Back 2 Basics: Replacing Your Foundation Pieces

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Just like a house, a skyscraper, or a face full of makeup, your wardobe should be built on a strong foundation. If you snagged a copy of our Basics Checklist,  you’ve got a good idea of what foundation pieces (Basics) you need. But like your favorite celebrity couple, nothing lasts forever.

How do you know when to replace a foundation piece? And much money should you spend on a foundation piece?


Distressed isn't always a good look.

Distressed isn’t always a good look.

1. Visible wear and tear. If you see holes, stains that refuse to come out, or threadbare spots it’s definitely time to replace a piece. If it’s something you really love,  you can try taking it to a tailor to see if it can be saved, but you’ll probably need to say goodbye.

Old job new job

2. Change in style/lifestyle. Let’s say you have the world’s best button-down white shirt. It’s perfect for the office since you have to dress professionally, but you can also wear it with a skirt or some jeans to dress it down. It’s always given you a boost of confidence in many presentations. But….. you get a new job! And it’s super casual, as in no one wears blazers EVER. The shirt that used to be a staple gets worn less and less, until it’s in the back of the closet and hasn’t been touched in over 6 months. It’s time to update that piece to a white top that fits your life and style better.

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Stop forcing it!


3. Sizing issues. If your favorite jeans get a bit too baggy/tight, it’s time to replace them. Yes, you loved them; yes, you got a great deal on them; yes, they made your butt look AMAZING. But ill-fitting clothes make any outfit look sloppy. You foundation pieces should fit you as you are RIGHT NOW, not 15 pounds ago.


1. Make a Plan. Make a list of all the ways that piece works in your wardrobe. Take note of the items you currently wear it with, and how it is cared for. Whatever you piece you replace it with needs to fill all those spots in your wardrobe, and should not add time/cost to the current care routine.

2. Look for a doppleganger. Check with the label that makes that item; perhaps it’s still in production! If it’s an item you love and still fits your life/style, then look for another one. Even if the label has discontinued that particular item, they might still carry something similar. If you still love it, chances are you can find  a new version.

3. Shop the sales. If you have a solid idea of what you are looking for, check the sales at your favorite stores and see if you can find a great deal on the item you need. If you find an item that’s a bit out of your price range, visit the store’s website and sign up for the email list. New customers usually get a discount code for joining.

It can be tough to part with our favorite foundation pieces. But by making a plan and buying smart, we can fit a new piece seamlessly into our wardrobes without missing a beat!

What foundation pieces are ready for replacing in your wardrobe?

Cathy Benavides

Cathy is a native Austinite, and writes a plus size style blog called Austin Slave to Fashion. She is a blogger and the social media manager here at Fling Fashions and hoards lip gloss, owls, and fine point Sharpie markers.

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