A positive attitude is the most appealing attribute you can add to enhance your wardrobe:
A true fashion short story:
Once upon a time in the land of creative imagination, when my daughter was only two years old, I bought a suit on sale at a Trending Fashion Store. My daughter grew up and graduated from University and wore that very same suit to her first job interview. Some years later the suit was loaned to a friend, never to be seen again. Rumor has it that the suit is still alive in someone’s wardrobe somewhere in the land of creative imagination.…And that’s the beginning of the story.
Moral of the story: Sensibility, imagination and creativity will keep your wardrobe trendy and stylish throughout decades of trends and fashion fads.
Using creativity and imagination when putting different looks together is key to creating a functional wardrobe and can be a lot of fun.
Take life and other people seriously but have fun with your clothes. You can mix this year’s trends with last year’s fads and look spectacular.
You don’t have to be wealthy to step out in style. Just sensible!
Borrow a piece from grandma’s closet, throw in a scarf here, a hat there and you will create your very own unique style.
Building a functional wardrobe means taking inventory and making room for clothing that will compliment you and your lifestyle.
One skirt two different looks. Worn as a summer dress, accessorize with beads or worn with a trendy top and scarf to transition into the fall, any which way it looks chic.
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
It’s a good idea to start with the staple foundation colours ie: black, brown, navy and grey this will allow you more flexibility when adding pieces and accessories to your wardrobe.
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.
Suggested starters for basic wardrobe
When you have the basics you can purchase just about any colour blouse, cardigan or sweater and coordinate the pieces by mixing and matching, using accessories for emphasis and accents.
This will give the illusion that you have an infinite wardrobe.
It’s a good idea to purchase pants, skirts and blazers /jackets at the same time so you can buy the same shades to coordinate as an ensemble or wear them as separates.
Begin with the basics:
When you begin with the basics your options are limitless.
Black, navy, brown and grey trousers, skirts and jackets are the perfect canvas to begin building your wardrobe. Don’t forget the little black dress that you can dress up or dress down for any occasion.
When working with a limited budget keep away from fads, they come and go and you will be left with a lot of “Nothing to Wear” hanging in your closet.
If you are on a tight budget don’t waste money on a formal evening dress that you will only wear one time.
You can wear a matching top with your basic black slacks or maxi skirt and let the accessories do the talking.
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?
Does it enhance my body type?
Creating a Wardrobe Planning Chart will help you answer these questions. You will have a clear idea of what you already have in your wardrobe.
To build an effective wardrobe here are some important facts to take into consideration:
3: Body Type/shape
Wardrobe content is different for every woman.
Are you a stay at home mom? are you striving for a full time career? do you have an active social life? or do you love the great outdoors.
Creating an effective wardrobe requires some planning and basic common sense.
Learning to sew is an invaluable asset to creating a functional wardrobe, you don’t have to be an expert, just learn the basics. There are many free on-line tutorials that you can tap into.
You can save a fortune on alterations and make simple basic items like skirts, blouses, and scarves that will enhance your wardrobe.
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.
This handbag in the picture is ideal for traveling, it has separate pockets to keep passport and documents accessible. It’s perfect for shopping also, wallet and change purse can be placed in the front pockets so they don’t get lost in the bag.
A handbag is an indispensable item in your wardrobe. It is the best investment you can make.
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.
One word on purchasing winter apparel: