I know it sounds crazy, but it’s TRUE. If every piece mixes with every other piece, just these 12 garments can give you enough options to dress for an entire season without duplicating an outfit. Of course I’m not expecting you to live with only 12 garments in your closet. But if you start with this wardrobe foundation, each future item you add will give you an amazing pay-off in added versatility. Pretty soon you’ll be complaining that you don’t go enough cool places to show off all those great outfits.
You may not be able plan a grouping where each of your 12 pieces goes with everything else. Don’t let that stop you! If the best you can do is “most pieces work with most other pieces” and your 12 garments only yield 84 outfits … or 72 or 58 or whatever … isn’t that way better than you’re doing now?
The garments pictured are NOT specific style recommendations. They just represent bottom garments, under-layer tops and over-layer tops. Feel free to substitute other styles that fit your body, your lifestyle and your preferences.
For additional style options, check these posts on choosing bottoms, under-layer tops and over-layer tops. The specific recommendations you’ll find there are sewing patterns for my DIY readers. But even if you don’t sew a stitch, the array of styles shown will expand your thought process before you head to the mall to shop.