Wardrobe Planning – Building A Versatile Wardrobe

When you are in the process of wardrobe planning it sometimes is very difficult to give up your clothes, especially if you made them yourself.

Although, it is a good thing when you do finally give up a garment because it no longer looks or feels good on you.

Just look on the bright side. When you finally decide to do a wardrobe planning project you are making room for other great clothes that will look good on you.

Make it a habit to clean out your closet about twice a year. Do it early like in August for the fall/winter and in March for the spring/summer. Stores will have a better selection of clothes.

Make sure you look good like wearing makeup and styling your hair before you try on clothes. You will look much better rather than looking your worst.

Wardrobe planning can be fun. Just follows these steps to start with.

Go through you closet and drawers and get rid of everything you don’t or cant wear. You will need to do this before you can begin building and maintaining a solid wardrobe.

After you have organized you closet you will see at a glance its contents and pull together an outfit in seconds. Also, you will know what you have and where everything is.

This will take you several hours, so take this time when you know you wont be disturbed, and able to finish the job. One thing you dont want to do is leave this project half done. Its better to have a disorganized closet than to have all of your belongings laying all around your bedroom for how long it ever takes you to get back into to it.

Here are some helpful hints on wardrobe planning:

Decide ahead where you are going to donate all your old clothes. There are several thrift stores or even a womens shelter.

If you absolutely must save a special outfit, pack it away in a box. Just get it out of your closet.

Now start to sort through your closet and drawers and pull everything out. If you live in a four season area where clothing is needed, put them away that will not work for the coming season.

Next you should try on everything because you can’t tell how something looks by just holding it up to you. Make sure you try on the right shoes for each item.

As part of the wardrobe planning process make sure you create a chart with three columns Yes, Maybe and No.

Evaluate the garment by asking yourself the following questions:

How often did I wear it this year?
Are these design lines appropriate to my body type?
Does it fit well?
Can it be altered to fit?
Is this style still attractive?
Is the color enhancing on you?
Is the fabric in good condition, is it worth keeping?
Is this style still in fashion?
Can it be updated or worn a different way if not currently in fashion?

Now another part of your wardrobe planning task is to divide your clothes into 3 categories:

  1. The ones you want to keep
  2. The ones you hardly ever wear
  3. The ones you never wear.

Start with the ones you want to keep. These are the clothes you love to wear the ones with the most checks under the “yes” column.

Check to see if any of them need minor repairs and put them in a separate pile and call it needs repairs. These keepers will become the foundation of your new wardrobe planning.

Then move on to the ones you hardly ever wear. These are ones with the majority of checks in the and “maybe” column.

They might not be currently in fashion, but are good candidates for updating your wardrobe planning. They are not good if the fabric is worn or of poor quality. Their value doesn’t warrant your time or the cost. If the item failed the color test, but passed everything else don’t toss. You can work with the right color scarf at the neck or by adding a blouse in your best color. Don’t throw them away unless you have exhausted their possibilities as parts of a new look.

Now for the ones you never wear with the most “no’s”. If you have tossed lots of turtlenecks, remember to avoid them in the future. If your “no” pile is bigger you are not along. This happens to most women. It is a known fact that most women wear only 10% of what they have in their closet.

If you’re not sure whether to kept something or not ask yourself this question. Have I worn this within the last year? If not, chances are you won’t wear it. So put it in the “no” pile.

There are fashion makeovers that can be done to some of the “no’s”. They can be restyled to become a “yes”. Also, remember your friends and relatives before you toss a garment.

You can take your items to a consignment store and receive 50% of the resale price. Make sure they are clean, pressed and repaired. Some stores only accept clothing on certain days and certain items. You should called ahead before going there.

You can also take you items to a garage sale or swap meet. Thrift stores like Goodwill, St Vincent De Paul and Salvation Army will take any kind of clothing. They are a charitable organization. You can receive a tax write off equal to the current value of the clothing. Make sure you keep your receipts. You might want to remove special buttons, lace and trims worth saving because sometimes they will turn unsold clothing into rags.

You can also cut out a piece fabric from the seam allowances and clue them to card size to fit a wallet photo holder. This makes a great way when you are out shopping and you come across a bargain and know its the right color for you.

Heres some helpful information from womens magazines:

Items that will never come back are shoes and handbag styles, popular prints, giant collar, lapels or exaggerated cuffs.

Items that will always come back are most wool sweaters, regardless of the length, knee length skirts, anything classic in a very good fabric, leather, suede, cashmere, silk and belts.

Great Tips on Women’s Fashion Looking Your Best

All it takes is an awareness of womens fashion, your needs, what looks good on you and your budget.

Do you like to feel and look good in the clothes you wear? Well, most women do. It gives them a sense of confidence where ever they go. It does for me.

Hello and welcome to Fashion Tips for Women. This is your on line guide to planning a great looking wardrobe.

You will find this information very informative and it will help you gain a better understanding on womens fashion. You will learn how to put together a practical wardrobe by what looks good on, if the color is right for you, and works within you budget.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself in order to make better choices when you buy:

Personal Style: How would you like to be perceived by others?

Lifestyle: What are the clothes you need for the type of activities that you are involved in?

Body Type: What is your shape and size? Do you have a favorite style that fits well and is flattering on you?

Color Type: What colors bring out your best features? Do you know which of the four seasons (Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter) you are grouped into?

You will find some great tips and advice on the following:

  • The classic styles that last
  • Creating a look for you
  • Determine your lifestyle by how and where you spend your time
  • Clothes that enhances your figure by your body type
  • Ways to find your best colors for cloths
  • The best fabrics to buy
  • How to accessorize with shoes, hosiery, belts, handbags & jewelry
  • Taking inventory in your closet
  • Budget your money
  • How to shop
  • How to recognize quality
  • Get Organized
  • Care of clothes
  • Plus size clothing

These tips on womens fashion will help you feel attractive and confident in the clothes you wear. It will help you create a wardrobe whether you sew or buy and put a stop on the tiring and frustrating clothes shopping. It will also stop the worry about what to wear.

So, read these great tips and you’ll find how much fun and easy it is to create a closet full of clothes and always have something to wear.

What Mode Should I Shoot In?

Many people with a new digital camera ask the question, What mode should I shoot in? The answer to this question, like a lot of questions in photography is, It depends. It depends on your experience and comfort level with the camera, as well as what you are trying to accomplish. So lets take a brief look at all the modes and what they are best used for. With this knowledge and a little experience, you will be able to answer this question on your own.

Regardless of your brand of camera, it will have modes that are comparable to the ones described below, but may be called something else. The first thing you want to do with any new camera is sit down with the manual and the camera and read it while playing with the settings. This is the best way to become familiar with the dials, buttons and switches, and you can learn what each of the modes is called for your camera.

The first mode to look at is Full Auto or Green mode. Most people call it green mode because the icon that marks this mode is green on virtually every camera. This is fully automatic and does all the thinking for you. In this mode, it works the same as a point-and-shoot. This is a good mode to start with as it will allow you to become familiar with the camera without worrying about shutter speed, aperture, ISO, or whether the flash is needed. Many people leave it in this mode, but that is a mistake as you are losing the creative features that make a digital camera flexible and powerful.

The next modes on the camera are shown as little icons that look like a face, mountain, flower, and runner. Some also have a person under a moon or star, and a lightning bolt with a slash through it. Respectively, these are for shooting portraits, landscapes, macros (or close-ups), and things in motion. The last two, if provided are for shooting at night and disabling the flash. These are called the basic modes and are just as automated as green mode. The difference is they will make slight modifications in the camera settings to best capture what you are shooting.

These modes are better than green mode in terms of the results they will produce, but are only slightly better in allowing you to control the image. After you have shot in green mode and are comfortable with the camera, start shooting in these modes depending on the subject. Don’t worry about picking the wrong one; they will all take good pictures, but will change the way they take them.
Once you have shot some in the basic modes, look at them on your computer and notice the differences in the images and the settings the camera chose for aperture and shutter speed. For instance, in runner mode, the camera will shoot at a faster shutter speed to freeze the action. In portrait mode, it will use a larger aperture to blur the background.

Next, shoot the same subject using all the basic modes, then compare the results. In some cases, you may not be able to tell the difference, but where you can, examine the camera settings and you will begin to understand how shutter speed and aperture vary the results. This is something that requires time and there are many books on the subject, but this will give you a starting point. You can take perfectly fine images using just basic modes.

The next modes are called creative modes. These are displayed differently on different cameras, but the basic ones are P for Program, A or Av for aperture priority, S or Tv for shutter priority and M for Manual. The first one is P for program mode. This is slightly different from green mode and the next mode you should try. This mode will still set all the settings automatically, but you can override most of them manually to change the image capture to your liking. It also gives you full control over whether the flash is used or not. This is a great mode to start with as a failsafe while you start experimenting with aperture and shutter speed.

Once you are ready to venture into shutter priority, aperture priority or (gasp) full manual mode, the first thing you need to realize is you aren’t going to break anything. The images are digital if you make a mistake, delete it and learn from it. But mastering those three modes is how you will truly master the camera and be as creative as you can be. Shutter priority means you set the shutter speed and the camera chooses the aperture. Aperture priority is where you set the aperture and the camera sets the shutter speed. Manual mode is where you make both settings.

Practice with all these modes will give a basic understanding of the interaction of three variables, shutter speed, aperture, and, ISO, and will help you learn to take better pictures with the ultimate goal for advanced photography shooting in manual mode.

When you are ready to experiment, take an image in full auto. Look at the back and write down the shutter speed and aperture the camera chose. Now move the mode to shutter priority, change the shutter speed to the one used in full auto and take the same image. Next do the same thing using aperture priority. Finally, change the mode to manual and set both the shutter speed and aperture to match what was used in full auto and take a final picture. Now look at all four. Guess what? They are all the same.

Next put it back in aperture priority and change the aperture several times, taking the same shot after each change. The overall look will be identical, but what is and is not in focus may have changed. This is called depth of field and is a primary reason for changing your aperture.

Continue to study aperture and shutter speed while experimenting with your camera and you will soon be shooting in all modes. Then you can answer the question, What mode should I shoot in? The one that captures what I want.

How Does Exposure Bracketing Work

There are times when it can be difficult to decide on what the ideal exposure should be to get the best image of a scene. It may be that you don’t have the time to think about your exposure, or it may be that there are elements of extreme brightness and shadow within the picture that you want to capture, and you’re not sure whether exposing for the highlights or the shadows will give you the better final image. Bracketing could be the solution.

What is bracketing?

Bracketing is the technical term for a sequence of frames of the same image, shot in rapid succession and all at different exposures. Normally, it is a sequence of 3 or 5 frames with each exposure differing from the other frames in steps of between 1/3rd of a stop up to a full stop or even two stops. Each sequence starts with a central exposure the camera deems to be the ideal exposure for the overall scene. Then another image is shot under exposed and one image shot over exposed. Hence the correct exposure is bracketed (or sandwiched) between 2 exposures which are under or over exposed by the same amount.

How do I bracket?

While DSLR camera users have the option to manually bracket between exposure settings, many DSLR and compact cameras have a built in feature known as Automatic Exposure Bracketing or AEB. AEB lets you select how much variation you want between frames and then fires off 3 frames in quick succession once the shutter is depressed. If you do manually bracket, be sure to use Aperture priority so that you are only changing the shutter speed and not depth-of-field.

The sequence is centered round the exposure the camera has determined will be the optimal exposure to produce the best image, so this is the first picture frame taken. It then takes the same picture but with less exposure, and finally the last frame is given more exposure than the first. This will give a series of 3 images, all of the same subject but with different amounts of shadow and highlight detail in them. The exposure variation that can be set between picture frames can vary between a third, two thirds or a full stop of exposure. Some photographers even bracket up to two full stops between images.

When we expose any image, we are trading off losses in some of the shadows and highlights to gain the most acceptable exposure overall, regardless of whether we make the exposure decision ourselves or allow the camera to do it for us.

What is the point of bracketing?

Bracketing gives photographers leeway to take and combine these multiple images in photo-editing programs to produce the ultimate perfectly exposed final image. Photographers are able to replace areas of shadow and highlight detail that could not be recorded with the main tonal range of the subject because the extremes of exposure went beyond the sensors dynamic range.

Bracketing can also give you subtly differences of exposures and allow you to choose what exposure compromise you are happiest with. Some photographers prefer to lose a little detail out of the shadows to keep the highlights from blowing out and becoming featureless white areas. Others prefer to see detail more in the darker tones.

So the next time youre at a loss about your exposure, try a little bracketing. You never know, you might like it!