Recently I decided to add style to the list of things I want to write about and share with you. Style writing is not something I am used to so this is going to be a super fun but also huge learning curve for me. I’ve recently been reading loads of style blogs and one thing that stood out to me was how to get the perfect wardrobe, so I have put together a list of my favourite tips and tricks to get one.
Cull your wardrobe
Before you start culling your wardrobe, make a note of the different categories or piles that you need. I usually go with a keep pile, a maybe pile and a throwout/donate pile. This allows me to keep track of all of my clothes and gives me easy access to them if I change my mind about where a certain item should be. Next, start the culling. Ideally, you want to get rid of items that you haven’t worn in the past year. If you are unsure about certain items, try and make an outfit with it. If you can’t, then get rid of it.
Think about your style. What do you want to get out of your style? How does it make you feel? Do any of your current clothes fit in with that style? I struggle with my own style all the time, so my plan is to make a visual map. There are two ways to get the pictures and inspiration. You can either buy magazines and cut out the bits that you like or you can head over to some style blogs and print them off. A visual map is a great way to find your style and also find information about your favourite pieces. In some cases, you can find out the prices and specifications of the item you are looking at which you can then save for later.
Organising your wardrobe is super important. It’s a great idea to organise it twice using two different techniques, and I will start off with the first technique. You want to start off by organising your clothes into sections. These sections should be specific to different needs. For example, put all of your work clothes in one section, your event clothes in another section and your weekend clothes in the last one. This is also a great time to make new outfits, and it helps to take a picture of the outfit too if you are super forgetful like me. Once you have done that you can start on the second technique which you don’t have to do but it can help you figure out where section one ends and sections two starts. So, you now want to organise each section by item (and/or colour if you prefer). This means putting all the skirts together, all the dresses together and all the t-shirts together. I do this now with my own wardrobe and it does make finding items a lot easier because I know which part of the wardrobe they will be in.
Make a list
Now that you have culled, styled and organised your wardrobe, you now want to make a list. This can be a mental list but for me, paper-based lists are crucial. The main list you want to write down is your essentials list. Your essentials list will include clothing that you can’t live without, wear regularly. go with pretty much any outfit, and fit in with your favourite colours. Once you have figured out what is on your essentials list, go back and write a new list of all the essentials that you don’t currently own or would like to upgrade.
Colour is a very important part of your wardrobe. When you colour your wardrobe you want to choose at least two colours, a base colour, and a secondary colour. You can have as many base colours as you want and same goes for secondary but when buying new clothes try to stick with your faves. Like for me, my base colour is black and my secondary is blue, so I tend to buy those colours, although I will try and expand with certain items to include more colour, like a white t-shirt or shorts, or a nice red dress. When it comes to base and secondary colours there is a sort of code to follow. Base colours include whites, blacks, greys, browns, you get the picture. Secondarys will include reds, blues, yellows, pinks and so forth.
When it comes to shopping there are a few things you should remember or at try to follow.
- Always buy your essentials first – this is where the list you made earlier comes into play
- Invest – when it comes to your essentials always buy the best quality and fabric that you can afford since these are the items you tend to wear the most
- Make a goals list – write down exactly what you want to get out of shopping on this day. You can then change these goals to be specific for each trip
- Make a list of what you really need and what you currently don’t have. This can be incorporated with your goals list.
- Don’t overbuy and don’t buy everything you see.
- When you find an item, mentally make an outfit in your head using the items you already have at home. There is no point in buying something if you have nothing to wear it with. The rule of thumb is that you should be able to make about four to five outfits with this item.
- Think about what you are buying. Try not to buy an item that you will have to constantly fix or pull at.
- A great way to figure out if your item will work for you or if you just want to have some fun with your style is to go to a few shops, pick out all of the clothing you can find (and actually like) and head to the fitting rooms. You can mix and match items, see what works and what doesn’t, and take pictures of outfits you want but can’t yet afford. It is also a great activity to help you when making your visual map.
Have you tried any of these tips already? Have anything else to add? Let me know in the comments below!