Most, if not all of us are guilty of having lots of clothes in our closets that barely get worn once or twice a year, sometimes even less. For many shopaholics, the urge to buy that one pretty dress or that one of a kind accessory, especially when they’re on sale (who knows when this opportunity will so eloquently present itself again) is just too strong to resist. As a result, the bank balance keeps dropping and the wardrobe keeps getting stuffed and the old, barely worn clothes keep getting shoved even more to the back of the closet. But when you notice, if you haven’t already, you don’t really need the same sweater in three different colors, or 5 different kinds of light black pants. What you do need in your life is restraint and control. You need to minimalize and take control over your unhealthy spending habits. If you have seen Confessions of a Shopaholic, you’ll know that such a habit can be problematic not just for you but also for the people around you and can definitely strain a lot of your interpersonal relationships. So you see, overspending on clothes is a serious problem that is why you must practice elimination. The first step to doing that is to realize that you only need some basic items of clothing. Now of course these wardrobe essentials may differ from season to season and from person to person, depending on their personal style and aesthetic and/or their lifestyle, so take the following list as a mere suggestion to get the idea and as a foundation over which to rebuild your entire wardrobe:
A Black Camisole:
We’re really going basic with this one. The versatility of a black camisole is actually quite impressive. It can be worn under a casual plaid button down, either open up all the buttons, or leave the top 3-4 undone. Wear it under a black blazer to look semi-formal. Wear it with a skirt and a scarf around your neck, along with a big straw hat and you’re ready to go on a holiday or wear it with a black skirt and some elegant jewelry (this would require some thinking) and you’re dressed for a cocktail party.
A White Button Down:
Again, like the black camisole, a white button down can be styled in so many different ways to fit the occasion. Wear it with a suit for an office look. With a formal skirt, to again have a variation of outfits to wear in the office. With jeans, rolled up sleeves and aviators, for a hangout with friends, under a black sweater to look so chic and nerdy, with a printed skirt and the front tied into a knot for a summery, holiday look.
3 Kinds Of Pants:
Seriously, that is all you need to survive. Any more is just plain excess. You need a pair of black pants, a dark wash denim and a light wash denim. You can also add a pair of white pants in this category, but most people are not daring enough to wear whites. When shopping for pants, try going for those that do not have a lot of detail on them so that they can be worn on formal and casual events. Avoid buying statement pieces because they do grab the attention of the onlooker (as they are supposed do) and since the objective here is to own the minimum amount of clothing, doing that defeats the purpose.
Pointy toe black heels are a timeless classic. You can wear them to office, to a black-tie party, to a dance party or night out with friends. Because of its color, it does not demand much from other pieces and compliments almost every other color.
A pair of simple flats, again, not too out there or detail-y. Something simple that can be worn with many different looks. If you already own black pointy toe heels, then avoid buying black pumps. Either go for a neutral Blue or Maroon or brown.