I have always been a firm believer that a woman can look and feel fabulous no matter how little money she has and how small her wardrobe is. As much as I love fashion, I have a quite small wardrobe, but it’s enough for me. The reality is that besides work, home, and occasional outings, I don’t get to do much else. Of course, no matter what I do, looking great is very important to me, so whatever clothes I do have, I selected thoughtfully and carefully.
A minimal wardrobe requires a strong solid foundation. The usual, tees, shirts, sweaters, jeans, skirts, slacks, jackets… Besides comfort and functionality, though, to set my basic wardrobe apart from others, I look for unusual detail that catches the eye. Here I am mixing seven fall wardrobe basics that mix and match with everything (EVERYTHING!) in my closet, that I can wear to work or play, and that has something that separates them from other basics. Also, besides this Zara jacket, I’ve had these items in my wardrobe for years, and I’m sure this jacket will serve me for years too! Always modern, always relevant. Here are a few details I look for when I shop for basics.
1. Look for the details.
Stitches, zippers, buttons, buckles, trims… All these details what really make the look! When shop for basics, I look for details that enhance the garment beyond basic basic. The jacket: the stitches and the zipper get rid of monotone feel of mostly all black look and add the feel of youthfulness; the ruffles along the zipper add a touch of femininity, and the faux fur adds the lux. This black jacket definitely caught my eye! Coupled with the bag’s quilt stitching and chain and bootie buckles, this outfit feels and looks modern classic and chic to me.
2. Think of colors, from basic to contrasting pops.
One of the ways to make inexpensive clothes look fabulous is choice of color. The basic black, beige, white, and grey. They always work so well together and a la carte, can’t go wrong. Then, of course, there are pops of red, or yellow, or any trendy color of the season. In this look, black, grey, and red is my combo.
Black: if I say that black dominates my wardrobe is an understatement. Black is slimming, looks amazing whether I am a brunette or a blond, and hides the imperfections of the quality of clothes. Grey: is always cool and sophisticated. Lighter colors are much less forgiving when it comes to quality, so they require a bit more investment. And the pop of red attracts the eye and adds energy into the look. Red is amazing and wears well in combination with every color and during every season!
3. Look for shape that stands out.
Extra long sleeves, oversized, disproportionally puffy or bare shoulders, flares, and tube midi skirts… I always try to look for unexpected shapes. In this outfit, three items are of somewhat different shape. Oversized sweater vs. fitted, flares vs. skinnies, round oversized glasses vs. all other glasses hehe.
What details do you look for when shop for your fall wardrobe basics? Please share!
♡ Zuma A.
In this story:
Topshop tube skirt, old (new design by Topshop here)
Mother’s flare jeans, old (also by Paige, now on sale!)
Tory Burch booties, old (similar by Vince Camuto here)
Michael Kors cross body bag, old (love this cross body bag by Tory Burch here)