These 3 simple steps will help you build a versatile wardrobe
Have you ever stood in front of your wardrobe, surrounded by a heap of trousers and tops, yet feeling like you have nothing to wear? If so, you’re not alone! Choosing an appropriate outfit when you have a full day ahead full of errands, meetings, and opportunities can feel overwhelming, especially when you want to feel comfortable while still looking pulled together. Those nothing-to-wear days can be frustrating and damaging to your confidence, not to mention a waste of time trying to find something suitable to wear! Luckily, there are simple tips you can follow to build a versatile wardrobe that will leave you empowered to face the day ahead.
What is a versatile wardrobe?
A versatile wardrobe is important because it allows you to dress for any occasion, without spending hours trying on clothes in front of the mirror! The best wardrobes are carefully curated to a thoughtful selection of reliable basics that can be mixed and matched to create comfortable, stylish outfits that will take you easily from morning breakfast dates to Zoom meetings to evening drinks.
A well-curated wardrobe simplifies decision-making and avoids unnecessary brain fatigue
Did you know that your brain gets tired from decision-making? Simplifying and streamlining your outfit choice each morning frees up space for the decisions that really matter in life. There is a reason why Steve Jobs wore similar blue jeans and gray t-shirts every day for years! We aren’t suggesting you only have one outfit choice in your wardrobe, but versatile styles that are functional will help you avoid decision fatigue first thing in the morning.
Buying less is also kinder to the environment
Aside from your personal peace of mind, a small but versatile wardrobe is also kinder to the environment. The fashion industry has become one of the biggest polluters in the world. Moving away from “fast fashion” is one of the best and easiest ways to combat the industry's damage to our beautiful planet. It is not just a lifestyle fix for yourself but a kind fix for the planet too. If you can shop at brands that use eco-friendly fabrics (like we do!), you can also relax knowing that you can treat yourself to new items while minimizing your carbon footprint.
Now you know why having a versatile wardrobe is so important, let’s dive into the 3 simple tips you can try for curating a closet full of useful styles you love and feel great in! Relaxed confidence and timeless style are only three steps away…
Step #1: Select your hero pieces in high-quality fabrics and flattering silhouettes to create a strong foundation for your versatile wardrobe
A hero piece is an item of clothing that is your go-to style for creating an outfit. Whether it’s a flattering dress, comfortable A-line skirt, or a great pair of pants – hero pieces are supposed to withstand the test of time. You don’t need to stock up on ‘basics’ for your hero pieces, as long as they are versatile and offer options for mix-and-match outfits.
For example, pastel colors (such as Sundown Pink) are just as easy to pair together as black or white neutrals, and dazzling jewel colors (such as Dawn Blue) are also easy to match with other colors in your wardrobe. Similarly, hero pieces don’t need to be plain! Choosing styles with subtle details will help to instantly elevate any outfit.
When choosing your hero pieces, think about whether you can layer them with your existing clothes. Look for styles in striking silhouettes that flatter and enhance your natural body shape.
Fabrics that offer sports durability (such as being moisture-wicking or wrinkle-free) are low-maintenance and should offer comfortable 4-way stretch and breathability. A hero piece that is easy to launder is essential for making it last as long as possible. Simplify the laundry process and make it as hassle-free as possible for yourself. Avoid items that require dry-cleaning, hand-washing or are extremely delicate.
Alba's styling tip: Our much beloved Nadia Pant is an amazing hero piece for any wardrobe, no matter what your style is! There are two colors available: Dawn Blue and Midnight Black. The cherry blossom print on the side is subtle yet chic. It has pretty hand drawn details that instantly glam up your outfit, taking you easily from street style to girl boss.
Step #2: Shop for styles that are easy to mix and match
The easiest way to make sure you will wear your new pieces is to shop in outfits. When you shop for new items, try to purchase complete “looks” that you can mix and match rather than one-off pieces that you may find challenging to pair with the rest of your wardrobe. Many brands showcase their products together, to provide inspiration on how to wear them. At All Day Alba, we’ve carefully designed each one of the styles in our collection to be worn together, either with matching coordinates or elegant, complimentary separates
Alba's styling tip: The Maria Mini Skirt and The Serena 3/4 Sleeve Top look fantastic when paired together. In the mood to switch things up? You can also pair The Serena 3/4 Sleeve Top and with the Nadia Pant for a stunning ensemble that is comfortable enough to wear all day long.
The idea is that you will never run out of outfit options, because with a little creativity you can always come up with a new combination that looks elegant and stylish. Sometimes, all it takes is a little imagination to make casual styles look appropriate for a more business formal setting, or vice versa.
Step #3: Invest in quality styles that are anti-pilling and anti-wrinkle
Invest in high quality styles that do not pill or wrinkle easily. Great fabrics can make or break a piece – there is nothing worse than feeling sweaty or smelly because of poor quality material!
Great fabrics also stand the test of time. In our "disposable culture", we have become accustomed to cheap clothing and to throwing away whatever wears out – the definition of "fast fashion". This means that we have to keep throwing money away to replace all the cheap clothing annually. Buying quality pieces is clever and sustainable, as they will last you decades and can be repaired at a fraction of buying new pieces. Opt for well-crafted and sturdy pieces that won't lose their shape or come apart at the seams after a few washes.
Now you know the steps to building a versatile wardrobe, you are well on your way to cultivating all day confidence, knowing you are dressed to say yes to any unexpected opportunity. Are you looking for new styles to add to your collection? Shop our curated styles below.