How much clothes do you actually need?

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Every now and again, I get a client who wants to

Know exactly what, exactly, should be in her cupboard. She

Wants a precise collection of pieces so that she can

Figure out what she’s, determine what she

Needs, tick off the list, and never worry about

Gets annoyed – like I am trying to be coy or’m

than to torment her. Truthfully, I’m not.

The reality is that everybody’s needs are

different. Heck, your own needs today are

Probably very different from what they were ten

Years ago, and what they’ll be ten years from

now. Lifestyles change.


Rather than asking yourself:”What should be in my


Is,”Can I go everywhere I want to go with what is

For most women, the answer is,”No.”

Most tend to spend the bulk of their clothes

Allowance on their job wardrobes and then look

rag-tag during off hours.

Home or stay at home often short-change their

Own wardrobes and spend the money on their children

Or in other areas instead. When either group is

Faced with a new situation like traveling, a special

Function, or even a dramatic weather change, they are

totally unprepared. That’s when they go looking

For a list so they won’t be caught short again.

So how can you create your own list?

By taking a few minutes to jot down your Requirements

Then compare that list to what’s in your

closet. You’ll find those gaping”holes” right


1. Write It Down

Jot down a basic list of actions you do in an

Typical week, month, and year. You might also

Here’s an example:





Take children to their activities


Eat out


Volunteer at library

Association meeting

Host dinner party

Luncheon with friends

Go to the movies


Association Conference

Cross-country excursion to in-laws’ house

Beach vacation

Ski vacation

Summer stock theatre tickets

Occasional Activities


Going to the ballet or opera

Weddings, graduations, funerals

Seasonal stuff like swimming, hay rides,

2. Check Your Closet

And compare your typical actions to the

Do they match? Or

are they way out of balance? Odds Are,

They are somewhere in between.

3. Identify the Holes

Hard-pressed to think of something decent to

Wear from what is in your cupboard right now. Is it

The evenings out? The

funerals? How about your outerwear wardrobe?

4. Brainstorm Mix and Match Possibilities

Before you head to the mall or start clicking

Away online, determine which portions you have that

Could work for numerous activities. Could you

Pair some of your dress work pants with a casual

Top for a great weekend look? Could you wear a

Could that dark suit also

work well at a funeral? Could you pair one of

Great fall weekend ensemble?

Write down (or snap a photo of) anything you come

Notebook, and keep that laptop in your closet

Or some other handy place for easy reference.

5. Confirm Your List

Now you should have an idea of what you REALLY

Need to fill out your wardrobe. Start with the

Items that will have the biggest impact FIRST

(weekend wear if you have no casual clothes, a

Winter coat if you have none), and then proceed

To the other things as your budget permits. Before

You know it, you’ll have all you want to

Building a functional wardrobe takes a little

Whether you are in school, in

A demanding career, staying at home, or enjoying

Your retirement, you need to build the wardrobe

That’s right for YOU, that will take you wherever

You will need to go. There is no magic”one-size-fits

You alone can accurately determine

Your needs, so take a little time to determine what you

Have, what you need, and how to get from Point A

To Point B in the most cost-effective manner

possible. Remember: you don’t need to have a

Lot to LOOK like you’ve got a lot. You just need

The ideal pieces to get the job done.

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