Edit wardrobe down to 30 essential pieces
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.