Tell me …. are you often pushed for time? Do you want to know you look great without having to fuss or think too much? Know you can throw on an outfit and some accessories that go together and get out the door?
This is what you get when you spend some time work (or play) shopping in your own wardrobe and putting together outfits that work. Knowing the accessories, the shoes and how the whole look works means that you’ll spend less time day-to-day, standing in front of your wardrobe wondering what to put together, yet not reaching for the exact same outfit you wore a few days earlier (and becoming a total one-look-wonder).
A very stylish friend of mine told me (she’s a high school teacher) that during her school holidays she’d spend a few hours creating 40 outfits which she documented and then all she had to do each day was to check the weather and choose an appropriate outfit to wear, without having to do any further thinking (and knowing that it would all work together). What a great thing to do so that you are less stressed each morning!
Creating your Go-To Outfits
It’s time to get into your wardrobe and spend an hour or two trying on clothes, shoes and accessories. Make sure you have a place to photograph those outfits – you can either photograph yourself wearing them in the mirror, or photograph the items (lay a white sheet on the bed first) together, including accessories and shoes so you don’t forget any element of it.
Take outfit photos to assess whether or not these outfits are working. A photo really helps you assess whether the fit, scale, design elements, shape, colour and contrast are working for you (when you’re wearing the outfit, not when it’s on a bed!). Find out more about the value of taking outfit photos here and how it really can help you improve your style.
Create Outfit Around Your Heroes
No idea where to start? When I’m in a client’s wardrobe I will often create outfits around a hero item.
It could be a jacket, it could be a scarf, it could be a pair of shoes! You can see in the photos above, I’ve created different outfits around a patterned skirt.
I then build outfits around each hero in the wardrobe, choosing supporting acts and accessories to work with them to create a whole.
Find as many options as you can from your existing wardrobe (this is all about shopping your wardrobe not buying new gear) and see what you can come up with!
Of course, this exercise may point out some wardrobe gaps or holes, and then you can add these missing pieces to your wardrobe shopping list.
Try on every outfit, as I mentioned earlier, taking photos will give you both a record of what you put together and also a more objective way to see what works (and what doesn’t) so you only add to your “go-to outfit” list the really great outfits that you create!
Think about using my “make it an 8” idea for these outfits too – it can be used not just for shopping, but also for rating how well your outfits are working!
Then jot down, photograph, use your wardrobing app (whatever method works for you) all the outfits – have them somewhere easy to access so that you can quickly and easily throw a great outfit on any day of the week!
You may like to download my weekly outfit planner too, to help you with this task!
Go-To Outfits For Your Life
Think about your lifestyle and the different roles and activities you have. You want to create outfits that are stylishly casual, work for work, and ones for when you go out to play! Having a go-to outfit ready for every occasion means that the next invitation you have or event that is in your diary, you know you don’t need to rush out in a panic and try to purchase something new (never the right way to shop). Instead, you already have a plan (or even a fall-back option if you’re looking for something new and it doesn’t materialise!).