6 basic staples for your wardrobe

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When starting out building your new wardrobe it’s always very good to start with the basic staples for your wardrobe. The clothes you always can match with something and it always looks fabulous. The secret about creating a stunning wardrobe is always to take a look and see what kind of basic staples you already have in your closet. 

I think you have many basic staples already and that’s great, but you have to find them behind the mess ;) and find out how to wear them in the most good looking way, right? 

I think everyone has a white t-shirt, but have you tried all combinations you have in your closet? There are many different combinations when using basic staples and maybe you haven’t found them yet.

How to find your basic staples in your current wardrobe

The first step when building up a stunning wardrobe you´re gonna love is always to declutter it first. If you have too much clothes you will always say that you have nothing to wear, but in fact you have very much. Believe me, I have been there…

After years of decluttering I finally love everything I have in my wardrobe and if I suddenly see something that I don’t like or never wear I donate or sell it. If you haven’t already decluttered your closet I think it’s time to put some effort into your wardrobe right now. The fall season is great for new fresh start and to do something different in life. 

Start small or go all in. It’s up to you, but my experience of decluttering is that it has to take time. Otherwise you can change your mind after getting rid of something and that’s not funny at all. So, take it slow in your own path.

basic staples for your wardrobe

6 basic staples for your wardrobe

  • White t-shirt
  • Black t-shirt
  • A pair of blue classic jeans
  • White tank top
  • White classic shirt
  • Blazer

In this blog post I will talk about the most essential basic clothes, but the list could be longer, I know. It’s also up to you what you think your basic staples should be. It’s very personal and I don’t say that these basic staples are a must for you. It’s just an idea of where you can start when building your basic wardrobe. When finishing the basic staples for your wardrobe it’s time for the matching clothes and that´s where the funniest part of it begins.

You also have to decide what kind of style you like and what kind of clothes you feel comfortable wearing. I think it’s very important to have clothes you like and clothes that uplift your mind when wearing them. I think we all have those days when we didn’t feel good in our outfit for the day, right? Those days when everything is great and you feel that you can conquer the world haha…that’s your clothes you should have in your wardrobe. 

Clothes are not just fashion, for me it’s also something for uplifting myself and to feel happy when wearing them on my body.

White t-shirt

A white t-shirt is a must have for me. Maybe for you too or maybe you don’t like to wear white. Then choose another color for your basic t-shirt. As I already said, you can create so many different outfits with a white t-shirt. A good thing is to set time aside for testing your outfits and I promise you will be surprised about how many combinations you can create.

If you don’t want to try them all you can put your outfits on your bed and see how you can match them together. It´s very fun. Listen to your favorite music and spend some time for yourself and your wardrobe and plan ahead for the week. Don´t forget to have in mind how often you wash your clothes, so that you know when they are back in your wardrobe again.

Black t-shirt

I think a black t-shirt is a must-have piece. Again, if you don’t like black this is nothing for you, but if you do like it there is a very great basic staple. You can combine everything with black and white and therefore they are on my must-have basic staples.

A pair of blue classic jeans

basic staples for your wardrobe

I remember the time when everybody had Lewi´s jeans and I also loved them so much. I wore them until they were very worn out. Nowadays there are many different brands, but I really suggest a pair of jeans you love very much. If they are too small in the waist it’s a no no.  You´ll never wear them anyway. Get rid of them! Sell or donate them. 

Your basic jeans should be so comfortable that you would like to wear them everyday. I have had so many pairs of jeans in my wardrobe which I never wore and they just were hanging there and were waiting for me to wear them. Sorry for them, but I decluttered them all. For now I only have one pair and to be honest, I think they are not so comfortable. I have thought about donating them and search for another pair which is more soft. 

Classic blue jeans are a basic staple for me. Are you a jeans lover? If not you have to find your favorite basic trousers and go for that instead. Maybe a black trousers in a soft material will be your staple. Let´s be playful and see what you already have in your wardrobe.

basic staples for your wardrobe

White tank top

A white tank top is always a good choice. Its casual and you can wear it for your job combined with a cardigan, a blazer or a shirt. You have many options for a tank top. You can also wear it when going to a party or a special event combined with something else. Be playful and if you have something patterned it’s very nice to match it with that too. 

It could be in another color or the same. You can style it as you like. I like to wear one color scheme from top to toe and then add something in another color to break it down a little bit.

basic staples for your wardrobe

White classic shirt

A classic white shirt is a must (at least for me). You can wear it whenever you want and for whatever event you are going to. You can never go wrong with a white shirt. If you want, you can tie a knot or tuck it inside the pants either all around or just in the front.

If you don’t like it, you can also wear it outside the pants or skirt. You can match it with a sweater on the shoulders or a top underneath, buttoned or open. There are so many options for a white shirt. If you are looking for a more relaxed fit, you can roll up the sleeves or if you prefer, you can button it up.

Your style also depends on whether you wear jewelry or not and also what kind of necklace, bracelet or earrings you wear. You can also use whatever colors you want on your jewelry as a white shirt or a top can be matched with whatever you want, I would say. Take a look in your closet and see what you have and create as many outfits as you can think of. As already been said, I think you will be surprised how many outfits you can create from the clothes you already have in your wardrobe.

Don’t go shopping and spend your money before you have examined your wardrobe! That will save you money for sure.

basic staples for your wardrobe


This is my final basic staples for your wardrobe. A blazer is always right. For work or for a party or as a jacket when the weather is good for it. I have one blazer in my capsule wardrobe collection and I don’t use it so often, but I think it’s so nice to have one. You never know when you need it ;)

If you don’t have a blazer already and you are planning to buy one I would say a good choice is a blazer in some natural classic color. Beige, black, marin or gray. Then you can combine it with everything. You also have to take advantage of the color scheme you have in your wardrobe. Then you will have the most use of your blazer.

There you have it!

6 basic staples for your wardrobe. 

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I´m a Scandinavian creative person who love all kind of creativity. After my art studies I went for a simplified life. I search for information everywhere and landed in Feng Shui. I started declutter my home and life and over time simplicity became my lifestyle. I felt in my bones that Feng Shui was “my thing”, so I started to study and became a certified Feng Shui consultant 2013. After that I have made many home consultations and found that everyone struggled with clutter in their homes.

I always follow the rule of “one thing in one thing out”. I never buy anything without getting rid of something I already have. My method makes my home uncluttered and I can concentrate on my art and the things I love instead of cleaning my house all the time. I have found the lifestyle I love and I’m here to inspire you to find yours too.


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