I have some lovely clothes in my wardrobe, but every so often I need some outfit inspo because I’ll look in my wardrobe and think, “Crikey, I have absolutely nothing to wear!”
Of course I have something to wear. I have beautiful things to wear.
What’s really happening of course is that I’m being disingenuous and in my mind I have certain expectations about clothes and how they’ve performed in other situations.
Here are some of the things that go through my head.
Skinny jeans – okay, but not for today because I’ll be sitting down too long. They were too blimmin’ tight for a long lunch last week!
Baggy harem pants – okay, but not the look I want today. I wore them to the beach on Sunday and they were good for that.
Ponte Pants – hmm, I love my ponte pants – but, oh darn, the top I like wearing with them is in the wash.
Dress – too cold, and I’ll have to wear tights because it’s autumn. What a bother. Plus, I’ll have to wear shoes with some sort of heel if I wear that dress and today I want to wear flats.
Old jeans – yes, that’s what I want to put on, but they have gone a bit baggy and raggedy and don’t look so great on anymore.
Waaah, I have absolutely nothing to wear!
I should stop the drunk monkeys and just pick something. Focus on clothes in my wardrobe that have worked well together before for a similar event or outing, and wear exactly that.
So what to do?
Organise my closet, that’s what 😉
Ways to Organise your Closet
You may already have savvy ways to organise your closet, and if you do, please drop your tips in the comments section below.
My suggestions are …
Keep photos of the outfits that work for you. When you’re all set and ready to go out ask your husband or a friend to take a snap of your full ensemble, handbag and all, and either keep this handy in an ‘outfits’ file on your computer, or print out the photo and stick it to the back of your closet door. This way you’ll always remember what goes well with what.
Another handy trick for future outfit inspo is to hang your clothes in the closet as complete outfits rather than as separates.
(Although if you’re like me you’ll take the cardigan, jacket, pants or whatever garment goes with exactly whatever other outift, and wear them with something totally different in an effort to create a new look – and then forget to put them back with the outfit they went with in the first place.)
Note to self: Put the garment back with the outfit it matches, don’t just hang it hurriedly anywhere in the closet.
Also try to stick to a tight colour range – if you’re like me and a bit of a tropical bird at heart contain yourself to the occasional parrot bright garment or show pony fashion piece. The bulk of your wardrobe is best kept as basics and block neutrals which go well together.
Outfit Inspo and separates I’m loving this Autumn
Below (and above) I’m wearing mix ‘n match separates by Portobello, gifted from Vivid International with black LAURA ankle boots by FRANKiE4 – Comfortable and stylish. They go with a multitude of Autumn outfits.
The black harem pants are super comfy, great for travelling and lounging. With them I’m wearing a tight fitting vest also in black with a flattering neckline, plus a lovely olive green cardigan with pretty detail on the sleeves, and a waterfall effect at the front – hint if you have green eyes, this colour will really make them pop.
The beauty of a waterfall cardigan is that it hides all manner of sins going on around your tummy and crutch 😉
If you stick to block colours and neutrals in your closet you’ll find more mix ‘n match styles to wear – like this ivory coloured jacket from Marks and Spencers which was lounging at the back of my closet doing nothing. It gives the pants and vest a more formal, tailored look.
Or how about a red cardigan for a pop of colour on a dull day. Suddenly the ensemble looks different again.
Here’s the trick though … when you have a fashion item like the knitted stole below, keep it in your wardrobe alongside the clothes and colours it goes well with (not randomly on it’s own) because trust me, you’ll forget what to wear it with.
One member of my family was ingracious and commented that they thought I’d wrapped myself in a dish cloth – another (ahem, more fashionable) member said it looked different and stylish.
I think it would look even better over a black blouse or long sleeved T – aha, now that reminds me!
Anyhoo – What do you think?
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