These days, many people are cutting back on their purchases and minimizing the clutter in their homes.
The benefits of a uniform capsule or wardrobe go beyond simply reducing decision fatigue. They include more time to do things other than cleaning and laundry, financial freedom, and a closet filled with only the items you love. While you can focus on giving your wardrobe an affordable overhaul, you’ll also want to focus on pieces that can be worn year-round and work for a variety of occasions. If you’re not sure where to start on your journey to a more streamlined and timeless wardrobe, keep reading for all the inspiration you need!
Finding your holy grail version of a maxi dress is one of the biggest favors you can do yourself. Not only are maxi dresses an easy look to do on hot summer days, but they can also be easily dressed up or down. Take your look from day to night with a shoe swap and add jewelry and a bold lip. Maxi dresses also work well in fall and early winter when paired with a chunky cardigan, denim jacket and boots. You can opt for a printed maxi if it suits your style, but a neutral or solid black is your most versatile option if you want to keep your wardrobe lighter.
All in A
An A-line skirt is one of the most flattering skirt cuts for all body types. Not only do they flatter any figure, but they don’t go out of fashion either. Whether your style is personalized or more long bohemian skirts, investing in a few A-line skirts is worth it for your year-round wardrobe. Skirts, like long pants, are versatile and can easily transition from season to season depending on what you’re wearing for your tops and shoes.
The “It” Jacket
Let’s face it, layers are a wardrobe essential whether you’re spring, summer, or anywhere in between. Finding your “it” jacket that goes with your aesthetic and everything else in your wardrobe should be a top priority when cultivating a timeless year-round wardrobe. For some women it is a high quality black leather jacket; for others, it may be a well-worn vintage denim jacket. One thing is for sure, though, no timeless wardrobe is complete without your favorite layered jacket hanging next to your door, so you look pulled together while running in a pinch.
In the bag
No outfit is complete without the right handbag. However, finding the right bag to fit your lifestyle is key when opting for a more streamlined wardrobe. Most people only wear 20% of what’s in their closet, and this percentage is even lower when it comes to the number of handbags women own. Focusing on quality over quantity is the key to finding the bag that will last you a lifetime. Although a designer bag may be out of your budget, you should always focus on finding a bag made of high quality materials – bags hold up to a lot of wear and tear. Neutral colors or plain bags are more versatile than bags with strong prints and will suit your wardrobe more, making them a smart investment.
From crisp white tees to the perfect blue shirt, investing in versatile basics as the backbone of your wardrobe is a must. Not only can these tops be worn all year round, but they can also work with your A-line skirts just as well as denim shorts or jeans. Remember that you can switch up your look with jewelry additions and the right hairstyle, so it’s essential to focus on versatile pieces that work with your existing wardrobe.
A timeless year-round wardrobe will always be a work in progress as weight fluctuates and trends change. While it’s okay to stick to trends and what’s hot, when you have a solid foundation for your wardrobe and all your items look good on you, you’re less likely to buy items. on impulse simply because they are on trend or on sale. Focus on buying the most versatile, high-quality pieces you feel confident in, and you’re well on your way to the perfect wardrobe. When donating and matching your belongings, consider selling them online to save in bad weather or donating to women in need in your community.
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