You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

How to Cut Through Closet Chaos

One reason why women feel like their closets are a disjointed collection of prints, patterns and color rather than a functional wardrobe is because they don't own enough neutral staples.

A Tiny Closet, Tons of Style wardrobe starts with a solid foundation of basics and then layers in color, texture and print.  

If you've put the wardrobe cart before the horse, no worries! You only need 10 core neutral staples to connect all of the other garments in your closet and immediately expand your outfit options. 

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Quality vs. Quantity 

When shopping for your neutral staples it is prudent to source the best quality of each that you can afford. The goal is to replace these items only every 5 -10 years. Even if the rest of your closet is filled with fun and funky fast fashion, investing in a quality collection of core garments will elevate your total look. 



10 Neutral Staples

Neutral Staple #1: Camisole or Tank Top

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Layering essential 

  • Dress it up with accessories for date night

  • Silk adds texture, is versatile and season-less

SHOP CAMISOLES

Neutral Staple #2: Structured Tee

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Dress it up or down, layering essential 
  • Short sleeve for warm months, long sleeve for cold
  • Spend or save

SHOP STRUCTURED TEES

Neutral Staple #3: Blouse

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Chambray - wear open like a cardigan, casual cool vibe
  • Classic White Dress - timeless and versatile
  • Silk - Luxury feel and upkeep

SHOP BLOUSES

Neutral Staple #4: Sweater

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Layering essential

  • Wool or thick cashmere for cold months

  • Linen or featherweight cashmere for warm months

SHOP SWEATERS

Neutral Staple #5: Cardigan

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Because: Air Conditioning
  • Layering and travel essential 

SHOP CARDIGANS

Neutral Staple #6: Skirt

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

 

Why?

  • Casual as you may be, there will be a day you go to court or a job interview
  • Pencil and A-Line most versatile
  • Black jersey or modal looks structured, feels comfy

SHOP SKIRTS

Neutral Staple #7: Dress Pant

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • At the very least you need one pair for special occasions
  • Go dark: Black or charcoal 
  • Tailoring is everything, make sure the fit is impeccable 

SHOP DRESS PANTS

Neutral Staple #8: Favorite Jeans

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • Because: Weekend
  • Bootcut or straight leg are classics
  • Budget denim is thinner, tends to lose its shape as day goes on

SHOP DENIM

Neutral Staple #9: Versatile Dress

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • One day you will need to go to a funeral 
  • Black, navy or charcoal 
  • Dress it up or down
  • Black jersey or modal look structured, feel comfy

SHOP VERSATILE DRESSES

Neutral Staple #10: Classic Jacket

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

MappCraft | You Only Need 10 Neutral Staples to Create an Endless Wardrobe

Why?

  • A classic jacket is practical and can pull a polished look together instantly 
  • Invest! A well crafted jacket can last decades 
  • Trench, blazer or leather bomber - go with your personal style and career requirements
  • Shop consignment stores in wealthy neighborhoods

SHOP CLASSIC JACKETS

The Outfit Formula in Action

Want to see the versatility of neutral staples in action? Check out this outfit gallery. Nearly every outfit I wear is built around these 10 neutral staples.

Your Turn!

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