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Do you have nothing to wear? Building a Versatile Wardrobe

A versatile wardrobeThere’s nothing more frustrating than having a wardrobe full of clothes but nothing to wear. Maximize your wardrobe’s potential by shopping smart, establishing a clothing budget and using accessories to spice up bland outfits. Here are a few more tips to try.

Perform a wardrobe sweep. Go through every piece of clothing you own and eliminate anything that doesn’t fit, is worn or tore or that you no longer like. Put it all into a box and throw away the rags while giving the nicer items to charity.

Define your personal look. Are you a “classic” type of girl or more “chic”? Knowing your personal style can save you both time and money.

Establish a clothing budget. Put away a little bit of money each month to put towards a new wardrobe. Remember that it’s better to spend a little extra on the items you wear the most, such as jackets and shoes.

Skip impulse purchases. Don’t get tempted by those 2-for-1 sales or the clearance rack at your favorite store. Save your money to buy a more thought-out ensemble.

Focus on size and shape. Don’t buy a garment with the hopes you’ll fit into it after you lose weight. Buy for your current size and factor in your body shape. Unless you plan to get the garment altered, take a pass and find something more suited for you.

Incorporate the Essentials. Every woman should have a wardrobe that includes neutral colors, such as black, white and navy, to use mixed-and-matched with various outfits. Opt for solids over prints as these can be dressed up or down for the occasion.

Creating Your Own Wardrobe Clusters

Wardrobe Capsules



Building your own clothing clusters or “capsules” is the ideal way to create a versatile wardrobe, complete with “ready to go” outfits. What exactly does a clothing cluster contain? In general, each cluster should be a versatile mix and match of 5 to 12 pieces, including jackets, skirts, blouses, pants, footwear and accessories that harmonize effortlessly.


These wardrobe capsules should act as your primary stop before making any impulse purchases that you may not need.

Why Cluster?

The reason is simple – to save you money, time and headaches. Why go out and waste money when you may have a plethora of garments at home just waiting to be combined with one another.

Many women are unaware of all the outfit possibilities that their current wardrobe offers.

For this reason, it’s best to try and create clusters within your own closet before buying more unmatchable garments from the store. Explore your wardrobe to determine the wearability of each item, while eliminating anything you can’t use.

Cluster for Ease

When you create your wardrobe clusters, consider your lifestyle and what type of ensembles you tend to sport on a daily basis. Business-savvy women may desire a series of work garment clusters with a separate cluster for weekend-wear. Wardrobe clusters can be created for nearly any occasion, including date night, beachwear, cocktail hour or workouts. This idea is to make the group of items within each cluster mix and match.

Use your new-found cluster creating skills as your foundation for an organized and versatile wardrobe. With the help of clothing clusters, you can make better purchasing decisions, reduce dressing stress and always have something stylish to wear.

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