As this week is “Get Organised Week”, and fashion is one of my favourite things, it only makes sense that we should talk about making a fashion plan. Don’t be afraid. It’s really not that complicated. In fact if you read yesterdays post Spring Cleaning the Wardrobe, you are already moving in the right direction.
If you have a wardrobe that is busting at the seams but stand there for long periods of time staring into it thinking, “I don’t have anything to wear”, then you need to make a fashion plan.
Nothing To Wear: You having clothing spilling out of the wardrobe. In fact you can’t close dresser drawers because you own so many clothes. But every day you struggle to find something to wear. After all, how many times can you wear jeans and a t-shirt to work before someone reminds you that isn’t quite the business look?
So how did this happen? You would think with all this choice you would be throwing together fabulous looks as quickly as Rachel Zoe and everyday you would go to work looking like Olivia Palermo. But you’re not.
Chances are good that you have one or both of these issues working against you. 1) Too much choice and/or 2) you have bought without focus. Let’s face it, not very many of us have far too much choice so it’s highly likely you have the same problem I had a few years ago.
You’ve been going shopping and spending your hard-earned money without a plan.
Colour-coded: Yesterday after we pulled everything out of the wardrobe and focused on what we were keeping, we put everything back in by type and color-coded. So as above, all our shirts are hanging together by colour. This meant we were able to see clearly what we have and where the gaps were. So we created a list of items that would fill in the gaps. We are especially looking for those classic items that are going to be worn throughout many seasons and can be mixed with at least 3 or 4 other items in our wardrobe. This will ensure we get value from what we buy because the cost-per-wear will be great (cost = $100, worn 20 times = cost-per-wear $5) and it will provide options for the other items in our wardrobe, thereby improving their cost-per-wear.
Monochromatic Wardrobe: As trendy as monochrome dressing is right now. Wearing a monochromatic wardrobe can get boring. However, for those whose wardrobes are schizophrenic mix of every colour under the rainbow, creating a daily look can become to complicated. So monochromatic isn’t just trendy, it’s a good place to start when creating a fashion plan that allows for greater ease and less stress. How easy would it be to get dressed if absolutely every article of clothing you owned went every other one!
Add Colour: If monochromatic is not your thing or you have grown tired of wearing black and grey everyday (it is Spring after all!) then add some colour! For you in the Northern Hemisphere, all things Oxblood, Merlot, Burgundy are hot and great colours for Autumn. For those of us in the southern hemisphere, prints and patterns with pink, yellow and all things neutral are great mixes with black, grey and white. They’ll add a breath of Spring into that dark winter wardrobe.
A couple of years ago, when I was set on making sense of my wardrobe and started my own fashion plan, I decided I would only buy things that were, black, white, grey, red or tan/brown. That meant that everything I bought would mix and match. It was easy to create great looks and there was virtually no stress in getting dressed. I pretty much stuck with that philosophy until my crush on all things orange over came me and I started buying orange en mass. Funny thing about that…the orange went so well with everything I already owned!
After awhile I added in a few other colours in smaller doses and now you can find turquoise, navy, some metallic and a bit of pink in my wardrobe as well. However I stick to the rule that it needs to go with at least 3 or 4 other items in my wardrobe before it gets to come home with me.
Pick a Palette or Two: It’s very important that you pick a palette to build from that works for you and your style. This picture shows you that it is possible to love colour and still create a wardrobe that works well together. As long as you are buying items that you love, you are going to wear them if they go well with other items you love. So let your personality shine.
I have shared with you my 10 Wardrobe Essentials in the past. They work for me and my lifestyle. They may even work for many of you. But if the look I like doesn’t work for you, modify it to show off your creativity and style!
However, you’ll get there easier and after spending a lot less on items you rarely wear if you get organised and make a fashion plan.
- Honey, Honey – My Way (astimegoesbuy.me)
- Closet Goals versus Wardrobe Goals (youlookfab.com)
- Why Not . . . Build a Capsule Wardrobe on A Budget? (thesimplyluxuriouslife.com)
- Would You Wear… Head-to-Toe Oxblood? (collegefashion.net)
- Wardrobe Essentials (cooldetour.com)