I recently got to see a wonderful friend that I hadn’t seen in a while and she asked me if I could help her revamp her wardrobe. Back in high school we use to crank up Luke Bryan and I’d go through her closet, showing her how she could wear things together. We had a lot of fun, we made a mess and we took a lot of dance breaks. Needless to say, she knew I’d be excited to help her out. Sadly, we only had a few hours together, so we didn’t get to complete our mission. I told her I’d create a shopping guide for her to use in the future to balance out her closet. Since I was making one anyway, I thought I’d share it here as well.
The problem arose because of a big life change: graduation. She recently graduated from university and realized her wardrobe didn’t suit her lifestyle anymore. Instead of class, the library, practice and parties she has work, coffee catchups, dates and weekend adventures. Sweats, athletic wear and going out clothes no longer do the trick. Now, she needs a fully functioning wardrobe that can transition to meet her needs.
These pieces are all on trend, I’m not breaking down any fashion walls here. The idea is that they can all be warn together, one way or another. Also, I’m cold a lot so a fair amount of these pieces cover you up a decent amount. There are also a generous amount of layering pieces included.
I have to admit, I’ve been rather selfish here and only included expensive clothing. It is more fun for me to look through the fancy, expensive clothing and collect ideas than it is to look through the affordable stuff. Take what you can from what I’ve compiled, but the shapes and styles should be pretty easy to find in the real world.
(the circled ones are my favourites, feel free to disagree)
Mom jeans, boyfriend jeans, girlfriend jeans – these will all do the trick. Just, not skinny jeans, give your legs a break. They’re comfy, they’re cute and they’ll go with anything.
I love me a good white tee! My best friend gave me my new years resolution last year: no more crew neck t-shirts. It didn’t stick. White is great because it doesn’t look bad with any colour, and its all I want to wear, especially in the summer. I went to a high school where we wore a uniform every day. Jeans and a white tee have become my surrogate since graduating.
Midi skirts are very feminine, but also practical. You get the cooling benefits of a skirt, but more coverage! They are also super flattering on all body types, in my humble opinion. And why not go for a bold pattern? It adds a little ooph to your wardrobe.
White sneaks are a simple go to. You can wear them with anything these days, thanks to the street style stars of the last few years. You can go with any colour, but I personally prefer white because its clean, fresh, and it matches my white t-shirt.
Stripes are always going to be a yes in my books. They add interest and texture, without being a distraction. They can be casual or formal, depending on how you use them. AND they don’t make you look fat. If you’re really worried about that, go with something structured. Sundresses are easy and cute and with a chunky sweater, boots, a leather jacket and a toque can be warn in the fall.
I’ve shown three blouses that are more on the unique side. Classic silk button ups are good too. Silk is an easy way to dress up an outfit but not become uncomfortable. Plus silk always makes me feel a little on the saucy side, its so girly! Match it with something more tailored and you’ve got a balanced ensemble.
A.W.A.K.E. – Jellycheck ruffled cotton-blend twill flared pants, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini – Twill flared pants, Carven – Cropped belted canvas straight-leg pants
I love plaid! Probably an odd amount. But I really like all three of these pants. I would happily wear all of them. You can wear them with a structured blouse, a white t-shirt, a hoodie or really anything your heart desires. Structured pants are technically masculine, but thats what I like about them! Mix and match both “gendered” clothing.
I personally can’t walk in heels that are too high. So I haven’t included any sky scrapers. Mules won’t give you blisters on the backs of your heels! Plus they’re fashionable so they come in many different styles and colours right now.
Denim Jackets are da bomb diggity. Especially warn with jeans! Yay Canadian tuxedos! Denim on denim on denim on denim. Plus, you know, they’re a useful layer in protecting you from the elements. Denim is a good substitute for leather when the weather gets warmer. Its also less expensive, and won’t get destroyed in the rain.
Its a classic, its athleisure, its fun, its cozy.
Even if you didn’t have a waist before, you’ll have one after putting on a blazer. They also usually have pockets too!