My husband was gone on a business trip for over a week. Without really planning, I began mixing and matching basic pieces to get me through. It was super easy, took very little thought, and I felt put together even though he was gone and I usually end up in leggings by the end of his trips.
I started out with 10 items:
- Graphic Tee
- Black and White patterned top
- Chambray top
- Grey Tee
- Boyfriend Jeans
- Cargo Shorts
- Metallic Sandals
He was gone for six days, so I have six days of pictures. However, these pieces can be mixed to make at least three more outfits!
Day 1: Graphic tee + Joggers + Sandals
Day 2: Chambray top + Cargo Shorts + Sandals
Day 3: Grey tee + Cargo Shorts + Metallic Sandals (added a hat for my wet hair)
Day 4: Black and White patterned top + Boyfriend Jeans + Sneakers (added a kimono for church)
Day 5: Grey tee + Boyfriend Jeans + Sandals
Day 6: Black and White patterned top + Joggers + Metallic Sandals (added a straw purse)
These pieces could easily be mixed to make the following outfits:
Day 7: Graphic Tee + Cargo Shorts + Sneakers
Day 8: Chambray top + Joggers + Sandals
Day 9: Black and White patterned top + Cargo Shorts + Metallic Sandals
Day 10: Grey tee + Joggers + Sneakers
When bloggers talk about getting a closet full of basic pieces, this is what they are talking about. When you fill your closet with items that go together, you have infinite possibilities and it becomes effortless to get dressed in the morning. It helps to pick a mostly neutral color palette with one pop of color like I did above (Black and White + Jeans + Chambray + Grey + Olive)!
Have you ever tried narrowing your wardrobe down to a capsule? I love doing this every now and then, even for a small period of time (like a long weekend or a family vacation)!