There’s been quite a lot of talk about transitioning your wardrobe each season and how to transition from summer to fall with a few easy steps, but what if there was a way for you to create a wardrobe that didn’t require you to transition anything. Instead, your wardrobe was set for all-year. Currently, my closet is 85% an all year closet with and I’m in the process of making my closet set for all year round so that I don’t have to transition, which means that through Fall, Summer, Spring, and Winter, my closet stays pretty much the same. No need to take a day and switch out anything. I just keep on staying cute. Though this may sound like a capsule wardrobe, it isn’t really like that, and in this post, I’m going to explain what makes it different from a capsule wardrobe and share with you how to create your own all year closet.
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It’s obvious that as the seasons change, the weather changes, and then your clothes change. You obviously won’t be wearing any sweaters in the summer, but that also doesn’t mean that you won’t want to keep a few handy for those cooler summer nights along the shore. As I have been building my all year closet, here are the three main things that helped me to construct my wardrobe.
HAVE YOUR BASICS
To me, this is the number one rule of fashion. You need to have your fashion basics when it comes to building any kind of wardrobe. You need to always have that one little black dress (LBD), some neutral open-neck tops whether they be off the shoulder, square neck, or v-neck, denim jeans in fits that compliment your body type in a light wash, medium wash, and dark wash, closed neck tops (basic u-neck, cowl neck, or turtle neck) in neutral colors, and a variety of neutral pants and skirts in lengths and fits that compliment your frame. For example, I get quite a few hi-rise pants and skirts as it makes the petite frame look taller because it elongates the leg.
GET YOUR ‘SHOWSTOPPER’ PIECES
As you build upon your basics, you definitely want to have quite a few showstopper pieces that you put on to complement your basics or to be the centerpiece of the entire outfit. For me, I have quite a few dresses and tops that are a variety of prints such as florals, stripes, and polka dots that are both long-sleeved but lightweight so that they can be worn during the cooler days in the warmer months as well as short-sleeved pieces. Your show-stopping pieces can even be your basic pieces if you focus on the angles, fits, and cuts of the outfit themselves. I have quite a few blazers that are one-toned and neutral that have elements to them that make them the showstoppers.
DON’T BE AFRAID OF LAYERS
The biggest thing about creating an all-year closet is to not be afraid to layer. An outfit that you snag in the Summer can easily be worn in the Fall or Winter with a few extra layers. For example, this two-piece floral set featured in this post is a great outfit to wear during the Spring and Summer, but once I add a denim jacket, I am not set to wear this into the Fall, and then come to Winter, I can get a long-line camel coat and cinch it with a belt and I’m also set for the Winter. By having pieces that you can layer over and use to layer, will give you the ability to wear clothing during different seasons with simple additions or removals.