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Wardrobe / 03

Time to talk shopping (yes!) Now before I go running to the nearest mall and start loading up, it’s important to evaluate what it is that I need exactly. I like to think that a good wardrobe always starts with good bones. The bones being your uniform.

This is the outfit you grab when there’s five minutes before you have to head out the door. The outfit that you feel the most comfortable and confident in. Your uniform is also dependent on where you live, your lifestyle, and how you spend your time.

Wardrobe / 03 | Observant Nomad

So when it comes to my perfect uniform I not only had to think about my lifestyle but I also had to revisit what I was pinning on my moodboard. If you remember, I was pinning lots of skinny jeans, loose tops, structured outerwear, and heels. And since the most worn items in my closet often follow in the same vein it was easier to pin-point my my go-to uniform.

Also I think it’s worth noting how you spend most of your time. Since most of my time (and probably for most of us) is at work, that’s the area I am considering when I talk about my uniform. For me my ideal work uniform is a pair of black skinny jeans, topped with a loose tucked in button-down or blouse, and a pair of heels or flats. In the winter I can add structured blazers or jackets to the mix and in the summer choose lighter fabrics and mix in structured shorts as well.

Wardrobe / 03 | Observant Nomad

Now that I’ve defined my uniform it’s important to pick enough items to add variation to the mix. Into Mindย suggests that about half of your new 20-30 items should be pieces for your uniform. And when choosing new items it’s important to choose a variety of colors and textures so there’s plenty of mixing and matching.

Here’s a little sample of what my uniform could be when broken down into varying styles and colors…

Wardrobe / 03 | Observant Nomad

After shopping for my new uniform, it’ll be important to not forget about all the times outside of work too. So in addition to my daily work uniform I need some casual staples for summer weekends and days off from work.

So besides the pieces I kept from my purge, like denim cutoffs and some graphic ts, I’ll be adding basic ts, loose fitting tops, and tailored structured bottoms. I’ve also noticed a lot of white converse and delicate sandals in my pins too.

Wardrobe / 03 | Observant Nomad

When I’m not in casual wear (or yoga pants) I do make it out to a nice dinner or concert every now and then. So it’s worth the time to think about which last 2 or 3 pieces that will supplement my summer fancy wardrobe. It’s nice to have a solid base so I can always pair one of my previous loose blouses or basic ts with this sexy leather skirt or just throw on the perfect summer LBD and call it a day.

Wardrobe / 03 | Observant Nomad

It’s important to make sure that the same principals are repeated throughout each of the types of uniforms. For me that means mixing an even amount of feminine and masculine lines like loose tops and tailored bottoms, and making sure outfits feel casual yet professional. I’m also referring a lot to my post about defining your style as to make sure I’m adding the right textures and colors that I narrowed down before hand.

Now I won’t be buying all these items at once. It’ll probably take most the summer to purchase all the items I need. But thankfully each purchase will be deliberate and thoughtful so when I do commit to buying an item I know it’ll be the right one and will last me several seasons.

 

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You are speaking my language with these casual and going out combos! I love basic items, monochrome colour palettes and pieces that can easily be mixed and matched. This is such an easy to understand guide to building a wardrobe!

Brianna

Thanks Natasha! It was really helpful to visualize different outfits and uniforms for different occasions. Give it a try!

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