I’d like to introduce you to something very special. It’s a concept I call Wardrobe Building Blocks, and it’s a very a very simple strategy – a proven system you can use to create fabulous outfits again and again.
How does it work? WBB starts from square 1 and walks you through what it takes to build a wardrobe that allows you to create multiple outfits – effortlessly and repeatedly. Hint: It’s often easier to start with a bottom, such as pants or a skirt, and build upward.
I use this concept with my clients and I hear over and over, “I didn’t realize it could be so easy!”
1/ Gain Clarity in Your Closet
Take a good long look and a serious inventory of what works and what doesn’t. Determine which items are the keepers and which ones can go. Remember, those items you hold on to that no longer support you merely create clutter (both mental and physical).
Determine what your closet is lacking and those items that would stretch what you already have. Do you need more core basics? More accent items? Both? Make a list and stick to it.
2/ Recipe for Success
Begin with the basics: Core Wardrobe Items
· Foundation items in your best basic, least memorable colors
· Invest in items that are classic in styling and will last for years.
· Stick to a neutral color story so essentially everything matches
Ignore the “shoulds” and create your very own top ten list of wardrobe building items. Take into account your lifestyle, your age, your body type, your personal style. If you’ve worked with us to discover your StyleFinder ID® and your style Archetype, then you have a list of our recommended Top 10 items that are targeted to your style.
3/ Add in accent items
These are items in your best bright colors that make your neutrals pop. Accent items are fun print tops, a scarf in your eye color, a handbag that stands out. These are much more memorable and are worn less frequently, as well as only for a season or two. It’s ok to go cheap on accent items. Experiment with trends to find what works for you. Add in some of the most current colors to bring your wardrobe up to date. Find age appropriate ways to include a trend in your wardrobe.
4/ Accessories are the icing on the cake
Determine the best scale for you and work it – statement necklaces, dainty earrings, a chic handbag…
5/ Find Your Signature Items for the Season
What defines your style this season? It is over-the-knee boots? Emerald green pants? Leopard everything? Whatever it is, determine your look and how you can make it your own. Then build your wardrobe AROUND your signature items and you’ll begin to see a theme emerge. This theme is your Signature Style. It’s simple. And it’s all YOU!
Lay your outfits out on your bed, then take pictures. You can print these out or simply store them as a digital ‘lookbook’ you’ll refer to again and again when getting dressed AND when you go shopping to know what will go with something new.
each and every day, and at how excited – and confident – you become at putting together new outfits. You’ll be a pro in no time flat.