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Styling basic pieces

So the main thing I’m discovering about basic pieces is that they make a handmade wardrobe much more wearable. I completely get that many sewists choose not to spend their sewing time making things like t-shirts, plain button downs (or button ups, whatever floats your boat), or jeans, preferring instead to buy those items and make garments that are more “fun.”  I totally respect that.

However, if you are a sewist like me who aims to ultimately have a 100% handmade wardrobe, you really have to make these items.  Without them, our wardrobes would simply devolve into a collect of statement pieces with nothing binding them together.

In other words, we’d have a ton of clothes, but nothing to wear.

In this post, I wanted to briefly address various ways to style the simple basics that I plan to devote next week to sewing.

I’m not even going to pretend to be a style blogger here — unless “tired mom who threw on the first appropriate clean clothes she found” counts as a style!

Instead, I’m going to refer to some of the pros out there — legit style bloggers who I admire and really know how to take a simple t-shirt or chambray button down and make a great outfit!

My personal favorite style blogger is Audrey from Putting Me Together.  I love that Audrey’s wardrobe consists of pieces that I might find in my own closet.  Her outfits are always really versatile and geared towards “real” women — those who don’t have an endless wardrobe or tons of time to spend getting dressed but still want to look “put together.”

In fact, Audrey has a whole series on how to wear one piece different ways.  Like this chambray top:

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Photo credit: www.puttingmetogether.com.  Photo used with permission

Or this white t-shirt:

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Photo credit: www.puttingmetogether.com.  Photo used with permission.

Or this navy blazer:

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Photo credit: www.puttingmetogether.com.  Photo used with permission.

The list goes on — if you’re looking for guidance to style a simple piece, she is definitely one to check out!

I won’t bore you by going on and on — there are tons of style bloggers out there and everyone has their favorites.  Here are my personal favorites.  Bloggers whose style speaks to my own tastes — simple and professional, chic and put together:

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  1. It’s funny how I kept coming back to my plantain Ts during mmm. I need to make more basic tops and maybe get creative on how to spice them up with ruffles or other things so they are not so plain!

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