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Five Deadly Wardrobe Sins

Five Deadly Wardrobe Sins

Five Deadly Wardrobe Sins addresses the reasons why many women feel frustrated and challenged by their wardrobe. Many of the women I work with feel that they have nothing to wear when they actually have endless outfit options hanging in their wardrobe without realising it. This usually results in an endless cycle of shopping but not necessarily more wearable outfits.

The starting point for wardrobe frustration or overwhelm is to look at the habits and routines that have developed over time that are stopping you from exploring what you already have. If you feel frustrated with your wardrobe consider which of these wardrobe sins you could approach differently.

1.Overcrowded Wardrobe

Having an overcrowded wardrobe

  • restricts your ability to see, seek and locate clothing items.
  • results in forgetting and loosing track of what clothing items you actually have.
  • requires much more time, effort and energy to choose an outfit each morning.

SOLUTION: Create Your Own Wardrobe Boutique

Your wardrobe needs to be the storage place for:-

  • current season clothes,
  • clothes that fit your now body and lifestyle.

Any clothes that do not meet the above criteria could be stored elsewhere so that the unneccesary clutter is removed. You need room to be able to move your clothing along the hanging rail and not have a daily tug a war and wardrobe meltdowns.

For more organising tips read https: How to Have an Organised Wardrobe

2.Keep Wearing the Same Outfit Combination

Mornings can be quite a hectic time and quite often it becomes the habit to reach for a tried and true outfit. This quite often results in a feeling of boredom and thinking that you have nothing to wear. Most people wear only 20% of their clothing 80% of the time.

SOLUTION: Plan and Play

  • Change your reach and grab strategy to one that involves some wardrobe exploring. This involves planning some outfits in advance. This could be done at the weekend or the night before. The more you do this the more aware you will be of just how many potential new outfits combinations you actually have.
  • Create a look book of outfits that you enjoy wearing by taking photos. This ensures that you can remember all the elements of an outfit and have outfit inspiration on the run.

Read more here:- Style Inspiration to Create Your Outfits

3. Shopping Without a Plan

Many women go shopping without a plan of what they are looking for. You cannot create a wardrobe that supports you if you don’t know what you already have and what you need. This often results in clothing hanging in wardrobes not being worn.

SOLUTION: Create a List

Most women create a shopping list for groceries and household needs but not for their clothing needs. Create a list of the clothing items that you need to replace or need to fill the gaps in your wardrobe. When you do this you will be shopping with purpose and direction.

Read more here:- Five Questions to Take Shopping with You

4. Buying Clothes and Not Wearing Them

There are many reasons why we buy clothes and don’t wear them. If you go shopping you usually have an expectation that you will buy something and this can result in purchasing items for the wrong reasons.

SOLUTION: Ask this question?

Quite often we buy clothing just because it fits. Fit is not the only consideration when buying clothing. You need to ask this important question – HOW DOES IT FEEL? If you have any doubts no matter what other people think leave it in the shop because it will just become another orphan in your wardorbe.

When you purchase something new plan to wear it as soon as possible. Before you hang it up create at least one outfit and plan when you will wear it. Clothes that are purchased and then hung in the wardrobe can easily be forgotten.

5. Unsure  What Clothing Suits You, Your Body and Your Lifestyle

We get dressed every day but do not always feel good about it. Your clothes have the power to give you confidence and to look and feel great.

SOLUTION: Seek professional help

Contact a professional who can provide you with the knowledge and understanding so that your wardrobe supports you by giving you






How to Organise Your Wardrobe to Prepare for Moving

How to Organise Your Wardrobe to Prepare for Moving

First appeared in @ashbypartners


Moving house can be a hig stress event. Quite often packing up clothing items is one of the last jobs on your very long to do list. This can result in clothing items being packed in a hurry and without any sense of order.

Let’s look at some tips for:-

  1. Packing up your wardrobe to make it easier to find what what you need when you move.
  2. Cleaning the wardrobe chaos and clutter before you move house.
  3. Organising your wardrobe in your new home

What to do before moving:-

Don’t wait till the last minute to pack up your wardrobe. Taking time before your final packing days to start to sort and cull your wardrobe will mean that you are only taking the clothes that are relevant to your NOW life. Why waste the time packing items that you don’t wear, do not fit or no longer support your lifestyle only to discard them at your new destination or to rehang  them and let them take up valuable space in your new wardrobe.

The process I am suggesting involves  setting up a system of labelled packing boxes, bags or suitcases that you can place clothing as you are sorting and culling. Suggested labels for these storage containers could include:-

  • Trash:- Clothes you no longer wear or do not fit  but are not in good enough condition to give away.
  • Take Aways:- Clothes in good enough condition that you can give away to charity and friends.
  • Treasures:- Clothes that you are keeping and are appropriate for the current season. If possible keep these clothes on their hangers for transporting. Put straight into your new wardrobe.
  • Out of Season:- Sorting your clothes according to seasons means that you don’t have to unpack the out of season clothes on arrival at your new home.
  • Memories:- S0metimes we have clothes in our wardrobe that hold precious memories and we find it difficult to part with. Pack these into separate boxes / suitcase and store as a memory box at your new location. I have some of the special dresses my mother sewed for me hanging as wall art in bedrooms.
  • Maybe:- There are always clothes that we are not sure about keeping. If you pack these separately then you can rethink them at another time.

Go through everything in your wardrobe and use these questions to help guide your packing decisions.

  1. Do I wear this?
  2. Does it fit me?
  3. Can it be altered?
  4. Do I enjoy wearing this?
  5. How does it make me feel?
  6. Does it support my present lifestyle?
  7. Where and how can I wear this?
  8. Am I likely to wear it in the near future?
  9. Does it easily coordinate with other clothing?
  10. Would I buy this again?

It can be helpful to pack a couple of suitcases / boxes with a number of outfits for each family member so that on moving day you are able to easily locate something to wear.

Wardrobe Organisation Tips for Your New Wardrobe

A wardrobe without organisation makes it difficult to find clothing items and easy to forget what you have.

Here are some steps for organising your new wardrobe space:-

  • See and Reach Principle – Hang as much as possible. Clothing that is not clearly visible and easy to reach can be forgotten.
  • Arrange in Wardrobe      – Hang same with same:- skirts, tops, pants, dresses, jackets etc. Within each clothing group                                                                       organise into same colours, light to dark, plains and patterns.
  • Out of Season Clothing   – Free up space in your wardrobe by storing these items elsewhere. Utilise space under beds, top                                                              shelf of wardrobes or unused suitcases.
  • Rolling                                   – Rolling clothing items that do not crease can make it easier to locate in drawers or baskets.

Your wardrobe plays a very important part in your daily life so taking the time to plan your decluttering and packing process can ease the transition into your new home.

Individually You can asssist with this task.

Your Wardrobe Health Checklist

Your Wardrobe Health Checklist



Have you ever thought about the health of your wardrobe? This Wardrobe Health Checklist outlines the elements that contribute to creating a wardrobe that supports you physically and emotionally.  Go from wardrobe worries to wardrobe wonder.

How much of the clothing in your wardrobe are you wearing?
Most people wear only 20% of their clothing 80% of the time. That means there can be a large number of clothing items not adding value to your wardrobe. These unworn items need to be looked at to determine of they have a place in your now life and can be combined with other items to create outfits that you will wear.

How Organised is Your Wardrobe?
If you had to rate the organisation of your wardrobe on a scale of 1 – 10 what would it be? A wardrobe without organisation makes it very difficult to find clothing items  and easy to forget what you have. If you can’t easily see and locate items then you will not be wearing them. This can result in:-

  • wardrobe frustrations,
  • daily dressing dilemmas,
  • thinking you have nothing to wear,
  • boredom because you are repeat wearing the same outfits,
  • buying items similar to what you already have because you forgot you had them,
  • spending money on clothing that you may not need or will never wear.

An organised wardrobe is essential for a healthy wardrobe that contributes positively to your daily dressing needs. Read S.O.C. Wardrobe Challenge Task 1 and S.O.C. Wardrobe Challenge Task 2  for a the steps to create an organised wardrobe.

Does the Clothing in Your Wardrobe Fit?

Any clothing that does not fit you physically or support your current lifestyle does not deserve a space in your wardrobe. If you have clothes that do not fit and you wish to keep them store them somewhere other than in your wardrobe. This means that your wardrobe space is reserved for clothing that fits and supports your current day to day needs as well as taking account of changes to our body shape.

How does the Clothing in Your Wardrobe Make You Feel?

This is an important question to ask yourself when shopping or creating an outfit. If you don’t feel right in an item of clothing or outfit than you will not wear it no matter how well it might fit. The clothes in your wardrobe need to fit you physically as well as feel right. If something doesn’t feel right than it indicates that it is not part of your Personality Style. Your Personality Style preferences influences 80% of your style choices and therefore is a strong determining factor to ensure you buy clothes that you are going to love to wear. The elements that influence your preferred choices includes:-

  • colours,
  • comfort level,
  • patterns & prints,
  • level of detail in clothing,
  • accessories,
  • shoe style,
  • make up,
  • scale,
  • hair styles,
  • underwear.

Take a look at the clothes that you are not wearing, Try them on and determine whether they feel right. If they don’t feel right then they may not be meeting your Personality Style preferences.

Quite often when we go shopping others will think that an outfit looks great on you and it probably does but you may feel it isn’t right. Remember to trust your instincts and feeling and say ‘this fits, looks good but isn’t for me.’

Discovering your unique sytyle preferences is part of Individually You’s workshops and style consultations.

What Colours are in Your Wardrobe?

A healthy wardrobe is one where the colour palette cohesively works together to create mix and match outfits. If you have a limited or a mismatched colour palette then it will can be difficult to combine the various clothing items into outfits. When looking at your colour palette don’t forget to take notice of coats, jackets, shoes, necklaces, earrings, scarves, hats and bags.

Neutrals are colours that are not on the colour wheel such as black, navy, charcoal, beige, camel, grey white sand, cream, brown. Having a selection of three different neutrals can give you a greater range of outfit combinations and lessen the impact of feeling bored. Your neutral pieces provide the foundation of key items in your wardrobe. All your other colours need to coordinate with these.

Check to see what other colours you have in your wardrobe and how well they combine together. Everyone has individual colour preferences they prefer to wear. Your wardrobe will always work for you if your colour choices are in harmony with each other and your complexion. When you wear colours that are not in tune with your personal colouring you will not look as healthy, vibrant and glowing.

A colour draping season with a Personal Stylist can discover the best colours for you.

Does the Clothing in Your Wardrobe Suit Your Lifestyle Needs?

You need to keep check of how your wardrobe is supporting your daily needs and determine what type  and level of refinement you need according to your hobbies, personal life, work and social needs. Keeping clothes for a maybe or one day occasion can clutter up your wardrobe and make dressing each a challenge.

What Does Your Wardrobe Need?

Your wardorbe needs clothes that make you feel and look great. The clothes you choose to wear need to bring you joy and be ‘just right’ for you – they need to have the Goldilock’s Principle.

You might also like to read:-

How to Connect the Dots in Your Wardrobe

What Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Need

7 Effective Wardrobe Habits






How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season

How to Transition Your wardrobe into a New Season



How do you transition your wardrobe for a change of season? It can be quite a challenge to create suitable outfits that cater for the changes in temperature that a new season brings. Here in Canberra as we transition from Summer to Autumn our mornings can be quite cool while the days warm up. If you don’t do your preparation then you can find yourself in the uncomfortable position of  either being cold or overheating.

I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoy the change of season because it is a time to look at different outfit combinations that will ensure I am dressed for the possible changes in temperature.

It is worth investing some time at the beginning of a new season to explore which summer clothing items can be transitioned into the new season by combining with items from purchases over the last year. This is the approach that I use to transition my wardrobe into a new season.


The starting point for making sure your clothes work for you is to know what you already have to work with. Look through last autumn / winter clothing and find items that you can combine with your present clothing.


Before you rush out to the shops to purchase new items identify what you already have so you know what you need to shop for. This will ensure any new purchases will contribute positively to your wardrobe and not be a waste of money.


The most suitable items that can make change of season dressing easier could include:-

  • 3/4 and long sleeve shirts / tops,
  • cardigans,
  • shrugs,
  • jackets,
  • vests,
  • scarves,
  • jeans,
  • pants,
  • skirts,
  • tights,
  • leggings.

I have taken a sleeveless dress to create a number of outfits to demonstrate how I play in my wardrobe and create many outfit options that can transition through the weather changes of a new season. Doing this also brings to your attention items that may be missing from your wardrobe. At this time last year I felt challenged with this activity because I did not have any navy jackets or cardigans. Over the past twelve months I have made purchases that have greatly increased my outfit options.


Wearing a layer underneath such as a short sleeve or long sleeve top changes the look and provides an added layer for warmth.

How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season - short sleeves under



Having a few different pairs of shoes can change the look and feel of the outfit as well as make the transition from sandals to closed in shoes. These boots are quite casual. I need to purchase a new pair of dressier navy boots for this season.



A scarf is an excellent way to provide some warmth to cater for the beginning of the weather changes.

How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season - scarf as a wrap



By wearing a top over a dress you create a look that equates to wearing a skirt. A scarf around your neck helps for the crispness of the morning air.



Wearing tights, stockings or fitted pants under a dress is an easy style options for cooler weather.




This woollen cardigan is light weight and warm. It does not add any bulk to my outfit and wearing it open gives the illusion of looking taller and slimmer. (I like that).

How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season - long line cardigan



A denim jacket and runners creates a very relaxed outfit to have some fun in.

How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season - denim-jacket-runners


This soft structured jacket and jewellery upstyles this outfit.

How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season - add a jacket


Wearing a structured jacket and pearls creates a look that is suitable for both professional and more dressy occasions.

How to Transition Your Wardrobe into a New Season - dressing up



You have to play and experiment to create new outfits. Having outer layers such as jackets, cardigans along with shoes and accessories that are different levels of refinements means that you have more opportunities for your wardrobe to cater for different levels of dressing.

Hope you are inspired to start creating outfits for the new season.

Steps to Create More Outfits

Steps to Create More Outfits

How is your wardrobe contributing to your life?

Is your wardrobe:-

  • a place that you can go to each day and easily create an outfit that makes you look and feel great?
  • bringing you joy?
  • the right mix of clothes for who you are and your lifestyle requirements?
  • current and not outdated?
  • full of clothes that easily mix and match to create a variety of outfits?
  • an inspiring place to visit?

Many wardrobes that I go into have lost their purpose and direction. They have become storage spaces for unworn, unloved and forgotten clothing. Having a lot of clothes and going shopping does not ensure that you have a wardrobe that works for you.

A wardrobe that works for you will give you the gift of:-

  • confidence,
  • inspiration,
  • energy,
  • versatility and value every day.

Let’s look at ways to make your wardrobe your favourite place to shop.

These steps outline the process that I adopted over the last year to create more outfits to wear.

1. Review how you feel about your wardrobe

Ask yourself these two questions:-

  • What do I want from the clothes in  my wardrobe?
  • What don’t I want from the clothes in my wardrobe?

When I asked myself these questions this what I came up with:-

  • I want my clothes to:-
    – easily mix and match,
    – have the versatility to be dressed up and down
    – be comfortable and give me freedom to move easily
    – make me smile every day
    – give me energy
    – be different
    – last for more than one season
    – bring colour to each day
  • I don’t want my clothes to:-
    – be the same old same old
    – hang in the wardrobe and not be worn
    – be a waste of money
    – not have the ‘Goldilock’s Principle’ – read more here

2. Look at Your Colour Palette

Open your wardrobe doors or step into your walk in, stand back and take note of the colours you see.
Are they a mismatch of colours or do they coordinate?

A colour palette is needed if you want to be able to mix and match your clothing items.

Your colour palette needs to have:-

  • neutrals – colours not on the colour wheel such as black, grey, camel, brown, beige, navy
  • colours that cordinate  to add interest, variety and accents. This gives you the opportunity to create more outfits from your wardrobe pieces.

Having a Colour Consultation with a professional stylist ensures you wear colours that make you shine and are able to build a cohesive wardrobe.

Be Colour Confident  outlines the benefits of a Colour Consult.

When I looked in my wardrobe I noticed that black was my neutral and teal was my main colour. I have added three new neutrals – navy, grey and white plus berry colours as well as  patterned tops and pants.

Steps to Create Outfits

This white Cotton Village tunic upstyles these eight year old Cordelia Collection shorts. Shoes and necklaces used to upstyle. It can be worn with jeans, slimmer line pants and with a slip dress under it.


How to Create More Outfits

This grey Cotton On dress is teamed with navy accessories to create a professional work outfit. Just by changing the accessories I can change the look and feel of the outfit.


What a difference it has  made to the number of new outfits I can wear. By adding only one new piece of clothing to your wardrobe that coordinates with four other pieces you now have four new outfits. Now that is an investment.

2. What is Missing?

What is in your wardrobe needs to compliment your lifestyle? Think about the types of activities you need clothing for to determine what you need to shop for. This gives direction when shopping and lessens impulse buying.

My wardrobe was very lacking in summer play or casual clothes. This year I added two pairs of shorts as well as a couple of summer dresses. This summer I showed my legs (yes I had to shave them more regularly).  I have kept my legs covered by wearing pants for most of my life.

After years I threw my irrational thoughts about my legs out the window and exposed them by wearing shorts or knee length dresses. This was very liberating. We have to work at feeling good about our body and being realistic as to whether our thoughts are founded in reality or not.  

Steps to Create More Outfits

Wearing this berry  Cotton On top with Big W navy with white spot shorts. The shorts are actually men’s – I find them very comfortable on my straight up and down H shape body. The top has had the straight hemline cut  into an asymmetrical line. This is actually a cold shoulder top with the sleeves tucked in.


Steps to Create More Outfits

Many clothing items can be worn as casual or smart casual. Teaming these Target blue & white sorts with my favourite top and adding accessories I was ready for a lunch date.


3Set Yourself Style Challenges

Opening the wardrobe door and reaching for the same old outfit combinations is going to lead to feelings of boredom and the ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ syndrome. To maximise  the clothing in your wardrobe you need to take some time to play and experiment to discover the potential outfits that you actually have in your wardrobe. There are a lot more than you think.

This year I set myself two style challenges to take me out of my comfort zone and maintain interest and variety in what I wear. 

  1. Mix and match patterns and prints. (see images below)
  2. Wear more than one necklace at a time.

I also set aside time (20 minutes to an hour) every four to six weeks to go shopping in my wardrobe. My aim is to create new outfit combinations I haven’t worn before. This makes me really look in my wardrobe and I discover forgotten clothing that is given a new life. Sometimes it results in items added to my shopping list. It also can be time for some quick culling when I discover something that doesn’t fit or I don’t like any more – wardrobe maintenance on the go. 

Here are some ideas for shopping in your wardrobe to create new outfit combinations:-

  • An organised wardrobe makes it easy to SEE, FIND and REACH your clothing when getting dressed. It also saves you time. If you need some pointers on wardrobe organisation read What Your Wardrobe Doesn’t Need
  • TRACK and MONITOR what you are wearing. Hang all your clothes on the rail backwards with the hook facing frontwards. Yes it does feel very strange and awkward but it d0es serve a great purpose. When you wear an item of clothing rehang it with the  hook facing in toward the wardrobe. (Hope this makes sense) This means that you can clearly see what clothes you are not wearing and make choices to wear something different. The more of your clothes you are wearing on a regular basis the more value you are getting from the money you have spent.
  • SET YOURSELF A GOAL to wear at least one different outfit combination a week. Reach for an item of clothing that is hanging backwards. Sometimes it is easy to reach for the same reliable combination because it is easy. This results in wardrobe boredom and wasting money on clothes that are just taking up valuable wardrobe space.
  • RESTYLE a favourite outfit
  • – change the shoes you wear,
    – add an accessory ( necklace, earrings, brooch, belt, scarf, different handbag.
    Read How to Upstyle an Outfit from Day to Night for more restyling tips.
  • MIXING PRINTS & PATTERNS can be a great way to increase the number of outfit choices in your wardrobe. Read more here.How to Create More Outfits

Wearing two patterns – my long lasting Andiamo pants with a home made newsprint top jazzed up with red accessories. When I add a colour to an outfit I like to repeat it once or three times.


  • STYLE WORD for the day – Think about what you are doing for the day and choose a couple of words to help guide your outfit selection.How to Create More Outfits
    Inspiration for this outfit combination came from the words playful and fun. The spots, colour and big earrings create that feel. A young girl in a shop actually said to me, ‘your outfit is great, it is so much fun.’
  •  TAKE PHOTOS of the outfits you create and love to wear. Use the photos for inspiration when getting dressed. It is very easy to forget some of the great outfits you create. Keep a record on your phone or print out the photos, laminate them and attach them to a curtain ring hanging on the back of your wardrobe door for easy access. There are also style apps you can use but I haven’t used them.
  • PLAN your outfit the night before or select a few on the weekend. When you are in a hurry you will always reach for what you know and walk out the day not feeling confident and happy.

Hope these tips inspire you to SHOP and PLAY in your wardrobe so that you can get dressed with






How to Transition Your Wardrobe for a New Season

How to Transition Your wardrobe for a New Season



For me change of season creates an opportunity to move forward with my style by putting new outfit combinations together. It excites me. Many of the clients I work with  find it difficult to transition their wardrobe for a new season. Having a wardrobe full of clothes does not make a working wardrobe.

Let’s look at the steps for making your wardrobe work for you in a new season.


The starting point for dressing for a new season is in your wardrobe not the shops. Let’s look at some steps for transitioning your wardrobe for a new season.

  • Organisation is important.
    An overcrowded wardrobe makes it difficult to ‘SEE and REACH’ items of clothing to create outfits. This leads to much frustration and despair every time you get dressed.
    Relocate all the clothing items that are not suitable for the present season in a different location. While you are doing this sort and cull items of clothing that no longer fits, needs repairing or doesn’t have a place in your life anymore. This also makes it easier when the time comes for the next season changeover.
    I keep my out of season clothing in laundry baskets on the top shelf of my wardrobe.
    Create a shopping list of any items that you need to replace and be on the lookout for when shopping.
    Last winter I created a shopping list to fill the gaps in my wardrobe. This list included navy tops, tunic and a long cardigan. Creating this list meant that when I went shopping I was on the lookout for these items. When winter arrived this year these items were already in my wardrobe and ready to be combined to make new outfits.
  • Ask What has changed in my life?
    Thinking about any changes in your lifestyle will help you when deciding to keep or cull clothing items. You may have lost weight, put on weight (happens to most of us), changed jobs, retired, rejoined the workforce, taken up a new activity. These changes can impact on your clothing / outfit requirements


It takes more than sorting and culling to transform your wardrobe. If you want to be able to get dressed without frustrations and melt downs you need to see the contents in your wardrobe as OUTFITS and not individual items.

  • Take the time to play and create outfits.
    You need to step out of your comfort zone and put aside some time to play dress ups to explore the outfit potential in your wardrobe.- Select one item (top or bottom) and make at least three different outfit combinations to suit your lifestyle needs Remember an outfit includes clothing, shoes, accessories and scarves. You may need to experiment with different combinations to create three outfits that you feel good in.- Take photos of the outfit combinations you like. Keep these somewhere handy (in your phone, on the back of the wardrobe door, in a look book) so you can refer to them for inspiration when getting dressed.
  • Ask What have I added to my wardrobe since this time last year?
    Look in your wardrobe at any items that can be transeasonal. These pieces are very versatile and with some thought can be adapted from season to season.
    In the act of creating outfits you are aiming to introduce new combinations of your clothing so that you do not become bored and think you have nothing to wear.
navy with green navy tight
These tights are at least two years old. I had very few navy clothing items in my wardrobe when I purchased them.

NEW PURCHASES this year included Vigoralla navy tunic, Sheridan long line cardigan and Wittner loafer shoes.

Outfit asymmetrical skirt & top
 This Motto skirt was purchased last year. Only had one top to wear with it.
NEW PURCHASES this year – Vigorolla navy asymmetrical top,  navy loafers, Tani tights.







Wardrobe Tip for Locating Hard to Find Clothing Items



Recently I was asked this question: –
How can I easily find what I am looking for when I have a number of pieces in the same dark neutral?
This question prompted me to think about finding a solution to make it less frustrating and save time when trying to locate hard to find clothing items.

No matter how well organised and decluttered your wardrobe maybe it can sometimes be quite frustrating when you are trying to locate a particular clothing piece amongst other similar colours. This is particularly difficult when looking for dark neutrals. Clothes that are coloured or patterned do not seem to be as hard to find because there is more differentiation in colour, feel and look.

This was also a frustration I faced when I wanted to wear black. Most of my black clothing was of similar lengths, texture and fabric.  Trying to find the item I wanted would sometimes result in a wardrobe tantrum or a mass of black clothing on my bed.

Wardrobe tip for locating hard to find items of clothing


Over the last few weeks I have implemented a tagging system pictured below. This is definitely making it easier to locate my black clothing. The trialling of this new system was done with 10 pieces of black clothing and will be extended to include the other black items.


Wardrobe tip for locating hard ot find clothing items


This tagging system is a coat hanger ID which is making it easier, saving time and definitely less frustrating when I am choosing a black piece of clothing. This is the process I went through:-

  • took a photo of desired clothing
  • downloaded and labelled each by it’s brand
  • printed, cut out and laminated each photo to ensure it would be durable and stand the test of time
  • trialled a number of different ways to attach photo to coat hanger – decided on using wool to tie it to the coat hanger
  • rehung items in wardrobe
  • use the photos to find the wanted item of clothing
  • replace clothing onto it’s matching coat hanger

This does take some time to set up and get used to but has been worth it. Will now be following these steps for the untagged black clothing in the wardrobe.



Packing for a Holiday

Packing for a Holiday


Packing for a Holiday

Packing for a holiday can be a daunting task. How many times have you over packed for a holiday and only worn a small portion of what was in your suitcase? These tips outline a process for packing for a holiday that results in a selection of clothing that mixes and matches to create multiple outfits. Let’s look at how to create a travel wardrobe capsule that eliminates over packing.

Packing for a Holiday – What to think About?

Before you begin to think of packing you need to consider the following:-

  • length of your holiday
  • what temperature zone/s will you be visiting
  • what type of activities / events will you be involved in

The answers to these questions will provide you with direction as to what types of clothes you will need to consider packing.

Packing for a Holiday – Preparing a Travel Capsule

Your travel wardrobe needs to be a cohesive group of clothing that suit your holiday activities and climate.

All the items of clothing need to work together.

The key to preparing your travel wardrobe is to think outfits not just items of clothing. What you pack in your suitcase needs to be a mini wardrobe that coordinates and gives you versatility for the various activities you will be undertaking.

Your travel wardrobe needs:

  • a colour palette that can mix and match and is made up of neutrals and colours
  • outfits that can be dressed up and down with different accessories to suit different activities
  • clothing that you enjoy wearing
  • clothing that you feel comfortable in and fits well

To achieve this you need to put selected clothing items on the bed and try different combinations on to ensure you feel and look good in them.

The image below shows the travel capsule I packed for a recent holiday to Bryon Bay.

Packing for a Holiday Travel Capsule

These are the steps I followed to create this travel capsule.

  1. Selected a pair of favourite pants – the floral printed pairs.
  2. Chose 4 tops to go with these pants – 2 very casual tops and 2 tops that could be worn smart casual.
  3. Tried on all of these combinations to make sure I liked them and they all fitted.
  4. Tried on different shoes and accessories to go with these outfits and put those I liked to the side.
  5. Next I tried on and selected 3 more bottoms that coordinated with the chosen tops.
  6. Chose 2 jackets (long cardigan & shawl top) that could be worn with all outfits if I needed some warmth.
  7. Chose 1 x dress for travelling days.
  8. Selected 4 pairs of shoes  and accessories (not shown). I find culling shoes the hardest thing to do when packing for a holiday. I do like to take 3 but on this occasion I couldn’t make a decision. As I was travelling by car I didn’t have to consider weight.
  9. Accessories such as scarves, necklaces, earrings, bangles, belts  do not have to go with all outfits. I pack my accessories in plastic snack bags in colour groupings.
  10. Also included swimmers, toiletries and underwear.

This travel capsule gave me the choice of 16 outfits when I paired tops and bottom.

Teaming the jackets gave me another 32 different outfits.

Total outfits from the possible combinations comes to 58 outfits + 1 more when you add in the dress.

Packing for a Holiday – Did it Work?

Yes it did. I wore all the items packed except for the shawl top. I probably could have got away with 3 tops and bottoms but I like to have variety and choice.

Make packing for a holiday simple by creating a travel capsule.





Find STYLE Inspiration in Your Wardrobe

Find Style Inspiration in Your Wardrobe


Let’s look at ways to find STYLE INSPIRATION in your wardrobe.

Now is the time to find style inspiration in your wardrobe. Shopping is not the answer to finding your style. What you wear and how you wear it tells the story of who you are. What goes into your wardrobe needs to be worn and not just take up valuable space. When you shop without a plan it is unlikely that your purchases will contribute positively to your wardrobe.

Taking steps to understand and know the style elements that define who you are starts with you and your wardrobe. Grab a pen and paper and work through these activities. These activities will help you discover what style inspiration is in your wardrobe.

1. Steps to take before you look inside your wardrobe:-

  • Think of words that describe how you would like to be perceived by others socially and professionally. Your words may be different for different aspects of your life.
  • Think about your lifestyle and write down the activities / situations that you need clothes for – (home, gardening, sports/gym, work, social activities, formal activities)
2.  Look inside your wardrobe:-
  • What colours do you see?
  • What types of prints or patterns do you have?
  • What fabrics are your clothes made of?
  • What types of clothing are in your wardrobe? – eg pants, skirts, collared shirts, t-shirts, jeans, suits etc
  • What style and colour are your shoes? – low vamp, high vamp, flat, heels, runners etc
  • What type of jewellery do you wear?
  • Take note of any overall patterns / combinations  you might be seeing?

3. Find a complete outfit (clothing & accessories) that you enjoy wearing:- (This outfit could be an outfit that is casual, smart casual,  work office, business. I am not meaning your super relaxed laze about the house style here)

  • Look in the mirror – (yes you must look at yourself and even take a selfie or get someone else to do this for you)
  • Record how this outfit makes you feel?
  • Do the words you think of relate in any way to the words you wrote down in step 1?
  • Repeat this activity with as many outfits as you like.  Discover which style elements outlined in Step 2  combined to create outfits that truly expressed who you are.
  • Take note of the style words you have written down. Do these words express who you are and how you want to be perceived?
  • Record these words and put them on the inside of your wardrobe door. Look at these words to help make decisions for what you are going to wear. 

4. Remember:-

  • Your style is always evolving over time and with your lifestyle needs.
  • Recognising how you want your clothes to make you look and feel provides you with guidance for getting dressed each day and future shopping purchases.
  • Knowing your preferences in terms of colours patterns, textures, fabrics, accessories, shoes and silhouettes guides your shopping purchases to ensure you find your style inspiration in your wardrobe.
5. Contact me with any questions you may have as you work through these activities to find style inspiration in your wardrobe.

FURTHER READING to guide you to find style inspiration in your wardrobe

How to Understand Your Style

How Did You Express Your Personality Style Today?

What is the Role Of Clothes?

Finding your style means that you are buying, creating and wearing outfits that you love to wear and feel just right.


How to Dress Up Jeans

Style Tips for Wearing Jeans


How to Dress Up Jeans

Jeans are a versatile item to have in your wardrobe for many reasons. There are many ways and reasons to wear jeans which include:-

  • come in a large variety of styles to suit all body shapes
  • can be styled for all personality types
  • are comfortable to wear especially with the introduction of stretch element
  • durable and have a long life span (just be aware that the style of jeans and how you are wearing them are not dating your look)
  • available in all prices ranges

Find Your Way to Wear, Enjoy and Dress up Jeans

What is there not to like about jeans. Let’s look at how you can style your jeans to suit your Style Personality and express who you are. What you put with your jeans is what makes a difference. Everyone expresses themselves through their clothing in different ways. It is through the choices of colours, patterns, prints, type of fabrics, silhouette created and choices of accessories that enables you to feel comfortable and look good in your outfit.  The different outfit combinations of these outfits pictured below show how the combination of different elements  outlined above create a unique look and feel.


Find a Way to Ensure Your Jeans Add Value and Versatility to Your Wardrobe


Jeans can be adapted to create different looks for various occasions and activities. They can be styled and worn for many different activities from extremely casual to smart casual. Quite often we can have a mind set that differentiates certain items of clothing in our wardrobes as being for play, casual, work, going out or best activities. This thinking is limiting the potential of your wardrobe becoming your day to day shopping boutique.


Jeans have the potential to be dressed up and dressed down for different lifestyle activities. Clothing has different levels of refinement and when you understand this you can style up or style down


The images below shows how this pair of jeans  can be styled for 3 very different occasions by choosing fabrics, styles, accessories that are from different levels of refinements:-

  1. Special Occasion Clothes  for formal, evening, business formal wear
  2. Every ay Clothes for work, going to lunch, dinner & many social activities 
  3. At Home, Sports, Gym, Hobbies Clothing
How to Dress Down _ Dress Up Your Jeans (2)

What are your tips for How to Dress Up Jeans?

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