As Into Mind points out, planning a wardrobe around a key set of pieces that form the basis for most of your outfits is a great way to help you understand your own personal style. It also helps you make wise choices when shopping because you are less likely to make unwise impulse buys.
- Plan your color palette
Choose three to four different colors and shades that you gravitate toward naturally and that look good with your skin and hair. Also pick one or two shades of neutral colors you can use as basics to build outfits around, such as black jeans, black tights or white tank tops. Add two to four accent colors to your palette. Be prepared to adjust your color palettes as the seasons change; white might be one of your neutral colors during the summer, but not the winter, for instance.
- Choose your key wardrobe pieces
Pick the key elements you need for your wardrobe. These might include pants, tops, jackets, sweaters or shoes. As much as possible, gather one key wardrobe piece in each color from your palette. These should all be wardrobe pieces that grab an observer's attention. Add one day handbag in each color as well.
- Choose your basic and neutral pieces
Add basic wardrobe items, including shoes and bags, in your neutral colors. Basic items are typically less structured and more casual than the eye-grabbing key pieces. Consider jeans as a neutral, and spend the money to get a designer pair that fits well.