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are you’re in the throes of holiday gift-giving, checking off your shopping
lists and testing your patience. Yet
there’s one list I want to encourage you to spend a little time on that you may
not have thought of, and that’s your very own personal wardrobe list.
your social calendar may be overflowing and your budget stretched to its
limits, now is one of the best times to begin to think about your wardrobe for
several reasons. First, if someone is
buying you a gift and you know what you need, instead of ending up with another
knick knack that just collects dust, you could actually be adding to your
wardrobe. Get specific – “Gee, I could
really use a new statement necklace in gold” or “I would love to have a few new
short sleeved t-shirts from Michael Stars in jewel tones”. When you give them details, you actually do
yourself a favor – and them a favor as well!
second, this time of year (now through late January) is amazing for scoring
deals. So when you’re out shopping for
friends and family, if you see a not-to-be-missed deal on one of your must-have
items, you can snap it up knowing it’s not an impulse buy and that it will be
adding life to your wardrobe.
of my clients come to me with a closet filled with clothes, yet no strategic
plan. Year after year they add to their
wardrobes without any real thought on how all the pieces will fit together. They spend hundreds and thousands of dollars,
but come away from their closet feeling desperate and depressed. This, of course, leads to more shopping,
which really only exacerbates the problem.
An once the mega clearance sales start, they’re tempted to snap up
something for all the wrong reasons, out of desperation to have something
new. So how to you get off the wardrobe
hamster wheel? Start a list. Here’s how:
1/ Take stock – No matter how busy you
are, carve out some time whether it’s a few minutes each day for a week or a
few hours one evening. This is your
uninterrupted time to get up close and personal with your wardrobe. Go through each item and assess whether or
not to keep it. Does it fit? Does it flatter? Do you love it? If the answer is no, then purge it from your
2/ The Replacements – If it
turns out that a well-loved favorite is now pilled, has stains or no longer
fits you, ditch it and begin to look for a replacement. These will be some of the first items to put
on your list, and chances are some of the most worn. Buy the best you can afford because these
will be some of your go-to staples. If
you feel inclined, buy two.
3/ The Staples – What basics are you
missing? If you don’t have a favorite
pair of jeans, are in need of some cardigans to layer, or a few separates to
stretch your work wardrobe would make a difference for you, put these on your
list. You want to choose items that go
with at least 3 items you already own.
4/ The Spice – Now, ask yourself what
you really want to wear. This could be
anything from the latest boost to a beautiful bracelet or a pretty top. Think of items that bring your look current
and you can’t wait to wear. This is the
fun stuff, and if it’s trendy, you’ll most definitely catch a great bargain
over the holidays.
5/ What’s Now, What’s Next – As you
make your list, ask yourself what items will work for you now, and what will
work for you in the spring. A little
planning and strategizing now will make a big difference for you in the coming
months, and will also help you to view your wardrobe as a unified whole that
will take you in and out of seasons for the next few years.
make your own shopping list, and check it twice. Go back to it as often as needed, and add to
it what you desire. This ‘work in
progress’ is something that you can keep going continually so that you always
know what you need, and to get a better handle on how to take advantage of some
of the rock-bottom crazy sales we’re going to be seeing post-Christmas. After all, a bargain is not a bargain unless
it’s something you’d pay full price for.
And when you have your eye on the prize, even though it’s worth it to
pay full price, it’s so much sweeter when you get a bargain!
help? If you’re not sure what your style
is, or where to even start, I’d love to help.
As your StyleFinder™ Mentor, Consultant and Coach, I help you get to the
essence of your style and dress in a way that makes you feel more like you,
whether you’re a corporate executive or a stay at home mom. Email me at Michele@onechicmama.com.