Have you ever stood in front of your wardrobe and told yourself “I Have Nothing To Wear”? Surely you have, most women go through this dilemma at one point of their life.
As a Wardrobe Stylist, I work with women and trans-women to assist them with Self Confidence, Image, Body Type and Creating a wardrobe that satisfies their lifestyle and personality.
I am not a great baker but I love making chocolate mousse with strawberries. It’s not difficult but you absolutely have to follow the recipe and the process. Otherwise, it’s a total disaster! You need a solid foundation. In this case, you need quality chocolate and you need to melt it in the proper way. Your wardrobe is similar, you need a solid foundation. Flattering pieces, in neutral colors, such as black, charcoal, navy or brown that best suit your skin tone. You also need staples such as jeans in the style that best suit your body type.
Once you have determined this, you can add the key pieces that will show off your personality and your style in a way only you can, specific to you; The strawberries added to my chocolate mousse.
You would not imagine putting the strawberries first. So when you look at your wardrobe, what do you see? Too many basics, too much black or too many strawberries?
I agree it is sometimes difficult to assess and that’s why we need a plan.
I will only address three steps briefly.
1. Assessing & Editing Your Wardrobe
This is an important step, If only to help you identify the mistakes you have made and why. This is where you realize that you have four identical black tops or a bright orange crew neck sweater with the tag that you have never worn. Identifying these mistakes will avoid repeating them. Go through your wardrobe, assess each item, and ask yourself;
= Is it suitable for my body type
= Will it suit my Lifestyle
= Do I look amazing and do I Love it.
It if matches all these criteria, then it’s a keeper
if not, it should be discarded, you need space for better things.
Perhaps your lifestyle has changed and you no longer need the business suits
These can be worn as separates. The trousers can be paired with a fun leather jacket.The blazer can be paired with a cute tee shirt and pair of jeans.
2. Creating Outfits
Once you have gone through the editing process, you should have a more workable wardrobe and you can then try creating outfits. I suggest you do this when you are in a relaxed state of mind. Try, at least for the start, to create 4 to 5 outfits per item. When working with my clients, I don’t want them to ever feel like they have Nothing To Wear. My goal is that they utilize 100% of what they have in their closet.
It’s an important investment. You don’t need an extensive wardrobe you just need the right pieces.
3. Fill In The Gaps
Lastly, make a list of the items that are missing in your wardrobe to fill in the gaps. There are times of the year that are best to replenish your basics, January, July and November.
And remember when purchasing an item, make sure you can use it with at least 5 different outfits.
Enjoy and Be Fabulous!