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005crMy basic cooler weather wardrobe capsule suffers from a couple notable gaps. A handful of recent interviews prompted me to act on one of them and I added a black Rachel Roy blouse to my wardrobe. The blouse provides several options for business casual office or retail environments and would also work nicely for a night out so I’m quite pleased to add a piece with so much mileage in terms of expanding my wardrobe.

I didn’t intentionally walk over to Winners to buy a black blouse. It just happened; however, one of my wardrobe holes is a lack of dressier types of clothing so a blouse that I could wear with black denim was on my wardrobe planning wish list.

I’d never thought much about creating and building a wardrobe until a couple years ago. The two wardrobe planning sites I’ve learned the most from are the Vivienne Files and Into Mind.

Janice, the creator/blogger of the Vivienne Files uses several different concepts to build wardrobes. The one I’m looking at here for my cooler weather wardrobe is the 4×4. With this I have a core wardrobe of four pieces – 2 tops and 2 bottoms in the same neutral. Then, I have a second core of four in a different, or the same, neutral. Next up, four tops are added, which could an area in which to introduce prints, patterns or accent colours. And the last four clothing items are the expansion four, at least two of which should be tops. Accessories would be the next module but I’m stopping at the 16 core garments today.
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Anuschka over at Into Mind provides a foundation, options and valuable insights for developing your personal style and wardrobe. One approach is using a combination of main colours, neutrals and accent colours. Another is developing your wardrobe from three categories – basics, in the middle pieces, and statement pieces. What constitutes a basic, middle or statement piece will vary by person. It seems I’ve adopted this second approach for cooler weather wardrobe planning. Here’s the same 16 pieces looked at using this method.
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Differing lives, experiences, incomes, interests and aesthetics inevitably introduces individual adaptations and fine-tuning. Is there rhyme and reason in your wardrobe?

Ha, I should have included at least one coat so here it is as a 17th piece.

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I’m linking up with Patti’s Not Dead Yet Style party.

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047Friday was the opening of the month-long Christmas Market in the historic Distillery District. It was a mild evening and while there were many people out it wasn’t too crowded. Oh, and what a beautiful tree in the main square!

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I picked out this top, on sale, last summer after returning something else. I wasn’t able to get a refund and didn’t want to spend any additional money. This limited my options. It was either this XS oversized top or an XL dress.

It didn’t get much wear last year but I do like the asymmetrical cut, colours and pattern. I’m not crazy about the fabric and the sleeves fit too snugly. Pushing the sleeves up does improve the fit and wearing a tee or shirt underneath makes it more fall weather friendly. I was comfortably attired as I took in some of the Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon this afternoon.

Do you ask about return policies prior to making a purchase?

Standing in the wading pool in autumn

Standing in the wading pool in autumn

I’m linking up with Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style.

Asymmetrical top by Jana (old, on sale); sleeveless sport top (thrifted); Eileen Fisher jeans (old, Winners).

Marathon runner and drummers

Marathon runner and drummers

Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon runners

Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon runners

Fabulous supporters to cheer on the marathon runners

Fabulous supporters to cheer on the marathon runners

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