Basic Wardrobe Planning

A few years ago, I worked at a popular children’s store that drilled into me the importance of mix and match pieces for building a wardrobe. The basic recipe is as follows:

Look #1 = Jacket + Top + Skirt
Look #2 = Top + Jeans
Look #3 = T-shirt + Leggings
Mix and match pieces to create multiple looks – the goal is to create about 20 or so different looks with these 7 pieces.

I realize that 7 pieces of clothing may work for a 3 year old, but not necessarily for an adult who needs office attire, formal and club wear, etc. However, the basic formula applies to us all, and with an emphasis on accessories, a person can really change up their look without spending a fortune on new clothes.

1.  Jacket

ASOS Blazer In Spot Jacquard

2.  Top

ASOS Top with ’40s Peplum

3.  Skirt

Bebe Leather Pencil Skirt

 4.  Top

Madewell Silk Meadowsweet Top

 5.  Jeans

Current/Elliott The High Rise Bell in Patriot

 6.  T-shirt

Gap Slub Knit Boy T

7.  Leggings

David Lerner Signature Basic Leggings