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When it comes to wardrobe curating, there are two main categories that make up our closets: basics and staples. Sometimes these words are used interchangeably, but I think there is a difference.
Basics: They are foundational, they are the building blocks of every outfit. Basics need styling with other items, they help add to the overall look.
Staples: These pieces can stand on their own. They are the star of the outfit, they showcase your personal style.
The commonality between basics and staples is that they can be worn with almost anything in your closet. Let’s take a deeper dive into each category here.
Because you will be wearing these items quite often, they should stand the test of time. These items might be the most expensive items in your closet and in my opinion, they should be.
When you think of basics, what comes to mind? A white tee? A pair of jeans? While yes, these do have an important place in your closet, don’t get caught up in what you might think of as a “classic”. You have to define what a classic means to you. For example, I recently bought a button-up blouse because almost every closet list says it is a must-have. While it looks great on many, it didn’t work for me, no matter all the different ways I tried to style it. The matter of fact is: if you don’t feel good in it, you won’t wear it.
Another thing about basics is not to assume they are neutral or boring. As someone who doesn’t wear much black, I have found joy in combining colors in unexpected ways. My closet does not look as cohesive as many Pinterest capsule collection boards do, but it is versatile for me. So buy those army green pants, just as long as they can help create at least 5 other outfits.
Below are a few examples of some closet basics:
As said before, staples should be the “totally you” pieces. “Totally you” pieces are the items that shout your name, and anyone who knows you will think of you when they see it. These items should be a mood booster, they should help you out on your bad days when you don’t know what to wear.
Once you understand your staples and start incorporating them in different ways into your outfits, you will create some really stylish looks. And the beauty of this all is that it won’t bother you that you are re-wearing outfits or wearing similar outfits because they make you feel so good.
Here are some staples to add to your closet:
In the end, understanding what basics and staples mean to you will help make your closet much more satisfactory, ending the cycle of unnecessary consumption.
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Till next time,