Stress-free dressing is yours for the making. It just takes a little work and a little organisation.
If you’re looking to get your wardrobe in a very good position for the season ahead – especially if you’re joining us for the autumn-winter 2019 Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style challenge – then work through these steps below.
1. Start with a thorough edit of your wardrobe. This a process I do at least twice a year – usually at the start of each season – it sets me up for knowing what’s there and what I need. I absolutely don’t let any item stay if it makes me feel anything less than fabulous. This is the process I follow.
2. Give the types of clothes you wear most often the best real estate in your wardrobe. If you work in an office from Monday to Friday, those clothes should be front and centre. If your weekdays are more on the casual side, these are the clothes you need to give prime position. Remember it’s all about saving time on busy mornings.
3. Organise your clothes in types and colours. I find this is great for identifying possible obsessive buying tendencies (me? stripes, checks and white tops!) so you can potentially save yourself from a future “must buy”. It also eases the outfit creation stress. You might want to anchor the outfit for a particular day to a certain top or skirt. Start with that piece and then go immediately to the pieces you know will work back with that piece.
4. Store accessories where you can see them and use them. If you don’t have your accessories easily accessible, then you won’t be motivated or prompted to wear them. I store mine in a side cabinet that is a fun furniture piece and acts as my bedside table.
5. Protect your shoe-robe. I’m lucky enough to have a display cupboard dedicated to shoes. This not only protects the shoes from dust but it also means I can see at a glance what options are open to me. I also store my clutch bags in this cupboard – an adapted Billy bookcase from IKEA.
6. Organise your wardrobe electronically. As you buy something either take a photo of it on a hanger or find a photo of it online and save it to an album or albums in your phone. This will then help with what version of planning you’d like to take on. Some also like to spreadsheet their purchases and outfits, or use an app like Stylebook.
7. Plan out your outfits in advance. Spending time each Sunday to plan out the week is a great way to approach this. Use the weather app to give you a guide as to what temperature it will be and then create outfits based on what each of your days in the week holds for you. I write down all my outfits for the week in the Notes section of my phone or use the Styling You outfit planner.
8. Hang all those outfits on a separate rack. A simple rack, like this one from Kmart, could be positioned in your bedroom or spare room and, each Sunday, you hang your chosen outfits for the week on it, with shoes at the bottom. This makes it a no-brainer each morning to get dressed.
Registration for our autumn-winter 2019 Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe opens on Friday, May 10. Make sure you’re on our email list to be first in the know. I’ll be live on the Styling You Facebook page on Wednesday night, May 8, 8pm (AEST) to answer any questions you might have about this program.
Win 1 of 3 autumn-winter 2019 Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe memberships
THREE Styling You readers will win a six-week membership to autumn-winter 2018 Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe online style program. Each membership is valued at $129.
To enter, answer the question below, leaving your response in the comments:
How would an Ultimate Capsule Wardrobe membership help get your style sorted this season?
Entries open Friday, May 3, at 5am (AEST) and close Thursday, May 9 at 9am (AEST). Australian entries only, sorry. The winner will be judged on originality and creativity. Photos can be uploaded with your comment. The winner will be contacted via email and their name will be published here. Full terms and conditions here.