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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.



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






Step into Your Spring Style

Step inot Your Spring Style


Step into Your Spring Style

Spring is here and it is time to think about what you need to do to Step into Your Spring Style.(For some of my readers you will be changing into Autumn or Fall.) A change of season is a time of transition for your wardrobe and what you wear. It can be a very frustrating time trying to choose what to wear with the usual fluctuations in temperatures at the beginning of a new season.

Be prepared  by following these tips:-

It is time to start the transition process by taking out those heavier and bulkier winter clothing so there is room for your spring clothing. If you have ample wardrobe space this may not be the case and I say lucky you.

This is a good time to sort your winter clothing into:-

  • TRASH – clothes that are have definitely past their use by date and are not in good enough condition to keep unless it is for rags.
  • TREASURES – clothes that fit and you love to wear. This sometimes means actually trying your clothes on if you haven’t been wearing them.
  • TAKE AWAYS – clothes that don’t fit your body, lifestyle or personality style that are in good condition can be given away to friends, charities or sold.
  • SEE and REACH – You will not wear clothes that you cannot easily see and reach. It’s time to get out your spring clothing that has been stored away and follow the steps above before you replace them in your wardrobe.
  • ORGANISE – Step into Your Spring Wardrobe by ensuring your wardrobe is organised into clothing groups (skirts, pants, shorts, tops, dresses, jackets, cardigans). It is also helpful to organise each clothing group into similar colour groups. Taking these two organisational steps means you can easily select different items of clothing to create mix and match outfits and take the frustrations out of getting dressed each morning. Hang as much of your clothing as you can because this makes it more visible.


  • SHOP IN YOUR WARDROBE –  Before you head off to the shops take the time to play and create a number of mix and match outfits with your spring clothes. Find the versatility in your wardrobe.
  • WHAT IS YOUR SPRING COLOUR PALETTE? – Look at the colours of your spring clothes and take note of what neutrals and colours mix and match to create different outfits. By identifying a colour palette you will have some guidance when shopping and minimises the chances of random purchases that don’t get worn.
  • FILL IN THE GAPS – During the process of sorting, trying on and creating outfits make a list of items that you need to complete an outfit or that are missing from your wardrobe.

Step into your Spring Style by knowing what you already have and love and what you need to buy so that your wardrobe adds value and versatility to your life.

7 Effective Wardrobe Habits

7 Effective wardrobe habits


A wardrobe full of clothing items does not necessarily mean you have a working wardrobe. A working wardrobe takes the frustrations out of getting dressed every day and for all occasions by being well organised with clothing that suits your personality style, body shape and lifestyle. Your wardrobe is your daily shopping boutique and needs ongoing maintenance just like your car to keep it functioning effectively.

Let’s look at some ongoing habits that have the potential to lessen the frustrations of getting dressed each day.

  1. ORGANISATION is the key to finding and locating what you want to wear. If you cannot SEE & REACH your clothing easily you will not wear it. Much time is wasted daily by women trying to find an item of clothing in a disorganised wardrobe. An organised wardrobe increases the potential of wearing more of your clothes all the time and providing greater versatility to your outfits. Say goodbye to wardrobe boredom and frustrations. How to have an Organised Wardrobe provides organisational tips.
  2. TAKING OUT & PUTTING BACK – My organised wardrobe does not stay that way unless I create habits that potentially keep it that way. This is one of the maintenance habits that I am working on. I sometimes do not take the time to replace clothing back in the right space and this only leads to frustration and takes up time when I am looking for the missing piece of clothing. I am trying to create a new habit – when I take clothing off the hanger I am moving it to the right hand end of the rod so that I can easily locate it when replacing items. This means that I am more likely to put my clothing back in the right location because I have a system to follow.
  3. ONGOING SORTING & CULLING – Creating a pattern for sorting and culling clothing on the go can be helpful. When I notice clothing that doesn’t fit, needs mending or is passed it’s use by date I do not put it back in the wardrobe. I now throw out worn clothing when I notice it, put clothes that need mending in a basket and take clothing that doesn’t fit or suit me to the recycling bag in my car. I just have to create a habit of mending the items in the basket and taking the clothes in my car to the Op Shop.
  4. SEASONAL SORTING – Many of my clothes are trans seasonal but those that aren’t are stored in plastic clothes baskets on the top shelf of my wardrobe. This means that I have easier access to the clothes in my wardrobe because they are not overcrowded.
  5. UTILISE ALL SPACE – I have found that by placing hooks on the back of my wardrobe and bedroom doors it creates areas to hang coats, bags, dressing gowns, tomorrow’s outfit, gym gear etc.
  6. BE INSPIRED – When you have an organised wardrobe you have a clearer idea of what is in your wardrobe. To maximise the outfit potential of your wardrobe I strongly recommend taking time to create outfits by PLAYING DRESS UPS. This gives you the opportunity to mix and match your clothing and really creates a working wardrobe. Take photos of  the outfits you create for inspiration when you need it. I do this about every 6 weeks and am always amazed when I create a new outfit combination. Don’t forget to include shoes and accessories when creating your outfits. You might like to read How to Connect the Dots in Your Wardrobe.
  7. FILL IN THE GAPS. – When you have created a working wardrobe you can more easily identify the clothing you need to purchase to fill in the gaps. You can create your to buy shopping list. When you know what is in your wardrobe and where your gaps are you can shop with purpose and save money and time.


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