A networking associate posed a question to me last week. She said that when getting dressed, she often forgets what she has in her wardrobe than can be worn together. Although her clothes hang in colour groups, that provides no reminder and she often defaults to her favourite combination. Did I have any ideas to help her?
I gave her some suggestions and decided to share them with you. I call this the ‘quick grab and wear’ part of Plan B Dressing.
If you have so many clothes hanging up that they merge into one solid block, it is time to re-organise or discard. Has the season changed and you are still keeping on hand clothes too summery or too wintery for this time of year? If so, move those clothes elsewhere. Space out the clothes that are left so you can see all your clothes. Hang jewellery in clear pocket hangers and scarves on tie hangers to make it easy to choose the accessory you want.
Can’t get rid of clothes you know need to go? Click here to go to the ‘Wardrobe Full, Nothing to Wear’ Action Program which will help you happily discard unwanted clothes.
Kathleen Noonan wrote in the Courier Mail ‘etc’ magazine on 11 June 2011 about the Buddhist principle of ‘enough’. With your wardrobe that means that before you buy more clothes, look at your wardrobe differently. Change any out-dated ideas that only this can go with that. Play Dress Ups. Use this Step 5 from my program above. Try on everything with everything. Try camisoles and singlet tops as modern outer vests. Mix patterns and colours. You may be amazed at what works and how your dressing choices have suddenly expanded. Enough will be plenty.
Create a Looks Folder
Now it is time to remember your old and new combinations. For the writers, write down all the combinations you can wear.
For those more visual, take pictures against a plain wall of yourself or your combinations. Create an album of your looks on your mobile or iPhone. Or cut and paste them as small images in a Word document and print them in colour at Office Works etc for only a few dollars. Or, depending on who shares your computer or laptop, create a screensaver of your looks (suggested by the networker above). Or get creative with your own ideas.
Stick your printed sheets on the wardrobe door or wall for easy reference. Remember to check before you get dressed.
When you buy something new, wear it as soon as possible in at least two different ways to imprint it on your mind. Be like a little kid. They are often so in love with their new clothes that they don’t take them off for a month.
No more complaining about your wardrobe. Get dressed simpler and faster.
(Article sent to readers of ‘The Fashion Translator’ ezine on 16 June 2011. Click here to sign up for the ezine.)