Don’t get rid of those wardrobe staples, yet!
Wardrobe staples are those unworn, loyal friends that stay in your closet. You may hold onto some of these wardrobe staples because you feel you need to, right? But if you find that they remain in your closet collecting dust, get ready to dust them off and wear them.
Some staples in your closet may include…
- Nude pumps (or flats)
- Dark wash trouser jeans
- Little black dress (or other neutral color)
- Denim jacket
- Pop of color item (like red shoe, floral shirt, etc.)
Go through your closet and identify your staples. Make sure they still fit and are in good condition. Once that is confirmed, here is some inspiration for ways to wear them in new ways!
Nude pumps (or flats or sandals) –
You may not immediately consider these a “staple” but I will say this: they should be and nearly ever client I work with has a pair. The thing is, they aren’t wearing them! Nude shoes Go.With.Everything! They are so great to help change up a look (think about that black dress you have in the closet). They help you look taller and longer too.
Trouser jeans/dark wash jeans –
Nearly everyone has these and thinks their time has passed and that is not the case. These jeans should be the workhorses of your wardrobe because they can be dressed up (what about that blazer you don’t know what to do with?) and be made to work in a variety of business casual and creative casual work environments. Trouser jeans are also great for business travel so you look pulled together without having to wear a full business outfit.
Black dress (or any solid colored dress that makes you feel fabulous)–
Wear this with nude pumps or sandals for a new look. Wear your denim jacket over it to make it more casual (if it’s a true formal dress or cocktail dress, then don’t do that). Add a scarf, change up the jewelry or footwear to wear the dress in new way. If it’s casual enough, layer with tights and boots.
Denim jacket –
Pair with the black dress or a black skirt and a t-shirt. A classic denim jacket is like a pair of nude pumps – it goes with everything (except jeans!!!). That is a big N-O. The only time you can wear with denim with denim is if they are different washes. My preference is lighter denim as a jacket with darker wash denim on bottom. Denim jackets pair beautifully with colored denim (think red!) and black denim pants or can make a black skirt or pants more casual. If you are going to a concert after work and you are wearing a business casual outfit, change out of the work top and put on a t-shirt with your denim jacket.
Pop of color item, like bright shoes, scarves or shirts –
Wear with patterned items OR wear in unexpected ways. Instead of opting to use the pop of color to do that, play on the color and wear more of it either as complementary, analogous or with patterned clothes. The bright shoes, perhaps red, can be paired with emerald trousers or fuchsia pants if you’re following color theory.
Ready to start wearing your wardrobe staples AND learn how to confidently create new outfits without having to buy new clothes?
You will find a checklist for these wardrobe staples and plus many more in The Closet Confidence Course.
If you find yourself…
- Staring at your closet each day unsure how to create fabulous outfits from your clothes,
- Continually shopping but still have a closet full of nothing to wear, or
- Wanting to work with a stylist, but it’s either not in your budget or you want to “DIY” your style updates, then The Closet Confidence Course is for you.
The Closet Confidence Course is coming in March and will be available for a special, introductory price. If you aren’t on the email list, join below. You will be the first to know when the course is available. Not only will you be the first to know when the course is launched, I am including the What to Wear on the Weekend checklist for you to download and use in your closet as a thanks for joining the list. The checklist is part of an entire section I have devoted to what to wear on the weekend (and get out of the yoga clothes!).