Is your wardrobe working as hard as you?

Meet Jenny* – she’s a busy woman, recently hit forty, works full-time in a  role with lots of travel, has two children and a dog! Every day she needs to leave for work by 8am and the 90 minutes that precede are total chaos! Get the kids up, dressed and feed, pack the school bags then navigate two different school routines. The time she has to get herself ready is minimal to say the least!

On top of this, Jenny’s frustrated. She has great clothes and enjoys shopping but never feels that she leaves the house feeling fabulous. She – along with so many others – tell me they want to look more pulled together, to say to the world, “hey I thought about this”, but instead she ends up wearing the same 30% of her wardrobe and is left wondering where her style has gone.

Sound familiar?? Thought so. Don’t get stuck in wardrobe warfare. Here’s a few ways to get your wardrobe working as hard as you.

 

Live by the rules 

No matter who the client or group of women I talk to, there are three things I say day after day, which have become my golden rules. This philosophy is the corner stone of every single wardrobe edit or revamp session, so here let me share them with you. It is simple and effective.

Love what you own – on you

Know what you own

Create different looks with what you own.

 

I’m a planner, I like to know what I am wearing in advance. Rarely will I randomly decide on an outfit on the day. But my recent research showed that I was in the minority. Less than 15% of women planned what they were going to wear before each day, making that over 85% who decide on the morning.   Starting on Sunday and planning for the week is a big ask, I know. But start slowly, each night select what you’ll wear the next day, so that you won’t just pick up the first item you see hanging that actually fits and is clean (15% of my respondents do this). Doing this means you’ll be able to spend an extra ten minutes pulling out interesting accessories and shoes that are often elusive at 7am. This is a bug bear of over 71% of women questioned, who wished they accessorized more.

 

Seeing is wearing  

The number one reason for not wearing something is forgetting you own it!

From experience, shoes and accessories are the items  most frequently hidden and subsequently forgotten. When clients ask for my help to create a refined look, the focus of our session often turns to accessories. Not because they are the cherry on the cake but more like the glue that holds your outfit together.

A scarf with a flash of colour, an unusual shoe, the statement bracelet: these are the pieces that inject personality, style and individuality to your outfit. But to realistically ensure you include these pieces, they need to be visible. Put your shoes on racks or stick photos onto their boxes. Take out your jewellery and invest in organizers to hang it where you’ll see it. Belts can be great for creating a waist and adding a flash of colour, whilst making a look appear smarter. Hang or roll them near to your clothes.

 

Your Top Can’t Talk

Many women compartmentalize their clothes; work wear, holiday pieces, going out clothes and so on. This is one of the most important changes I make to the way clients view their clothes. Next time you find yourself thinking this, ask yourself; did the top tell you it was only to be worn to work or is that skirt only contracted to the weekend?  No thought not, clothes are clothes, they don’t have feelings or an agenda.

‘Wear the more ways’, is my mantras. It’s rule number three – don’t be afraid to take that silk print blouse that usually goes with the suit and team it with a leather skirt and heels for dinner. Go even further, wear it with shorts and sandals to weekend brunch. Buying something you can only wear with one other thing in your wardrobe is a false economy and it’ll never return a low cost per wear. So think of at least three ways you can wear (almost) every piece.

 

Selfie Files

How annoying is it when you know you nailed a look but can’t quite remember exactly what it was? Simple solution – snap a selfie! I’m not talking Instagram #ootd or a post on Facebook, just a little private photo as a reminder of what you wore when and how.  Save it in a file on your phone and its instant inspiration with a dash of confidence and the feel good factor. You’ll remember that dress/shoe/belt combo forever….

 

** So are you or feel like you could be Jenny?? Let me help you live your best wardrobe life and make peace with the 70% of your clothes that don’t work for or reflect you. My Wardrobe Edits and Revamps are created specifically to help you discover your style.   Please, get in touch, so together we can Make Your Wardrobe Work.

 

7 Steps to wardrobe perfection

Imagine opening your wardrobe and feeling spoilt for choice, knowing that every item looks and feels amazing – on you! Here’s how to achieve that wardrobe perfection…

 

  1. Wear the love

As they say, love conquers all. Only keep clothes that you really love to wear, in your wardrobe. They will ensure you feel fabulous every time you put them on. Simple, but effective.

 

  1. Be true to yourself

None of us dress the same way we did ten years ago. As your look and style evolves, be sure your clothes reflect the real you, right now. Think about what you want the way you dress to say about you? Of course this doesn’t mean you are limited to only having one look, after all, we don’t always want to eat pizza! But it is that element of uniqueness to the way you dress, that makes it ‘you’.

 

  1. Clarity is key

Being able to see what you have in your wardrobe – shoes, scarves and other accessories too, is key to wearing them. A cluttered, squashed wardrobe is overwhelming and as a result you go back to the same few things time and time again. Think about how best to organize your wardrobe so you can see exactly what you have.

 

  1. TLC

Look after your clothes like you would any other investment. You spent money on each and every item, and it needs to earn its keep. Love it and look after it. Read the care instructions, use the right hangers, store things in the correct conditions, and don’t ram them in. Polish your shoes, mend those buttons, and remove the stain, quickly! If you look after your sartorial investments then they’ll serve you well.

 

  1. Be timeless

Ignore the “if you haven’t worn it in six months, then get rid of it” rule. We don’t all don a wool coat every winter, a stunning gown every Saturday night or a classic trouser suit during maternity leave. Instead, think about the cost per wear (not forgetting how good you feel in it!) as this is the easiest way to judge your investment.

 

  1. Are you sitting comfortably?

It doesn’t matter how beautiful those shoes are, if you can’t walk in them then you are buying them as either a piece of art or a torture tool! We’ve all done it. When shopping, think “Fit for Purpose”. Try everything on, bend down, roll the sleeves up, reach for the shelf, and go for a little walk in the fitting room. If it’s too tight/big/long/short/itchy* and can’t be easily altered, then don’t buy it. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing it, then it will show.

*add in or delete as appropriate!

 

  1. Know your style

Trends come and go but style is eternal! The joy of a seasonal “must haves” is short lived so spend your money sparingly and thoughtfully. Consider buying pieces that you genuinely love and will want to wear season after season, year after year. Invest a little, swap a little and don’t forget to check out pre-loved sales. For a wardrobe bursting with things you’ll really love, think longer term.

 

If that seems a little overwhelming then get in touch, The Make My Wardrobe Work REVAMP was designed to help women rediscover their true style, creating a long term solution to the ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR’ syndrome.