Make your closet work for you.
By Rita Adaba
The art of being well put together sharply dressed starts from the ability to understand your body and what you may adorn it with to accentuate the best parts of it whilst playing down what you may deem not so perfect; let’s face it, no one body is perfect but all bodies are masterpieces and are beautiful and can look even more beautiful in clothes if the effort is made to match the body with the right clothes.
You must ensure that what makes up your “arsenal” of clothing and accessories include classic pieces that are forever in and can serve as redeemer for those few times you may desperately need something to wear for that impromptu outing. Minimalist is in the now, in other words, “less is more” is very in and quite frankly, you can never go wrong with that as a rule of thumb in your effort to look like the siren that you almost always want to be at all times.
Fabric and Cut
It is important that you pay attention to fabric and cut for the ultimate impact, ensuing sophistication. Price is not a deciding factor but you may always find that the more you pay, the better the style and cut of the outfit. The beauty of a free market is that you can bargain hunt as long as you know the house that cuts to fit your form. Identifying this can take a lot of time, trial and error but will be well worth it, as you may not need to go through the process for future purchases.
Classic pieces such as a nicely cut blazer or jacket, a nicely cut pair of trousers, a “smoking” blouse or shirt or t-shirt to go with it. The perfect skirt to your taste (long, short, mid-length) and in the right colours to complement your skin tone and perhaps the season, for example, pale colours in the spring or summer may add an element of glamour and freshness to your ensemble.
Making sure you have very good pieces in the classical colours; black, navy blue, red, white, brown, tan and perhaps colours like dark green, yellow and so on will go a long way to set a solid foundation to build on with other fashionable pieces.
Care in picking your accessories particularly shoes, bags and belts are vital to your general appearance. You can never go wrong with a nice pair of leather shoes, bags and belts. Pure leather is never out of fashion, regardless of style. Investing in a few good pieces will serve you better than stocking up on the season’s latest which may in some cases have no real impact on your collection once the fad is done with.
Clear out the Clutter
For a fresh start, get rid of all that you consider clutter in your closet. To qualify an item as clutter, experts suggest that any item of clothing or accessory that has not seen the light of day in 6 months to 1 year must go. Also, that item that you have being hoping to shrink into for the past few months, has to go. The worn jacket, with thread hanging, seams bursting, buttons “AWOL” must be discarded, if you have failed to mend it over a long period of time.
Getting rid of the undesirables or dormant pieces in your closet will reduce clutter and give room for fresh stock, not forgetting the joy of being able to see clearly when you need access to your closet. It may also serve as an opportunity to bless other people that may have use for them by donating them to your local charity or perhaps a friend in need…