How To Get The Most Out Of Your Clothes

Photo by Merrill Melideo

Photo by Merrill Melideo

Photo by Krista Marie Photography

Photo by Krista Marie Photography

Everyone wants to feel like their closet is versatile. Am I right? #goals

This is why capsule wardrobes have become so popular. But whether or not your goal is a capsule wardrobe, it may not be easy for you to truly know HOW to have those versatile pieces you crave. 

Girl, let’s chat. 

Having a piece in your closet that you can wear dressed up, down, and everything in between is the best way to ensure that your wardrobe is working overtime for you. 

So, what do we look for in order to have an item of clothing that is super versatile? Why, I'm SO glad you asked!

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make sure your clothes are versatile.

  1. Neutral hue. If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, try going for a piece in gray, black, tan, navy, or cream. 

  2. Multiple colors. Ok, so while I JUST said try a neutral, the OTHER way to make sure a piece is versatile is to pick a print that has a few different colors in it. This will help give you options for coordinating, making it easy to mix and match other items in your closet. For example, this striped tee in the photo above has several colors in it, making it easy to coordinate this jacket, a pink pair of loafers, a pair of white jeans.... you get the point! 

  3. A great basic piece that can be dressed up or down. Finding an item that can be accessorized to your heart's desire makes it the gift that keeps on giving. 

  4. Chambray/denim all day loooong. If you’ve been following me for awhile now, then you know I’m a big fan of chambray. It really works as a neutral making it extremely versatile! Wear as a layer in Fall and Winter, with a lightweight something extra for Spring and by itself for Summer. 

  5. Think of three ways you can wear it. If you are shopping in a store, and you aren’t sure if it will be a staple for your wardrobe, ask yourself… “Can I wear this item at least three different ways?”. This should be an easy answer for you. If you can’t think of more than one and you feel like it’s a stretch, that’s how you’ll feel every morning, and you’ll likely choose something else. 

Versatility is genuinely one of my FAVORITE things to talk about. I think of it as a game. How many ways can I wear that dress? What would work well with that skirt? If I buy this necklace can I wear it with 5 pieces in my closet? This mindset of playing and mixing and matching allows me to not only have fun in my closet but have a fully functioning closet filled with pieces that work together.

If you had to pick your most versatile item in your closet, what would you pick and why? Continue to ask yourself the WHY part of that question to get to the bottom of what truly works for you.