Let me tell you that I am not a style guru. I do not keep up with every latest trend, and I honestly don’t spend that much time fussing over my wardrobe. There are lots of style blogs, so if that is your thing, go elsewhere to find tips on building a fall wardrobe.
What I do know is how to keep a minimalist, yet functional wardrobe. And fall is one of the easiest times to put this into practice.
I’ve been pinning a few pins to my style board on Pinterest, and one thing I found is that all my pins were very similar. Besides just keeping track of your ideas, this is, in my opinion, one of the great uses for Pinterest. As I pin things, a pattern quickly emerges. Later on, I can compare my pins and see a recurring theme that helps me determine what I like.
Anyway, about the fall wardrobe. I realized a couple of years ago that I didn’t want to be spending all my time doing laundry and putting it away. I also would find myself standing in front of my closet full of clothes and think, “I have nothing to wear.”
I am still in the process of changing how I shop and choose clothes. It isn’t something you can change overnight (unless you have the budget, I suppose). As I need to purchase new clothes, this is how I am thinking and can I tell you? I love it. It is much more simple and less time consuming, both in the shopping for it and the laundry and maintenance.
Little by little, I’ve learned how to keep a minimalist wardrobe that still makes me feel good, and gives me some variety.
The key is to shop smart, not more. In the past when I would need clothes, I would go shopping and just grab a few cute things I found on sale. I would find myself with lots of things that didn’t quite mesh well. And buying an outfit that is so matched that it can’t be functional for any other use is a poor use of money and space in my closet.
Here’s my check sheet for a basic wardrobe.
- Jeans: last year I finally jumped on the bandwagon of quality, not quantity. Jeans can look really good or really bad. Pick a nice brand and it will look great and last forever. A dark rinse makes it versatile to dress up or down depending on the occasion. Consignment shops or clearance racks are your best bet to get affordable, quality jeans.
- Slacks/Skirts: Black, grey, or brown are good for versatility, but a fun skirt can add variety. If you shop with versatility in mind, one or two is all you need.
- Shirts: decent quality T-shirts are a must for a mom. I pretty much wear a T-shirt and jeans every day, but I can throw on a scarf and immediately dress it up a little. (Think quality and neckline to make it most versatile). I’m still on a lookout for a nice grey T-shirt because in my pinning, I noticed that I loved the grey with a bright colored scarf. A dressy top or button up shirt. Just be sure that all tops (casual and dressy) can go with all your pants and skirts. That’s the way to get multiple outfits out of few pieces of clothing.
- Accessories: Here’s where you can make your outfit look different. I love scarves. Repeat. I love scarves. These take up very little space and are cheaper than buying a new top, so you can change up the look of your outfit easily. Nice jewelery that makes a statement, and belts are other ways to accessorize an outfit..
Does that sound like a lot? It’s not. The beauty of thinking through your wardrobe like this is that you can mix and match everything, and you can accessorize to change up the look. You will probably add a sweater, jacket, a dress, and things like that to the mix in, but these are the basics that will ensure you have something decent to wear every day.
Planning my wardrobe like this allows me to know exactly what I need when it is time to shop. I’m not just aimlessly going around the store or consignment shop trying to find clothes that look cute. I’m on a mission, and I’m out to get the key items I need. It’s smart shopping and it takes much less time.
I’m a busy mom of three. That’s what works for me.
What are your best tips for building a minimalist, yet versatile, wardrobe?