If you manage to complete Part I, you should be feeling particularly pleased with yourself. But there’s a bit more to do to achieve a wardrobe that works for every occasion. Don’t give up now. This is the start of an organised wardrobe and the psychological benefits cannot be too strongly stressed.
Items for repair/cleaning
It’s a good idea if you can get these items cleaned and/or repaired before you begin mixing and matching. You’ll only have to repeat some of the process below when they are.
Let’s put the most of your energy into the items in your wardrobe as these are the most important. But first, line up a special treat for yourself – a box of your favourite chocolates or ice cream, perhaps? But, hold your horses, not just yet……
Put on your favourite blouse. Look at yourself in the mirror and decide why it is your favourite. Does it make you look wonderful? If so, then more than likely it will be in the correct colour palette for your skin tone. So, you are now looking for trousers, skirts, jackets, etc. that tone with or complement this blouse.
Try on every skirt you have with this blouse. And while you’re there, try on all your jackets and cardigans with this skirt and blouse.
If you have trousers in your wardrobe, try every pair of trousers on with the same blouse (and don’t forget to try all the jackets, too, with this same blouse and trousers combination).
Then move on to your next most favourite blouse or jumper. Try on every skirt you have with this top and then try on all your jackets with this combination … and so it goes on.
Soon, you should be able to see how useful your existing wardrobe really is. You will have a number of outfits in your wardrobe, not just a number of clothes.
Some things just don’t work?
On this second pass through your wardrobe, you may discover one or two items that really don’t go with anything else anymore.
Maybe the colour just isn’t right for you. Perhaps the style doesn’t lend itself to other items you really feel comfortable in. You might have already discovered so many more outfits that work really well, that you just don’t need this item anymore.
Whatever the reason, just add these to the removal pile.
Time for a treat
You can probably see now why I recommended a short break between parts 1 and 2. This is tough work and I expect you’re pretty shattered by now. This is the time to indulge in your special treat – you deserve it.
Items for removal
Now, you can turn your attention to the items that you originally put away for removal. If you really have the energy and want to see if there is anything that could still be salvaged, this is your last chance to go through them. If not, it is worth sorting them into anything that could be useful to your local charity shop or a friend or relation. Please make sure these things are clean before you pass them on. All the rest should just be binned.
You now have a wardrobe containing clothes that you know you are going to wear. You know what looks good with what – you’ve learnt to mix and match what you already have and you will make so much more use out of the items you have.