less fuss, The No Brainer Wardrobe

The No Brainer Wardrobe revisited!

no-brainer-headerTwo years ago, I wrote a 31 day series about my concept, The No Brainer Wardrobe. I’ve received so many emails asking for advice, new outfits, and updated links–that I decided to revisit The No Brainer Wardrobe for the whole month of October.

None of us want to stare into a cluttered closet, discarding outfit after outfit, littering the floor with our cast-offs. We want to feel good about what we choose, and most of us can’t spare an arm and a leg to do so. That was my heart in writing The No Brainer Wardrobe to begin with–and it remains my heart today, I just have an even better handle on this concept after 2 years of refining, learning, and tweaking.

I’d love if you’d leave any questions you would love to see me cover down in the comments.

Among the things we’ll discuss in October:

  • how to figure out your individual style
  • how to best shop online
  • best jeans for your body type
  • how to pull together outfits from a closet of basics
  • how to pack for a weekend away
  • how to cull your wardrobe down to 50 amazing pieces
  • maternity/nursing attire
  • layering for dummies!
  • shopping at discount stores
  • items to splurge on
  • how to love what you already own
  • and SO SO much more

This page will serve as a landing page where you’ll find links to every new post. So, this will be a one stop shop of No Brainer Wardrobe magic!

DAY ONE: The No Brainer Wardrobe Revisited

DAY TWO: The No Brainer Philosophy

DAY THREE: Define Your Style

DAY FOUR: Purge, Purge, Purge

DAY FIVE: The Essentials

DAY SIX: The Uniform

DAY SEVEN: When You Have No Money

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  • Reply Anne Bogel September 30, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    FUN. Fun fun fun!

    (That is all.)

  • Reply Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista September 30, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Looking forward to it! A friend of mine was just bringing your book up the other day! Can’t wait to read the new advice!

  • Reply Alicia September 30, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Yay! Just found you through the Nester 31 Days series and I’m so looking forward to following along with your wardrobe tips!

  • Reply Marty September 30, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    So excited! Loved this series and your book two years ago. They both made a huge difference in how I shop and put outfits together. I enjoy getting dressed each morning now. Can’t wait for more!!

  • Reply Tracie S September 30, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    I am so excited about this. I am definitely in a clothing rut. I have a limited budget, I’m nursing my second kiddo and am smaller than I was when i got pregnant. Needless to say, I don’t have a ton of options in my closet.

  • Reply L September 30, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    OH Hayley I am SO excited by this!!!
    This has become more of a passion of mine over the last year!
    I can’t wait to read your wisdom on it!
    Much Love!!

  • Reply Victoria Wilson September 30, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    STOKED! Particularly for the maternity/nursing attire bit :)

  • Reply Kristin September 30, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    YES!! I’m working through your book and would be blessed by updates. So excited for this!

  • Reply Scooper September 30, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    This was one of my favorite 31 Days series two years ago. SO excited you’re revisiting. I need some motivation to pare down. {I have such a hard time saying no to cute thrift-store finds.}

  • Reply Carly September 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    I am so excited! Loved the first series. It really got me thinking about my wardrobe differently and I can’t wait for the update this month.

  • Reply Kathleen Harvey September 30, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    SO excited to read this all the way through this time! Don’t want to miss an issue – let me know if I’m missing a email feed of some kind. It will be my daily reading goal!

  • Reply Robin Dance September 30, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    I’ve got a great idea: come to my house, look into my closet and THEN write your posts. I’m pretty sure the help I need will be all the fodder you’d need for 31 Days :).

  • Reply Krista September 30, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    So excited for this-I definitely need a refresher! Since you asked for questions. . . I struggle with knowing what shoe to wear with what type of clothing. For example, I love the look of booties, but have no idea when to wear them. I feel like I put on my riding boots for everything (not that there’s anything wrong with that– I love them!) but I’m looking for a little variation. Any suggestions?? Thanks so much!

  • Reply Jennifer September 30, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I am so looking forward to following this series – very excited!

  • Reply Jane September 30, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks for doing this! What fun! Any suggestions/tips for us plus size girls would be deeply appreciated!

  • Reply Jess September 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    So very excited for this series! Let’s just say I could use a little help in this area. :)

  • Reply Sarah Silvester September 30, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    This will be great Hayley! I love the concept of less fuss more confidence. I’ve had 3 kids in 5 years and my clothes suffer from being the wrong size, or worn through pregnancy and therefore sort of stretched, or it seems that everything all of a sudden has holes and stains – it always seems to happen at once right?! I’d love advice on what to prioritize buying if you have a very limited budget but actually almost need to buy a new one of everything! :-) and the stress of going shopping when you don’t feel that great about your size and have limited time. AND the “awkward 30’s” as I want to call them – where you still want to dress kind of young, but not too young, but not in old lady clothes either. What can you get away with and what to avoid (on both sides!)
    Wow, is that enough?! ;)

  • Reply Leah October 1, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Umm…YES! THANK YOU – much, much needed. I have your book and would love to work through it with you!

  • Reply Penelope October 1, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’m excited that you are doing it again. Can you focus a little on what to wear to work? Lots of your good ideas were too casual last time for me to implement.

  • Reply Jessica October 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

    So looking forward to this… I really want to scale down my wardrobe and finally figure out which style of jeans to wear!

  • Reply Lindsay Columna October 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

    SUPER excited about this, Hayley!

    Now that I’m staying at home with Thomas, I have little need for the majority of the clothes in my closet. At the same time, I want to be practical and stylish and I have no idea where to begin.

    p.s. After reading your intro post about this series, I realized I’m totally the girl at Target you mentioned. IT’s GOTTA STOP!

    YAY! ;)


  • Reply jennifer visser October 1, 2013 at 11:01 am

    i am so excited to read along! definitely looking to narrow down my closet and wardrobe (and my husbands too!) we want to start intentionally living with less! here will be a great starting point! excited to revisit your ebook with you!

  • Reply maria October 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Can’t wait! Will you cover what basics would cover a stay at home mom’s wardrobe – quick yet fashionable?

  • Reply Janelle October 1, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Exciting! How is it that it’s so easy to end up with an overly full closet and nothing that I want to wear? Sigh. Definitely trying to be more thoughtful about what I buy and get rid of the rest. Can’t wait to read your tips!

  • Reply Victoria @ Creative Home Keeper October 1, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Love this! Loved your first series and your book too. I’m excited to hear your new fresh perspectives. Can’t wait!

  • Reply Diana October 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Yay! I loved your series last time too and I am looking forward to your updates!

  • Reply Jerimi October 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Bookmarking this, since one of my major goals is to start dressing less like a broke college student, and more like I actually care about myself. :P

  • Reply Paula Laird October 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    So excited to revisit this topic! I seem to need the most help on dressy light occasions, if that makes sense? I can dress for a wedding or a funeral or a concert. But a coffee date with my husband, a girls night, or just a day where I want to be cuter than jeans and t-shirts not so much. It’s like I have no idea how to buy a cute top. And it’s hot here 9 months out of the year so cute coats and fabby sweaters don’t help much.

  • Reply Kelty October 2, 2013 at 9:42 am

    woohoo!!!!! So excited. Thank you!!

  • Reply Trina October 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    My question lately: How do I make my low-key casual look seem more I-know-who-I-am-as-an-adult and less I’m-still-13-and-don’t-know-how-to-dress? I’ve seen plenty of people pull this off (i.e., Jennifer Aniston). But I can seem to figure out how to accessorize without losing the minimalist/simplicity behind it.

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  • Reply K. October 14, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I love this idea! I don’t have kids but I do work a professional job and I am totally awful at dressing myself outside of work! I have my first Stitch Fix coming in a few weeks and I also signed up for Elizabeth & Clarke which comes early Dec. Really looking forward to this series!

  • Reply Carly October 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Am I the only one wondering where this blog series went? I was so excited about it and now you’ve stopped at day 7? Sad day.

    • Reply Annie October 18, 2013 at 9:20 am

      I kept thinking that there was something wrong with my computer. I hope everything is okay. :(

    • Reply Jennifer October 18, 2013 at 11:52 am

      I was doing really well, purging and figuring out my uniform. Now what?!

      • Reply carissa October 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

        i’ve been looking for more too! love it so far!

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