You don’t have to have an endless wardrobe (or bank account) to have plenty of outfit options… you just have to know how to make the most of your wardrobe.
I follow a simple process to make sure I’m maximizing every item I have and so that I know what items I should buy to give me even more options.
This process also makes it really simple to plan outfits for the week or to pack for a trip away with as few items as possible (you know, so you have more space in the suitcase for holiday shopping!).
Here is how to Make the most of the wardrobe you already have (and keep track of your amazing outfits):
Start by choosing an item that you want to base a set of outfits around. In this case I’ve chosen a blue sheath dress. I like to lay it out on the bed for a nice clean working space.
2. Gather together all your accessories and find the ones that match.
I break this down into categories. So ill get out all my jewellery and place each piece next to my key item to see if there is a possibility of it working.
When something works I move on to building the rest of the outfit until I have a whole outfit laid out. It started with the key piece, then I chose a piece from my “focus” category, in this case it was accessories and then built the rest of the outfit from those foundations.
Now snap a pic of the outfit all laid out for later reference or for when you exclaim “I have nothing to wear”.
Now repeat this process until you have found every possible outfit combination.
The next category I normally work with is shoes, So i’ll chose a shoe that matches my key item and then build the outfit from there. I find when I go through each category like this I end up finding combinaions that I would of never though of before.
What about outfits that have potential but are missing something?
One of my favourite parts about this exercise is that I find outfits that would be great if I just had something to pull it all together, like in this case I think a yellow pair of shoes and a black blazer would add at least 4 outfit options to this dress. Now when I see that really sweet sale I know exactly what to look for instead of buying something that goes with nothing in my wardrobe and never gets worn.
Sometime I’ll snap a pic of these incomplete outfits to make shopping for the finishing touches that little bit easier.
Now that you have photos of your outfit options you can simply scroll through your photos to decide what you want to wear. Or make packing easier by seeing what items in your wardrobe are the most versatile so that you create a capsule travel wardrobe, saving space for bringing back stuff from your travels.