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You Can Have 120 Different Outfits With Just a 14-Piece Wardrobe
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You Can Have 120 Different Outfits With Just a 14-Piece Wardrobe

Patrick Allan, Gawker Media

Photo by r. nial bradshaw .

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.

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 realize. Over at Real Men Real Style, Antonio Centeno demonstrates how a little basic math turns a few essential clothing items into the ultimate interchangeable wardrobe. If you're a man, for example, all you need is:

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  • 2 Jackets, one blue, one black or brown
  • 5 Shirts, five different colors (one white for sure)
  • 2 Ties, two different colors
  • 3 Trousers, one khaki, one black, one blue
  • 2 Pairs of Shoes, two different styles and/or colors

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.

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