Thursday, March 14, 2013

Building your Wardrobe: Back to Basics

So today I am going to blog about something a little bit different, which is fashion. I am changing the schedule of my blog from posting on random days of the week to something a little bit more structured. I am thinking something along the line of Makeup Mondays, Wardrobe Wednesdays and Fitness Fridays. Whilst I love my beauty there are other areas in my life I would like to start blogging about too. I find that blogging really makes me stick to my goals. The act of thinking about things about and writing them down is such a great way to get my thoughts in order. I hope that my readers will like this slight change in the programming :D

So today I wanted to write about my wardrobe. Let me start by saying I am currently in a little bit of a mess in this department. I have a lot of clothes, however I have  begun to notice lately that I don't have a lot of staple pieces or basics in my wardrobe. I did have a lot of these items at one point however a lot of them have either worn out or don't fit me at my current weight. This has really made getting ready a more difficult task than it needs to be!

Another thing I want to address is that my tastes in clothing have changed throughout my teen years, and now that I am turning 20 I have a much better idea of the clothing I like, and what sort of style I like to emulate. I have a lot of pieces that I don't like anymore, but for some reason I can't seem to let go of them.

This resorted in Step number 1: Purge. Get rid of everything that you cannot remember the last time you wore it. Unless it is a sentimental piece like for example, my high school ball gown, there is no reason to hang onto it. It is only going to hang around and take up space in your wardrobe.

Step number 2 is Research. You might think that it's a silly idea to do research on your wardrobe, but I think that it results in more purposeful shopping trips, and helps you to save money. I started to research what basic pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe. I got a lot of different answers, based on different climates and lifestyles to my own. However I did come across a few different formulas that helped me to write out a basic guideline for my dream wardrobe.

The first thing you need to decide is what colour palette is going to define your basics. One of the best formulas I came across was to get items in both black and white, and then chose a base colour. A base colour is a third neutral colour that suits your own skintone and will also be easy to wear with other brighter colours that you will add in later on. I chose nude, but you could also go for colours such as brown, navy or grey. It really depends on what suits you!

The second thing you need to decide is what pieces do you need to get yourself through one week. You need to consider your own preferences for your lifestyle and climate.

I came up with the following:

  • 3 x Tees in Black, White and Nude
  • 3 x Blouses in Black, White and Nude
  • 2 x Camis in Black and White
  • 1 x Dark-wash Jeans
  • 1 x Black Pants
  • 2 x Skirts in Black and Nude
  • 1 x Black Tights
  • 1 x Black Knitted Jumper
  • 1 x Nude Blazer
  • 1 x Black Cardigan
  • 1 x Black Winter Coat
  • 2 x Dresses in Black and Nude
  • 1 x Heels in Black
  • 1 x Flats in Black
  • 1 x Handbag in Black
Step 3: Record. This is the most important step for me. You need to write this list down! You can then refer to it and tick items off the list as you add them into your wardrobe. I have made mine a very visual list, and actually printed off and stuck pictures of the items that I like into a book. Be creative!

Step 4: Shop! The last step is fairly straightforward, however I don't think it's a good idea to expect to get everything in one shopping trip! You don't want to blow all of your cash at one time, and you don't want to just jump on the first item that you see. Be critical of everything that you purchase, shop around and wait for pieces that make you look good. I can't stress this enough, as I have made this mistake in the past!

I hope that you guys enjoyed this post, I would love to hear what basics you always keep in your wardrobe.



  1. I always have the cheap (i.e. 2 for $30) t shirts that dotti sells in my wardrobe. I have to be careful and make sure that I only buy the good quality ones as some of them will shrink in the wash. I wear one of them tucked into jeans every day :)

  2. Recording is such a great idea, and I love how you put pictures too! I need to get another pair of black skinny pants because I wear them almost everyday that I don't' wear shorts! Staples are great. :)

  3. Great ideas! Love the new plan for your blog :) look forward to seeing the different posts :D

  4. I really need to do this as well, but I'm stuck in the whole sentimental thing where I don't want to get rid of anything! Or I think "But... I'll wear it SOMEDAY" lol! Or I keep thinking I'll lose weight again and things will fit me good... I know, how silly.
    I've started buying very basic items like in your list, so I guess that's a good place to start, then I can start purging after :P
    Great post though Mishelle! xx

  5. I'm the worst at buying basics! I always brush them off and buy something more interesting instead. And now my wardrobe is filled with dresses I've never worn and band shirts I haven't work since high school. I can't throw things out either. You're definitely right about getting rid of everything you can't remember wearing, I really need to do that soon, and start to only buy things that are my style.
    I can't wait to see more posts like this from you :)

  6. Lovely posts, I am so excited for all your upcoming posts on not only beauty but fashion and fitness too!

  7. What a great idea! I'm way too lazy to catalogue my wardrobe but it's definitely something to aspire to :)

  8. So organised! I'm mid-cleaning out my wardrobe too. I've done the first installment from my drawers and onto the wardrobe sometime in the next week. Getting rid of old/ugly/ill-fitting clothes is sooooo satisfying!!

  9. oh what an interesting post! useful as well!
    you are so organised and I am jealous as my wardrobe always looks like a sunken titanic. lol

  10. I really need to do this to my wardrobe as well. I feel as though I'm constantly wearing the same clothing pieces over and over again! I think I'm going to take your tips and start building my winter wardrobe! Oh and I love the sound of your prospective blogging routine! Fitness Friday sounds promising :)

  11. You might want to get nude pumps too ;)

  12. Oh wow what a great idea! Thanks for sharing :) I'm in the same boat as you, half my wardrobe is from my teens and I'm so now into the same style anymore!

  13. I so need to clean up my closet... :))


  14. Enjoyed reading this post! I've been detoxing my wardrobe over the last couple of weeks and realised I am seriously lacking in quality basics. Any recommendations on where to buy good tees? Not to mention I'll be 23 next month and seem to be lacking sensible adult clothing. But hey, a girl's gotta have some fun ;) haha xx

    1. I actually really like these ones from Supre I have two and they are very flattering on!

  15. This is a great post, and a good topic to talk about, one of the most important things to building a wardrobe is knowing where to start!! I made a couple of lists of what I needed a few years ago but never stuck to it haha. I still need to buy some basics!

  16. Really great ideas! I love the notebook idea especially - I always forget what I have in my wardrobe. I really need to do a MASSIVE purge. I don't wear probably 90% of my wardrobe :p It would be so nice to just get rid of the junk I have and start a little bit from scratch :)

  17. I enjoyed this post, I am so overdue for a wardrobe cleanup!

  18. i did this recently, but i really need to go through it again! great post :)

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  19. I need to do a proper spring clean up as well! I have so many clothes I need to donate or throw out.

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