Layer and accessorize.
By keeping a few staples in your wardrobe in a variety of solid colors and a basic enough form that it can be adapted for any occasion, you can mix and match all your accessories and pile on layers as needed to create completely different outfits. You'll be able to make your wardrobe work for you in any situation without feeling like you're wearing the same old thing over and over again.
To prove our point, we started with this cute but plain shirt and skirt.
And turned it into two completely different outfits--one clean and classy to wear to work and one fun and flirty for going out to lunch.
At the Office: Clean and Classy
1. Downeast Basics: Short Sleeve Crew, White; $12.99. 2. Target: Women’s Mossimo Black Piper-Heeled Sandal, Black; $29.99. 3. Downeast Basics: Drawing Parallels Skirt, Tiger Lily; $36.99. 4. Old Navy: Women’s Triple-Strand Beaded Necklace, Black; $15.94. 5. H&M: 4-pack Earrings (1 shown); $3.95. 6. Gap: Classic Two-Button Blazer, Black; $98.00. 7. H&M: Bag; $19.95.
Out to Lunch: Fun and Flirty
1. Old Navy: Women’s Floral Gauze Scarf, Green Goddess; $14.94. 2. Gap: Braided Wooden Sandals, Rain Slicker Yellow; $70.99. 3. Shabby Apple: Botanical Belle Earrings; $23.00. 4. Downeast Basics: Drawing Parallels Skirt, Tiger Lily; $36.99. 5. Downeast Basics: Short Sleeve Crew, White; $12.99. 6. Target: LPLP Linea Pelle Large Crossbody, Yellow; $19.99.
To get started on reinventing your wardrobe, make sure you've got the basics: solid colors, versatile styles, etc. Then start building with some of these layering essentials:
-Cardigans and blazers
-Necklaces, earrings, and bracelets
-Tights, leggings, and socks
-Interesting hair pieces