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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  • current and not outdated?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 Upstyle an Outfit from Day to Night

How to update an outfit from day to night


The clothes we wear need to complement our lifestyle and be appropriate for various activities and occasions. Levels of Refinement refers to the different classification of clothing and accessories for different occasions from very informal and relaxed to formal.

The level of refinement is determined by:-

  • type of activity or occasion,
  • differences in fabric or material, shape and drape of material, textures and patterns.

Read more about levels of refinement here.

It is possible that you can take a casual outfit and upstyle it to create an outfit that can take you from a very relaxed day at home to lunch and then a dinner date. Let’s look at how I upstyled an outfit to take me from day to night.

How to upstyle an outfit from day to night

When I dressed in these pants and top it was for a very relaxed day at home. There was no jewellery or shoes and the top was hanging loose. As you can see it is not a flattering outfit because of the proportions and the hemline. The horizontal hemline is in line with the widest part of my body and is also cutting me in half.


When I received an invitation to lunch with a friend I added the necklace, earrings and sandals.

I also changed the unflattering hemline by using the half tuck method.

Just by adding  jewellery and using the half tuck this outfit became lunch ready.


How to upstyle an outfit from day to night


I had forgotten that I was also going out for tea so another upstyle of this outfit was required. By adding a different necklace, pair of shoes and long cardigan I became dinner ready.


three easy steps to upstyle an outfit:-

  • add accessories – earrings, brooch, necklace, bangle, scarf
  • add a third piece – jacket, cardigan, vest, kimino
  • change shoes to suit the activity

Play with your outfits to see how you can upstyle them for different activities and get more wear, value and versatility from them.

Know what you have in your wardrobe and wear it as much as possible.



How to Dress to Enhance Your Look

How to Dress to Enhance Your Body


The 2 key processes in how to dress to enhance your look are:-

  • Identifying what areas of your body you want to highlight or hide. This means taking a look at yourself and identifying the area or areas of your body where you are happy to focus attention. This may be your neck, bust, arms, wrist, waist, legs. Many of the women I work with find it difficult to identify an area of their body they feel comfortable drawing attention to. If you find this difficult then identify the parts of your body that you don’t want to draw attention to. Everyone has areas where they can focus attention and areas where they can redirect attention. I have spent most of my life hiding my legs only to realise in my early fifties that they were an asset. My own thinking from my teenage years had me holding onto thoughts and beliefs that were not realistic.

    A key area to always draw attention to is your portrait area (neck upwards) because this is your communication centre.
  • Understanding how to use the style elements of colour, line, pattern, detail and embellishment to create a focus in your outfit.

A Look at How I have Dressed to Enhance My Look

Remember your Personality Style will influence the colours, patterns, details, size and accessories you choose to wear and will combine in your own unique way to enhance your look.

Let’s look at how I have dressed to enhance my look.


FOCUS AREAS: Leg & upward focus.

Leg & upward focus (1)

Creating my focus with colour and print accents.

In the above outfits I have a leg and upward focus. This has been achieved by using colour and patterns.

My pants are patterned and brighter than the clothing on my top half so this creates a focus area.

I do not particularly want people to keep staring at my legs so I have introduced coloured jewellery that coordinates with the lower colour and this draws the eye upward to my face creating a coordinated all over look.

The peek a boo shoulder on the navy top also creates a shoulder focus.


FOCUS AREA: Feet, wrist and upward focus

Shoe and upward focus

Combining neutral clothing with splashes of colour.

The graphic print on my pants is a strong focal point because of it’s size and the colour being much lighter that the rest of the outfit.

Wearing coloured shoes creates interest at the feet. Once again I have drawn the eye upward with coloured jewellery and a scarf.

I only wear elasticised hip belts because I do not have a waist. This means I do not want to attract attention to this area and only wear a belt the same colour as my outfit. You can create a waist focus by wearing a coloured belt.

Wearing a coloured watch and red bangle creates a focus as well. I have only just started playing with wearing bracelets and bangles.


FOCUS:  Wrist and upward focus

Upward focus

Wearing a column of colour feet to neck which can create a slimming and elongated look.

Colour is introduced in my necklace, earrings, watch and bracelet to create a portrait and wrist focus.

Key Understanding for How to Dress to Enhance Your Look

  • lighter and brighter colours highlight and create a focus
  • patterns attract the eye
  • colour worn with neutrals will create a focus
  • lots of detail such as buttons, ruffles, ornamentation will create a focus point
  • larger patterns and jewellery will create more of a focus than smaller scale elements
  • high contrast will be more noticed

When getting dressed take notice to where colour, pattern, detail and contrast is placed to consider if this is where you want to direct attention.

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 Up Style Your Look

How to Style Every Day Casual


No matter what your preferred style of dressing you can make a few adjustments to an outfit to take it from day to night.

This outfit was inspired by the flower brooch which I have attached to a multi strand navy and black necklace. I wanted a casual and comfortable outfit to wear for an outing to IKEA with my god daughter. The colours in the brooch influenced my choices of pink Motto top and old favourite boyfriend jeans from Target. I have used the half tuck to create an asymmetrical hemline (which I love) and to create a more flattering proportional balance to the outfit. When worn out the top cuts me in half which is a far from flattering look. My navy shoes finished the outfit. These jeans are always worn cuffed because I like that look. Note that the line created when cuffing pants can create the illusion of shortening the legs. I usually wear shoes with a high vamp which covers most of my foot. This has always been a preference from an early age and I think it stems from me not liking the look of what I perceived to be long skinny feet.

Styling a top from day to night.


Tips on How to Up Style Your Look

A quick decision to go out for dinner had me upstyling my day outfit for night. I changed my jeans to my Lorna Jane slouch pants as well upscaling the look by choosing different earrings and necklace. You may not notice but I also changed my Audrey Avenue shoes from navy to black. I have difficulty finding heeled shoes that are comfortable so when I do find a pair that are ‘just right’ I will buy a couple of colours.

A wardrobe that you can mix and match for different occassions can extend the different outfit combinations you can create.


What is Your Jewellery Saying About You?

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What is Your jewellery Saying About You?

The jewellery you wear or don’t wear is an expression of who you are. Your jewellery preferences are part of your Personality Style. It is important that the jewellery you wear harmonises and complements you, the occasion and your outfit.  Your personality will determine what type of jewellery you prefer to wear and feel the most comfortable in. Look at these images and consider which type and style of jewellery you prefer to wear.

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Each of these Personality Styles have their own jewellery characteristics determining the type, style, size, shapes & material of the jewellery which provide a different look. Think of the words that would describe your look as you read through the jewellery characteristics of the seven Personality Style.


  • traditional, timeless, conservative, understated, classic look
  • pearls, gold, silver & gemstones
  • small to medium in size


  • practical, uncluttered, no fuss natural  look
  • natural materials & designs, beads, stones, chains
  • small and unobtrusive


  • delicate, timeless, pretty, romantic, vintage, soft look
  • pearls, sparkle, feminine
  • delicate, rounded, flowers, hearts


  • different, quirky, individual, unconventional look
  • any and all materials
  •  expressive, artistic & unusual designs and shapes


  • bold, modern, contemporary look
  • metals, leather,
  • large scale and oversized usually with strong lines and geometric shapes


  • elegant, stylish, timeless,
  • real gems, gold, silver
  • simple uncluttered modern settings


  • unconventional, rebellious, noncomformist look
  • metal, facial & body piercings, tattoos, chains, studs, leather
  • shock value, usually black & studded – antiestablishment

You can change your look and level of refinement just by changing the style of your jewellery.

The next time you wear jewellery think about What is your Jewellery Saying About You?






What is Your Day Off Style?

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What is Your Day Off  Style?

What we wear speaks about who we are. Over the years the standard of dressing on the most part seems to have become more casual to suit our lifestyles.

When I was growing up my nanna instilled in me that you had at home clothes and going out clothes as well special occasion clothes and never the styles shall meet. My nanna would never leave the house in the clothes she had been wearing at home even if it was just to go to the corner shop or walk the 3 blocks to visit us. She would always change out of her house clothes, change her shoes, put on a necklace and add a splash of lipstick. I always admired how smart she looked especially when she didn’t have much money. What she did have was pride and respect for herself and others.

I love to dress down and thought I would share with you what this Personal Stylist is likely to be dressed in on her days off at home in winter.

At Home Style


This is my most favourite comfortable outfit but I would never wear it to the shops – sometimes I go to the letterbox in it. The other day my 3 year old friend looked at these pants and said “I don’t like these.” Obviously my grey striped men’s pj pants did not appeal to her sense of style which is pink and pretty. I am wearing it with my home made polar fleece oversized top (my version of a sweatshirt) and my biker boots.

If I need to venture out to I would make a few changes to this outfit. I have a few minimal style requirements if I am leaving the house. I do not even think about them now as they are just habit and don’t take any time. It makes a difference for and to me.


  • wear a splash of lipstick
  • add earrings and necklace or scarf
  • no runners or slippers
  • change pants if wearing pj’s or old daggy sweatpants

If I happen to leave the house on a quick errand and haven’t attended to the items on this list I feel very uncomfortable and not right and pray that I don’t run into anyone who knows me.

This is how I would change this outfit  if I needed to go to the local shops for something – (perhaps chocolate).


Casual Jeans Styling


I need to look and feel presentable and appropriate and this it what works for me

Being casual doesn’t mean you can’t look and be stylish.

I read this statement today Dress how you want to addressed. (Source Instagram If the way you are dressing is not giving you JOY then it might be time to make some small changes and experiment to style up your look.

Do you have a minimal style look checklist for leaving the house? Would love to know.

Organising Your Accessories

Organising Your Accessories


Organising your accessories is just as important for accessories as for clothing items in your wardrobe. Accessories are an important element when dressing and can add the finishing touch to outfits. Storage organisation for accessories is just as important as for all other clothing items.

You need to be able to SEE and REACH  your accessories easily.

Organising Your Accessories – Shoes

Yes I LOVE shoes and needed to find easy storage methods that didn’t mean a stock pile of separate shoes in the bottom of my wardrobe. My shoes are stored in a number of places depending on season and function.
  1. Clear Plastic Boxes – I had always loved the idea of shoe boxes but didn’t get any until I found these inexpensive ones at Costco. What a life saver they have been. I store the shoes that are my favourites for the current season  at the bottom of my wardrobe. My daily frustration of finding a matching pair of shoes to wear has disappeared. An alternative to buying boxes is to use the shoe box they come in and create photo labels of your shoes and place on the end of the box.
  2. Hanging Shoe Storage –  In my wardrobe I also have a hanging shoe apparatus that holds my flat shoes and sandals.
  3. Shelving – When I redid my laundry I had a narrow tall cupboard built behind the door  to store  our or should I say my shoe overflow. If you store your shoes toe to heel you can economise on space.
  4. Baskets – I don’t know what happens in your house but my small laundry floor use to be the dumping ground for those every day shoes such as runners, thongs, gardening / work boots. Now they mostly get put into a cane basket.


Clear Shoe Boxes

1. Clear Shoe Boxes


Hanging Shoe Shelf

2. Hanging Shoe Shelf


Shoes in Cupboard

3. Shoes in Cupboard


Cane Basket

4. Cane Basket


Organising Your Accessories – Necklaces

Necklaces can be difficult to store in a way that means they do not get all tangled and knotted together. I  had a serious necklace decluttering session and now they are framed and featured as pieces of art on my bedroom wall. Definitely can practise SEE and REACH TECHNIQUE.

Necklaces in Picture Frames

Necklaces in Picture Frames


Organising Your Accessories – Earrings

It can be so frustrating when you can’t find the matching earring you want. For the last 20 years my earrings have been hanging on an earring stand. This has worked for me. The earrings that I can’t hang until today have sat in the open section but sometimes fell through and it was a nuisance finding a pair. Today I made up some cardboard strips to secure the stud earrings onto.  This is something I have been going to do for quite a while. Will see how this goes. I could only find yellow card but I know I will need to change the colour.

Earring Stand

Earring Stand


Organising Your Accessories – Brooches & Bangles

My brooches and bangles sit in containers on my dressing table. I have also seen brooches pinned to strips of hanging ribbon and bangles placed on decorative bottles.

Bangles & Brooches Bowls

Bangles & Brooches Bowl


Organising Your Accessories – Scarves

I love scarves and ladders and have collected many of both over the years. I love having them on display so my scarves now hang off my old ladders (kindly given to me by very good friends). Prior to using the ladders I hung my scarves in a similar way to my belts and in baskets. Because I had so many scarves the hanging system was overcrowded and finding the scarf (in the basket) I wanted to wear for the day resulted in scarves thrown on the floor and bed as I tried to get out the door to start my day.

Ladder of Scarves

Ladder of Scarves


Hallway Ladder

Hallway Ladder


Office Ladder

Office Ladder


Organising Accessories – Belts

Being a H shape with very little waist I only have a few belts and all except one are black. The inside of my wardrobe door is a great place to hang my belts.

Use expanding curtain wire & hooks attached to inside of wardrobe to create hanging space.

Use expanding curtain wire & hooks attached to inside of wardrobe to create hanging space.


Your  accessories are an important part of your style and are need to organised in a way that means you can easily access and wear them.

 For many more storage ideas I suggest you visit Pinterest and search for accessories storage.

Would love to hear how you organise your accessories.





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