The 80/20 Rule

September 14, 2020 in



Hello, Mes Amies! Welcome to a new week.

Here in New England, the temperatures are changing. Its' evident that fall is muscling its way in. For me, and I'm sure many of you, this means a switch in our wardrobes. G'bye sundresses and sandals. Hello, cashmere and ankle boots.

With this in mid, I thought now would be the idea time to talk about the 80/20 rule. What this means is that 80% of your wardrobe should be your basics and 20% should be trends and or fads.

In terms of dollars, you should be spending 80% of your money on staples and 20% on fads that go as quickly as they come.

Have you ever looked at a full closet and thought "I have nothing to wear!" ? If so, this is a sure sign that you have not been following the 80/20 rule.  You may have spent $300 on a sequined dress and $200 on fur lined loafers, yet  you don't have the basic components to throw together an outfit for that day. 

Off the top of my head, here are some basics that you should have for fall/winter:

  • 2 long sleeve t shirts
  • A white button down blouse
  • A back cami & a white cami
  • A pair of dark wash denim jeans
  • A pair of black pants
  • A LBD (Little black dress)
  • A Neutral colored sweater
  • Black or honey knee high boots
  • Black Booties
  • Cognac Booties
  • A black Knee length skirt
  • A black turtle neck 
  • 1 Cardigan in tan or gray

When it comes to these core pieces, you want to buy the best quality that you can afford. This isn't the time to hit "forever 21" (unless of course that's all you can afford). 
Yes, quality really does matter. Remember, these are the things that will 75%-90% of what you are wearing at any one time. If each piece is from some "Fast Fashion" retailer, your whole look will be cheap. Conversely, if the majority of your outfit is quality , the lesser expensive pieces will pass for being far more expensive than they are.

Save the trips to Primemark, H&M and others of the same elk for the super trendy pieces. Then, make sure that those super trendy pieces compose no more than 20% of each outfit you are wearing.

What are the basics that you need for this season?





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