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How to Build a 365 Day Wardrobe to Always Look Your Best

by Magoe Johnson
I f you have a lot of clothes but think
that you have nothing to wear, then chances are you have not built a successful wardrobe. Having a 365- day wardrobe is not about having the minimal amount of clothes to get you through all of the occasions in a given year in style. Instead, it is an ongoing process and one that you master over time. There are three easy steps that, once implemented, will help you avoid costly wardrobe mistakes and will help you build a more successful wardrobe with less stress.

1. Research –
Building a wardrobe helps you to always look your best. In order to build it successfully, you must know your life’s needs, your style preferences, the climate in which you live, and your financial situation. Before you begin shopping, you must carefully consider these factors. Divide your lifestyle into four sections: weekday daytime clothes, relaxation clothes, fun time/going out clothes, and clothes for special occasions. To avoid a closet chock full of dubious bargains, think quality, not quantity. Invest in a small selection of well-made pieces in lasting fabrics that you can mix and match for a variety of great looks. Do not blindly follow one designer; be aware of what works for you and put your knowledge before the label. A three season wardrobe is the key to a consistent image. This means that you should be able to wear most of your wardrobe nine months of the year, and some pieces year round. Lighter colors are for spring or summer and darker colors are for fall or winter. Always buy the best clothes that you can afford. Shop at the most expensive stores for comparison, and then go to the stores you can afford and match that quality.

2. Recycle – Pull out all your clothes and try them on. Whatever does not fit your body, needs, or taste, remove and quickly donate these items to charity. Stop holding onto clothes that are not flattering or that were in style many years ago (in a size far removed from your present one).

On the other hand, do not discard basic standbys that you look good in. Instead, integrate them into your wardrobe for the coming season to make something old and beloved look new and fresh. If there are articles that you just cannot part with, put them in a labeled box in storage or in the attic for reminiscing. Remember, there are things that no one should be wearing: clothes with shiny or worn patches, items that bulge on your body, or clothes that are beyond repair. Take stock twice a year; make it a spring and autumn ritual to review your closet.

3. Reinvest – What you have left are clothes that you enjoy wearing. These remaining pieces are your true assets, they are items that: fit your body, are in good repair, are not outdated, and you can wear for the life you lead now. Finally, with a lean, clean closet you will begin to rebuild. Your ultimate goal is building a wardrobe that reflects who you are and where you are going. This is where your wardrobe list starts. Fill in the gaps with clothes that can be worn in multiple ways.

Remember the following tips when you go shopping for missing pieces: buy less; buy only what you really love; stay away from fad clothing; buy clothes for your present body size, remembering that tag size is not important, fit is; and buy quality over quantity. Keeping your purchases in line with your actual life is one key to taking control of an unruly closet and building a wardrobe that works for you.

There are some items that every woman should have in her closet: a well-fitted basic three piece suit (a jacket, a skirt, and pants); a short skirt, knee-length in a basic color; black trousers that fits well; a crisp white cotton blouse; a basic black dress; a pair of shoes with a stylish heel and toe; and a stylish hand bag. The main idea is to build a wardrobe around basic colors and pieces. These pieces can be interchangeable and you can build off your basic wardrobe. A good wardrobe is a balance of basics, color, and luxuries. Once you are secure with the basics you are ready to move on and add excitement to your wardrobe.

Get magazines and cut out styles and things that you like. What attracts you to a picture? Get a clear image of what you like and who you are. Once you become aware of your personal style and preferences you will start making better decisions about the clothing you wear and purchase.

Remember: Your clothes communicate a lot without you ever saying a word. “Let Your Image Make The Statement.”