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Lets get this started by firstly pointing out that this is not an article on carpentry, so if that’s what you were looking for……..then I’m the wrong guy for the job. With that being said, I am however the right guy to talk to about fashion. The term ‘building a wardrobe’ relates to the process by which you can develop personal style starting with a few basic clothing staples. In some cases ‘Basic’ is possibly the worst word that can be used to describe your clothing, but in the case of building a wardrobe, the basics are fundamental, and ‘fundamentals’ are the building blocks of ‘fun’.

Now, the first matter of business would be to make a self assessment on your current life situations. You’ll want to ask questions like:

1. Occupation? (work, school, both, neither…….no ones judging)

2. Social life? (this can range from ‘the social butterfly’ to the anime addict who’s confined to their room with food breaks every 4 hours or so………..again, no ones judging)

3. Time of the year? (well……because its only practical that you look fashionable/stylish whether it feels like you’re centimeters away from the sun or in the midst of a polar plunge…….always be ready)

These questions are going to help in determining among other things, most importantly, your budget.

Once you’ve determined your starting budget, the foundation is ready to be developed, starting from the floor up.

shoes* SHOES – buying comfortable flat walking shoes is a must. I refer to these as my ‘everywhere shoes’, and they stand true to their name. Based on the three self-assessment questions, you can your ‘everywhere shoes’ to suit your lifestyle.

* JEANS – a good pair of jeans go a long way. Jeans are very versatile and are an asset when building a wardrobe. The key to maximizing the versatility of jeans is to buy very classic colours (black, white, blue, and grey are great examples) and simple cuts that won’t soon be off trend or ‘out of style’. This ensures the longevity of the jeans is worth the price you pay for them.

shirt images* SHIRTS & T-SHIRTS – again, in the attempt to maximize the versatility of your wardrobe, the aim when buying shirts and t-shirts would be to get very neutral coloured, simplistic cut pieces with minimal prints or pattern.

Sticking with solid colours may prove beneficial when it comes to the reuse of these classic fundamental items of clothing. I’m sure no one wants to look like they wear the same thing over and over, and the easiest way to spot an outfit repeater is by an easily identifiable print or pattern………..you’ve been warned!!!

With these few tips let the construction of new wardrobes begin………this is only the foundation, and the fun parts are yet to come.