#BlogchatterA2Z : “W” – Wardrobe Strategies (A2Z of Image Management)

Hi Everyone,

This is my 23rd post for #BlogchatterA2Z challenge. And today I will be taking you through some of the wardrobe strategies which can helps you to have a closet which is attractive, affordable, appropriate and authentic. When you open your closet and see it filled with clothes, yet feel you have nothing to wear, it’s likely the clothes don’t work for your life style, your personal style, or work together in ways that reflect you the way you want to be seen. The typical tendency is to go out and buy more”stuff”- to buy into the latest “must have” list. The opposite tendency is to stop buying anything, assuming that what you want is not available or cost too much. In either case, seize the moment and overcome the fear of fashion. Look at yourself and your clothes in the light of What all wardrobe strategies you need to adopt?

Rely on clothing as a resource, a tool that can control and use to help you meet your needs and achieve your goals.

A resource is anything available to use to your advantage, as an aid to meet a need or achieve a goal. Time, money, property, energy, food, and clothing qualify as resources.

As a resource, your clothing becomes a tool for meeting needs and achieving goals, takes you where you need to go.
Virtually everyone can afford some clothing of value as a resource.
Carefully selected, this resource can have positive effects on the wearer.
Prepared with clothing as a resource, you/we feel more confident, capable, and credible.

Rely on your clothing as an art form-fitting personal pieces of wearable art.

Clothing is a product of artistic visual design and therefore an art form you can see, touch, and at times even hear. Clothing can stimulate your senses every bit as much as a painting, a piece of sculpture, or a song. Just as the beauty of the painting, sculpture, or song can lift your spirit, so can the beauty of well-designed clothing that meets your needs serve to lift your spirit. Because you can wear this art form, clothing can be seen as wearable art.  Some of the benefits of “The Art of Dress” are:

Dress, like any art form, enriches our lives.
Dress as an art form includes the “how to” guidelines.
Dress as an art form leads to individuality.
Dress as an art form leads to harmony and beauty.
Virtually everyone can afford to approach dress as an art form.

Rely on basic style, clothes that are simple in line and shape, that you can dress up and down or mix and match in a variety of good looks for menu miss and occasions.

The more complicated our lives become, the more variety we need in our clothes and the more important basics become. Simple, plain, uncluttered styles with clean lines are the key to creating a variety of versatile outfits and good looks with your clothes. There are various benefits of basic style to name a few:

Basics do not attract a lot of attention to themselves.
Basics have few design details and no decorations that would limit
possible clothing combinations.
They make good background pieces, easy to combine with other
pieces of clothing and accessories, including those with many details
or decorations.
Basics take you anywhere—from day into evening with understated
elegance. People don’t quickly tire of basic styles.
They are money savers, since they’re easier to dress up or down.
Virtually everyone can afford to buy basics; style is not a matter of
money.

Rely on classic style, clothes with design lines and shapes that are not scream, that fit and flatter most figures, and are appropriate for many occasion.

The more complicated and costly our lives become, the more wear we need from our clothes and the more important classic clothing styles become.

Once a new clothing style is introduced, it becomes a classic if it meets the following criteria:
• Classic styles satisfy many clothing needs for many people.
• Classic styles fit and flatter most figures.
• Most people have places to wear classic styles.
• Most people can afford to buy classic styles.
Clothes with classic styling are worn and seen often, causing them to become accepted in good taste by virtually everyone. At that point the style becomes a classic, core piece, retaining its appeal and ability to be worn for seven to ten years or more, without looking dated.

To determine if a style is classic, look at the garment and ask yourself if the styling is extreme in any way—very wide or very big, very fitted or very tight, and so forth. The more moderate the design, the more classic it becomes. Generally, classics are never on the cutting edge of fashion, never extreme, never glitzy, tight, or revealing. Their styling changes very slowly and only slightly. Classics may be updated slightly in terms of current trends—say, toward slightly wider or narrower lapels or pant legs. Updated classics can become more fashionable at one time or another.

Rely on wardrobe neutral colors, dulled or muted tones of every hue, as well as black, white and gray.

Considering the pace of life and cost of clothes you need all the versatility in a wardrobe you can get. Wardrobe neutrals work to meet that need. Black, white, and gray in their true form are neutrals without any hue or color and are called achromatic. As wardrobe neutrals, they may contain a slight amount of warm or cool hue—such as the warmer umber black or cooler blue-black. Dulled, muted tones—such as the very traditional navy blue, burgundy, brown, tan, ivory, taupe, olive, forest green, teal, and plum—are wardrobe neutrals that coordinate easily to create a variety of versatile outfits and tasteful good looks with your clothes. Dulled, muted tones result from a mix of complementary warm and cool
hues—colors that lie across from each other on the color wheel. Every body can wear them.

Some of the benefits of wardrobe neutrals are :

Dulled tones are less intense and are able to coordinate well with a large variety of other colors, including personal coloring.
Wardrobe neutrals do not attract a lot of attention to themselves.
Wardrobe neutrals take you anywhere with understated elegance.
While some may be more fashionable at one time or another, they are always well received.
Wardrobe neutrals are subtle communicators, allowing the widest
range for moods, occasions, and personality traits.
People don’t tire of wardrobe neutrals quickly.
Wardrobe neutrals are money savers, since they combine easily with other colors.
Everyone can afford to buy wardrobe neutrals; good taste is not a matter of money.

Rely on all-day season fabric, light to medium-sized weight woven and knit fabrics that you can wear at least the seasons or about nine months of the year.

When you build most of your wardrobe with all season fabric, decision making gets easier, your clothing dollar goes further and fashion options increases. It keeps more clothes in use, rather than in storage. Fabric weight and texture are keys to comfort and versatility. There are numerous vendors Of All season fabric to lust a few:

All season fabric are the most comfortable most of the time. These fabrics are versatile for all season wearability. Medium weight and medium textured fabrics do not attract a lot of attention to themselves and can be worn by everyone attractively.

Rely on solid colors and classics patterns, in small to medium scale prints, stripes and plaids.

Plain, solid color fabrics provide a foundation for your wardrobe and combine easily with other solid colors, but don’t stop there. You can count on classic patterns,  in prints, stripes and plaid design on clothing to add the interest and variety needed to enliven what might otherwise become a full wardrobe compares entirely of solid colors. To list done of clay classic patterns are:

They are key to flexcibility, versatility and individuality in a wardrobe. They are always in good taste and do not deserve from you. Classic pattern retain their fashionability and therefore their wearability for years. Virtually everyone can afford to buy classic, style is not a matter of money.

Rely on tailored looking clothes when you need to feel and appear authoritative, capable and credible.

Many basic and classic clothes are commonly referred to as “tailored.”

In terms of the elements of design, tailored garment designed with:
• Straight lines
• Angular or tubular shapes
• Dark, slightly dulled colors, with strong dark/light value contrast
• Firm, smoother fabric
• Geometric traditional patterns

Psychologically, tailored clothes are perceived of as strong and stable, communicating formality, authority, capability, and credibility. All design elements are interrelated. In the case of tailored clothing, they are used to reinforce the more authoritative effects of one another and hence, the tailored image— traditionally associated with leadership and professional roles. You, too, can rely on tailored looking clothing to influence you with the feeling and appearance of strength, authority, and ability in leadership situations in the home, school, church, community, and in the workplace.

Rely on a cluster, or clusters of clothes to meet all of your wardrobe needs.

Deciding what to wear each day is a real challenge for many people. And to many people think they need a lot of clothes to dress well. Not so. You don’t need a large quantity clothes to have a very workable wardrobe. To many clothes becomes confusing time and space consuming and expensive. To many or to free clothes complicated your life. What you need to do is a simple wardrobe strategy, ready to remember and easy to use. And that is clustering, to know more on this click here.

Rely on a periodic wardrobe evaluation session.

Before revamping your entire wardrobe, take time to evaluate your wardrobe,  a phase in the controversies and powerful five part process of Wardrobing. The five phase in the Wardrobing cycle include

  • Inspiration
  • Dedication
  • Accumulation
  • Evaluation and
  • Elimination

Click here to read in detail.

Rely on proper clothing care to increase the value of clothes as a resource.

The wear life and appearance of your clothes depends on how carefully you handle and hands or gold your clothes ready day,  repair your clothing whenever needed, sort, clean and press you clothes and how often, store limited occasion and out of season clothes and pack your clothes for travel. These are not favorite tasks for most of us. Nonetheless, the value of your wardrobe depends in large part on care it receives. To maintain an attractive and appropriate appearance, you must maintain your clothing. This is part of clothing management process.

This post is part of#BlogchatterA2Z challenge.

To read my previous posts checkout here A ,B ,C ,D ,EFGIJ.K,L,M,N,OPQRST , U , V

@ Swati Mathur

20 Replies to “#BlogchatterA2Z : “W” – Wardrobe Strategies (A2Z of Image Management)”

  1. Well well! There is so much to a wardrobe.
    I loved these
    Inspiration
    Dedication
    Accumulation
    Evaluation and
    Elimination
    WE should buy clothes that inspire, accumulation means to collect, evaluation is about occasion, the price I guess and elimination is what and when to discard. Am I right, Swati?

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  2. Wardrobe strategies, and telling the wardrobe cycle with easy pointers of inspiration, dedication, accumulation, evaluation, and elimination makes it a wow post. Basic, classic style with neutral colors and all-day season fabrics are my favorite must-haves, loved all your pointers. Proper clothing care sure adds age to our fabrics and dresses.

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  3. wow there is so much to learn. I agree that too many clothing options may confused us during busy weekdays when we already had load of completing multiple responsibilities. also, taking good care of clothes is equally important to increase their life. your series is inspiring me to do a “Wardrobe makeover” for myself. after challenge, will surly try to do that.

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  4. Wardrobing is certainly an art and through your series, I have been trying to learn a bit of it. But you have left me intrigued to know more about it now. I mean, I never denied the role of clothes and proper dressing in enhancing our personality and lifestyle, but your posts are so convincing that now I believe that I certainly need to have a deeper understanding of this wonderful art.

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  5. Brilliant piece of learning to enhance our clothing sense in terms of context, color, design, and wardrobe space. I have noted down the five-phase of the Wardrobing cycle. Inspiration, Dedication, Accumulation, Evaluation and Elimination!

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