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.