10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe: Steps 1 & 2

Welcome to my first blog series!  Because I'm often asked about style, how to create signature looks, shopping on a budget, etc, I decided to develop a FREE eGuide to help you tackle and master what I consider to be 10 Steps to Maximizing Your Wardrobe.  In this first entry we'll cover steps 1 and 2, and each Wednesday, I'll release another 2 steps thru the series completion date of October 14th.

As with any other course work or developmental process, we must start with the fundamentals.  The same holds true for fashion and style.  The fundamentals cannot be skipped and are an integral part to the puzzle.  Here we go . . . . . . 

Step 1: Style Standards

I classify style standards as your must haves.  The go-to pieces that should be included in any wardrobe.  These pieces can be worn dressed up or dressed down, worn to the mall, work, or church, casually or a night out on the town.


In every style closet you should find several classic blazers.  Blazers can be paired with virtually any look; jeans, trousers, your favorite pencil skirt, even dresses.  I personally recommend starting with these standard color options: black, white, navy, and red.

Trousers are also a classic and key item essential to your wardrobe.  They too can be paired multiple looks and paired differently to give varying looks; parings may include button ups, blazers, tee's, tanks, flat shoes, and heels.  The most important factor when selecting trousers is the fit.  Consider your height and weight proportion to assist you in deciding upon narrow leg, staight leg, skinny fit, boot cut, wide leg, etc.  Me personally, because I'm short (5'4) and hippie (meaning, b-u-t-t, lol) I prefer a staight or narrow legged pant paired with a heel.

The shoe, how can I stress this enough.  You must have good quality shoes.  Quality in style, design, and fit.  Start with the basics and purchase a great black AND nude colored pump.  You will be able to wear these with virtually EVERY outfit in your closet and your pocketbook will thank you.  My preference is a pointed toe patent OR leather pump.  Either option will work fine and last you for many moons without going out of style.

Lastly, a button up, yet again, another piece that can be mixed and matched.  Getting the point here?  All of these items can be easily mixed with other pieces to allow you to create multiple looks.  Pair them with blazers, skirts, trousers, cardigans, etc; the possibilities are limitless.  You can wear the collar up for a preppy look, sleeves rolled up or down, tucked in or out, and buttoned down or tied in a knot.  You decide!

Step 2: Shop out of Season

Timing is everything.  One of the most important lessons that I've learned in life and business, holds true for shopping as well.  For those of us on a budget, shopping out of season makes it possible for us to pull off stellar looks at a fraction of the cost.  Currently we're about to transition into fall, and that means all of your favorite stores are having mega sales on their spring/summer merchandise.  Sales of up to 80% off are taking place RIGHT NOW (so go shop).

Perfect examples of these mark downs are listed below:

  • purple pleated maxi dress for $17 (regular priced $119) and gold thick heeled sandals for $6.99 blogged HERE
  • lemon mikado dress for $75 (regular price $159) blogged HERE
  • nude and pink lace skirt for $34 (regular price $225) blogged HERE

Welp, you've made it through the first 2 steps of Maximizing Your Wardrobe.  Stay tuned for steps 3 and 4 on next Wednesday, September 23rd.  Here's a hint - more on shoes and selecting timeless pieces!

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