Are you one of those people who has lots of clothes but nothing to wear?
Are you at the stage of winter where you're "over " your tried and true outfits and want to get more value out of your existing clothes without having to buy more?
Does your bedroom resemble a bomb site when you leave for work because of all the tried and discarded clothes strewn around, after which you end up settling on the same old go to outfits anyway?
Try this easy formula to make creating new outfits easier -
Sunday night wardrobe workout: - OK so this might sound OTT or excessive, (and it probably is), but I like to plan my outfits on a Sunday night for my week over winter because let's face it - who doesn't want extra time in bed on a cold morning.
I check the long range weather, (which BTW is quite accurate), think of my activities for each day - meetings, going out after work, then create my outfits for the week. I then hang them on the back of the bedroom door, (for my husband to continually walk into), or on a rail, (which you can buy cheaply at Briscoes).
By doing this each week, I'm more likely to make new outfits, because I'm not in a hurry and can get creative and I'm organised for the week without having to use precious brain power in the morning.
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So it's officially winter and, if you've done your style homework from my November blog and defined your personal style, shopped the Queens Birthday sales, and organised your wardrobe, you'll be ready to get your winter looks sorted so you can pull outfits together quickly and easily and feel confident getting dressed, whatever the occasion.
So - instead of throwing on your favourite woolly jumper and jeans every day, try some of the following to add variation and originality to your personal style as you navigate the week :
We looked at this last month, so you now know the best colours for your skin tone and the power of colour to enhance your mood and add some fun and contrast. Either in bold blocks, (for the colour confident), or accents,( for the colour shy).
In winter, textures can really come into their own. Satin with merino, fine knits with textured knits, velvet with silk. There are loads of options and it's fun to get creative with unexpected combinations. Textured tights and scarves are another great addition to a winter wardrobe, (personally, I'm a sucker for a cable tight,).
Layering in winter can be tricky without coming off as the Michelin man, however layering is an art in itself and makes a very plain outfit more interesting, not to mention warmer!
For the top you can:
Patterns can be a fun statement or addition to your outfit. I'm not a big pattern wearer, preferring to stick to the odd Breton stripe or houndstooth check oh and paisley (for some reason I love paisley), however, winter lends itself to florals, checks, animal print and spots as much as any other season. Pick a signature pattern and introduce it to your wardrobe - make it your own. While you're at it switch it up and don't be shy to mix your patterns.
Looking for outfit inspiration this winter?
Filling the gaps:
Using these ideas to work with what you've got can optimise your wardrobe and extend your outfits, however, if you need additional pieces to pull off a look but can't find it in the shops try Trade Me, Designer Wardrobe or Opportunity Shops, or, if you don't do second hand, Fashion Lane is amazing! You just type in them item and colour you're looking for and it brings up everywhere that stocks said item and posts to NZ. Genius!
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Style Savvy - Personal Stylist Wellington.