These 5 Simple Steps Will Help You Build A Versatile & Healing Wardrobe

All Day Alba
20 Jul , 2021

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: Be meticulous about the quality, touch and feel of your clothing

The pieces you choose on a particular day will be with you (and directly contacting your skin!) all day, so be meticulous and choose pieces made from comfortable and healthy fabrics. Educate yourself so you know what the impact of the clothing will have on you.

For example, a synthetic shirt may make you feel itchy and thus antsy throughout the day. You may not feel comfortable which can cause you to perform less efficiently and effectively. Whereas, if the materials are quality, you will feel settled in your own skin throughout the day, allowing you to relax and conquer whatever it is that is on your schedule.

Alba's styling tip: Our iconic Mia Dress looks like a fitted ready-to-wear yet feels like a soft and soothing legging. By wearing Mia for a busy and active day, you won't feel the need to change even if you're running around because it is moisture wicking and kind to your skin.

Step #3: Wear clothing that can actively improve your skin and decrease muscle fatigue!

Nothing feels as good as a two-for-one! With certain fabrics, you can address cellulite, skin blemishes and exhausted muscles by simply wearing the clothing.

We searched and searched until we found a fabric that actually reduces muscle fatigue and recovery, plus the visible reduction of cellulite.

Instead of relying on magic, we encourage you to wear leggings that have the power to change your body. Since you probably want to wear leggings all day everyday anyhow, you may as well wear ones made from a powerful fabric whose smart fibers naturally and safely convert your body heat into far infrared rays (FIR). When the FIR's are emitted back to your skin, the outcome is smoother, healthier skin, re-energized muscles and the reduced appearance of cellulite.

Alba's styling tip: We offer pieces that are scientifically-proven through internationally recognized protocols, to reduce the visible appearance of cellulite. By wearing our Althea Legging , Emma Cropped Legging and Alisson Biker Short consecutively for 30 days for about 6 hours per day, you will notice an improvement of muscle energy and a visible reduction in the appearance of cellulite.

Can't wait 30 days? You will enjoy an instantaneous smooth outer appearance and boost of energy that has no guidelines, due to the pieces' magical compression fabric that gives you a feeling of unstoppability, and a toned and lineless physique; just by getting dressed, you will be rewarded with looking and feeling absolutely flawless!

Step #4: 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 #5: 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.

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  • Posted On July 21, 2021 by Mia

    I bought the Althea Legging and every time I wear it, it literally transmits some sort of energy to my legs and my body….the. fabric really is magical….I feel much more awake when wearing them over my “regular” leggings…it is amazing!

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