A positive attitude is the most appealing attribute you can add to enhance your wardrobe:
To build an effective wardrobe all you need is some effective planning and basic common sense. Here are some important facts to take into consideration:
As your lifestyle changes so will your wardrobe. When I worked in the corporate arena my wardrobe consists of pants suits, skirts, tops, simple dresses, I followed the “dress for success” theme since I hade to adhere to the dress code of the company, including the office parties, lunches and social activities.
I am no longer in the work force and my wardrobe has changed drastically, the “dress for success” theme no longer apply. I am now a full time fashion blogger/stylist and sewing instructor. I desperately tried to hang on to my favourite pieces but they just sat in my closet and all I could do is look with nostalgia at them. As much as I enjoyed wearing these pieces they no longer fitted into my lifestyle. Reluctantly, I had to let them go.
My wardrobe now consists of more creative pieces, even my social activities have changed and I have created an entire new wardrobe to fit my new lifestyle.
CHARTING YOURSELF A VERSATILE WARDROBE
I created the chart below for my personal use, which I found very helpful in planning my wardrobe. It helps me keep track on what I have so there will be no duplication and keeps me within budget
You can create your wardrobe chart on your phone or i-pad and take it with you when you go shopping. It will be an excellent guide and keep you focused on what you really need to create your stunning wardrobe.
BUILDING YOUR WARDROBE:
Black, navy, brown and grey trousers, skirts and jackets are the perfect canvas to begin building your wardrobe. These basic colours will allow you more flexibility when adding pieces and accessories to your wardrobe. Throw in a beige or off white skirt or trousers for more mileage. Don’t forget the little black dress that you can dress up or dress down for any occasion.
Building a functional wardrobe will compliment you and your career
Eliminate the “NOTHING TO WEAR” Syndrome by taking inventory of your lifestyle:
Wardrobe content is different for every woman.
If you can successfully analyze your lifestyle you will build a successful wardrobe and eliminate a closet filled of “NOTHING TO WEAR”
The Stay at Home Mom have different activities than her career sisters and will create a wardrobe suited to her lifestyle
Your career more than any area in your life will affect your wardrobe because it plays a part on your economic status and your clothing budget.
You don’t have to be rich to dress well just sensible.
3: BODY TYPE AND SHAPE:
See the page on Dress to Enhance You
Using creativity and imagination when putting different looks together is key to creating a functional wardrobe and can be a lot of fun. Your wardrobe can be practical yet fun. Take life and other people seriously but have fun with your clothes, as you smell the fashion roses along the way.
5: WILL I WEAR IT?
Resist purchasing items just because they are on sale.
Ask yourself these questions before purchasing:
Will the item coordinate with what I already have?
Does it suit my lifestyle? Career or Social Activities
Does it enhance my body type?
Creating a Wardrobe Planning Chart will help you answer these questions because it will give you a clear idea of what you already have in your wardrobe.
All you need is some planning and basic common sense
You can change the entire look of an outfit by effective accessorizing.
Accessories are an important part of any wardrobe. The right accessories can make an otherwise drab outfit look sensational.
Wearing scarfs will give you a more sporty look while wearing beads or pearls will give you that dressed up look.
7: IT’S IN THE BAG!
A few words about handbags.
Handbags like everything else in your wardrobe should be in proportion to the rest of you and should be functional as well as fashionable.
There should be enough room to hold what you NEED without being cluttered or over sized. If one handbag is all you can afford invest in a good quality handbag not necessarily a designer bag, select one in a neutral shade that will go with everything you own.
A handbag is an indispensable item in your wardrobe. It is the best investment you can make.
8: WINTER DRESSING
One word on purchasing winter apparel:
Winter coat and boots are a major purchase. Coats should be classic and simple so they can transcend from one winter to the next without looking dated.