Stretch Your Wardrobe Dollars
- Stick to your most flattering colors – Get a professional Color Analysis done to determine what the most flattering colors are for you. By sticking to those colors, you’ll be assured that they will help you look your best, you’ll have the ability to mix and match outfits and you’ll always look great!
- Buy the right size for right now – Clothing manufacturers are not known for their adherence to standards. Don’t get hung up on what size the clothing is tagged as, get hung up on proper fit! If the article of clothing feels tight, pulls or seems stressed at the seams, it won’t last as long, and it will make you look heavier in the process. Buy clothing that fits you well and it will not only make you look better, it will last longer. Don’t like the size being visible? Cut it out carefully, but leave the care tag intact. Wearing clothing that is too tight makes you look even bigger – wearing too-big clothing just looks sloppy.
- Purchase for Multi-season use – Try to purchase fabrics that are multi-seasonal. A heavy, textured wool jacket is only good for the coldest of weather, whereas one made of mid-weight or lighter weight wool or wool blend could be worn with a sweater in cold weather and with a shirt or blouse in warmer weather. You’ll get more use from multi-season garments than those with a single-season focus.
- Remember the basics – Suits and separates can form the foundation of a great working wardrobe. Single and double-breasted long-sleeved blazers with matching skirts for women or pants for men or women are essential basics. Don’t try to build a wardrobe around the “trend of the moment”. When the trend passes, you’ll look dated.
- Accessorize with style – Every wardrobe needs a certain investment in accessories. The well-thought out use of scarves, jewelry and pins, ties and pocket squares, and even hosiery, shoes and hats can transform ordinary clothing into something extraordinary. Determine whether your coloring is cool or warm and let that guide you in choosing accessories, especially metal jewelry. Combining smart accessories with a basic wardrobe ensures you’ll always look coordinated and polished, not thrown-together or haphazard.