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.”
Or this navy blazer:
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:
- Audrey of Putting Me Together
- Holly from Holly Dolly (love how she styled this simple black top)
- Jessica of What I Wore
- Merrick of Merrick’s Art
- Kendi of Kendi Everyday
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