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.
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.