How to Build The Perfect Wardrobe

by Laura Kronen on September 22, 2010

Wardrobe Basics

Wardrobe Basics

Building a stylish wardrobe takes time, planning and money.  And if you’re going to spend your valuable time and hard earned money building your style, you want to ensure that the outcome is effective and functional for the future. If you want to make the most of your wardrobe, consider these points:

1. Lifestyle – You need your wardrobe to work for you.  Start by taking inventory of what you have and then building a wardrobe that directly relates to how you spend your time. If half of your time is spent at work and at work related functions, then half of your wardrobe should reflect that.

2. Who do you want to be? – The image you project to the world and your personal style speaks volumes about who you are.  if you are not sure of yours, you might want to speak with an image consultant who can help guide you.  Forcing yourself to be someone who you are not comfortable with is always going to affect your appearance in the way you carry and express yourself.  Your entire presence will be far less powerful than if you feel good about the image you are portraying.

3. Know your body type- Once you have a clear understanding of what styles work for you, your shopping experiences will be much easier and you will save time and frustration in the fitting room. To build a wardrobe, you must first identify your body type. Knowing if you are apple, pear, hourglass or column shape can help you find the most flattering clothing for you. For example, columns should steer clear of tight, form-fitting clothes, whereas pears should never wear wide leg pants.

4. Build a wardrobe around major pieces – Time to think quality, not quantity.  A functional wardrobe is made up of core basic pieces that should consist of a great little black dress, fine tailored black pants, perfectly fitting dark wash jeans, a trench coat, solid layering camis and tshirts, and a fabulous pair of heels.  Once you have the basics in place, it is much easier to build from there.

5. Identify your signature color – In addition to your neutrals, there is always a color or two that you might favor.  Weave your signature color(s) into your wardrobe and make sure that they blend well with the core pieces to give you the most flexibility.

6.  Learn to layer– Jackets, sweaters, scarves and accessories all complete a look.  These elements are necessary to help vary outfits and to polish it all up.  Think of it as the difference between a bowl of vanilla ice cream and a hot fudge sundae with all the fixings.  Many times accessorizing and layering is where women need the most help.

7. Give your closet the “once over” –  Assess the condition of what you own and replace those items that are in disrepair.  Anything that is pilled, torn or looking less than fresh should be thrown out and/or replaced.


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