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How My Wardrobe Became More Sustainable

How My Wardrobe Became More Sustainable



There has been much positive change in my wardrobe in the last 8+ years. These changes include:-

  • what goes in it,
  • what is taken out,
  • different approach to shopping
  • creating an organised wardrobe space,
  • wearing more of my clothes on a regular basis,
  • having clothing that coordinates and easily mix and matches to create many different outfits for my lifestyle,
  • thinking about my clothing choices.

My wardrobe hasn’t always been a place I liked to visit. It contained many clothing items that were purchased for the wrong reasons. Much of my clothing purchases remained unworn taking up valuable wardrobe real estate space. I use to wear 20% of my clothing 80% of the time.  My consumption definitely outweighed my wearability and wasted a large amount of money, time and energy.  It contained far more quantity than quality and very little thought about sustainability.

Now I am wearing 80% or more of my clothing most of the time. Without me realising it my wardrobe has become more supportive and sustainable than at any other time in my life. My wardrobe has done a double flip and is now more quality than quantity. It is no longer a storage place for my misguided shopping choices. As a consumer I had very little conscious thought of the impact my choices had emotionally, financially, ethically or environmentally.

Let me tell you how this change has happened over a period of time without me realising what was happening. I have spent some time reflecting on how this change has evolved.

  • Discovering the clothing elements that I love to wear to express who I am – my Personality Style. This has guided me in my shopping choices and provided with directions to buy clothing that I loved and would wear.
  • Gaining knowledge, understanding and acceptance of my body by applying style principles that enhanced my  style look.
  • Discovering the colour palette that harmonised and complimented my complexion. When I started wearing colours from my colour swatch I felt and looked completely alive, healthy and energised.  It also gave me the pathway to create a mix and match colour coordinated wardrobe.  My wardrobe was no longer a mismatch of clothing but each piece added value, versatility and variety.  I was making more informed and considered shopping choices. I stopped feeling like I had nothing to wear.
  • Playing, exploring and experimenting with the clothes in my wardrobe meant I was shopping in my wardrobe instead of going to the shops to buy more.
  • Having an organised wardrobe meant that I could easily see, find and wear the clothes I had. This resulted in me wearing more of my clothes in different combinations.
  • Shopping with a different mindset. I was no longer shopping as an emotional outlet. I now shop with purpose and know what I am looking for. Prior to these changes I would shop with the intention to just buy something. My wardrobe is no longer overcrowded with clothes I do not wear.
  • Buying much more from local and Australian small clothing businesses.
  • Adopted a RE strategy into my wardrobe – replace, restyle, repurpose, repair, remake, recycle, reuse and rewear. I have less in my wardrobe but more possible outfit combinations than I have had ever had before.
  • Rethinking what I am buying by considering these questions:-* What fibres am I wearing and the impact the manufacturing process has on the environment.* Where am I buying my clothes?
    * Why am I buying this?
    * Where and how were these clothes made?
    * How long will this item last?
  1. Recognising that I have much more to learn about sustainability and clothing.

    Presently reading these books:-

  • “Slow Clothing – Finding Meaning in What We Wear” by Jane Milburn
  • “Wardrobe Crisis – How We Went from Sunday Best to Fast Fashion” by Clare Press
  • “Fashionopolis -The Price of Fast Fashion & the Future of Clothes” by Dana Thomas


I look forward to embracing these thoughts from Jane Milburn:-

“Slow clothing is about thoughtful, ethical, creative and sustainable ways to enjoy clothes while minimising our material footprint.”

8 Lessons from My Wardrobe Part 3


8 Lessons from My Wardrobe Part 3



This is the last post from the series  – 8 Lessons From my Wardrobe. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2 you can read them here and here.


My wardrobe didn’t always have a cohesive colour palette. It was a mismatch of whatever took my fancy. The turning point for this was when I had my colours done. My colour swatch became my best friend. It provided me with:-

  • the direction to create a colour palette that made me look and feel great.
  • guidance when shopping. It was and still is my colour road map for shopping.
  • a coordinated wardrobe of clothes that easily mix and match. This gives me more choices in outfits to wear. I now have less clothing (not minimal clothing) and more outfits to wear.


The clothes in my wardrobe are now an asset because I wear them. Lessons 1 – 6 gave me the direction to create a wardrobe of clothes that supported me. I use too see the clothes in my wardrobe as individual items until I realised they were a collection of outfits.

Taking some time to explore how my clothing could mix and match opened my eyes to many more outfit possibilities than I thought were possible. I call this playing dress ups and shopping in my wardrobe. This is the approach I take when working with my clients – Find Your Style in Your Wardrobe & Make a Style Statement

My shop in your wardrobe approach involves selecting one item and then finding other pieces to work with it to create a new combination. I am looking at creating a total outfit. This includes tops, pants, dresses, shorts, jackets, scarves, accessories and shoes. I ensure I create at least one new outfit combination a week. Quite often i will say to myself – “Why haven’t I worn this with that before.” It never ceases to amaze me the endless outfit possibilities that I find.

Playing and shopping in my wardrobe has definitely taken the frustration out of getting dressed.


Wardrobe organisation plays an important part in having a wardrobe that allows you to see and reach what you have. I discovered that I needed to create a habit of ongoing maintenance. My ongoing maintenance involves steps that allow me to easily track and monitor what I am wearing. It helps me identify the clothes that I may be neglecting. These steps stop me from reaching for the same outfits and give me variety:-

  • I have a rubber band tied on the coat hanger hook that is first in each of the clothing categories- skirts, shirts, dresses, cardigans, tops etc. When I have worn and washed my clothing I replace it in front of the rubber band hanger. This clearly shows the clothes that I am wearing and those that I am not. It stops me from taking the easy approach and reaching the same clothes all the time.
  • When I buy a new item of clothing I plan what I can wear it with and try to wear it within a week. This ensures that it does not sit in my wardrobe and is not forgotten.


It is great to have a wardrobe that has become my daily shopping boutique and works for me.




8 Lessons from My wardrobe Part 2



This post follows on from my previous post which looked at Lesson 1 – Importance of Colour and Lesson 2 Who Am I? If you missed this post you can read it here.



Over the last six years my wardrobe has gone from absolute chaos to a much more organised system. I have less clothes in my wardrobe but do not feel like I have nothing to wear. I can clearly see, find and easily reach my clothing items because I have instilled order and organisation into my wardrobe. I do not have a large wardrobe. Setting up an organised space did not come naturally until I realised the positive impact it could have on my daily life.

When I was taking my wardrobe from chaos to calm I questioned why it had taken me so long to do this. (Confession – I do have to work at being organised). I had spent many years at war with my wardrobe. Now I realise the important role an organised wardrobe plays in starting my day in a positive way. I do not have to tread the minefield of utter chaos. It saves me time at the beginning of the day and also the end of the day. I use to come home and have to rehang the clothes that had been discarded onto the bed or floor because they were not right. The other positive impact is that I can easily locate what I am looking for. It is so easy to see and find what is in the wardrobe.

How to Have an Organised Wardrobe outlines the steps I took to create a wardrobe that makes it easy to shop in my wardrobe.



In the past there was a very important element missing from my wardrobe.  I had many items of clothing but many of them didn’t relate to me and I wasn’t wearing them. I came to realise that my clothes needed to relate to my:-

  •  personality – who I was and how I wanted to express myself to the world,
  •  physical shape and all it’s changes,
  •  lifestyle – what kind of clothes (Level of Refinement) do I need for work and play activities in my life.

My wardrobe now supports me because I know I am the essential ingredient in the wardrobe. The clothes that deserve a place in my wardrobe have to support my YOUNIQUENESS. My choices of what clothing items I purchase are considered carefully and not driven by what is in fashion. All the clothes in my wardrobe have a place because they fit and feel right and support my lifestyle.



My approach to shopping has changed dramatically. I had not really considered how my approach to shopping was not conducive to a positive outcome for my wardrobe. If I went shopping it was with the purpose of buying something and this resulted in many bad purchases. It was an external approach which was influenced by what was in ‘fashion’. My reason for shopping was usually related to rewarding myself or needing a pick me up. I expected to make a purchase every time I went to the shops otherwise it was a waste of time.

I discovered that successful shopping:-

  • doesn’t have to result in a purchase. I take myself on a Shop Safari where I go to explore what is out there.
  • is guided by my knowledge of myself.
  • involves buying something that will coordinate and complement what I already have in my wardrobe.
  • means buying clothes that are going to support me for longer than a season.

My wardrobe is unique to me and is bringing me much joy.


 Lessons from My Wardrobe – Part 3 coming soon.



8 Lessons From My Wardrobe Part 1



The inspiration for this post has come from realising how my wardrobe is now supporting and enhancing my life.  This has not always been the case.  My wardrobe use to be overcrowded, frustrating and challenging. Every morning I dreaded opening the wardrobe doors to find something to wear. Getting dressed each morning usually ended up with many clothes scattered on the floor and me running late. The reality was that I didn’t really know what was in my wardrobe and found it difficult to find anything. If you can relate to this keep reading.

My wardrobe was not supporting me or working for me. Finding clothes to create an outfit felt like fighting my way through vines in a jungle. It was a painful and frustrating process every day. Something was missing.

What was missing had nothing to do with not having enough clothes. I realised it was my lack of self knowledge, self acceptance and self confidence that needed to be addressed. What followed on from this has been life changing. I decided to take the big step and study Personal Styling and Colour. Little did I realise the positive impact this would have on my personal and professional life.

Over the last five years my wardrobe has evolved and changed into a place I enjoy visiting each day. These are the lessons that have changed my wardrobe into my daily shopping boutique.



When I look into my wardrobe I see a cohesive collection of colours not a mismatch of colours. These colours relate to me in terms of my personal colouring and my Colour Personality preferences. They make me look and feel alive, vibrant and healthier even on a bad day.

My wardrobe is no longer a sea of black and mismatch of colour. My colour swatch has been like a magic wand.  It has enabled me to now have a range of neutrals and colours that cohesively work together. These colours easily mix and match which means I can create more outfits from what I have. I now have value, versatility and variety in my wardrobe.

My colour swatch has become my best friend.

Colour Swatch Absolute Colour System



Discovering my Personality Style and how this related to my preferred clothing elements was very empowering. It gave me greater self confidence and understanding of how I wanted my clothes to express who I am.  It made me realise what clothing styles, colours, patterns, fabrics, textures, shapes, accessories felt  ‘just right’ for me. The clothes in my wardrobe needed to not just fit but also feel right.

This strongly impacted on my approach to shopping, increased confidence and self acceptance. My eyes were more open to my preferences and this saved much time and money when shopping – (more on this in Lesson 7). I now enjoy wearing all that I buy. I have no more unworn clothing in my wardrobe.

I now know what I want my clothes to do for me. This is my Style Personality statement – what I want my clothes to say about me:-

“Relaxed look with an artinistic edge, dash of colour and uniqueness.”

Personality Style


I now accept and relish these elements that make me individual and unique. You need to understand yourself to create a wardrobe that works and supports you.

These first two Lessons From My Wardrobe are both strongly related to my personal characteristics. They are not about fashion, following trends or shopping aimlessly. Knowing, understanding and accepting myself has been a major factor in creating a wardrobe that supports and works for me.


Look out for 8 Lessons From My Wardrobe Part 2.



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.







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