Statement pieces are great until you realize you have nothing to wear with them. I used to gravitate towards the most extravagant garments, but later found that I had a closet full of statements and very few staples. I got so caught up in the initial excitement that I completely forgot to consider its practicality, if it was seasonal or something I could wear all year, and if I had enough to match with it in my closet to get my money's worth. That was the old me. The new me is extremely methodical with shopping. Don't get me wrong, I'm still in awe when surrounded by beautiful clothes, but I've learned to think rationally when it comes to purchasing pieces that make the most sense for my wardrobe, lifestyle and budget.
Every woman should invest in the essentials - blazers, pants, denim, the perfect little black dress - but that certainly doesn't mean they can't indulge in fabulous prints and statement pieces. Through personal experience of being a chronic shopaholic #sorrynotsorry, I've compiled some useful tips to consider when shopping for prints to achieve the optimal wardrobe.
To effortlessly transition your patterned pieces throughout the seasons, opt for breathable, lightweight fabrics such as cotton, chambray, or rayon as an alternative to silk, which has a tendency to be too hot, unless it's a finer silk like crepe de chine. Layer up with a jacket, blazer or trench during the cooler weather, while still being able to enjoy your pieces layer-free during the spring and summer seasons.
Optimize your wardrobe with diverse pieces such as a short sleeve shift dress for the spring that can easily transition into fall with a turtleneck, tights and booties, or an a-line midi skirt with a crop top and wedges for summer, and a cropped jacket with tights and booties for the winter.
#3 Color Is Key
Rich, jewel tones such as berry, ruby, emerald, mustard, and cobalt are perfect for every season, as well as pastel blue, lilac, blush and neutrals. Brighter colors such as pink and yellow tend to be limited to the spring and summer.
Houndstooth, stripes, plaids, gingham and other classic prints never go out of style, but if you find a print that compliments you, whether it be floral or abstract, it's always a good investment.
Style, color and print aside, the most important part of any garment is the fit. As they say, "if the shoe fits, buy it in every color"; the same applies with clothes. If an outfit makes you feel confident and like a million bucks, go for it! It's not every day we find pieces that fit like a glove, so it's definitely worth the money; however, this is very rare, so I highly recommend investing in a good tailor.
Share your thoughts, as well as any useful tips when shopping in the comments!
P.S. Wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with their loved ones! I'm currently in Orlando visiting family and friends. See you guys next week!