Chic is a word any woman would be happy to have associated with her wardrobe. Who doesn’t want to look elegant, stylish, sophisticated and smart in what they wear? In today’s wear to work series, I am going to show you how you can easily create a chic looking wardrobe. It’s not as hard as you think, but you may be missing one crucial step in making it happen.
You can afford to dress chic
A chic wardrobe doesn’t cost a lot of money nor does it require a lot of clothing in your closet. In fact, the word chic is a French word and the last thing French women are known for are overstuffed closets of useless things. When dressing chic at work, or in life, the goal is a to have a tight wardrobe that interrelates. This is one of the key points of a chic wardrobe. However, this brings me to my next point.
A chic wardrobe needs variety
Now if this sounds like this contradicts what I just said, hear me out. Often, when women are either on a limited budget or wants to keep their wardrobe tight they load up on basics or a lot of the same things, like a lot of black for example, to guarantee that everything will go together.
However, this is actually the opposite of what you want to do. Basics and foundation piece are important, no doubt about it, but if you don’t have coordinating accent pieces to change up the basics you really can’t create a lot of mix-and-match. Therefore, the goal, instead, is to have your base pieces and then a variety of components that can change up your basics. Often, to do this your color palette needs to be relatively tight, however, this does not mean singular in color. The colors need to relate to one another but they don’t have to be the same.
For the most part, the base of a woman’s wardrobe, her core investment basics for work, are neutrals driven. This is the good news because, as I’ve said many times before, any color you can wear with black you can wear with any other neutral base. Neutrals include colors like navy, grey, olive, camel, khaki, browns, and so on.
This is why, when you create variety in your accent pieces it can be so easy to look chic at work and why, when you work this way with your wardrobe you can get so much more from less.
It’s easy to update a chic wardrobe
Most women aren’t interested in being super trendy and every season they add a few new items to their wardrobe to give it some freshening up. The beauty of a chic wardrobe is that it’s easy to update. With good base pieces, all it takes are a updated buys every season to continue to get good mileage from what you already own. Speaking for myself, sometimes just bringing home one new jacket or a fun new necklace can make my entire wardrobe look like new again. And having managed the wardrobe of many clients over the years, we always build off what already exists when adding more. Nobody purchases an entirely new wardrobe every season, they purge some, add some and cycle things in and out.
A chic wardrobe takes planning and discipline, however, over time it can get really easy to manage because you will naturally take into account what already exists in your wardrobe before adding more. You will also think outfits through more thoroughly instead of stopping 75% of the way and not finishing your look. Lastly, you will have more fun. While it may seem like a good time to just buy things for the heck of it, when you buy pretty things that are also useful it’s a lot more satisfying, and cost effective.