Wednesday, August 3, 2016

But I Have Nothing To Wear!

Hello there, it's been a while and a lot has happened. After months of MIA here, I finally mustered the courage to type away -thanks to my burgundy polish (not that it has anything to do with blogging). Back to the topic at hand...we all have those moments when we have nothing to wear amidst a closet full of clothes. A reality that nothing fits anymore, or a reflex for a shopping excuse, whatever the reason is, having nothing to wear has been an epidemic. As such, different wardrobe capsules have emerged. Project 333 for one has made the rounds in the internet. I also have eyes on this capsule wardrobe for a minimalist take on clothing. Regardless of the path you choose, having a goal in mind is key.

While I was browsing the internet looking for articles that feature the basic kitchen tools and equipment to have (for our new home), I chanced upon an article from thesimpledollar and I couldn't help but think that the tips can be applied on other things as well, clothing in particular. I am not a fashion blogger, nor do I exhibit any form of fashion prowess, I usually have an aid- aka Mr. P., when shopping for clothes, but it had me thinking... Without further adieu here are Five (5) tips for shopping for your first wardrobe capsule.


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Basics: The foundation of a well kept closet.
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Tip 1. If you can see only a few situations for using it, don't buy it. 

I have been eyeing a particular shoe and dress combo for a while now. However, upon reading the article I decided to just skip buying. Cost per wear would definitely put the items on the expensive side. Practically speaking, a three outfit minimum is a must before any final purchase. Buy a top that you can pair with your trousers, jeans, and/or skirts. 


Tip 2. Be creative in finding workable substitutions.

The basic wardrobe for me may not even be practical for you. Take into consideration factors such as weather conditions in your location and your lifestyle. The versatile scarf, for instance, is one of the most multifaceted accessory you can have at your disposal. Depending on your scarf's size you can use it in a number of ways. As a scarf you can tie it in many ways. You can also wrap it in your messy bun, use as a bandana, a headband, or even a turban. You can also use it as a belt, a vest, a cape, or sarong. 


Tip 3. When in doubt, always go cheap.

Basic clothing such as a white t shirt or blouse, denim pants, black trousers, etc... ideally must be of high quality, however, they can be bought at low-end stuff for now and be upgraded later on when you find your own basic style (round neck, v neck, low cut, or high cut). Bear in mind that shoes are in a totally different department. Shoes are the exemption to the rule. Quality and material are a must when buying. Your basic everyday shoes should be a) stable and comfortable to wear when walking and going about your day, b) leather, canvass, or something vegan worthy, they must be breathable to keep away the stink, and c) must fit perfectly, not a size too big or small. Also buy them in the afternoon since our feet and ankles tend to swell throughout the day.

Fashion can be overwhelming at times. When you are just starting to get to know your personal style and what your body looks good in, this tip is the way to go. It may just be a trendy phase, buying cheap wouldn't be a problem. However, you can also try the saying "when in doubt, don't", your wallet will thank you for that.


Tip 4. Keep the basics on hand, always.

Basics are your must have, but if you  think basics are oh-so-boring think again. Read Jenni Epperson's How to Build a Wardrobe that is Basic but Not Really for tips on how to spice up your drab basics.


Tip. 5 Have a uniform.

When you finally know  your style a uniform can save you the hassle of choosing what to wear daily. The uniform is the ultimate answer in having clothes to wear everyday of the week. Read this article to know why.


Plus tip. If you can, avoid buying clothes from online stores There's something from the feel of the clothing that just isn't the same with online convenience. Plus, you get to fit the clothes and know if your comfortable in it. Likewise, you get to skip the hassle of returning clothes if it doesn't fit or isn't just you.

Now with all these tips, I seriously doubt that you'll have nothing to wear.

xoxo,