If you’re anything like me, picking outfits can sometimes be overwhelming.
You want to wear a look that balances comfort and style, as well as appearing well put-together without being overthought. But once you factor in patterns, textures, and layers, so many variables could go wrong. Not to mention, wearing two or more of your favourite items or statement pieces can often lead to a clash.
I’ve definitely been guilty of owning too many exciting items and not knowing how to wear them. But times are changing. Minimalism is trendier than ever, thrift culture is booming, and wardrobes are emptying. I have recently gone on multiple purges, narrowing down my favourite pieces and learning to complement them with versatile basics. Because that’s the key: versatility.
Living a sustainable life does not have to get in the way of style; you just have to make more calculated decisions and purchases. And I believe there are a few core items that all compact wardrobes can use as a base.
1. The Trifecta of Jeans
Jeans are an essential part of any wardrobe, but — with so many variations in size and cut — you can quickly build up a bit of a collection. My advice is to find the shape that flatters you best (while remaining practical) and purchase it in three colours: black, light wash, and dark wash denim. These three shades will have you set for any combination of tops, shoes, or outerwear — and hopefully relieve some of the stress of outfit building as well.
2. Monochrome Basics
In a similar vein, owning black and white tops in various sleeve lengths will help you overcome the struggle of matching patterns and textures. If you accessories or wear a more exciting layer on top, these pieces set you up to look impressive with ease. We offer a range of basics in black, white, and colour on our online store, which you can check out here.
3. The Statement Pieces
Now that you’ve got a selection of safe and flexible tops and bottoms, it’s time to have some fun. This is an area where my advice has to remain a little more vague, because the whole point of statement pieces is to express your own individual style, however you define that. But on a more personal note, I find myself drawn to crazy shoes. Platforms, neon patterns… If you can think of them, I’ve probably owned them at some point.
The best part is that I can pair them with any of my basics, and they escalate the entire outfit as a result. So I can look fashionable when really all I’ve done is throw on jeans, a t-shirt, and some abnormal footwear.
And you can easily do the same in any configuration. If you prefer crazy trousers (I’ve been there as well) then buy yourself some basic shoes, and so on. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
I wish you luck, and happy shopping!