It's good to dress to impress, but you don't have to spend a fortune on a massive wardrobe to do it. In fact, you really only need 14 items.
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The concept of "the uniform", or wearing similar clothing every day to save time and mental energy, isn't new, but it's more achievable, and more stylish, than you might realise. Over at Real Men Real Style, Antonio Centeno demonstrates how a little basic maths turns a few essential clothing items into the ultimate interchangeable wardrobe. If you're a man, for example, all you need is:
- Two jackets, one blue, one black or brown
- Five shirts, five different colours (one white for sure)
- Two ties, two different colours
- Three trousers, one khaki, one black, one blue
- Two pairs of shoes, two different styles and/or colours
2 x 5 x 2 x 3 x 2 = 120 Outfit Combinations
Just don't forget a belt! The concept isn't exclusive to men, though. You can do the same kind of thing with a few skirts and a nice dress too if you like. And when you're only worried about having a small number of wardrobe items, you can spend a little extra on each piece — which will actually save you some hassle in the long run. So stop trying to expand your wardrobe, and work on tailoring it into the perfect mix and match set.
Quality clothes last longer for the money you spend, they're more comfortable and they make you look and feel pretty good while you wear them. Best of all, you can find quality anywhere. It comes down to buying less mediocre stuff and using that money on a few nice things that last forever.