#365outfit Challenge Recap: the must-have items you need in your closet

In this #365outfit challenge recap, I'll share with you what I have learned are the must-have items for a versatile closet that will get you through the year always looking fresh and fabulous.  If you missed my previous #365outfit recap, you can check it out here.

Everyone thinks that to create a seemingly always new wardrobe, you need a seemingly never-ending supply of new clothes, but that's just not true.  While, you do need some amount of things, you do not need as many as you would think.  Contrary to popular belief, I didn't buy new clothes every week for this challenge, but I made it seem like I did with these 3 tricks:


1. Collect accessories

Accessories are the practical girl's best friend.  Any outfit immediately looks different with the right accessories.  Watches, bracelets, belts, rings, necklaces, earrings - all these items can be endlessly matched and combined to suit your mood.  Use belts to cinch in waists and to layer cardigans over longer layers to create a new look.  Wear a chunky chain necklace as a bracelet, or use earrings as brooches.  You don't need to spend a bunch to get a good accessory collection together either - most of my items come from vintage stores, Forever 21 and H&M.




2. Cardigans are the shit

Yes, I just made one of the most granniest statements of my life, but it is SO VERY TRUE.  One day I listed off the number of cardigans I own to Mr. Artist and he literally could not believe how many I have.  I have to admit to feeling a little ashamed myself, but I cannot help it - they are just so useful!

Cardigans are a necessity in Vancouver's temperate climate when autumn days can be become sunny and warm, while spring is downright schizophrenic with showers and sunshine within hours of each other.  Layering up on various thicknesses of cardigans ensures you're always prepared and it's a great way to wear your summer pieces in cooler temperatures.

Investing in cardigans that are in various colors and patterns are a fun way to dress up an otherwise plain outfit.  Simply throw on jeans, a tee, booties and a fun cardigan and you already look a little more fashionable!

I prefer my cardigans to have a longer, boyfriend-style length as it goes well with leggings and tights and offers more warmth than waist-length ones.   You can find cardigans just about anywhere, but my favourite places to buy ones have been Urban Outfitters and Mr. Artist's closet.  Never be afraid to raid a male's closet ladies!




3. Get thee some chambray

Since summer is coming, this is the perfect time to say that you need to get yourself a couple of quality chambray (or denim) shirts.  I resisted the allure of these for the longest time as I had visions of Canadian tuxedos dancing in my head, but once I finally decided to test the waters with my American Eagle one (see largest image below), I fell head over heels for it and now own 3 of various lengths and tones!

Like a good pair of jeans, this shirt style will go with anything.  They are of course ideal for summer, but also work well in winter layered under sweaters, with the collar peeking out.  Personally, I prefer the lighter blue versions as the dark denim still remains too "jean jacket" for me.  You'll want to buy these with a generous, but not overly large fit that allows you to knot it if you like, or wear casually open as a cardigan.




4. No outfit is complete without good shoes

Finally, my last tip is to take the time to collect a well-rounded shoe collection.  I don't mean to say that you need a huge one, but you do need a few essentials:

  • 2 good pairs of match-anything, wear-all-day-sandals
  • 2-3 pairs of ankle booties in black, grey and cognac to match all things
  • knee-high, black leather boots
  • 2-3 pairs of cute flats in various colors
  • 2 pairs of dressy heels in black and nude
  • 1 pair of menswear inspired shoes (think brogues, smoking slippers, loafers, etc.) - you'd be surprised how very feminine and versatile these shoes can be






And that's it! The essential list of items you need to get through 365 days and more looking perfect everyday!  If you have some tips you'd like to share, I'd love to hear them in the comments!


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4 comments

  1. truth! i only have a small subset of classics that i like and i dress up or down using these pieces... accessories are a girl's best friend!

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  2. These are all great learnings from your 365 outfits! I'm an accessory-holic, and a huge cardi-fan for the longest time. As for a chambray shirt, I finally found my new favorite (from J Crew) that I could wear everyday. Great tips on the essentials in a shoe collection - especially having a nude pair of heels. That is a must in my book :)

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  3. i love those accessories collection. yup, accessories and shoes are something that girls can't live without.

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  4. I agree on the cardigans point! And I don't usually use accessories much but after reading this I think I'll try! :p

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