There was once an article that revealed that one of the secrets to a happy and peaceful life is to take a conscious effort to keep things at minimum. This basically adheres to the principle that less is more.
Living a quite hectic life myself, I took the article seriously and look into my own situation to check which aspect of my life I can actually minimize or simplify. Surely, there are a lot! Many of us find it easier to acquire things rather than lose them, by choice. This is why living with less is truly a challenge for me. But just to get a jumpstart at it, I decided to start with my closet. I think almost any woman would agree that closets are witnesses to years of hoarded clothing, some of which have not been used for months, already.
For a start, I decided to just leave my fashion staples or closet essentials. I’m more of a shirt/blouse person rather than a dress girl so I prioritized having a list of my tops must-haves or those shirts I basically cannot live without:
Plain White Tees
Call me boring or plain Jane but white shirts are truly one of the most versatile pieces of clothing ever made. You can wear the same plain white shirt many times in a week and style it in different ways. Chances are your peers will hardly notice you’ve been repeating the shirt. White tees are comfortable, plus they also look really clean on anyone. You will never have to worry about being over accessorized when your are wearing just a white shirt.
Stripe blouses and shirts
Ever since I saw Kate Middleton rock her own stripe blouse paired with denim and flat shoes, I have been in a constant hunt for a good striped tee, as well. I found the perfect ones from Milktee, and online shop that specializes in simple yet stylish apparel. Fortunately, stripe shirts are among their leading collection for tops, so it was not hard to find the right one for me. Milktee also has other tops and blouses collection that can easily make it to my fashion staple list.
Stripe shirts are attractive but not as flashy as other prints like florals and geometric. They also fit almost any season, unlike floral prints that are highly restricted to a specific trend. My stripe tees from Milk tee have been the most overused in my closet, and Although we’ve been talking about going minimalist, I am retaining three of my favorite stripe tees.
For working girls who are not particularly fond of tailored suits and corporate dresses, button downs are definitely your best friend. It looks formal enough for a typical office day, but it can also be a casual piece for some quick errands outside of work. Power it up by pairing with an A-type skirt, or dress it down with denim pants and sneakers. It’s important to just choose button downs with good fabric to make sure that it is comfortable enough, regardless of the weather.
This is another MilkTee clothing discovery for me. Aside from affordable and comfortable Milktee shirts, they also have all the right types of cover ups best paired with their tops. These cover ups are the reliable pieces if you want to create a different style for your casual outfit. For instance, a cardigan blazer will easily power-up a white shirt and pants outfit. This is also more comfortable than wearing actual blazers. Right now, my cover up staples are bright red cardigan, denim jacket, and a black cardigan blazer. Nothing fancy. But highly functional.
Fashion staples are simply those favorite items that can be worn in so many ways. With that, they will always deserve a space in our closets.