5 Ways to Build Your Wardrobe

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When it comes to building a staple wardrobe for the season, it may feel a little overwhelming, but it can be easier than you think. Everyone wants to (or appear to) have great style and if you build your closet right, you won't have to spend a fortune to do it. Here are 5 simple ways to help you build the wardrobe of your dreams:

1. Edit your own closet. I'm pretty sure at some point in your life you've uttered the words, "I have nothing to wear", even though you have a closet full of clothes. Although it may feel like the truth, what it really is, is the lack of options that go together. You may have the pieces in your closet that only work with certain items or occasions. Then there's your throw on clothes, literally things your throw on when you don't feel like, or need to think about what to wear (lounge sets, leggings, random t-shirts, etc.). If this is your situation, it may be time to edit your closet. Take an honest look at what you own and think, when was the last time I wore this? If you can't remember, give yourself 2 weeks to try to wear it, if you don't it may be time to part ways. If you haven't worn it in a long time, I can guarantee you're not going to miss it when it's gone. Instead, try reselling it, donating it, recycling it or giving it away. You'll need the space to add new and better pieces to your wardrobe. Now that we cleared out some space on to step #2.

2. Stock up on basics. Think of basic items as the foundation to building your ideal wardrobe. So what are the basics? Let's start with tank tops and/or bodysuits. These are perfect to wear by themselves or layering under sweaters, jackets, other shirts, dresses, etc. I would keep these colors super neutral to make them easier to pair with many options. Next, let's add some basic t-shirts. They can be short sleeve, long sleeve, 3/4 sleeve, whatever makes you comfortable. Of course, start with black and white, but don't be afraid to add other colors from ROYGBIV (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet), but don't go overboard. Now, for bottoms, which can involve a lot, but let's just focus on denim for right now. Think about what cuts and styles you like the most. Is it bootcut, straight-leg, skinny? The options are pretty broad at the moment, so try to stay away from anything that seems too trendy at first. Another one, would definitely be a little black dress. I love a good one that can be worn for a day to night time look.

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3. Shop for items in the same color story. When the colors of your seasonal wardrobe complement each other, it makes putting an outfit much easier. During the fall/winter months, I noticed I gravitated towards earth tones like army green, browns and black, which made mixing and matching simple. I was able to take different shirts and mix them with different bottoms to give me multiple looks without buying a lot of clothes. Find out what colors work with your skin tone and expand with complementary colors in accessories to make your outfits pop even more. Since this may take some time to understand, try searching for color wheels on google to help you match up the right ones.

4.  Now that we cleaned out our closet and added some pieces we can really get some use out of, let's create a personal lookbook with inspiration on how to style what we have. Pinterest is usually my go-to when I feel like I'm in a style rut. Create a board, or two, or three organizing different styles you want to try. Maybe one is T-shirt outfit ideas, another one could be how to style straight-leg denim, whatever you name your boards try to be as specific as possible when searching for pictures to add to narrow down your options. If you don't want everyone knowing what you're saving, make your board private and keep it to yourself. Instagram is another place to look for style inspiration. Try following brands you like to get an idea on how to put together your own looks. Don't forget to save those as well and create collections so you can easily find them again.

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5. This last one may be the biggest one! Don't be afraid to try new styles. Think about when skinny jeans came onto the scene (some of you may not remember, when they didn't exist). Skinny denim was not always the jean of choice and then they seemed like the ONLY jean of choice. You may not have liked it at first, but sooner or later you probably caved in. Well, that same thing is happening again, the denim world has some many options to choose from: skinny, bootcut, straight-leg, wide-leg, mom jeans, dad jeans, baggy jeans, ripped jeans and non-ripped jeans, etc. It's important to take your time and find the right fit for you. Just because you tried it on in one store doesn't mean it doesn't work for you. Be patient, be nice to yourself, and just try it. You might find something you thought you would never wear that you can't stop wearing. 

I really hope this guide was helpful. Pin it to your new Pinterest board to find it easily when you're feeling stuck. Share it with a friend who wants to reinvent their style and doesn't know where to start. Leave a comment letting me know if you enjoyed reading it and share any tips and tricks you use to build your idea wardrobe.

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