If you think it’s still too cold where you live to start planning your SS17 wardrobe you are very wrong. Planning your wardrobe does not mean that you need to pack away your winter weight clothing and start wearing your lighter layers. What it does mean though, is that you need to get your new season items out and go through them all. I’m sure you will have forgotten about a lot of the stuff that has been packed away over the last few months. Some items you will be happy to see again and know that they will be taking up prime real estate in your wardrobe. No doubt there will also be some items that you have fallen out of love with, and it is these items that need to be moved on straight away. Even if you had a clear out at the end of SS16. It’s likely that your tastes or situation have changed since then and there will be items that are no longer suitable. With only your favourites in view, it will be much easier to plan for the new season ahead.
Why Are Basics So Important?
Basics are the foundation of your wardrobe and without these you will struggle to pull outfits together. The basics are those items that you pair with your statement pieces to put together that wow outfit. They are also the items that you reach for time and time again, knowing that they will happily work with each other. The addition of an accessory or two will lift your outfit of basics to the next level. Do you have a selection of quality basics to build your wardrobe from?
Are Trends Your Friend or Foe?
Being a slave to fashion and purchasing items just because they are on trend rather than because you love them is the fastest way to accumulate a wardrobe full of clothes but feel as though you have nothing to wear. I’m not saying don’t be excited about the latest trends that come and go. What I am saying is be selective about the trends that you decide to include in your wardrobe. If you are not sure if that new colour or detail is really you, purchase it in an accessory or lesser value item first, and then if you truly love it and it works well with the rest of your wardrobe, it’s time to splash out and invest in some quality items in that style or colour. A couple of seasons ago, I was not sure about ankle boots, so waited a while to see if they would stick around and when they did I decided to try them out with a cheaper brand first. Now they are my go to boot and I can’t imagine investing in full length boots again. Ripped jeans and full droppies are two trends that I never got into and can happily say that they never entered my wardrobe. Yes, I did try the droppies on to see what all the fuss was about, but it only took a quick glance in the mirror to confirm my first thoughts. This season the black and white gingham pattern is making a big come back and can be found in some shape or form in most clothing and homewares retailers. I am a lover of black and white, so this is one trend that I will be embracing. This is the perfect time to purchase these items and make the most of the wide selection available. Are you going to embrace any of this seasons trends?
What Will Be on Your Shopping List?
I’m sure that planning your wardrobe and writing a shopping list before you hit the shops is going to be a new concept for some of you, but fingers crossed is one that you will embrace and reap the benefits from. Knowing what you need will save your time and money and ensure that you have a wardrobe full of clothes that you love and works for you. If you are yet to identify your personal style or wish to tweak it a bit, I suggest you first look a little deeper at the clothes which are left in your wardrobe after the unclutter. These are the clothes which have made some connection with you and it is this connection, which you want to build on. What is it about these items that you like, is it the colour, texture or style that you like? Once you have identified what these connections are, it’s time to do some research and find brands that offer what you are looking for. I’ve found that Pinterest is a great tool for doing this. There are a vast amount of boards covering every possible style to inspire you. Pinning items that make a connection with you to your own board, is a straightforward way to compile your very own look book. Then it’s time to try pulling some of these outfits from your look book together from your own wardrobe, using an app such as Smart Closet. Or lay out the outfits and take a photo from your phone, which can then be stored in your own gallery. As well as providing you with your very own look book, it will enable you to identify where the gaps are in your wardrobe. When writing your shopping list, it is these gaps that you need to fill. Before writing specific items on this list, you will need to check that each of these items, will also work well with the other things that are in your wardrobe. The depth of your current wardrobe will determine how many items are on this list. Unless you have unlimited funds, I don’t suggest you rush out and purchase everything in one go. The basics that you require need to take priority and only when these have been purchased do you spend on the other items. My wardrobe is in a phase of rebuilding, so my priority is to replenish basics. What are the priorities on your shopping list?
Sadly, the warmer weather that we experienced a few weeks ago has decided to leave us for a while. With no need for these items right now, they have been placed back into storage. In the mean time I can beaver away on my shopping list, enabling me to be more prepared for the warmer weather when it arrives.