I was ready to do an outfit post on Autumn/Winter items and an idea popped into my head. How to plan your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. There are many choices available on the high street and online, we sometimes get lost finding the essentials that we actually need to help survive the Autumn/Winter season. Here is my guide to creating the perfect wardrobe.
1. CLEAN OUT YOUR WARDROBE.
Your wardrobe can only fit so many things, with time, things go out of fashion, out of colour and out of style. When we sit down and stare at our wardrobe, you might be thinking why is it bursting out of it seams? This is when we need to sit down and clean out your closet draw by draw. From this we will discover items that we have not worn in the last 12 months, and you probably won't be needing these. (Keep the sentimental items of course) A wardrobe cleanse will help refresh your mind by rediscovering items that have gotten 'lost' and could probably be incorporated into your wardrobe and also help pack away things items that you don't need which can be donated. It may no longer be your 'it' item now but might become someone else's .
2. LOOK AT WHAT YOU HAVE
When you've cleansed your wardrobe, you've identified key items that can be worn again and again, and also identified items that you need or don't have enough of. This can be in the forms of basic items, shoes, bags or coats. And you need to budget these. See what you can afford on your budget, always have on your mind 'quality over quantity' and 'investment pieces ' because in the long run, it's going to be there in the next 12 months.
If your reading this post, you probably do follow seasonal trends. Have a look on the high street and online for inspiration on items that you may need. Always opt for a neutral wardrobe, stick with your blacks, whites and neutrals because you can not go wrong. Trust me! Look at seasonal colours, fabrics, and styles and plan a selection of must have items, these will make the biggest difference in your wardrobe and will save you £/$ in the long run. Remember that sometimes an item is only made for a season, so its only a season that your going to love the item for, so be cost effective. On another note, 'just because it's on the runway, it does not mean you need to dress that way'. Fashion is about how you dress and interpret fashion and not how fashion dresses you, think about your lifestyle. Be you!
If you are working full time, you may have a uniform wardrobe that you like to stick to and you probably only have 2 day off a week. Is your Autumn wardrobe choices sufficient to last you from the 23rd of September to 21st of December? (Google told me) approximately 8 weeks, so 16 days to wear your Autumn wardrobe if your working a full time job. And is your Winter wardrobe sufficient to last you from the 21st December to 19th March 2016 (Google told me again) Approximately 12 weeks so 24 days off + 3 days for Christmas and New year - depending what industry you work in. P.S don't forget your Christmas jumpers, Christmas parties, and Halloween outfits. Obviously this will be different if you work part-time, work at home or if your a student.
5. YOUR GO TO LOOK
When you've bought what you need, experiment and keep on experimenting. Create different outfits, by styling, changing up the accessories, add a hat maybe, and plan for events such as dinner dates or even a winter holiday wardrobe if you planning to go away. (Think long term) On another note, decide on a go to look. What's that you say? My go to casual look right now, is a V neck basic tee, a statement jacket, black jeans, slip on trainer shoes and a huge scarf depending what the weather is like. For the winter the only thing I would add or change would be a thick jumper, long boots and gloves to keep me warm and cosy.
I really do hope this has helped some of you guys! Remember to plan plan plan!.