Edit wardrobe down to 30 es­sen­tial pieces

Life & Style Weekend - - CLOSET - — Re­becca Sul­li­van, re­becca.sul­li­van@news.com.au

GOT a wardrobe full of clothes but noth­ing to wear? It’s a prob­lem stylist Wendy Mak en­coun­ters all the time with her clients.

“Most of us have way too much stuff that we never wear and for some peo­ple, get­ting dressed ev­ery day causes a lot of angst,” Mak said.

“I found my­self rec­om­mend­ing the same pieces over and over again to clients so I de­cided to cre­ate a guide that can help peo­ple to edit their wardrobes down to the cru­cial es­sen­tials that we ac­tu­ally wear day-in day-out.”

That guide is Mak’s new book, The Cap­sule Wardrobe: 1000 Out­fits From 30 Pieces. It’s a list of 30 ba­sic items ev­ery woman should own as a start­ing point to build­ing a full wardrobe.

Mak said we wore only 20% of cloth­ing in our wardrobes and tended to buy the same pieces over and over.

You don’t have to go full-on Marie Kondo and start culling ev­ery­thing. Here are some tips:

BOT­TOMS: ◗ Jeans: Choose an al­ter­nate shape to skinny, if that suits you best ◗ Ca­sual pant in taupe or mush­room: Look for a ca­sual pant with­out ex­ter­nal pock­ets or em­bel­lish­ments, such as stitch­ing de­tail, so you can dress it up if needed ◗ Tailored pant in black: Select a style and cut that flat­ters you best.

TOPS: ◗ Ba­sic black tank: If you aren’t a fan of black, select a dark char­coal in­stead ◗ Ba­sic white tank: If white doesn’t suit you, an off-white or cream will do just the trick ◗ A colour­ful blouse: Choose a bold colour that makes you look and feel good, and that works with both black and tan or cream items. DRESSES: ◗ A ca­sual day dress: Keep any prints or pat­terns small and con­gru­ous, with a mix of light and dark colours in the print for max­i­mum ver­sa­til­ity ◗ A lit­tle black dress: For both work and play, en­sure the hem and neck­line are mod­est enough for work and ide­ally look for a short or cap sleeve

JACK­ETS: ◗ A trench coat: A clas­sic coat or trench in a stone or beige will com­ple­ment ev­ery­thing.

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