Yesterday we talked about giving your wardrobe a good purge. Until you’ve done this stage it’s impossible to work out what you do and don’t have, and if you really do have nothing to wear.
Firstly, if your favourites are still wearable, but starting to wear out – put them on your shopping list to start looking for replacements NOW rather than wait until it’s too late!
If something is a light colour, but getting stained can it be dyed a darker colour to give it a new lease of life?
Does anything need to be altered to make it work? I often will help clients pin up hemlines to a more flattering length, change the shape of sleeves, add darts to create shaping – there are all sorts of alteration options available to increase the lifespan and wearability of a garment.
Once you’ve done this, you can start to create outfits, work out wardrobe capsules and see what you need to buy to make your wardrobe work more effectively.
Why not pull out your favourite pants or skirt, then start trying on tops with it – go through all your tops and see if they work with the bottom you’ve chosen, then layer up – if it’s cold can you add another layer or two? Which layers work best together?
Each time you’ve worked out an outfit – either take a photo of yourself in it, or lay a white sheet over your bed and photograph the outfit – for example below are some photos I took for a client who didn’t know what tops to wear with her brown jacket. You can also add jewellery, belts, shoes and bags to these photos too.
Once you’re figured out what works with what and created outfits, you may notice that you can’t layer some pieces and that you need to purchase a jacket, cardigan or sweater to give you these options.
If you have a patterend skirt, you might look at purchasing other tops that pick out colours in the skirt to create more outfit options. Look for colours that will work with a variety of other garments in your wardrobe to get the full benefit.
After you’ve sorted through your clothes, put them back in your wardrobe with clothing categories (pants, skirts, jackets etc.) the same, then each in colour groupings – I like to work my way through the rainbow starting at white and working through to black, then it’s easy to see if you’re very dominant in one colour group, and what other colours you could consider looking for to make your wardrobe more exciting.
If you have still got wire hangers in your closet – get rid of them and replace them with either a wooden or plastic hanger that won’t wreck your clothing. Having all hangers the same size and shape will help you see what is in your wardrobe more easily as they hang at the same height, plus you get that ’boutique’ feel.
Now you have a wardrobe shopping list – take this with you every time you shop – you won’t necessarily find what you want the first time, but if it’s on your list it will focus you on what you need.
Also, keep a pen and paper handy in your wardrobe to keep creating your wardrobe shopping list – every time you get dressed and think “I wish I had a xxxx” write that garment down, and you know that it will fill and important hole in your wardrobe.
What I notice most, is that most people find some clothes easy to buy and others difficult – the holes tend to be what they find hardest. What do you find easy and hard to buy?