This was a post in the Baltimore Sun in December that I wanted to share…..
“The closet of our dreams would be organized, clutter-free and purge itself every year. Even better, this dream closet would only be filled with clothes that make us look and feel amazing. Think about it. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to love every piece you have? Wouldn’t you love to never frown at a piece again, wondering what you were thinking when you got it because it doesn’t go with anything? Well, those goals might be more achievable than you think. Try these five easy steps to make sure that from now on, you only buy what really works.
Step 1: Go try on one or two of your favorite outfits. If you’re anything like me, you have more than one or two favorites. Think of the outfits that get tons of compliments or make you feel confident every time you wear them.
Step 2: Stand in front of the mirror and really think about why you look and feel so good in your outfits. Is the cut of the jacket perfect for your long waist? Maybe the jewel tone flatters your complexion. Is it the feel of the fabric that you really love? Since these are your favorite outfits we’re talking about, chances are it’s a combination of several factors that make the clothes work for you. If you’ve tried on a few favorites, analyze the common factors among them.
Step 3: Think of any new trends that you have been inspired by lately. Can you add elements of them to these favorite outfits? You may be able to create new looks that become your new favorite, or you can mix and match pieces from your favorite outfits to make things even more interesting. The main goal in this step is to work with what you have to make changes in your wardrobe. So, you shouldn’t need to completely overhaul your closet once you complete this step. You’d be surprised what you can come up with when you push yourself to think outside your comfort zone.
Step 4: Create a budget. While this may not be the most enjoyable part, it is the responsible part of the process. Having a budget will keep you on track with what you can afford to spend and what pieces you truly want to invest in. It will also keep you from doing any impulse buying that might take you off track of your mission.
Step 5: Now here’s the fun part — go shopping! Use your outfit research to guide you toward new clothes that share some aspects of your favorite outfit(s). Don’t buy things that are too similar (we’re going for range here) but if you look great in certain shades, stock up on different styles of clothing in those tones. If you realize you love pencil skirts, grab a few more in various colors and prints.
Once you have a foundation for what looks good on you, makes you feel great and fits your budget, your closet and wardrobe will be a fashion gold mine!”
What outfits are hiding in your closet?