Well, my friend, you have come to the right place – this is a dilemma I think I have finally solved for myself.
As many of you know, for the past year, I’ve lived in a little town on the Oregon Coast. I’ve been a city girl most of my life, living in Portland, Minneapolis, and NYC. And I have always loved fashion, and I consider dressing is one of my creative outlets.
As you can imagine, now that I’m living in a small town, I don’t get out much and struggle with how to dress. My life is pretty simple: walks on the beach, running errands, working from home, maybe going to the local trivia night every blue moon. I do head to Portland almost every week to see friends, have an occasional business meeting, and play some tennis. Given this, I’ve needed a wardrobe that straddles many situations – most of them pretty darn casual.
Adding to this conundrum is grappling with how to dress for my changing body and how to dress for less. Frankly, I really don’t want to spend a lot of money on clothes anymore. It doesn’t make sense for my lifestyle, and I would much rather spend money on experiences like travel, good food, and entertainment.
Alrighty then, let’s cut to the chase. You’ve got to shop with a plan. And here it is…
The key is creating a base of clothes with simple lines and neutral colors that can be mixed and matched for a number of occasions and can rescue you when life throws you an unexpected event. On top of the base, add your own flair through your accessories – jewelry, shoes, handbag, scarves, and glasses – with pops of color and patterns.
I put together an example below about how this can work – a capsule wardrobe that can be modified for just about any situation. It works for all body types, all ages, all styles (because you can add your own individual style). If you were to purchase all of the pieces it would only set you back about $1400.
I know that sounds like a lot, but realistically, you probably spend way more than this when you don’t have a plan. You buy a random piece and when you get it home, it sits in your closet because you wrestle with how to incorporate it with the pieces you already own.
Take a look: