Clothes: Build a Basic Wardrobe
Job interviews, errands, and family events are just some examples of times you may have to make an effort on what you wear. There’s a ton of resources on this everywhere on the internet, but here’s my take on it (every wardrobe looks different, this is one that can be built off of or changed to your liking). T-shirts, jeans, sweaters, jackets are all examples of basics/staples of your wardrobe. T-shirts should generally be neutral tones such as white, black, grey, or navy blue. I like boxy fit t-shirts just because they are more fun to layer and style, but shop whatever fit you like (but maybe avoid baggy fits). For interviews, buy one or two regular fit long sleeve button ups in a white color.
Try shopping for jeans in a dark wash or in a black color. No one will be able to tell you wear the same jeans everyday if they are dark and don’t have a lot of details. I recommend the athletic fit jeans because they provide a lot of room around your butt and crotch while tapering down your calf and ankle for that “slim” or “skinny” vibe. (Do yourself a favor and purchase a pair of sweat pants, joggers, or comfy shorts for around the house, and also a pair of dark chinos or dress pants for interviews.)
Sweaters are nice because you can get them in a baggier fit and they still look nice. Try sticking to grey and navy blue shades, and avoid patterns. Your outerwear right now might look like a hodgepodge of thick sweatshirts and various jackets or felt coats thrifted or gifted to you over the years. At least that’s what mine looked like straight of high school. When shopping for a coat you want to spend a good amount of money and look for versatility. Is it water, weather, and cold proof? Jackets look great in black, browns, and navy blue. (noticing a pattern yet?) Lastly I’ll talk about shoes and accessories. Own one pair of sneakers, black shoes, and boots. Sneakers are good for errands and everyday wear. Black shoes are good to style with any outfit. Boots are nice to style and, if you buy ones functional for terrain, good for hiking. Accessories can be a challenge (at least for me) but my try and trues are my plain brown belt, my plain silver watch, and my black cross body bag. I realize this wardrobe guide is very “blue, black, brown, white” but that’s honestly what makes a good foundation for a timeless wardrobe. From that you can add in patterned pieces, like stripes, or statement colors like pink, or orange. Also depending on your climate you might not need a jacket, or if you aren’t a bag guy you might just invest in a bigger wallet. I hope this small guide helps you prepare for your day to day life.