for an important event or when in a hurry.
Try adopt something similar to capsule dressing which is slowly transcending from fashion to lifestyle. It has also taken the Japanese fashion scene by storm, probably thanks to the de-cluttering bestselling Marie Kondo. It represents a fashion philosophy in which you base your wardrobe around only five to ten key pieces and simply dress them up with accessories, a kind of an upgraded version of minimalist fashion.The insane amount of choice has spoilt us. So have all the sales during which we purchase items solely because they come at a reduced price. With every new garment we become even more confused and exasperated when attempting to put together a stunning outfit. This is exactly why instead of going big, it is time to winnow down and take a page from the French style book.
When embarking on this wardrobe-purge adventure, the smartest thing to do is follow these guidelines: the first items to go are the ones you always try on but never end up incorporating in your outfit because they are uncooperative. The second group of items on the to-go list are those you have not worn for a year or more – let’s face it, if you have not put them on during this period, what are the odds you will utilise them in the future? Finally, outdated pieces whose trendy status has lasted for about five minutes – these most definitely need to go. Once your purging endeavour is complete, it is time to see what is left to work with, and then go shopping wisely.
Making a statement
Following the impeccable and effortlessly chic style of French girls, the first wardrobe refreshers consist of quality outerwear – the key word being quality. When it comes to outerwear, the imperative is to own items that are well-made and have a timeless quality to them.
First in line is an everlasting trench coat; no woman should have to live a life deprived of one. It is the glue that adds an air of sophistication to every outfit, whether it is comprised of jeans and a T-shirt or a fitted dress. Depending on the occasion it can look casual or super, super chic, and is therefore an item that should be chosen with care.
Next in line is the biker leather jacket. This piece is the fashion equivalent of a chameleon. It can provide a great number of wow effects ranging from casual and edgy to chic and sophisticated and everything in between. This is a go-to item that you can make no mistake with.
Finally, a look that is both casual and professional seems like a task only a well-tailored blazer can achieve. Keep it neutral and it will not let you down no matter the occasion and the role it is meant to play.
What would Audrey Hepburn do?
The answer to this question is more than obvious – she would never go without a little black dress, and neither should you. The right cut and fabric can make you feel the most sophisticated and the sexiest you have ever felt in your life.
Once you are a proud owner of an amazingly fitted and stunning black dress, you will never welcome another event unprepared and with a desperate look in your eyes, as you rummage through your closet. Style it up with a pair of patent-leather heels, and no gal will look as stunning as you.If you are not particularly keen on the conventional cuts generally reserved for the LBD, there is absolutely some wiggle room. You can opt for a style and length that suits your personal style and is flattering to your body type. Luckily, there is a wide selection of black dresses to cater to every taste, especially if you pay attention to brands such as Honey Peaches who are all about versatility and up-to-date cuts and quality fabrics.
And then there were three
The remaining three pieces that will complete your five-piece venture are – a crisp white shirt, because of its amazing power of adaptability; the perfect pair of black trousers for their sophistication and elegance; and an amazing pair of perfectly fitted jeans – simply because every girl should own a pair that hides from the world all the flaws and shows only that which is good and curvy. As for shoes, your footwear arsenal only requires three things – a pair of stilettos, pumps and ballet flats.
The essential pieces should serve as guiding stars, so next time you go shopping, you will only choose items that will go well with the staple ones. The ultimate goal is to build a timeless wardrobe and not be a victim of trends. The other goal is to allow yourself to achieve maximum wow with the least amount of thinking, and this does it for you.
Sophia Smith is Australian based beauty and fashion blogger. She is very passionate about latest fashion trends, DIY projects and organic beauty products. Sophia writes mostly in beauty and fashion related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Over the years I wrote pieces for: Viva Glam Magazine, LA Fashion, How to Simplify, Oh My Heartsie Girl and Carousel.
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