We’ve all seen her- heck, if we’re being honest here, we’ve all been her- the mom who drops off her kids at school with an unintentional messy bun, wearing sweatpants, an old track t-shirt from college, and flip flops.
Believe me: I am totally not judging. I’ve taken my daughter to school with baby snot on the shoulder of my black shirt. I’ve worn old yoga pants with “oh, nobody should be looking close enough” legs that needed a shave. I’ve even somehow worn two different shoes without noticing.
To counter this, I have been trying to build a wardrobe of simple, classic, and relatively inexpensive items that can be thrown on in a hurry and still look good, go from school to work, to a playdate, or to just wear to look nice. Even if you are not a mom, this article is for you.
I like my wardrobe to be simple enough that just about anything I pull out of the closet will effortlessly match and be appropriate for multiple situations, plus be able to dress up or down if needed. I require no fuss, no ironing, no dry cleaning.
- I tend to keep my wardrobe staples in white, black, gray, charcoal, navy, and olive green that way most pieces are able to mix and match
- Accessories can make or break an outfit. To keep my outfits from looking boring, I try to use bright accessories like tights, scarves, shoes, or jewelry for refreshing pops of color
- Make sure to buy pieces that are flattering to your body shape
- If I find a top or dress that I really like, I will often buy it in more than one color
I try to make the most of my money so I shop mostly from Amazon, Kohls, and Target, but you should be able to find similar items in other price ranges. If you can, invest in classic, well-made, nice-fitting pieces that will last for years. Not all of us can afford to do that, so taking good care of your clothes is a must. I handwash my sweaters and delicate items with gentle soap, like Woolite. I never put them in the dryer, instead, I lay them flat to dry. Pay attention to the labels on your clothing and follow the instructions to keep your clothes looking nice for longer.
So, what should you build your basic wardrobe with?
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A well-cut blazer
A crisp white button up
A flattering top
This 3/4 sleeve boatneck
A light cardigan
A fitted tee
A basic dress
You can look great and put together with little effort. Fill your closet with classic items that will look good, no matter what you grab. Never look like a hot mess again!