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.