I don’t know about you, but it seems getting dressed is a daily challenge for me. I have a closet full of clothes, but I’ve always felt like I have nothing to wear.
As part of my Bag-a-Day Challenge, I’ve been weeding out my closet and finally figured out the reason I’ve been feeling that way: I was only actually wearing about 10-20% of the clothes that were in there!
After a very healthy edit, I realized I had a collection of pieces that don’t relate to each other.
And there was my ‘aha’ moment. What I have been lacking is a PLAN!
When I go shopping for something for the house, or when I am pulling together selection recommendations for a design project, I always have the selections with me for reference. It’s easy to know if something will work or not when I can see what it relates to. So why is shopping for clothing any different?
So I started from the beginning. I took my few remaining pieces and started piecing together a palette that works with my hair, skin and eye coloring. Using what I already own and a few new pieces, I wanted to create a 25 piece wardrobe that would give me at least 40 combinations. Each new piece had to meet the following conditions:
- It works with what I already have
- It is suitable for both winter and spring
- It’s machine washable
- It’s affordable
- It’s comfortable
- It can be used in multiple combinations
- It qualifies as business casual
The photo at the beginning of this post shows the pieces I’ve selected, and here are the combination options I came up with:
I love the idea that this gives me plenty of options that work with my complexion and figure (and with my existing pieces). And best of all, I have a cheat sheet so I don’t even need to think about it. Now that’s my kind of wardrobe!
As always, I’d love to hear what wardrobe-building strategies work best for you too.