The Pyramid Rule Every Stylish Person Secretly Knows

Sure, we all have wardrobes. But what about the perfect wardrobe? Yes, everyone's different, and everyone ultimately defines "perfect" in different ways, but if you're really looking for the ideal, well-balanced closet that resembles those of the most stylish ladies out there, you need to know about the "pyramid rule."

Following this theory is the simplest way to ensure your wardrobe is stocked with all of the essential pieces you need in your everyday life. Essentially, you need to think about your closet like a food pyramid, where various categories are weighted differently, depending how crucial they are.

For example, basics (jeans, classic blouses, pumps, etc.) are of utmost importance because they're the foundation of your look. Therefore, your closet should be filled with more pieces from this group than others. And it goes up from there.

Keep scrolling to check out the full breakdown, and see which percentages of your closet should be made up of different types of items. Go on, you'll have the best wardrobe in no time.



Shop basics, which should make up 35% of your wardrobe:


Shop casual clothing, which should make up 20% of your wardrobe:


Shop professional clothing, which should make up 20% of your wardrobe:

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Shop seasonal staples, which should make up 10% of your wardrobe:


Shop going-out clothing, which should make up 10% of your wardrobe:


Shop finishing touches, which should make up 5% of your wardrobe:

Will you test out this theory when you're building your perfect wardrobe? Let us know in the comments below!

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.