Let me show you exactly how easy it can be to develop a real wardrobe – the kind that lets you reach into your closet blindfolded, pull out any item and readily build at least 3 great-looking outfits around it.
When I design wardrobes for clients I nearly always start with a Core Four in one of her most flattering neutrals – two different bottoms + one underlayer top + one overlayer. We choose the specific styles and fabrics that fit her personality and lifestyle.
Here’s an example in universally-flattering navy blue:
Those 4 garments can create 4 Color Columns. Being a dress-up dork personally, I chose more tailored garments for my example. But your bottom garments could be dark jeans, navy shorts, or yoga pants. Your under-layer top might be a navy T-shirt, tank or cami and your topper possibly a zip-front sweatshirt, a cardigan sweater or a button-front shirt worn open. Regardless of the specific styles, the concept will still work the same way.
Either bottom + under-layer top makes an “inside column” that you can wear alone or finish with a contrast over-layer. Either bottom + over-layer top makes an “outside column” that you can vary with an array of contrast under-layers.
Check back next week to see how we work in those contrast pieces to make more looks than you’d ever imagine.
What neutral pieces will you use for your Core Four? Maybe you have some pieces in closely-related neutral in your current closet – that’s a great place to start. Challenge yourself to use a starting point other than black. I’d love to see pics of your choices.