When you go to get dressed in the morning do you pull on your old stand-by's without batting an eye? Or do you give careful consideration to each item you choose, making sure it fits, is in great shape, and really flatters you?
Pulling on an outfit that's passed its expiration date may very result in the discovery that the knees of your pants are worn thin, your cardigan is too small and, when you look closely, really doesn't flatter you anymore. Do you feel like you're getting dressed 'in the dark'? If so, take a peek at my easy solutions to illuminate your wardrobe and your image!
1/ Know Thyself - Ok, this may seem like a no brainer. But have you taken stock of, well, YOU lately? What do you really look like, right here, right now. Have you lost weight, gained weight, has your coloring changed, have things shifted? Like it or not, when you can take a hard look and really acknowledge where you are, both physically and personally, then you're halfway to looking great already. Many wardrobe mistakes and misalignments occur when we ignore our current situation and still think of ourselves as we did 5, 10 or more years ago. Get current with yourself and you'll get current with your wardrobe.
2/ Be Honest - Now that you know who you are, do you know how to dress for it? Look closely and notice if you're wearing something that, perhaps, you ought not wear. Is your top bursting at the buttons, your pants splitting at the seams? Perhaps you just need some shapewear to smooth out the lumps and bumps under your dress. Whatever it is, take note, but be kind to yourself. You're your best asset!
3/ Take Stock - If your last shopping trip dates back to when the kids were in middle school, or if you can't remember the last time your wardrobe got a boost, then this step will help you uncover some real reasons why you're not feeling fabulous when you get dressed. Give yourself a judicious closet audit (or hire a professional ) and get clear on what's in your wardrobe - and why! You want to have items in there that make you feel great, not those things that you feel you 'should' have, or clothes you haven't worn in 10 years but you just can't bear to part with. Ladies, when you go to your closet, it should be filled with items that you love, or help to create outfits that you love. Anything else is just filler and will lead you on a fast path to frustration if not remedied. Remember, having more clothes does not always equal having plenty that you want to wear.
4/ Make and Do - If the thought of crafts bores you to tears, then having a closet that's a 'project' will not do much to inspire you. Go shopping immediately and do not pass Go. Just kidding - sort of! But if you're a little creative and like to experiment I'd like to encourage you to get in your closet and look at it with a fresh perspective. Are there any items you could bring in to make new outfits with what you already have? Take note and look for these on your next shopping trip. Are there any alterations or changes you could make to update certain pieces? Think new buttons on your favorite jacket or cardigan, shortening a skirt to knee-length, taking in a jacket that's always been too big or boxy. Consult an alterations specialist to have the more complicated things done.
5/ Shop 'til You Drop - While you're the midst of shopping for everyone else on your list, make some time for you. Whether it's a new winter coat that would make you feel fabulous, or a whole wardrobe, now is a great time to invest in yourself so you can look and feel great. After all, over the next few weeks you'll likely be seeing many more friends and family members than you have all year. Don't you want to look your best? Schedule some time during the week to hit a few stores and plan your strategy . Wandering aimlessly may result in you coming home with an outfit that looked better on the sales girl than on you!