Tips For Building Your Dream Staple Wardrobe!

More people are focusing on building their dream staple wardrobe, shopping for life rather than for just one occasion. If you’re wanting to learn a bit more about staple wardrobes and how you can start building them, you’re in the right place. Building a staple wardrobe definitely doesn’t need to cost a fortune, which we hope we’re going to prove with our tips! So, let’s get into it and help you to start building your staple wardrobe.

Use The 50 Wears Rule

Firstly, whenever you’re going to buy something, ask yourself “will I wear this at least 50 times”? If the answer is no, it’s not going to be a core part of your staple wardrobe. A staple wardrobe is all about quality pieces that you can mix and match with almost every other piece in your wardrobe, rather than something that only goes with one thing that you have in your wardrobe. You will have some exceptions to the rule, for example you might have classic black short dresses that you wear once or twice a year to special occasions and you might not wear that 50 times. However, focusing on items that you know you will wear a lot for the most part is important. When it comes to things like evening dresses, there are great companies where you can rent dresses, which is a really eco-friendly option and it also gives you the chance to wear lots of stunning dresses, rather than just one for every special occasion! Or, if you really fall in love with something like Christmas party dresses, add it to your wardrobe and then lend it to friends as a great compromise.

Have Great Neutral Base Layers

Next up, having great neutral base layers in your dream staple wardrobe is so important. When you have classic t-shirts, knitwear, jeans, blazers and well tailored trousers in your wardrobe, you can build endless different looks around them that are absolutely timeless, look stunning and can easily be brought to life with accessories. Look mainly for pieces that are black, white and nude, then choose some classic styles of jeans, blazers and coats. You should also fit a couple of staple dresses like little black dresses, to layer and style with all of your staple pieces. When it comes to neutral layers, it’s easy to think that you need to quickly order lots and get everything at once, however instead you should compile a list and tick off one thing each month. We’re going to talk more about this on our next point!

Buy Better Quality Less Often

Carrying on from our last point, the best thing you can do when it comes to your staple wardrobe is to buy better quality less often. Buying a piece once a month that will last you for years, if not decades, and that perfectly fits you, not only allows you to build a fantastic wardrobe but it also will likely be more cost effective long term, as you don’t need to replace items as frequently. With social media trends it’s so easy to think you want to fill your wardrobe with new things really quickly, however the best way to build your wardrobe with pieces that can last decades is to buy better quality less often. Do your budget for the month, identify how much you can comfortably afford to spend and then use that to choose your staple piece for the month. Another good rule is to make sure that you only buy things that you could comfortably afford to buy twice, otherwise it’s too expensive.

Consider Vintage and Second Hand Pieces

Another great way to access great quality clothing without the price tag is to consider vintage and second hand pieces. When you know what to look for, vintage and second hand pieces can be a key part of your staple wardrobe, as you can access really good quality without having to pay full price for it. So, your clothes will last longer and you could potentially also invest in some designer pieces if that’s what you’re into, without having to spend a small fortune. Often when people think about vintage or second hand shops, they automatically think of smelly and old clothes that no one would want, but in many cases, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of vintage and second hand boutiques, just make sure you’re paying what they’re actually worth as many places markup horrendously! When it comes to things like swimwear and bikini sets, perhaps stick to brand new though!

Don’t Underestimate Accessories

Lastly, don’t underestimate the power of accessories when it comes to your staple wardrobe. Having fantastic shoes, bags, belts, hats, scarves and jewellery that are timeless will complete your wardrobe. You’d be surprised at how much an outfit can transform with a few simple accessory additions, so add a few to your staple wardrobe and have fun trying out different looks. This is an example of where you can definitely look for vintage and second hand pieces, as so many people have unused accessories just sitting in their wardrobes waiting for a loving home! If you have a dreamy walk-in wardrobe, this is also a great way to get creative and decorate with your stunning accessories in display cases.