Monday, February 18, 2013

Creating A Basic Wardrobe

  Our assignment for the weekend was to clean and reorganize our closet. Well, how did it go? I have a bit more work to do; but I am well on my way. As I started to remove clothes from my closet and separate them into the three basic groups of, clothes to giveaway, clothes to keep and special occasion clothes, much to my delight, I found clothes that I had long forgotten about. If you haven't started, don't worry, jump in at any time and catch up. 
   In addition to organizing your closet, I hope you had the time to take the self quiz to determine your seasonal colors. It is well worth taking a few minutes to discover the colors that will enhance your natural beauty. I would love to hear your results. Let's work together on this. You can leave a comment on this blog or on our facebook page. So, what season are you?  I am a Clear Spring. Now that you know your seasonal colors, let’s begin to build your wardrobe. Building a functional wardrobe is not going to happen over night. Let’s take the first step because once you do you’ll love it! Building a functional wardrobe will save money, time and the frustration that often comes from trying to dress for an occasion. 
  We will begin by grouping clothes that can be mixed or matched to make different outfits. I would suggest that you choose one base color and start there.  Usually I lay them on my bed, as I start building, because I can see them better in natural light. Look at your closet and see what color you can use as a foundation.  I am choosing black because it is what I have the most of and it is in my color pallet. Usually most of us already have black or brown and either will go with just about anything. Here is a list of the top ten items with which we are going to build.
  • Slacks
  • Blouse 
  • Blazer/ Jacket
  • Skirt
  • Dress
  • Jeans
  • Sweater
  • Handbag
  • Heels
  • Flats 
  You may already have them all, or like me, may be missing a few items that I will put on my wish list. This way I can shop for the perfect color, fit and price. Better to wait until you find just the right piece, than to start making the same ole mistakes.
  Let’s start with one pant, a skirt, two blouses and a sweater and then build on that by adding another blouse, blazer, and a dress and so on. Select basic pieces with simple lines and design. Styles with too much detail are harder to coordinate. Select pieces that go together and can work with at least two other items. Look for items that will coordinate with your top ten choices when you are shopping. As I build my wardrobe I develop clusters (groups of coordinating clothes) and I can easily see where I need to fill in and what I already have too many of.  
  We are well on our way to building a coordinating wardrobe in our individual seasonal colors and style. Once we have grouped clothes to make the different outfits, we will be moving on to accessorizing and bring in additional color. 
  Let’s make this fun! Post a comment here or on our facebook page telling me your seasonal color. I will randomly select one reader to win a trendy necklace set in their color palette.

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