Written by Amy Scalia
You’ve experienced that anxious feeling before - opening your closet and wondering, “What should I wear today?” Now imagine quickly making a selection that helps you feel confident and brings you joy throughout the day. No stress, no wasted time, no blank stares into the abyss. That’s the difference a simplified, streamlined and versatile wardrobe can make.
While some opt for a capsule wardrobe, Project 333 challenge, or KonMari Method, one common thread through all these concepts is the idea that we’re happiest when we reduce the noise and natu-rally gravitate toward our most flattering, comfortable, and do-more-with-less pieces.
Here are some tips for finding more versatility and utility in your go-to pieces. We’ll share three of our faves for some inspiration.
Wide Leg Jumpsuit
Be cozy at home pairing this soft, stretchy jumpsuit with slippers and sweater or robe. Headed out for the day and need a casual look? Throw on a hat and sandals, plus a lightweight layer like a denim jacket or cardi. Look for design elements like the deep pockets and desert stripe on this cozy cardigan to add style and usefulness to your outfit.
Another way to wear this jumpsuit is to style it like pants by tying a button-down shirt over top. Tie it right at the natural waist to keep its shape. Take this versatile jumpsuit into the evening with a glam look by throwing on a Moto jacket, and strappy heels or cork wedges. Add some sparkle with simple jewelry like a long lariat necklace and stud earrings.
Wear Everywhere Sweatshirt Dress
Your favorite sweatshirt (you know, the super comfy one you’ve had for years) is now a sweatshirt dress that’s just as cute as it is comfy. With its drapey french terry and turnback sleeve, you can wear this crewneck sweatshirt dress on its own or layered up. Pair of canvas sneakers for a relaxed, daytime look. Add a cap and wrap a jacket around your waist for added utility. This extra layer also creates a nice waistline on an otherwise, simple silhouette. Dress it up with a crossbody bag, simple sandal and geo jewelry. It’s even work-appropriate with a cardi, tights and booties. On colder days in spring or fall, wear a legging and long parka for a look that’s ready for any adven-ture.
The Accessory Scarf
Aptly named “The Accessory Scarf,” many different accessories are wrapped up into this one scarf. As with any scarf, you can wrap it in many fun ways around your neck — in a knot, choker, bow, or necklace. It adds the perfect pop of color to anything from a dress to a utility romper. You can even wear scarves as a mask or face covering. Worn in the hair, you can use it to polish a po-nytail, weave into a braid, or hold back your flyaways as a hairband. A scarf can also be used to jazz up the strap of your favorite bag. Depending on the length, you can also use scarves as a breezy belt around the waist or even around a hat. Opt for a scarf like this colorblock print or geo style in colors that coordinate well with other pieces and effortlessly pull together a look.
As you look through your current closet or shop for new key pieces to add in, remember that fabric plays a big part in versatility. Reach for fabrics that are cozy enough to be worn around the house or all day away from it. Opt for a fabric weight that can carry you through the seasons. Opt out of any details that may pigeon-hole the piece. Things like sequins, lace trim, or ruffles restrict the item from flowing from one occasion to the next with you. Think classic and simple. The more simplis-tic the pieces are, the easier it will be to style them in a variety of ways.