How to create a wardrobe with great basics | Part two

How to create a wardrobe with great basics | Part two

This week, it’s all about connecting your wardrobe to your lifestyle. Your basics are the foundation of your wardrobe, so they should reflect what you do most often, whether it be at the office, at home with the kids or traveling every weekend.

The first thing to do is a lifestyle breakdown. Think about your daily/weekly activities. Check your planner if that helps too. Where do you spend most of your time?

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For me, my current lifestyle is:

-50 percent at work (business casual attire)

-20 percent at home (casual loungewear)

-20 percent off-duty activities such as date night, church, shopping, etc. (casual, dressy for some occasions)

-10 percent traveling on the weekends (Mix of casual and dressy pieces)

Draw a pie chart and divide your lifestyle into sections. It will give you a clear idea of what you really wear the most in your closet.

So as you can see, the bulk of my wardrobe is a mix of work and casual pieces. I aim for versatile items that can be worn at the office as well as on the weekends. Take a classic black blazer for instance. Not only do I wear this piece with trousers and pumps to work, I also wear it with skinny jeans and a white tee for a chic off-duty look.

So…now that you have defined your lifestyle, maybe this clears up some confusion about what your basics should be. And believe me, it’s OK if you’re not there yet.

Maybe you worked in a corporate environment for 10 years and are now working from home. What should you do with all those beautiful blazers, silk shirts and trousers? It doesn’t exactly reflect your lifestyle anymore.

When I finally defined what my lifestyle really was (not the one I pictured it to be at this point in my life), I noticed I was missing a lot of important wardrobe staples. My closet was filled with trendy, bright colors that weren’t necessarily me anymore. Nothing paired together well, and I became frustrated. But now, having seamless basics has changed the way I get dressed in the morning.

Then ask yourself: What are you most comfortable in, yet still feel put together? The worst thing you can do is convince yourself you’re into a certain trend or style of clothing just because you’re friends are or it’s hot right now. Don’t worry about that. This is your life and your closet, and it should be uniquely you!

You might feel most comfortable in a pair of leggings and an oversized tee. Or it could be that favorite button-down that works for every occasion.

Challenge: If you have some spare time over the weekend, sit down for 10 minutes and define what your lifestyle is and then consider if your wardrobe, especially your basics, matches this season of your life. If not, it’s time to reevaluate that closet and take a closer look at your personal style and color palette.

I’ll be covering that next week & hopefully you will be following along!




  • Laura

    March 10, 2017

    found you through peony project! I love this break down of figuring out where you are to help with your wardrobe. I have a goal wardrobe and can’t wait to get my health and weight better to get there! Right now, I’m home every day so it’s pajamas and slippers =) Comfy, but not exactly the style I feel pretty in!

  • Kristen

    March 13, 2017

    Doing this break down makes so much sense! I love buying dresses, but I only wear them 10% of the time. Can’t wait for the next post.


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