For some time I worked as a stewardess for an airline and, as there was no weight limit for crew bags, I developed some very undisciplined packing habits over the years. While I wasn’t like some crew members who routinely took their bicycles or sewing machines on long trips, I still sometimes feel restricted by having a finite luggage limit! The Core Wardrobe Plan is the perfect solution for easier packing, a clearer wardrobe – and a simpler life.
The Core Wardrobe Plan works for summer or winter wardrobes, for all lifestyles and budgets and to express your True Self Style Words© (see YOUR TRUE SELF STYLE WORDS© – BECOMING AN EXPERT ON
YOURSELF). It streamlines your wardrobe and ensures that all items of clothing mix and match. It consists of 20 items of clothing (Basic Pieces in Classic Colours) which, if you choose them correctly and accessorise well, will give you almost endless combinations of outfits, while still managing your budget(See ACCESSORIES – MAKING YOUR LOOK PERSONAL AND UNIQUE and BUDGETING FOR CLOTHES – HOW TO MANAGE YOUR FINANCIAL RESOURCES). Once you understand and apply this plan, you’ll never again have a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear!
The Basic Pieces are jackets, trousers and tops in Classic Colours such as black, chocolate brown, camel, grey, taupe, white and cream. Start by choosing 2 – 4 Classic Colours that suit you and which combine well with one another. Try black, charcoal, grey and white or chocolate brown, camel, khaki and cream.
Look through your wardrobe and assemble Basic Pieces (2-5 jackets and/or jerseys/cardigans and 5 skirts and/or pairs of trousers) in the Classic Colours you’ve chosen. What you don’t have will go on your shopping list. (Conscious Shopping will be dealt with in a later article).
You can always add extra pieces later, as money allows, but these relatively few items are more than enough to keep you looking and feeling great. As your knowledge grows, you’ll buy more wisely in the future until you have a wardrobe of timeless clothes which are perfect for you and your lifestyle.
You’ll get much more wear out of Classic Colours as these mix and match better than colours and patterned items. A chocolate brown or taupe jacket or skirt will match with turquoise, lime green, yellow, lilac, red, black, purple, aqua, rust or pink while a red or brightly patterned jacket can be worn in fewer ways.
It’s better to invest more money in what you wear on your top half rather than on your bottom half. Let your trousers and skirts form the basis of your outfit and let your jackets and tops be the real interest. If you have lots of money you can buy skirts and trousers in fuchsia pink or wild patterns, but you won’t get as much mileage out of them.
Add about 10 shirts and/or tops in your Classic Colours and in colours and patterns to add interest, but make sure that the patterns match with the Classic Colours. For example, if grey is one of your Classic Colours, choose a blouse in a pattern of grey, white and black. This blouse can then be worn with your grey, black or white trousers as well as with your jeans and you can personalise these basic outfits by adding red pumps or a cool blue pashmina, silver sandals and lots of silver bracelets, a pale green handbag and a hint of green in your earrings or a lilac cardigan over your shoulders – use your creativity!
The idea is that you have fewer clothes but you wear them all. A wardrobe stuffed with clothes which you never wear is a waste of time and money because, if you never wear them, you may as well not have them. With the Core Wardrobe Plan, you have select items which you mix and match and then personalise with scarves, bags, shoes and jewellery so that you’re expressing your True Self Style Words© in your own personal individual style.
I include a chart for the Core Wardrobe Plan in my book Reclaiming Beauty – Look Like Your True Self as well as examples of what this looks like in practice. You can order from my website www.livingonpurpose.co.za or from www.loot.co.za.
Take some time to organise your own Core Wardobe Plan and you’ll really notice a difference in your life. And you’ll also probably find that it’s no longer necessary to take a Venter trailer away for a weekend to fit in all those extra pairs of shoes!