Ok-so I have a basic philosophy that all a woman needs in her wardrobe is "Ten Easy Pieces". 10 pieces that all work together and can be mixed and matched to create a month's worth of outfits. Does that seem impossible?
Then let's start small. With what I call the "vacation" wardrobe. SIX sassy pieces, that can be mixed and matched to create at least two week's worth of outfits. I'll be illustrating this concept using pieces from this season's collection by Jockey Person to Person (who are sponsoring me to attend Blogher-thanks JockeyP2P!) but you can benefit from these basic principles no matter where you shop!
SECOND: Choose 2 tops, 2 bottoms, 1 dress and 1 piece of outerwear. Here I've chosen a sleeveless top, a short sleeve top, a cardigan, some pants, a dress and a pair of capris.
THIRD: Pick some fun accessories to dress the outfits up or down.
That's IT. Really!
From the 6 pieces shown above, you can create 4 outfits by wearing each top with each bottom. The dress can be worn by itself. Add the cardigan to each outfit and the dress and you get 5 more looks. That's a minimum or 10 looks from these six pieces, BUT-the Modal Cardigan can be worn at least twenty different ways!* Put all these variables together, and you get at least one hundred different looks from these 6 garments!! All these pieces together cost $340. That's only $3.40 PER OUTFIT.
So there you have it, 6 easy pieces for a stylish, versatile wardrobe. This is a "universal" concept that works for all ages, sizes and shapes. You can use even if you're shopping in your own closet! But just in case you're interested in the pieces I used in the example, here are their names, prices and where you can find them in the Jockey P2P catalog:
1. Modal Blend Cardigan, $79, pg.6
2. Princess Seam Dress, $68, pg.3
3. Ruched Wide Strap Tank, $39, pg.5
4. Capri Pant, $54, pg.9
5. Lace Print Tee, $42, pg.21
6. Textured Crop Pant, $58, pg.21
(and btw? All these pieces are machine-washable!)
NOTE: The pieces listed here are from the Jockey P2P Fall 2011 Collection
So that's the basic idea. I'd love to know what you think!
Wishing you love and STYLE with extra cheese-
*Don't believe me about that cardigan? Check out this video! Jockey P2P head designer Sunil Ramchandani (who is even more charming and fun in person!) demonstrates just some of the ways this versatile piece can be worn. And please like Jockey Person to Person on Facebook -tell 'em Nacho Mama sent you!
Disclosure: I am being sponsored to attend Blogher 2011 by Jockey Person to Person but have not been compensated in any way for this post. The opinions expressed here are my own-honest!