Covering All Your Bases
Styles and trends are in continuous shift, but they do come back around. You’re not going to be able to keep up with them 100% of the time; but you are going to be able to stay primarily “on top” of things if you have right baseline garments, and recycle ensembles as necessary when old trends become new again.
Granted, there are some things which you can never really prepare for in advance. Extreme formal wear comes immediately to mind. When it comes to a wedding dress, you don’t want to repurpose something from your youth!
When you’re looking to find a wedding dress for your dream day, you shouldn’t get too bogged down on the price, either; it’s a special event in your life, splurge a little—according to Azazie.com: “…increased spending is completely voluntary…to a larger degree couples feel the additional cost is worth it.”
Something else which can be a little monochromatic in terms of utility are clothes designed specifically for athletic purposes, like sporting outfits, tap-dancing shoes, and leotards.
Clothing Items With Wide Usage Variety
Leotards for girls are a good wardrobe piece for your household; especially if your daughter has an affinity for dance—according to JustForKix.com, “Among dancers…leotards are one of the staples of the art. They’re snug, comfortable, and allow dancers of all skill levels to perform their craft without the…hindrance…bulkier clothing…cause[s].”
Also, leotards can be used as a baseline clothing item for an ensemble. Stylistically, there are many outfits today which are based around clothing items of this kind. If you want to be relevant going forward, put on your checklist clothing items that can be repurposed multiple ways. A leather jacket can be sporty or elegantly chic. If it’s the right kind of jacket. Some can only be used in one or two outfits successfully.
Your basic strategy needs to be sourcing wardrobe items which can be used in diverse ways in order to fit your needs throughout the year. To that end, a great strategy is layering. You can start with a simple undergarment layer which might be a leotard, or something less constricting in terms of restroom access.
From there you might have a t-shirt or something offset by a vest. You can throw an elegant blouse on top, but most blouses aren’t made to be layered generally. They are often designed to match a scarf, skirt, or pants-suit combo. Also, if you’ve got a furred scarf, you can match that with a soft hat of some variety for extreme elegance.
Shoes And The Future
You can’t forget your shoes; you’ll want a pair for every occasion. Sandles, boots, sneakers, high-heels, and hybrids which combine a boot and a heel for the maximum in attractiveness and utility, as well as comfort.
Something else coming to dominate the market today is designer clothing—that is: garments that have been deliberately designed in a custom way. Now oftentimes, going with a designer wardrobe will limit which outfits can be combined with which clothing items. However, you may find that customizing garments can give them greater versatility.
Lastly, you want simple, comfortable, casual clothes which can be worn at home or to the supermarket. Sweats, tie-dyed shirts, slippers, sweatshirts, jerseys—the list goes on! Ensure you’ve got comfortable clothes that you can wear around the house, and which you can go out in if necessary. Of course, it’s always better to get yourself dolled up!
The one saving grace of fashion is its cyclical nature. Even though it’s changing substantially now, it will soon come back in a certain way. Think of it like a spiral—each outward spiral is similar, but different, from the preceding one. With fashion you’re looking at a very similar phenomenon.