How to Style Me – First Taste

Welcome to How to Style Me I hope you will join me in making this site a go-to resource for everything Style & Fashion Basics… 

Here you’ll learn how to build from scratch a functional and fashion forward wardrobe using interchangeable staples, foundation clothing pieces and seasonal fashion trends.  Sometimes basics can be over looked, but they are essential to timeless and easy style. You can create your entire wardrobe out of easy and versatile basics to make getting dressed effortless and chic…

How to style me - Style staples/ fashion basics

Style staples or fashion basics are the building blocks of a versatile and style forward wardrobe, and a great blank canvas that you can build the rest of your wardrobe on.

Discover how this interchangeable style of clothes is the foundation for attaining your own style identity…

 Think of your closet ‘essentials’, or ‘staples’, as the basic elements for building your wardrobe foundation. The ‘essentials’ are like the main ingredients of a cooking recipe: sugar, salt and flour. Just add the rest of the ingredients: trends in fashion and accessories, mix and match and voilà… a functional and fashion forward wardrobe. The end of never having anything to wear despite a wardrobe fit to burst!

The live abundantly with less Formula

Quality of Life > Quantity of Stuff

Because “You can’t organize clutter!

As a society we have been falsely led to believe that what we need in order to be happy is more stuff…more clothes, more money, more clothes… but, for me, it took a dramatic household move to realize I would be much happier with less.

It’s no wonder so many of us are “stressed out.” More stuff equals more stress because now we are in charge of taking care of, organizing, and maintaining all of our stuff. We have so many things to manage on a daily basis, it’s way more than we humans are equipped to handle. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to kept asking yourself the question…

“Where did all this stuff come from?”

Fashion vs. Style

How to style me - Style staples/ fashion basics Fashion is cyclical  in nature – it’s always shifting – and remains in vogue until another style trend comes along. Fashion dictates what is or isn’t consider as popular and trendy ‘in style clothes’, in a given period of time and place. The concept of Fashion has to do with the clothing, the items deemed to be fashionable…

Style, on the other hand, is permanent, unique and timeless. It’s your own, your signature look. Style is cultivated like fine wine in a process of trial and error. It involves intelligent consideration, thought and inspiration. The concept of style, has to do with utilizing the best aspects of you, it has to do with the person…

Style is about expressing yourself from within, from knowing with confidence who you are – your sense of self – and not trying to be some body else… Because confidence is the best outfit of all… Sociologist Dr. Ruth Quibell suggests that we may wish to ‘strengthen our sense of self, our character, rather than simply letting fashion uniforms do the talking’…

Style me up - find my style identity - fashion basics - style staplesNow, do you want to be a style leader or do you want to follow the fashion herd?


Advantages of Capsules

You can design your wardrobe, according to your daily activities, based on what designers and wardrobe stylist call ‘capsules’. A capsule wardrobe is a collection of fashion basics or staples, essential items of clothing classic in style, that will not go out of fashion as they are intended to be kept for a number of years.

These capsules are designed using only interchangeable items, timeless style staples, in order to maximize the number of outfits which can be created. It is wise to choose ‘high-quality’ classic staples for a capsule wardrobe that can then be updated with great, trendy, seasonal pieces.

Ensure that the number of items in your closet is effective for each activity in your daily life. For example, an X capsule can have 10 items that are then combined in more or less 50 different outfits. You can assemble capsules of  7 , 9, 12, 20… garments. Adding the right accessories and fashion trends make the capsule wardrobe well-rounded and workable.

Check out How to Style Me ‘Top 40 Timeless Style Staples

The key here is planning…

Start with a comprehensive assessment of your ‘body shape’… remember, dress for your shape not your weight ( rectangle , apple , pear , hourglass , triangle )


Next step, you have to analyze your clothes. Be prepared to clear out your closet completely and do some serious closet editing…


Style staples/ fashion basics

Then, define a color scheme, based on what colors suit you. This depends upon the color of your skin, hair and eyes. This is key as your best colors are the color tones that make you look your best…

How to style me - Color me

Now that you know your colors, choose your ‘base colors’ in neutral, then choose your ‘accent colors’, which are brighter than the base colors and would typically be used for accessories, tops and dresses. Bright and intense colors add visual weight, while muted, neutral colors reduce visual weight, take that into consideration when deciding what color goes where (top or bottom), according to your body shape.

Clothes imagesOnce a color scheme is established, all the items in a wardrobe ( style staples/ fashion basics and fashion trends ) should be interchangeable. Base and accent colors must co-ordinate with each other and complement each other. Take a good look at your closet, chances are there’s loads of undiscovered potential hanging right in front of you… Shop your closet!

Check out How to Maximize The Pieces You Already own and How to layer effectively

30 Clever Layering Tricks to Expand Your Wardrobe – Click here|

Shopping for style staples / fashion basicsThen, go shopping!

As always, thank you for reading.

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  1. I am currently trying to create an ‘adult’ wardrobe for when I graduate college and have been looking for a guide exactly like this:) Thank you so much, I really appreciate your efforts with this amazing site, it’s been a tremendous help!

    • Thank you Maria for your feedback. I’m always glad to hear from people who’ve found the site useful 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this posts! I’m leaving for a semester abroad next Fall and this (along with your “Top 40 Timeless Style Staples” ) is perfect!

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