Archive | February, 2012

How Do You Know When You Have Enough Clothes?

23 Feb

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Here’s a question for you

How do you know when you have too many clothes?

Here’s another

How would you go, if you had to put together an outfit every day using the wardrobe above?  

Overwhelmed?  I know I would.

How can you possibly know what clothes and accessories you have and know what you need when your wardrobe looks like this?   Many wardrobes I see during a Wardrobe Overhaul do look like this.  It’s often why people hire me to help them sort through it and help them decide what to keep and what to get rid of.  Getting dressed every day is frustrating and the clutter is stressful and because of these feelings, often women I work with will tell me they just keep wearing the same thing all the time – it’s easier.

Being inspired to experiment and put new looks together is never going to happen.  Once something, clean and available, is pulled out, the door is slammed shut until the process has to be endured the following day.

It’s certainly not for anyone else to tell you, you have too much stuff.  If you’ve got the room and the budget and you’re wearing everything and not feeling drowned in it all, then I say go for it.  I bet nobody ever told Oprah she had too many yellow sweaters or pairs of Louboutinsbut then look how organised her wardrobe is and she has the room and the budget to afford this many clothes.

When it comes to the average person there has to come a point when we have to ask ourselves – do I have too much stuff?   Do I really need to keep buying new things or do I have enough?  Or is it time I cleaned out and removed some of what I have, before I add anything new?

In my humble opinion I think a good way to determine your wardrobe is more than adequately stocked, (quite possibly overstocked) is when you are only wearing a small percentage of what you own and a larger percentage is remaining unworn.   If many things in your wardrobe are waiting for an occasion – then there’s a chance a good edit is in order.

“Yes, I wear those embroidered fringe boots.  I wore them three years ago when we went to Tassie for the weekend” – is not wearing them and rotating them regularly.

Certainly there will be the little black dress saved for weddings, funerals and job interviews;  summer holiday kaftan’s and gowns you only wear to your end of year work ball.  But there is no need to keep the twin set you bought in the UK in 1984 just in case you were invited to tea with Princess Diana, the hot pink beaded mini you picked up in the 2002 sales, in case you had a hot date or the sari you bought while back packing in your twenties, that you’ve saved in case one of your daughters gets married in India.  There is no need to keep them.  They just add to the confusion and the frustration of getting dressed each day.

Sometimes we need to get our head around the fact that  just because the girl at work has enough clothes she can wear something different each day for a month or your best friend has 25 pairs of jeans, that it doesn’t mean they are any more stylish than you.  In fact, I think it’s very stylish if you are able to work with minimal clothes and make them look interesting and unique when you wear them.

When I help someone with their wardrobe, what I aim to teach them is to work with what they have before contemplating buying anything new.  I will show them how many different ways and different looks you can achieve from one black dress.  I make them realise that one white shirt is all you really need if you can see it’s potential and how it can look different with a sleeve rolled a certain way or buttoned differently.   I encourage my clients to be creative.  Can that beaded caftan you bought in Bali 5 years ago and not worn since, be chopped at the hip and worn with your new moss green jeans? Can that floaty summer dress you wore to your sons christening be paired with some tights and a blazer and worn to work?  Do you really need anything new?  Do you already have what you need?  Is it just that you can’t see it?

Don’t just keep adding and adding and spending money before you take a really good look inside your cupboard.  Be enthusiastic and clever, try wearing things in new and different ways.  I’ve heard several times, “I wear that dress with this top underneath and those shoes”.  Then when I enquire, “Ok, how else do you wear it?” I’m often told, “I just wear it how the lady in the shop told me to wear it”.  When you think that way, it makes you feel like you need to have more things.  More outfits.  When in actual fact, it’s possible you have more than enough in your wardrobe already, you just need to see what’s there, see their potential and learn new ways to wear them.

Only this week I received an email from a client the morning after a wardrobe edit telling me that they feel that although they have half the amount of clothes in their wardrobe now, they have double the amount of outfits.

What have you kept in your wardrobe, just in case?

 

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Undies – Are You Neglecting Yours?

21 Feb

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Are you paying attention to your back view?  Are you taking the time to make sure you’re wearing appropriate undies?

I see a lot of people in the street wearing great outfits, with very bad VPL’s. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are many women who do not check their rear view when they get dressed.  Your underwear should not cut into your flesh and create dints they should sit flat against your skin and disappear under your clothes.

I think often too, people are buying clothes without considering what underwear they’ll be able to wear underneath. There’s no point in buying a hot slinky figure hugging frock, if you’re not going to be able to find a suitable pair of undies that will make the dress look smooth against your body.

The same thing happens with jeans and pants.  If your knickers are too tight they will create unattractive lumps and spoil your whole look. It’s important you take the time to spin around in the mirror and check what the view is like from the back, before you leave the house.

Here are some underwear tips to consider

  • If you can’t find a pair of underpants that flatter a particular item of clothing, you might be best to completely ditch them
  • Next time you’re in the underwear section, ask the ladies working there to recommend their favourite undies for smoothing lumps and bumps under clothes
  • If you have a bit of a tummy you’re conscious of, investigate tummy flattening undies
  • Think about whether you might be buying your undies too small. Just because you generally wear size 10 clothes doesn’t mean your undies will be the same.  Perhaps a size 12 would be more flattering
  • If you always wear boy leg style undies, change it up a bit and try wearing a high cut style.  Maybe they’re a better option for your shape
  • Don’t underestimate the benefits of suck-it-all-in shapewear
  • If you do have a dress you need to find undies to wear underneath – take the dress into the store with you and ask for guidance from the staff

Don’t ruin an otherwise great outfit by wearing unsuitable undies

What are your favourite undies?  Have you found a great pair of comfy, lump & bump smoothing undies that you’d like to tell recommend?   Are you a boy leg, high cut or g-string girl?  Let us all know in the comments section below.

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How To Wear Black

16 Feb

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Black is incredibly chic!  Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.  As someone who has a mostly black (with a dash of navy) wardrobe, I’ve had plenty of people comment over the years that I wear too much black or that I’d look lovely in a bit of color and I’ve had a couple of clients tell me they hear the same thing from their family & friends.  My response is always, if you like black and you feel comfortable and confident wearing it – then go for it.

But be aware that wearing head to toe black can look a bit bland and boring, so you need to be conscious of trying to make it look interesting and this is done by mixing different textures and adding unique accessories. The clothes MUST fit and flatter your body shape beautifully and they MUST NOT be faded, stained or pilled.  As soon as something fades (other than jeans) out it must go.  Shoes should be polished and in good condition (no scuffed heels or toes) and you might find you need to add a bit more color than usual to your cheeks and lips.

I adore color, but I always feel the most stylish when I’m wearing black.

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The Shoes You Need In Your Wardrobe

11 Feb

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Like everything you put into your wardrobe your shoe collection will depend on your lifestyle, your style and your budget.  

Of course, there’s no point having evening shoes, if you never have the occasion to wear them and it would be ridiculous to add a knee-high boot, if you live in tropical Queensland.  However, based on the fact that most of the women I work with are here in Melbourne,  this is what I’ve concluded is a fairly good guide as to what you could have in your wardrobe, to cover most occasions.

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A Black Pump

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A Tall Boot (flat or with a heel)

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An Evening Shoe

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A Casual (not for exercising) Trainer
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A Flat or High Heel Sandal

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