Over the past weeks I've posted on any number of topics related to clothing and style. But one thing I haven't yet done is talk about the difference between style development and wardrobe planning.
Style development is what most image consultants focus on. It encompasses figuring out your personal style expression and also learning what colors and silhouettes look the best on you. It covers knowing what hairstyles and makeup will complement you the most. Developing your style takes time and a great deal of insight into who you are and how you want to present yourself.
But even if you have an amazing sense of style, it still doesn't mean that you will look good day-to-day. You need to take the next step --wardrobe planning -- to build that fantasic wardrobe that will showcase that amazing style of yours.
So, what is wardrobe planning, exactly? It is:
1. Strategically translating your style to your closet.
2. Ensuring that all the garments in your wardrobe are ready to wear and are in rotation to be worn at some point this season.
3. Planning out all the elements of an outfit in advance so that you never have to wonder whether one article of clothing looks good with another.
4. Reviewing your wardrobe each season to decide what will stay and what will get replaced so that your wardrobe remains up-to-date.
5. Caring for your clothing so that everything stays in the best possible shape for the longest time possible.
6.Being aware of current trends so you can decide if and how you wish to incorporate them into your existing wardrobe.
7. Continuing to make sure that the image you present to the world is consonant with who you are and where you are going.
8. Dedicating yourself to improving the quality of your wardrobe over time.
While I think that style development is tons of fun, I think that developing a wardrobe plan is even more exciting. I'm a systems kind of person, and wardrobe planning is all about putting in place a working system.
Next time I'll discuss common misconceptions about quality clothing. See you then...same blog time...same blog channel....