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. 

Neutral staples are the skeleton of a functional wardrobe, these garments connect your prints, accents colors and textures to create endless outfit combinations.

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. 

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. 

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

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

 

Neutral Staple #1: Camisole or Tank Top

Why?

  • Wear alone or as base layer under blouses, sweaters, cardigans or jackets
  • Dress it up with accessories for date night

Suggestions

  • Silk adds texture, is versatile and season-less
  • Style of tank should reflect your personal style
  • May require a sticky bra, strapless or bralette

 

Neutral Staple #2: Tee Shirt

Why?

  • Easy to wear, easy to layer
  • Wear alone or as base layer under cardigans, sweaters and jackets
  • Dress up or down with accessories
  • Pair with print skirts or bottoms

Suggestions

  • Spend or save
  • Consider details like asymmetry or texture 
  • Short sleeve for warm months, long sleeve for cold

Neutral Staple #3: Blouse

Why?

  • Expands outfit options - dresses up denim, essential for office over skirts and dress pants
  • Wear alone or layer under sweaters and cardigans

Suggestions

  • Style of blouse should reflect your personal style
    • Chambray - wear open like a cardigan, casual
    • Classic White - timeless and versatile
    • Silk - luxurious feel and upkeep

 

Neutral Staple #4: Sweater

Why?

  • Layering, cold weather essential
  • Layer over blouses, tanks and tees
  • Pair with colorful print blouses or skirts

Suggestions

  • Wool or thick cashmere for cold months
  • Linen or featherweight cashmere for warm months
  • Invest in fabric and feel, there's nothing worse than a too thick, too itchy sweater

Neutral Staple #5: Cardigan

Why?

  • Because: Air Conditioning
  • Layering and travel essential 
  • Foundation of business casual outfit formula - pair with print tank and neutral skirt or neutral tank and print skirt 

Suggestions

  • Wool or thick cashmere for cold months
  • Linen or featherweight cashmere for warm months
  • Invest in fabric and feel
  • Should be light enough to layer under jacket

Neutral Staple #6: Skirt

Why?

  • Casual as you may be, there will be a day you go to court or a job interview (I wouldn't suggest the skirt to the left for either)
  • Your neutral skirt should coordinate in style (not necessarily color) with your neutral jacket to create an suit-like outfit formula
  • Pair with any top in your closet

Suggestions

  • Pencil and A-Line most versatile
  • Black jersey or modal looks structured, feels comfy
  • Leather, while edgy, is classic and lasts forever

Neutral Staple #7: Dress Pant

Why?

  • Special occasions, office, court or job interview
  • Your neutral pant should coordinate in style (not necessarily color) with your neutral jacket to create an suit-like outfit formula
  • Pair with any top in your closet

Suggestions

  • Go dark: Black or charcoal 
  • Tailoring is everything, make sure the fit is impeccable

Neutral Staple #8: Fave Jeans

Why?

  • Because: Weekend, Casual Friday
  • Really? Everyone needs jeans. 
  • Great jeans pair with a blazer and heels or tee shirt and sneakers

Suggestions

  • Bootcut or straight leg are classics
  • Petite ladies - hem to work with shoe heel height or consider ankle length
  • Budget denim is thin, tends to lose its shape as day goes on. Shop sales for premium brands at more affordable price points

Neutral Staple #9: Versatile Dress

Why?

  • One day you will need to go to a funeral (opt for classic black, minus the cut outs)
  • Pair under jackets, layer over blouses

Suggestions

  • Black, navy or charcoal are most versatile
  • Black jersey or modal look structured, feel comfy

Neutral Staple #10: Classic Jacket

Why?

  • Cool weather staple
  • A classic jacket is practical and can pull a polished look together instantly 
  • Trench, blazer or leather bomber - go with your personal style and career requirements

Suggestions

  • Invest! A well crafted jacket can last decades 
  • Shop consignment stores in wealthy neighborhoods

 

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