Monday, May 12, 2008

What You Wear Is What You Wear

So there is your idealized, imaginary style persona. Then there is what is actually hanging out in your closet.

And then there is what you actually wear.

You could have the most amazing closet full of clothes...but they won't do anything to increase your style quotient unless you wear them.

As an exercise, it is very illuminating to keep a journal of what you wear each day. Quickly jot down the date, the clothes you put on, and then maybe a little note to yourself about how you felt and whether or not anyone commented on your outfit.

Look for the patterns. Which items do you find yourself wearing the most, and why?

If you are like most people, you will have a very definite set of favorite clothes which get worn more than others. If I had to take a guess, I'd say that these clothes make you feel good about yourself, and they are COMFORTABLE. In much the same way that we have our comfort foods, we have our comfort clothes.

Now sit yourself down and have a little think. WHY are these clothes comfortable? Why do you gravitate towards them over others in your closet?

The answers to these questions can help you figure out the last piece to the wardrobe puzzle. You want to be able to identify the qualities in the clothes that make them your favorites. Once you know this, you can begin to make better choices for yourself.

Join me next time for a discussion about why new clothes are not always the answer to our closet woes. See you then...same blog time...same blog channel....

Jennifer Skinner, Wardrobe Planning Expert


S Chambers said...


So many years in the military has shaped how I wear clothes. I tend to like the consistency that comes with the wearing of a uniform.

I have designated outfits that I match in advance so I don't really have to think when I get dressed for work in the morning.

Business casual, suits or whatever, I usually know what I am going to wear. I eliminate most clothes that I don't wear fairly quickly.

Steve Chambers

drpeter said...

I wear suits to work, my casual clothing is just the opposite. Mostly jeans and old teeshirts.

Dr Helton, making your skin beautiful without surgery, nationally renowned Cosmetic Dermatologist

Jennifer Skinner said...

Men really gravitate to the concept of uniform dressing much more readily than women do -- and yet it holds a key to managing your wardrobe and your image successfully. Sounds like you really have your closet under control!


Aaron said...

Comfort is definitely the key for me. As long as something looks as though it's in reasonably good shape, I'll keep wearing it if it's comfortable.


Kevin Hogan said...

as long as no one is wearing what i'm wearing, while i'm wearing it i'm not weary (wary) of anything...

April Braswell said...

Hi Jenn,

Another great post. Thank you so much for all of your excellent image and clothing blog posts!

All the best,

April Braswell - Online Dating Coach, Romance Coach

Sabrina Peterson said...

I gravitate toward clothes that are classic with a little "wow" factor. Like a little black dress with a contrasting trim at the bodice.

Also...tops that are long enough to cover my stomach and pants that hug my ass.

But I spend most of my time in black workout pants, a t-shirt, running shoes and a black adidas jacket.