Your wardrobe staples say a lot about your style. What you reach for most often, can tell you a lot about what works for your closet and lifestyle.
If you want to focus on building the right pieces or a building a minimalist wardrobe that is not influenced by trends or what everyone else thinks you should wear, use this post to get some direction on where you should steer your stylish self while shopping.
Here are a few wardrobe styles and some outfit ideas to fit your style profile.
What to wear if you live in jeans and a T-shirt
Your Personal Style Profile:
If you live in jeans and a Tee, you love an effortless and easy look. You would rather get going than spend time looking for a top or pant. You might have a few heels or dresses and are rarely in them except for special occasions. You don’t like to spend too much time in front of the mirror in the mornings. Maybe you experiment with make-up but it’s often minimal. A touch of lip-gloss and mascara and you are good to go.
The good thing is your wardrobe is probably filled with functional and comfortable outfits that you can dress up pretty easily with the right accessories.
How to dress up jeans and a t-shirt
Transition your outfits to more stylish ensembles by adding accessories into the mix without compromising function and ease. If you want to transition and add a dressier look to your repertoire, I’d recommend switching the jeans with simple chino pants. Add heels and a your trusty white t-shirt to stay go from the office to drinks after work.
A blazer is a great addition to your closet; throw it over a half tucked shirt and dark wash jeans for an instantly cool and collected look. I recommend buying blazers in classic colors like black, navy, camel/beige or grey to start with so you can wear your blazer with more outfits. You can stick to sneakers for this look, or look for a sleek and simple boot with little to no heel to stay comfortable and wear this look in any setting work or play.
If you prefer edgier street cool looks, a good leather jacket is a great option for layering up and is worth taking time to find the right one. Whether you buy it new or used, opt for a plain black or brown leather jacket so you can wear it with countless looks. A leather jacket looks great with almost anything, pair it with a body-hugging t-shirt, straight jeans and boots and you can go from day to night.
If you are looking for a more feminine look, play with adding a soft silky scarf tied around your neck, or a top with floral or lacy details. Bump your look up a notch by pairing a silky top, with heels, great fitting jeans and your biggest smile.
What to wear if you live in yoga pants or sweatshirts
Your Personal Style Profile:
You love the fit of yoga pants, and the comfort in movement. You are too busy running around to be dressed up in a skirt or shirt. You like comfortable, flexible and breathable clothing that you hardly notice you’re wearing.
How to dress up yoga pants or a sweatshirt
Sweatshirts are comfortable for weekends on the couch but if you want to look put together, you can change up your outfit without sacrificing comfort and mobility.
Consider adding leggings, and tunics. They are easy to put together, allow you to layer up in cooler months, and can be worn in an instantly classy way.
Wide leg pants, especially in the summer, are a great addition to your closet because they can be dressed for hanging out and causal settings or paired with wedge heels and a silky top for going out. They are roomy and give you the comfort of almost wearing nothing, while allowing you to move freely like you would in yoga pants or sweatshirts.
What to wear if you love crisp shirts and pants
Your Personal Style Profile:
You like to look pulled together and professional. You don’t feel confident in your imagination, or would rather not shop too much so you rely on what’s tried and true. With your shirt and pants outfit you always look ready for work, but having this type of wardrobe can make it hard to get dressed up for nights out when the dress code is less work and more fun. But you don’t have to lose your entire shirt and pants combo to go from work to play.
How to dress up shirt or pants
To loosen the seriousness of your look, tuck the shirt into a flirty skirt or pair of shorts for a night out. Roll the sleeves up, loosen up a button or two and add some punchy accessories, either a big earrings, a bold clutch, or even some fun shoes. I would play with adding animal print shoes, or a statement neckpiece. In warmer temps you can throw your shirt over breezy dress and a pair of sandals (Greek, espadrilles, or strappy sandals).
Accessories can add some fun to your basic wardrobe staples
There are so many ways to wear the clothes in your wardrobe; it just takes some curiosity and imagination. For instance:
- Add elements that add some fun to your look, consider a fun skirt that is either body hugging or puffed out with layers of chiffon or feathers. Pair this with either a t-shirt or a shirt and a fun brooch.
- Add an eye catching yet simple clutch that can help you transition your outfits to nighttime. With a bold clutch and shoes you can keep the rest of your outfit pretty minimal and still look like you are geared up for fun.
- Add a simple dress that you can throw your regular blazer over. I like plain dresses that mold and flatter my body. I keep them plain because I can throw a blazer over them and go to work, or a jean jacket and go to brunch.
The best way to develop your personal style is to start from a place of comfort and explore the options that feel most natural to you. This helps you build a wardrobe of options you would wear naturally rather than pieces you would feel forced to wear. How would you dress up or down an outfit?