I don’t mean holes in your woolen sweaters or underthingies! I’m talking about gaps in your wardrobe: perhaps the pieces you bypass in the shop, then realize later, “I could really use a pink kitten sweater.”
Whether intentional or not, most of us have a sort of “uniform”: some of us never wear jeans and others live in them. Some love bold colors and others run screaming. But the point is, we pretty much know what we love and reach for on a regular basis. We follow our inspirations and aspirations and by age 40 or so, we have self-knowledge and self-confidence.
A corollary to the above is that we tend to gravitate toward the same items repeatedly while shopping. If we don’t stop ourselves we could end up with ten v-neck black tees (ahem, me) or five full skirts (also me) or colorful leather moccasins (not me, but she’s out there). It’s helpful to take pen and paper once in a while and do a quick analysis. Here’s how:
Walk into your closet or throw wide the doors and start coordinating outfits. Keep your “inspiration” vision of your wardrobe in your mind, or on your smartphone. I find this process works best when I toss my clothing on the bed rather than just gawk at the hangers.
You will probably come up with ideas like this: you *love* that plaid blazer (like the one below) but never wear it. What kind of top will make you excited about wearing it? A black silk blouse, a cashmere v-neck, a band tee, or a contrasting floral print? Remember you’re staying true to your own style, not following a checklist or mannequin.
You have this:
And you can fill a hole with one of these:
And while your lovelies are spread out on the bed, see what else a cashmere v-neck would look good with: fill a second closet hole in one swoop. Keep doing this and making note of what might complete, or update, or energize an outfit. Instead of black tees, I found what I needed were graphic tees with cool messages on them (I know, taboo for 60-year-olds, who cares). So I added a James Dean “Fearless” tee and an octopus tee and now I feel more funky in my jeans and booties.
Every time you get dressed for real, make note of your “wish” pieces, as in “I wish I had wedge booties to finish this look.” Then take your list to the thrifts, consignments, eBay, and the shops and make it so.
What do you find yourself “collecting”, and what hole needs to be plugged in your closet?
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