The power of the wardrobe plan

Recently a local upscale boutique had a going out of business sale with 80% off their prices. I bought the following:
- Black boyfriend blazer
- Pink silk shirt dress
- White denim shorts
- Green skinny belt

My purchases totaled $119.00, but I saved $483.00.

If I didn't have my wardrobe plan then how could I be sure that I was getting a good deal? It's only a good deal if it's something you needed, otherwise it's more stuff, filler and clutter in your closet.

Your wardrobe plan doesn't have to be rigid rules regarding dos and don'ts of shopping, but it's more of a guide and clothing template of your closet. Having a plan in place creates opportunities for the right purchases in the right style and the right color for you. Each item I purchased was listed in my own wardrobe plan down to the exact color.

How to construct your plan:
1. Take some time to browse in your closet. I like to think of it as window shopping. Stop and admire the lovely things that you own and wear.

2. Do you have the items you need for weddings, baby showers, date nights...?

3. Check to see if you are duplicating items or wearing too much of one color. For example, do you have 5 pairs of black pants in your closet? If so, don't add another pair to the list. Does everything in your closet fall in the neutral color category (white, cream, beige, taupe, brown, navy & black)? Then make sure that the items you add to your plan are colorful and will flatter your skin tone.

4. Check for variations of pattern and texture. Are all your blouses solids? If so, make sure to add some patterns or stripes to your plan.

5. Be aware of the things that you don't need. Humans are creatures of habit. Our shopping patterns are just that: patterns. We tend to buy the same things over and over. That's why having a wardrobe plan is so helpful. It breaks us out of that rut so that we don't end up with a wardrobe of cream blouses when cream isn't even your color!

6. Assess your needs & write them down = wardrobe plan

It's that simple. Thinking ahead will allow you take advantage of bargain prices without regrets.

Decide ahead of time your needs and wants making allowances when needed and avoid the stress of impulse purchases for the event that you knew was coming.