In this series of posts, I am working through 12 steps I created to help refresh my wardrobe for fall. If you would like to follow join me in the challenge, you can find all the steps here.
What do you need? Make a list of things that you need for fall. I’m sure we can all think of a zillion things we want, but what are the essentials you must buy for your wardrobe to function for the season. Make a Polyvore of these essential items.
If you are serious about putting together a wardrobe that works, it is imperative that you create a list. Actually, you should create 2 lists but we will focus on this one for now. Your first list should include your basics. These are the basic, standard issue items you need for every day use. Your essential shopping list will be determined by the demands of your lifestyle. If you work in a corporate environment, you may need a new suit. If you work with children, stretchy jeans might be a priority. Think about the missing pieces. When I reviewed my own wardrobe in step 3 , I realized I need jeans and trousers. I have several great shirts, jackets and sweaters but no pants to wear them with! Since the weather is cooling down, I also need wool tights to wear with skirts and dresses. Most of the pieces are not big ticket items; I need a selection of t-shirts and a simple tank dress for layering. You can find these items at any price range.
Since the weather has taken a turn for the rainy and cold, I am desperate for a coat and boots. If you are going to invest in anything, these are the items to splurge on. I would suggest sticking to classic and versatile styles, you can pick the crazy and wild stuff after you have a solid base to work from. I used to turn my nose up at basics, because they don’t have pizzaz (yup, I said pizzaz). Truth is, a closet full of pizzaz can be hard to navigate. You often end up with a bunch of stunning pieces that don’t work together.
I put together a collage on Polyvore to help illustrate my list. Now, when I go shopping I can just refer to this visual for a reminder. That will keep me from wandering aimlessly around the mall spending money on things I don’t need. I’m not going to buy the exact items pictured. These are just suggested styles, the actually purchase may very once I start trying things on. Once I complete my shopping (step 12), I’ll be sure to come back and share my haul so we can compare it to this list.