Step 9: Make a list of stores, brands, and designers you love that work for your style, body, and budget.
J.Crew - everything (but since the brand is going downhill, I'd like to find other brands that work for me)
J.Crew Factory - casual dresses, tees, pajamas
Nordstrom - everything
Amazon - everything
Madewell - denim, shoes, bags, accessories
Everlane - tops, tees, shoes
REI - activewear
Step 10: Create your color scheme. Include patterns and color from all aspects of your wardrobe, including shoes and accessories.
Major colors: white/ivory, denim, blue
Minor colors: stripes, heather grey
Accents: blush, black
Some outfits I love with those color schemes:
Step 11: Make a list of your go-to pieces. These could be pieces you already own or pieces you want to buy.
- stripe tee
- flowy scoopneck tanks (black, white, heather grey)
- linen button-down
- denim jacket
- destroyed denim shorts
- medium blue jeans
- white shorts
- maxi skirt
- casual skirt
- casual striped tee dress
- sleeveless casual dress
- flat sandals
- straw boater
- crossbody bag in either white, ivory, or blush
Step 12: Create 3-4 outfit formulas using your go-to pieces.
- casual dress + sandals or flats + hat
- tank or tee + jeans or shorts + sandals or flats
- button-down + tank or tee + skirt + sandals
Step 13: Make your shopping list. Include a list of pieces you want to add to your wardrobe, where you might buy it from, as well as your budget.
I already ordered and even kept a few items (which I'll review in my monthly budget post) since I made my list in advance, so I'm going to break this part down into three categories:
A. What I am keeping (and how much I spent):
- scoopneck tank in heather grey ($25) - go with your normal size for a flowy fit, size down if you want a close fit
- destroyed denim shorts ($40) - true to size, do not size up as you might normally for denim shorts
casual knit dress in heather navy ($34) - go with your normal size for a slightly bodycon fit, size up for a more casual fit, does not emphasize stomachUPDATE: I am returning this dress. Even though it's flattering in the front, it's actually somewhat sheer in the back. I didn't notice this until I wore it outside for the first time. I could see the color of my underwear, even though the dress is dark, as well as the dreaded visible panty line. Also, the hem has a tendency to ride up as you walk around or sit down, which is annoying when the dress is already plenty short. Anyway, the situation was so bad/embarrassing that I had to go home to change during lunch. So I cannot recommend this dress after all. What a shame when the front is so flattering.
B. What I ordered to try (and how much I spent):
- scoopneck tank in black and white ($25 x 2) - I love the heather grey one so much that I ordered the other colors too
- destroyed white denim shorts ($26)
- leather crossbody bag in blush ($50)
C. What I'm still thinking about or looking for (and how much I've budgeted):
- linen button-down from J.Crew (~$35)
- straw boater hat (~$50)
- flat sandals from ??? (~$80)
- casual shift dress from ??? (~$80)
- casual knit dress from ??? (~$50)
- stripe tee from ??? (~$25)
- maxi dress?
Do you have a color palette for your wardrobe, and if so, what is it? What are your go-to summer uniforms? And what's on your summer wishlist?