It's the first day of spring and I think we're all ready to jump right into spring fashion, feet first, literally! With the weather being so unpredictable, between the 70 degree weather back to the 40 degree weather to a random morning of snow, it's not quite time to say goodbye to winter pieces. But! That does not mean you can't start slowly incorporating spring things into your daily wardrobe. There are certain guidelines I follow when doing so, besides the weather be fairly reasonable.
Step 1: balance out open toed with a few options: (1) a more covered up neckline (2) long sleeves and/or (3) sweater/outerwear. Remaining more covered up at the top, helps to balance out your toes being out.
Step 2: long sleeves + pants = easy trick! Full coverage + open toes, again balance!
Step 3: even if the weather is on and off, inject some spring tones into your look. One of the easiest ways to get into a spring state of mind.
No need to limit your outfit choices or think only pants will work as we ease into spring, it's all about making your wardrobe work for you, creating balance and yes, the weather is a huge factor. It's the perfect time to bring out your spring clothes and pair them with winter garments to create more outfits.
Step 1: easiest way to this is to balance out exposing both legs and feet by covering up, up top. Step 2: if you want to add on more layers, pick your choice - cargo jacket, sleeveless vest, short sleeve coat, bomber jacket, trench jacket, leather jacket and the list goes on.
There is no need to pack away items within your wardrobe because the season comes to an end, instead learn how to style them and work them for any season. Transitioning Your Wardrobe: Winter to Spring eBook teaches you how to get more wear out of your winter clothes, spend less on new pieces and instead create new spring outfits surrounding the pieces in your closet.
It’s not often that you can immediately break out your new clothes once a new season starts, it’s more of a slow process to start incorporating the new seasons clothes into your day-to-day.
On the first day of spring you’re not in your best spring dress and open toed shoes.
On the first day of fall, you can’t break out your winter coats, faux fur to boots.
You can however start wearing some of your pieces.
Transitioning Your Clothes
The many thoughts running through your head as you enter into a new season is what am I going to wear? To what do I need to buy?
As you’re prepping for a new season, spending money to create new outfit options is at the top of your list. However, by taking this approach you’re only minimizing the options you have in your wardrobe.
Why do you need to spend on new clothes when you have a closet full of clothes?Why create more options just to struggle to style and restyle them?
If it’s an ongoing battle for you to restyle your pieces time and time again to create different outfits, you’re going about building a wardrobe in all the wrong ways.. The more expensive route.
Majority of your clothes can be worn throughout different seasons with the help of your wardrobe basics.
Instead of wasting money shopping for new clothes each season, invest in your basics so you can continue to wear your clothes but style them differently to work for the new seasons weather.
If you’re thinking to yourself - “Wow, the amount of money I’ve been wasting,” - it’s ok! Because all of the clothes that you have sitting in your wardrobe that you’ve worn once then struggled to wear again or those clothes that you’ve purchased and never worn, you can use your wardrobe basics to create outfits around them.
Spend less money and be more fashionable with the clothes you have. Step one: investing in your wardrobe basics.
Instead of packing away your clothes at the end of each season, learn how to transition them into the next one!
You instantly have more outfit options with the clothes in your closet… without having to spend a dollar shopping.
Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook maps out the 24 recommended basics, their different styles and 140 different ways to style them giving you 140 different ideas on how to style the clothes you’ve been struggling to wear.
Working out only gives you yet another reason to have a stylish wardrobe - being chic while sweating it out is a thing. Your go-to leggings can be styled to be more chic, a basic tank can look more fashionable in the gym, while hiking to coaching.. You just need to have a good selection of pieces to pull it off.
Adding In The Right Pieces
Anytime you’re adding pieces into your wardrobe you want to have a strategy. Without a strategy you’ll find yourself with a ton of random pieces that aren’t easy to mix and match that’ll result in confining yourself to wearing only a few pieces out of your entire wardrobe.
With your activewear collection, you want to start building with the basics.
This list of 16 pieces is step one to transforming your workout style.
Maximizing Your Options
With your basics you’ll be able to easily mix and match all of your activewear pieces - those new additions to the ones you’re always wearing to create different outfits around the same pieces.
Being bored with your workout attire is over.
If you want to add in a new print or color, you’ll already have different options to style it with making it easier for you to be more stylish with the clothes you have.
You only need to invest in a few pieces to create endless outfit options - yes, only a few pieces. Shocking, right?
I’ve created a complete list of activewear basics with a style guide to help you narrow down the best styles for you, how to add in stylish pieces with 100 different outfit ideas mixing and matching your pieces in Building A Wardrobe: Activewear Basics.
Your basics hold the key to being a more stylish you without always having to wear the same pieces or spending money to create new options.
During the colder seasons, underneath all the layers it’s your accessories that are the most visible pieces of your outfit giving you even more reason to stock up fashionable pieces.
But where should you start?
With the basics.
It’ll make it easier for you to style your accessories with everything in your closet. You can transition your basic accessories through every winter outfit and it’ll be an instant match. These accessories will easily pair with the 100 winter outfits in Building A Wardrobe: Winter Basics eBook.
Your basics are the easy and fun way to dressing!
Step up your winter accessory collection with these below shopping picks that you can wear with anything:
As a new season begins, it’s not quite time to break out clothes that cater to spring just yet. The transition from winter to spring is a gradual process that’ll often leave you feeling a little confused as to what to wear. I like to call this time, confused dressing. With the weather going back and forth, you know it’s not really time to fully commit to all things spring.
During this time, it’s not a reason to spend money on new clothes because you have more than enough options within your closet. And during this transition time you have even more options. In order to be the best fashionable you, you have to know how to work your wardrobe - mixing and matching like it’s your job so you’re able to create new outfits around your clothes without having to spend money.
Early spring means you can wear a little bit of everything because of the wavering weather changes - you can break out your sleeveless garments, shorter hemlines to open toe shoes but in most cases, wearing these items means you’ll need to balance out these spring pieces so you’re comfortable and your outfit works for that days weather.
Being able to transition your pieces throughout different seasons, you’ll watch the endless outfit options within your wardrobe unfold without even realizing you didn’t need to spend a dollar to make this happen.
Dressing better starts from within your wardrobe, using the clothes you have without needing to splurge on pieces that you’ll end up struggling to wear. Dressing better includes filling your wardrobe with pieces that’ll make it easier for you to feel and look stylish. Once a season ends, your first thought isn’t to shop; but instead, it’s time to get creative and start styling my pieces for the new season.
In Transitioning Your Wardrobe: Winter to Spring eBook, you’ll learn how to style your winter pieces for warmer weather.. and the different weather that comes with spring. This eBook is step one to building your spring wardrobe, teaching you how to create different outfits from your closet instead of shopping for new options, from there you’ll be able to start filling in the gaps.
Being able to feel confident in your clothes consists of a few things, two being: (1) having the right pieces in your wardrobe that allow you to mix and match your clothes and show off your personal style and (2) having pieces in your wardrobe that flatter your figure.
When you’re adding new pieces to your wardrobe just because you like them and aren’t sure on how to style them or if it’ll actually flatter your figure often leads to you wearing only a few pieces when you have a closet filled with clothes.
Creating a functional wardrobe requires having a set of pieces that’ll make it easier for you to create outfits around all of your clothes; a basic tee is one of those items. A garment as simple as a tee can make your life much easier when it comes to getting dressed. Not only can you pair it with anything but you can also dress it up so it’ll work for date night or at work and wear it casually without feeling like your outfit was thrown together.
Making Basic Chic
A tee and these 23 other wardrobe basics are probably the most plain and basic pieces that you’ll have in your wardrobe but that doesn’t mean you can’t style them to make them more stylish and chic. If you’re overlooking your basics because in your mind they’re “too basic,” you’ll often find yourself struggling to create outfits around your clothes without having to shop to create new options.
Yes, your basics are basic pieces. That’s the point. In order for you to mix and match all of your clothes, you need pieces that can go with everything. In Building Your Wardrobe: The Basics eBook, I lay out the 23 other basics plus how you can create casual and dressy outfits around them to how to create outfits around everything in your closet..
Every basic piece can be just as stylish as any other garment.
A basic tee can be dressed up:
Dress it up without having to resort to a pair of heels or piling on jewelry:
To styling your outfit casually but still feel put together:
The most important thing to factor in when selecting your perfect tee is the neckline; the fit and length is more of your personal preference but the neckline is the key to picking a tee that flatters your figure.
Which neckline works best for you? V-Neckline:
Helps to create a slimming effect. This style can minimize a larger bust and enhance a smaller one. Because this style helps to create the illusion of curves it’ll help create a longer and leaner silhouette and elongate your neck. This style is universally flattering for any figure.
This neckline can work for any figure; however, be cautious if you have a bigger bust, this neckline tends to make you look more top heavy. Crew necklines tend to draw the eye outward towards your shoulders so you appear more balanced and in proportion which is great for balancing out a wider bottom.
Similar to a V-neckline this style also helps to create curves. If you’re more top heavy or are wider at the bottom, this is a good choice for you. This style also helps to create the illusion of a larger bust for my ladies with a smaller chest.
As you’re spending money and taking the time to invest in building your perfect wardrobe, you want to make sure you’re filling it with pieces you’ll actually wear and know they’ll flatter your figure. Building A Wardrobe: The Basics eBook also pinpoints the different garments and the styles that work best for an inverted triangle, triangle, hourglass and rectangle shape.
Build your wardrobe with a strategy and spend less time stressing on looking good!
Taking a break from “real life” responsibilities and grabbing brunch to catch up with your girlfriends is always a good remedy after a long week. As much as you look forward to having a good time with your girlfriends, the thought of what to put on can be a little stressful. Of course, you want to look and feel good but you don’t want to show up looking like life has gotten the best of you. You want to know you’re in an amazing outfit, but again.. What do you wear?
Do you need to rush to the mall to buy something? Or, are you stuck wearing your fail-safe go-to outfits that you always wear?
You most likely end up settling on an outfit that you always wear. You always struggle to put together something new with the clothes in your closet, so your easiest bet is sticking to your norm.
Not exciting at all.
If you’re always finding it challenging to wear the clothes you spent your money on - shopping for new clothes isn’t the answer. The problem is your wardrobe lacks the basic pieces so you’re able to mix and match everything you have over and over again to create new outfits without dropping a dollar on new items.
Brunch is your day off, on your day off you deserve to look and feel good about your outfit am I right or am I right?!
When you have a functional wardrobe filled with your wardrobe basics and winter basics, you can go to your closet and easily put together an outfit with your clothes without having to resort to wearing the same pieces.
The 24 winter basics I covered in Building A Wardrobe: Winter Basics eBook shows you the different garments, accessories and shoes that’ll allow you to mix and match your winter pieces all season long. With 100 different outfits laying out how to wear the same pieces differently, you can easily pick an outfit and swap out one of the items for something you’ve been struggling to style… and it’s that simple.
Your winter basics make it easier for you to spend less on clothes and create more outfits with the clothes in your closet. Anytime something does pop up on your social calendar, no sweat, you’ll have plenty of options within your wardrobe to choose from and spending money on something new isn’t even a thought that crosses your mind.
Make picking out your outfits for your days off much easier and less stressful by relying your winter wardrobe basics.
Below are 5 different outfits pulled from Building A Wardrobe: Winter Basics eBook with a different item in place of a winter basic to illustrate how easy it can be to create outfits around all of those items you’ve been struggling to wear.
Use these 100 outfits as your guide to begin creating winter outfits around all the clothes you’re not wearing.
The printed blouse that you just had to have but could never put together an outfit for it, swap out a top for your blouse and you’ll finally be able to wear it. P.S. leather pants can totally work for the day and they don’t always have to be dressed up. This eBook also shows you different ways to dress up and dress down your clothes.
How often do you find yourself in a jumpsuit? If you don’t own one yet, invest in one. Just like your leather pants, you can also wear a jumpsuit in a more casual way. Instead of the obvious one pieces - a dress, swap out a dress from this eBook and warm up to wearing a different kind of one piece, you’ll have plenty of other ways to wear it so you won’t have to struggle with creating more outfits around it. Sneakers, a jumpsuit, a leather jacket and printed clutch - chic, casual and stylish.
Opt for a sweater dress and swap out a layer for this green trench jacket adding a nice pop of color to your outfit. Your winter basics is where you start to add more variety into your wardrobe through added colors and prints. This pop of green (or the color you choose) is an easy way to add a little personality to simple all-black outfit.
Mix it up - play around with a color and print to create a look filled with personality. It makes wearing colors much easier because you’ll have plenty of wears to incorporate color into your outfits without creating a look that feels too over the top. This outfit is the perfect mix of fun, casual and dressy.
Go for the laid-back chic look and opt for an off-the-shoulder oversized sweatshirt paired with your leather pants, sneakers and a pop of color through your accessories. If you’re struggling with how to add color into your wardrobe, this eBook makes the process easier for you. If you live for the athleisure style, this outfit is right up your alley.
Putting together outfits is 10 times easier when you have the basic pieces in your wardrobe. Head to brunch with your girlfriends in style minus the headache of putting together a stylish look!
Slacks, dressy pants are only meant for in the office or when you want to dress up, right? Wrong!
Question to ask yourself: do you love to look good without having to (1) always spend money to create new options in your closet or (2) resort to wearing the same outfits?
This I’m sure is an obvious yes.
However, it’s extremely hard to avoid falling victim to constant spending and/or being stuck in the same outfits when you label your clothes as “dressy” or “casual” and only wear them that way. Sure, a pair of slacks maybe dressier but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them in a casual and put together way.
One of the tricks to being able to create different outfits around your clothes without always shopping is learning how to toss those labels aside and learn how to maximize your wardrobe.
You have to learn how to shop from within, not shop to spend.
The only way to get more wear out of your clothes and be able to mix and match everything in your closet is simple, here’s the key:
1- Invest in your wardrobe basics
You can pair your basics with everything single item you have. Those colored blouses, striped blazer to your favorite red jacket, you can style your basics with each of these garments and they’ll be an instant match. No hesitation included.
That new skirt or that new dress that you recently bought, you’ll have a ton of ways to style them with the help of your basics.
Invest in your basics, shop less.
2- Stop labeling your garments
Wearing your dressy pieces only when you want to dress up or your casual pieces when you’re going for laid back look only is eliminating half of the outfit options in your closet. Everything you have can be dressed up or dressed down.
Did you think you had to spend money every time you needed a new outfit? You don’t. In fact, that’s the quickest way to waste your money. Shopping for new options instead of shopping from within is only filling up your wardrobe with random pieces, single outfits to one-time wears. If you ever feel like you have a closet filled with clothes and nothing to wear, this is why.
With your basics you can dress up and dress your clothes and create different outfits around the same pieces… without having to shop, shop, shop.
In this blog post here, I shared four tops you can style with anything. Because you can style your basics with anything they’re an instant match to all of your dressy pants and slacks. These four tops are both casual and dressy but adding a dressier top a dressy pant doesn’t mean you won’t be able to dress down your look, with your basics there is always a way.
Here you have four different outfits surrounding one pair of slacks, you see how your basics just created four different outfits for you?
You can add flats or a pair of heels to either look, layer it and accessorize and still be able to dress down these outfits. In Build + Maximize Your Wardrobe: The Basics eBook I break down your wardrobe basics into dressy and casual categories allowing you to see which styled garments, shoes and accessories you can add to any outfit to either dress it up or dress it down.
Understanding how to use your basics to dress up/dress down your clothes doesn’t only save you money or give you more outfit options it helps you save time. Think about all the times you’ve gotten dressed just to not love your outfit and then switch in and out of different outfits. When you know how to complete your outfits to dress it up or dress it down, you’ll be able to quickly get dressed, stick to the outfit you wanted to wear and allow your basics to finish off your look if its too dressy or too casual for you.
If your job allows a more flexible or casual work attire the last thing you want to do is stroll into work with a thrown together look just because you can. While a casual look may surround majority casual pieces - jeans, maybe a tee, you can still pull off a casual and polished look for a day at work.
Pulling off a casual look still requires putting forth effort in putting together your look because you still want to look the part; for example, if your outfit is a tee and a pair of jeans, what else can you add to your look to help polish it up a bit?
I breakdown 24 different pieces - shoes, accessories and clothes that you can add to any outfit to help add a dressier touch to it or those pieces that’ll help add a casual element to a dressier outfit. These 24 pieces covered in this eBook will allow transitioning your pieces through different outfits easier and allow you to wear a super casual outfit but still look stylish and chic.
Wearing jeans at work requires balance with your look; having a mix of both casual and dressy pieces will make it easier for you to pull off a casual and laid-back look but still look the part. Since you can wear jeans year-round, below are 6 different ways you can style your jeans at work in winter and spring.
Using Your Wardrobe Basics
Those 24 pieces I mentioned, happen to be your basics. The pieces you can style with everything in your wardrobe. Even though they’re basic pieces, you can still dress them up. In Build + Maximize Your Wardrobe: The Basics eBook you’ll learn how to simplify your wardrobe and the pieces you need to have to mix and match your clothes. Putting together casual outfits that don’t feel thrown together is easier to pull off with your basics.
Below are 2 out of the 140 outfit ideas included with this eBook:
Dress Up Your Jeans
Because you can pair your basics with everything in your closet, they are the most valuable pieces in your wardrobe. You can use these pieces to create outfits around every single piece you own. Instead of feeling like you need to constantly shop because you’re lacking certain pieces or need a more “dressier” look, you can use your basics to dress up or dress down everything in your closet. In Build + Maximize Your Wardrobe: The Basics eBook, you’ll have a breakdown of all 24 pieces in their intended casual or dressy categories so you know which pieces you can to any outfit to dress it up or dress it down. It’s an easy fix and more affordable than shopping to add in new pieces. You'll also have access to a private online shopping guide so you can start updating your wardrobe with the basic pieces.
You’ll have over 50 more outfits with this eBook bundle showing you how to transition your basics through different seasons. Below are two outfits from this eBook, showing you two more ways to pull off wearing jeans at work.
See, your basics can be just as stylish! Throughout this eBook, you'll also learn how to add in different neutral colors and prints giving you more options on styling your pieces over and over to create new outfits around your clothes.
Even though you can wear your basics year-round, you still want pieces in your wardrobe that cater to different seasons. Your winter basics also include a mix of casual and dressy pieces so it’s easier for you to create an outfit for any occasion without having to spend money on new clothes.
Adding in your seasonal pieces is where you start to diversify your wardrobe and add in more color and different prints. Update your go-to jeans look for a day at work with an added print or pop of color.
This eBook lays out 24 winter basics, 100 different ways to wear your winter clothes plus an online shopping guide, remember, your basics are classic pieces that are always on trend each season, every year which is why they’re your basics. They are your foundation pieces that allow you build out your outfits and mix and match everything you have in your closet. With your basics, you don’t need to spend as much money on clothes because you’ll have a wardrobe filled with options and know how to create different outfits around the same pieces.
Winter To Spring
One of advantages of adding in your wardrobe basics and winter basics is you can easily transition these pieces into different seasons. Just because your winter basics work for cold weather, you can still wear them in spring. Maximizing your wardrobe starts from within your wardrobe, not spending money.
Once you take the time to invest in your basics, your life will be much easier when getting dressed each day and more exciting putting together new outfits around your pieces. Come spring, transition your winter pieces into spring and swap out a piece for a spring basic instead.
You can make your money stretch when you have your basics.
Jeans, one of the most basic and casual garments can be just as stylish as any other outfit - and piling on jewelry or wearing heels isn’t the answer. Learn how to use your basics to make your life easier to maximize your outfit options, save you money and allow you to feel more stylish in every outfit you put on.
The key with pulling off casual and polished looks is being intentional with how you’re building out your outfits, each piece you add to your outfit has a role. When you understand what type of garments, accessories and shoes to add to your outfit, you’ll have endless outfit options within your wardrobe. This eBook here and here teaches you what to focus on when styling your outfits.
Update Your Jeans Collection:
You can pull off just about any style at work - ankle, straight, bootcut, boyfriend to flare; the only style I would refrain from wearing is distressed jeans with a lot of holes and tears.
Start Getting More Wear Out Of Your Clothes Without Always Spending! Your Next Steps:
Sweater dresses work for any age and surprisingly enough can be worn year-round. This wardrobe staple comes in different styles, colors, lengths to fits making it easier for you to transition this garment through different seasons, events and occasions. While this styled dress may appear to be more casual, you know in my books, these labels don’t exist. You can easily pull off a casual or dressy look in and out of the office surrounding a sweater dress.
A sweater dress is one of my recommended winter wardrobe basics as covered in my eBook, here. With the different ways to style a sweater dress laid out in this eBook, with the right pieces, you can easily transition your garments into spring.
Instead of confining your pieces to one season, learn how to work them into other seasons and get more wear out of your clothes (minus the constant shopping)!