Wardrobe Essentials Part One

The key to great personal style is above all a strong and carefully chosen wardrobe foundation. 

There are three simple rules to follow: choose good quality pieces made of well crafted fabrics like silk, cashmere and cotton. Colors like black, white and nude are perfect for your foundation since they are discrete and can be worn with everything. Furthermore, you should go for simple and timeless shapes. In theory, all your basic garments should now match each other, so you have a lot of different basic outfits that you can always rely on. This does not only simplify your mornings in front of the closet (no more "I have nothing to wear!"), it is also economic: your basic items will survive every fashion trend and will therefore, as well as for their quality, last longer than just one season. So stop spending all your money in statement pieces and concentrate on the soul of your wardrobe, first of all!

9 items your wardrobe shouldn't be missing:

1. A white t-shirt. Finding the perfect white t-shirt is a science for itself, but once you have tried it on, you will immediately recognize it. I found mine in the H&M men's section at the Brandenburger Tor last year, it's shape was perfect and the fabric so smooth. Unfortunately, an H&M garment isn't made for eternity, so I will have to get it re-tailored soon. 2. A blazer. I prefer it slightly oversized with a straight shape and accentuated shoulders. You should go for a softer version if you have well-built shoulders - you don't want to look like a rugby player, right? 3. A trench coat. It doesn't have to be raining to take this british classic out for a walk! The Burberry original is certainly worth an investment. 4. A leather jacket. Whether you're wearing a floral dress or shorts, a biker jacket adds instant coolness to every look. 5. A white blouse. An oversize version worn over your bikini at the beach or just tucked into your jeans, a white blouse always looks elegant. 6. A cashmere or angora sweater. The perfect garment to cuddle into on a rainy afternoon (combined with a cup of warm milk and honey, of course). 7. Black skinny jeans. Luckily, we're done with the bell-bottoms trend! 8. The little black dress - an all time classic. It's shape should be simple so you can wear it during the day without being overdressed. Anyway, you can always go for a second or third little black dress which is a bit more glamorous! 9. Black waxed jeans. The cooler version of normal black jeans.

Keep in mind that the most important rule of wardrobe curation is to find a uniform that flatters your body shape. I will get back on that in one of my next posts!

1 comment:

Carla TBB said...

Exactly, I always say that it is better to invest in quality basics than get a bunch of cheap trendy items that will only last you the season!
To your list I would also add, a pair of simple ballet flats, just because they go with everything!
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