Hi there. I hope you enjoyed your weekend and your week is off to a wonderful start. For this week’s post, let’s talk about go-to pieces. I also call them versatile pieces or wardrobe essentials. Until recently, whenever I would think about the go-to items in my closet, I would immediately think of my jeans and t-shirts. In the accessories department scarves have always been my number one. Case in point, here and here. I suppose my beaded accessories can also be counted as wardrobe staples for me. I do enjoy all these items and I repeatedly incorporate them into my style.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Recently however, I got to thinking about what other pieces I would consider as staples and versatile in my closet. This idea came to me after one of my good friends asked me for some style advice and she wanted to know what she could pair with a blue lace skirt to attend an event. I gave her my two cents about it and she went shopping but wasn’t able to find something she liked that was in line with what we had talked about, in time for the event. She still went to her event but in a different outfit. This situation got me thinking about what I would have paired that skirt with if I was in her shoes and had been given short notice to attend an event.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

When it comes to the short notice, going shopping for something new might not work out very well because in my experience shopping can sometimes be unpredictable. You might find something you absolutely love or find nothing and in all honesty, when you are not even necessarily looking is when you come across pieces that end up being your closet staple or trump card for those impromptu occasions. Anyway, if the shopping does not pan out, another idea can be to work with what you already have in your closet. You know, one of those versatile pieces. I think this is what I would have done if I was in her shoes. As I was thinking about my usual staples, I wondered about what other pieces I would consider versatile.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

This humble plaid shirt came to mind and I knew that there are quite a number of different ways it can be worn so I decided to explore those ways and share the outcome. I’ll do that in a series of posts and maybe that can inspire one reader or maybe more to look at something in their closet that they had never considered styling differently, in a new light.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

For the first two looks I kept it pretty easy (all the looks are quite easy) and tucked the shirt into a white dirndl skirt. In one look that was it and I just added my two tone flats, a black beaded ring, a beaded bracelet and earrings handmade by yours truly. This had a more relaxed vibe. In the other look, I styled the shirt and skirt with a fitted brown jacket, sunrise orange wedges and the black ring. This gave the look a sharper and cleaner feel and I think it would be appropriate for a creatives meeting. My DIY multi-color nails and bright red lip rounded off both outfits. I love both outfit ideas and I’ll certainly recreate them with different color pieces.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Staples: Plaid Shirt & White Skirt.

Photography by Neil Mitra.

I hope this inspires you too. Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you so much for reading this style story. See you on the next plaid series.

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