Dressing with style isn’t as hard as some people might think. When you have a wardrobe that fits your tastes, taking your outfits up a notch is as easy as putting on yoga pants.
This series was inspired by a few amazing moms who commented on how I look nice when I leave the house (most days). I’m grateful, but really I don’t put in much effort for the day-to-day. Bottoms, undershirt, top, and sometimes a jacket. Slap on my shoes and I’m done! What helps me do this quickly is narrowing down my wardrobe to a few key pieces, and a few accent pieces.
But why style, and why on a boudoir blog? Well, I firmly believe that when we give ourselves time, attention, and effort, we feel better about ourselves. This isn’t about walking straight out of the pages of Vogue, it’s about feeling incredible about who you are each and every single day. Expression through fashion is one such route!
If you’ve never built a wardrobe, I hope this post will help you! Before we start arranging things, it helps to declutter the pieces you don’t love. If you haven’t read The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, I recommend it to help get you stated. I also recommend the Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*uck, but that’s a whole different thing.
Once you’re ready, take these tips into your closet and organize the key pieces, and write down what you may need. Keep in mind which neutral colors you tend to lean towards, especially when it comes to earth tones vs black. There’s no wrong way, but those two especially are hard to match to each other. When adding pieces to your wardrobe, stick to matching the neutrals you already love! (Three guesses as to which way I lean!)
These basic, key pieces match well to each other, and give a great neutral base for accent pieces. Not included on this part: bras and/or cami shirts, and panties. Make sure you have some good neutrals for underneath!
1.Plain Tee Shirts. These can easily be thrown on and paired with some of the other pieces. They are a very important base! Plain tank tops, too, for the hotter days.
2. Plain Blouses. These can be worn casually, or added to business or dressy attire
3. Plain Bottoms. Dark jeans, black jeans, and black leggings. Overall, dark bottoms are flattering for all shapes!
4. A Little Black Dress. Timeless. Effortless. Add accessories and shoes, that’s all!
5. Neutral Business Pieces. EVEN IF YOU WORK IN A CASUAL SETTING, OR ARE A STAY AT HOME MOM! A pencil skirt and a blazer can fancy up any casual outfit or date night outfit, with the same effort as throwing on a hoodie.
6. A couple, easy to pair, favorite sweaters. Throw them on top. Done!
7. Shoes. Have a few neutral pairs in different styles for easy pairing. Keeping your preferred neutral pallet in mind, of course! I have way too many pairs myself, both of basics and statements, but having a good pair each of sneakers, flats, heels, and boots will go a long way.
Let’s look at how some of these items can be paired, easily, even without statement pieces:
and switched around:
Above is 15 outfit choices, all from the same basics. Go ahead and switch some more in your mind! That blue blouse with jeans, a tee shirt tucked into the pencil skirt, go nuts! Now, look at the basics you have and try pairing them all together in different ways.
I keep using that term, but what does it mean? Well, here’s where we bring in the bold colors, awesome patterns, and funky accents. This is where you add in the boldest part of your own personal style. What style pieces do you already have, that can be easily paired with the basics above? Experiment, and have fun with it!
They can be jeans, shirts, jackets, dresses, shoes- anything. Only buy and keep statement pieces that you love. Pick patterns that speak to you, and colors that make you feel incredible. Do not buy new statement pieces that you feel meh about, simply because it’s on the cover of Vogue. Only bring home pieces that make your heart sing!
Now, can you spot the basics paired with these stylish statement pieces?
What do basics and statement pieces look like together? K did an amazing job mixing them. So much so, that I asked to photograph her in her street clothes before and after her boudoir session!
With style, it can be fun to pay attention to fashion trends, but it really boils down to what you love and what makes you feel good. Here in New Hampshire, sometimes dressing up can make you feel like you stick out. Instead of putting your head down and returning to sweat pants, hold your head high! You deserve to feel your very best, no matter if you’re on a date, at work, or at the grocery store.
Let these tips guide you to building a wardrobe you love, and getting dressed up will be easier than ever.
PS: Next week, we’ll talk more on this subject! Have a specific question, or need additional help? Leave a comment below or contact me.