I'd go with basics- first, decide what you like. Is it scoop neck tees or a buttondown shirt, capris or bootcut jeans? What colors do you go for?
Then, figure out how many things you need to get you through the week with a couple of extras.
Look at accessories. Are you an earring person, do you love scarves, is a bracelet your favorite piece or are you a cute shoe fanatic? Adding something to your basics will spark them up.
In my case, I look best in scoopneck and V knit tops, sweaters and bootcut jeans. I love all shades of purple, emerald green and grays. I only wear silver jewelry. I occasionally wear a scarf, but mostly those are winter things.
If I were a SAHM, my fall/winter wardrobe would consist of:
- Several pairs of bootcut jeans in dark wash and charcoal gray.
3/4 or long sleeved tops in my colors- say, 8-10 of them so I have extras if I need to change
A few nice sweaters for layering- Vs and turtlenecks.
A good warm winter coat/raincoat.
A few pairs of silver earrings I love.
My collection of hairsticks.
A man's fedora
A slim belt.
Maybe a couple of bracelets.
A few nice scarves to go with my winter coat.
A charcoal gray bag.
A couple pairs of comfortable shoes in gray and a nice pair of boots.
Start the day in a lavendar tee and jeans, add a charcoal V-neck sweater, earrings, scarf and boots and you're set to go out on a breezy fall day. If it's colder, add your coat. Since you're working from a limited color palatte, you don't have to worry about matching if they tone together.
I think this is the longest thing I've ever written on EHell. Hope it helps!
ETA that I'm going to use this list to plan my wardrobe. Thanks for making me write it!