Slow Down

 I read the above article in a Vouge in 2007. I was 16 and I ripped it out of the magazine to save and its been around ever since. Right now its on the cork board above my desk, six years later.The article features Aleksandra Woroniecka, a Paris born stylist living in New York. 

She spoke about buying more, more, more! and realizing that most of the things she was buying weren't really "her" and how she still felt she had nothing to wear. She eventually cut down her wardrobe to these high end basics:

-a few stacks of striped matelot sweaters and tshirts
-six navy jackets of different shapes (Balenciaga, Charles Anastase)
-Ten pairs of dark lean jeans that can pass for pants
-Four bags (black Hermes Birkin, Balenciaga brown saddle leather, Chanel chain strap classics)
-a pile of ballet flats
-two pendants
-a ring that belonged to her mother

She admits this wardrobe isn't tiny, but its a uniform. It makes it easy to get dressed. By investing in better quality basics and getting them tailored if needed, you can buy cheaper or SECOND HAND "fun" pieces you won't wear as much and save a ton of money and time getting dressed. Below I showed this by having a few basics and mixing and matching them with some more "fun" pieces. The basics I used are as follows, you can pick whatever basics suit you. I also used black and white for ease of mixing, but many of my basics are a bit more fun. The basics I used are: blazer,oxford shirt, little black dress, cashmere sweater, flats, tailored shorts, tshirt, jeans.