10/27/2016

Find the Best Buys for Your Busty Wardrobe Using "Lifestyle Levels"

If shopping is a challenge, chances are Dr. Jennifer Baumgartner covers your specific situation in her book You Are What You Wear. One of the biggest problems women face? Overbuying . . . and yet still not having anything to wear! As Dr. Baumgartner puts it,

Closets can be filled with purchases from "I've got nothing to wear" emergences that often do not work with other items in your closet. [...] Learning to craft a cohesive wardrobe out of multifunctional pieces can cure anyone of the impulse to over-shop under pressure.

To discover the multifunctional pieces that will be you workhorses, start by naming the functions that your garments will perform. One of Dr. Baumgartner's clients realized that she needed clothing for 4 lifestyle categories:

Level 4: Formal

Level 3: Night out

Level 2: Office

Level 1: Weekend casual

Next, take one article of clothing through all four levels. If it can transition through all or most of your lifestyle levels, it's a workhorse worth investing in.

We love Dr. Baumgartner's first example in her book: a white button down! Here's how she suggests mixing and matching a white shirt with pieces that may already be in your closet. We've added pictures that we found on Pinterest to illustrate the general idea (below and above).

Level 4 Formal: wear the shirt with a tuxedo pant or long satin skirt, strappy shoes, and hair pulled back in a low chignon.

Level 3 Night-out: wear the shirt with a fitted skirt, mini, or formal shorts, platform pumps, and hair down in waves.

Level 2 Office: wear the shirt under a strapless scoop-neck sheath with a blazer or cardigan, or with wide leg trousers or a pencil skirt, kitten heels or feminine loafers, and hair worn straight or in a low ponytail.

  

Level 1 Weekend casual: wear the shirt with a faux fur vest, skinny jeans, and riding boots, and hair held back by a headband.

A classic white shirt is a great place to start in any season. However, there are so many fabulous fall fashions in the stores right now, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Don't worry. We've got you covered. Using the lifestyle levels analysis that we've described here, our resident stylist has put together some amazing looks that will help you make the best choices for your big bust wardrobe this fall. Look for them in our next post!