9-14-19 Q: What's a Wardrobe Basic?

September 14, 2019, 7:47 am by MSP


Dear MissusSmartyPants,

You mention the importance of having more basics in your wardrobe frequently, but I'm not sure what constitutes a basic. I'm assumming it's clothing that are simply constructed, but won't that make your wardrobe boring and plain? Can you help out a style newbie? Why should we have more basics and exactly what are they?

Many thanks, Carole

What's a wardrobe basic?

MSP HERE: Dear Carole,

That's a great question. Wardrobe basics are the foundation (or strength) of your wardrobe. Your wardrobe should be 70-80% of these basic items: dark denims, dress slacks, casual pants, classic shorts, cotton v-neck sweaters, cardigans, button-down shirts, dress blouses, cotton tees (various sleeve lengths), basic sheath dress, A-line skirts.

With the right amount and blend of wardrobe basics, you will have a lot less "I don't have anything to wear" moments! So, long story short, more trendy printed blouses are not the answer to improving your style-it's actually quality wardrobe basics!

A basic is something that…

1. I can wear this over and over and over again, until it falls apart

2. It goes with everything I already own

3. I pretty much can’t live without it

4. Is the glue that helps me keep the rest of my wardrobe together

5. It is made of good fabric that will last for a very long time


Hope that helps! Get the right basics, sprinkle in a few currents trends and your wardrobe will come together.


Love, Leslie MSP

P.S. For a LIST of wardrobe basics, please view "Must-have Basics" in your body type Personal Profile.




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