I like fashion like most other women in the world. But ever since I was little, I wore hand me downs that don’t quite fit right and the style was a decade old from when the clothes were actually handed down to me. I’m the oldest child in our immediate family, so the hand me downs were from my cousins or my mom’s friends kids or where ever she can get free clothes from.
In my 20s, I was still broke and I only focused on buying the cheapest things that I can get, so the quality was never taken into consideration when buying clothes. I had random cheap stuff in my closet that I should’ve only worn one season, but I stretched them to 4-5 years. I got used to only buying cute, cheap, and random stuff here and there, now that I’m in my 30s, I don’t have a decent wardrobe and I don’t know how to build one either.
Since all I had are cheap and random
trendy out of trend clothes, I knew I needed to buy classic items with good quality so I can wear them for a long time and they won’t go out of style. These classic items can be paired with different accessories and trendy items to create different looks. But where do I start? What are classic items? What are must-have basic wardrobe items?
I searched and looked at numerous lists with titles like “10 must-have staple pieces for your wardrobe”, “25 must-have wardrobe essentials”, and etc. Then I started making my own list with items on these lists I found and added things that I thought would last a long time in terms of quality and style. Wow~ the list became super long. I would have to spend a few thousand dollars to build a “basic” wardrobe. Since I was going for classic stuff, there were a lot of stuff in black. I can go to a funeral every week for months~ and I hate funerals!
In any case, let me list the stuff I came up with, so you can tell me what’s missing or what I could take out. Help would be much appreciated especially if you can tell me names of stores for specific items on the list. You might fall asleep with this boring list, but if you already read this much, I’m going to assume you’ll stick it out until the end~^^
Tops and dresses: silk blouse, cashmere sweater or cardigan, good quality t-shirt, well tailored suit, polo shirt, silk camisole, long over-sized wrap cardigan, cable knit sweater, crisp white button down shirt, gingham or plaid button down shirt, shirt dress, little black dress, over-sized sweater
Bottoms: well fitted black pants, white skinny jeans, black pencil skirt, A-line skirt, well fitted dark skinny jeans, black leather leggings or pants, denim shorts, denim skirt, khaki trousers, well fitted light skinny jeans
Outerwear: classic mid-length coat, well fitted white and black blazer, trench coat, shawl
Accessories: leopard print scarf, black opaque tights, over-sized watch, statement necklace, pearl necklace and pearl studs, diamond studs, casual tote, evening clutch, wide leather belt, skinny colored belt
Shoes: loafers, black and cream pumps, black ankle boots, black and bright colored flats, black ankle strap open-toe heels, colored Toms, black knee-high boots, brown riding boots
I have a few items from the list currently, but that’s it. It’ll take a long time to build this wardrobe, but I think I need to start. I’m in my thirties wearing old or kiddy stuff. And I need to start getting my clothes altered to fit me better especially suits and pants. I’ve been just wearing pants that I drag or jackets that look too big because I didn’t want to pay alteration fee. It’s so weird how all this time, I’d spend hundreds of dollars on eating out a month and not buy a decent clothes not even for work.
What are your essential wardrobe items? Do you currently have all those items?