In Real People land, where there are no Rachel Zoe-types going “bananas”, budget is very much the word du jour.
It’s only through recognising that everyone (bar a small minority) has to work to some financial limitation, that personal styling and branding specialists have been able to make their services accessible to everyone.
In recent months, this has been crucial to the work I’ve been doing with my clients and I know I am not alone with others around Australia and around the world.
Men and women in business want to look their best and feel their most confident but they want to make the most of what they have in their wardrobe and only buy items that will enhance what they already have.
This makes complete sense and it’s something I practise each season with my own wardrobe. I love bringing out a cocktail dress or a business outfit “from the vault” and slightly updating my look by adding a statement necklace or a new jacket. I get to re-live that feeling that I had when I first wore that dress – AND I get a bonus feeling knowing I’ve re-invented a much-loved garment for a fresh look.
This is smart wardrobing at its ethical and sustainable best. Thanks to the concept of recessionista chic that evolved during the GFC, it’s not only acceptable to re-cycle what you have in your wardrobe, it’s expected that you do so.
So what should you re-invent and recycle and what should you pass on?
Answering this requires you taking a long, hard look at what’s actually in your wardrobe – or have someone else help you do this with fresh eyes (my clients are often quite amazed at the new combinations of outfits I come up with when editing their wardrobes). An impartial view point on can make all the difference.
Don’t be afraid to let go of garments that no longer suit your lifestyle, your work demands or your personality. A wardrobe with less in it but with clothes you actually wear will serve you better than one that is cluttered with pieces that no longer represent your best personal brand.
When your wardrobe is tightly edited, you also become aware of the obvious gaps. It’s these gaps that should form your clothing shopping wishlist. You will be surprised at how much you don’t actually need.
And the biggest surprise of all … it really is easy to stick to a budget when you’re shopping with volition from a well-considered list.