As we’re entering a new season it’s time to review, reinvent, refresh, revamp and renew our wardrobes…

Here in the Southern hemisphere, we’re entering the Autumn / Winter 2019 season of dressing… Think lovely layers – so much fun!

Anyone who knows me knows I 100% advocate a high functioning, trans-seasonal wardrobe…

Not only because it’s more cost effective and efficient… but with a little creativity, we can generate fabulous, individual style through clever layering…

Think YOUR way, YOUR style, YOUR terms.

At this point in fashion time I’d say the whole ‘seasonal wardrobe’ thing has become a bit redundant…

With the choices available nowadays we no longer need a Spring Wardrobe, a Summer Wardrobe, an Autumn Wardrobe and a Winter Wardrobe.

Sure, I have winter woollies I wouldn’t wear in Summer and some linen pieces I don’t wear in Winter…

But besides that, I wear most of my clothes year round…

TIP: Through Spring and Autumn dress warmer on the bottom, lighter on top with the option of layering up with a scarf and a jacket or coat.

Essentially we want basic pieces that offer flexibility and longevity. Meaning key pieces that we can wear now (in many different situations) AND down later (for many different occasions).

So that brings me to the crucial first step in building a wardrobe: BUILD YOUR FOUNDATION – and make it as solid as a rock!

You need this so that every day you have stylish outfit options that are suitable for what you are heading out to do…

Depending on your Signature Style, you’ll want to add in some fun and some finish but that comes AFTER the foundation is built 😉

So let’s do this

Build your ‘wardrobe essentials’ foundation. Pieces that are not bound to any particular season (or location) that can be styled up, down, round and round AND look amazing…

I like to have basic pieces that have just enough interest to make them not so ‘basic’… And keep these pieces in NEUTRAL – this is key to ensure they function as they need to…

This list will be different for everyone (I don’t believe there are ‘10 wardrobe items every woman should own’)

Just think in terms of your season-in, season-out favourites – here are some suggestions of the type of pieces that will serve you well as your wardrobe foundation…

THE OUTERWEAR

THE TOPS

THE BOTTOMS

I’d say if you’re a regular jeans wearer you also need…

From a ‘YOU’ selection of these foundation pieces, you can create countless outfit options…

BUT of course we need to add a bit of fun and finish, I’ll be back with that soon…

In summary – my wardrobe advice is ALWAYS:

  • build a foundation – have a selection of key neutral pieces that you can wear daily
  • have bit of fun on the side – embrace colour, texture and print
  • finish strong – accessories, accessories, accessories

In the meantime dive into your wardrobe and work out what’s working and what’s missing from your foundation…

I’d love to hear how you go building your wardrobe foundation so let me know in the comments section below.

PS I’m a proud promoter of stores and brands I love and respect. This post contains affiliate links, which means if you click to buy the item, I earn a small commission but you don’t pay extra. This helps pay for a smidge of the time that it takes me to create these tips for you.  All pieces promoted here I would happily wear myself and recommend to my clients.

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