Using Base Layers to Build Your Wardrobe

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This week’s video is all about using a couple simple base layers to build your wardrobe.

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I did a little “fashion math,” and realized that once you start using base layers + third item, you will start increasing the number of outfits you have in your wardrobe, exponentially.

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For example, a black tunic and leggings as the base layer + 5 different “third pieces,” whether a cardigan, vest, kimono or blazer, creates 7 different outfits. If you add another base layer – say a black turtleneck and black jeans or slacks + the same 5 different third pieces, you now have another 7 outfits, just by adding 2 additional items. Add a white tee and a pair of denim to the mix as another base layer, and those 2 items add ANOTHER 7 outfits…and so on.

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It’s kind of brilliant when you think about it. Rather than just buying things willy-nilly…”oh, I like this so I’ll buy it,” ask yourself the question, does it go well over one of your base layers. If it does, then that’s a wise purchase.

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Of course, you’re always going to want to have some “wild cards” in your wardrobe to spice things up a bit, like this black floral print. But I try to limit the number of outliers I purchase and stick to “things that will go with many other things.” That way I can make the most outfits.

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I explain it more fully in the video and you’ll see the theory in action, as I make many different outfits from just a few items.

What I Wore:

* Pink chenille cardigan from Charlotte Russe, size 3x
* Black floral top by American Rag from Gwynnie Bee, size 3x
* Black skinny jeans from Charlotte Russe, no longer in stock, size 22

 

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4 thoughts on “Using Base Layers to Build Your Wardrobe

  1. The video is great! You have some good lighting where you’re shooting them. I totally agree with you about having a versatile base layer and then topping it with different 3rd pieces. When I figured out the whole “capsule wardrobe” thing my mind was blown! I used to buy things that you could only wear one way or with only one item and then you end up not wearing it often and getting your money’s worth. Happy Thursday!

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    1. Thanks for visiting!
      Yeah, I’m still on the search for the perfect videoing spot…the best light spots have boring backgrounds…I’m still not really *decorated* in the new apartment. It’s an ongoing challenge!
      I’m so much happier with my wardrobe now that I follow (more or less!) a couple simple rules. I finally understand that (for me, anyway) it’s about OUTFITS not ITEMS. I can’t go out in just a top 🙂
      Yay, it’s almost the weekend!

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