I have been thinking a lot in the last few months about my wardrobe. Perhaps it was prompted by the fact that I was hugely pregnant and could not wear some of my maternity clothes anymore, let alone any of my normal clothes. In any case, I realized that I have had some of my items of clothing for at least 8 years, which wouldn’t be a problem at all except for the fact that 8 years ago I was in college and probably the skinniest I’ll ever be. Now I have given birth to two children, and while I expect to lose the baby weight without much issue (here’s hoping it goes the way it did with Eliza!), my body simply is not the same as it was when I was 18. That’s fine.
But it brings me to the purpose of this post. I want to start accumulating some well-made, good quality wardrobe staples. Classic pieces that I can mix and match and wear for years to come. Much of my wardrobe has been acquired in a very reactionary way thus far. I have a wedding to go to, and nothing to wear! So I purchase any old thing that will work, which usually means not very good quality, not the perfect fit, or maybe it’s trendy enough that I will wear it once but feel like I can’t pull it off again. I want to begin building a wardrobe in a thoughtful, intentional way, rather than in reaction to emergencies like the one previously mentioned. I want to carefully stock my wardrobe, in the hopes that I will be able to worry less about what to wear in the future.
This is where you come in. In your opinion, what are wardrobe staples, must-haves that stand the test of time? I’m talking the works. Dresses, skirts, pants, shoes. What should I put on my list to thoughtfully purchase over the next year?