Do You Have Enough Clothes?

By on March 16, 2012

Wow! That’s a loaded question, isn’t it?  While most women will say, “Yes, I have lots of clothes and I still have nothing to wear”, others will answer, “No, I don’t because nothing I have matches”. You know you have enough clothes (and that doesn’t mean you don’t want more) when you can get dressed easily every morning and you have something to wear for every occasion. Let’s talk about what to do if you don’t have the perfect wardrobe.

To start, list all of the occasions that you need an outfit. Sometimes those occasions will only happen once a year and sometimes monthly. Most women spend their money on clothes they wear most often (usually work clothes) and have very little for leisure or special events. What occasions do you dress for weekly- work, fitness, school, etc? What type of occasions do you dress for monthly – meetings, movies, plays, etc? What do you dress for yearly –holiday parties, cocktail parties, vacations, etc? Make the list.

The next step is to take a look in your closet and choose outfits you have for each of these occasions. If for example, if you find when going through your closet that you have a lot of outfits for dressy occasions and you only attend them yearly but you have very few casual outfits and you need more, you will know to buy more casual outfits and less dressy. Knowing where to focus your shopping will help fill out your wardrobe and make it more functional.

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Get organized by putting outfits together. Maybe you can wear the white blouse you have for work with your jeans; or you can wear a black camisole that you usually wear under a jacket with a denim jacket and black jeans.

Now that you have identified the new pieces you need to expand your wardrobe it’s time to head to the stores. It’s also a good idea to buy accessories to match your new outfits. Make sure you have filled all the gaps and your wardrobe has the most outfits for occasions you attend regularly. Also, have at least one outfit for those events that pop up when you’re not expecting them (parties, funerals, swimming, or a date).

When you have your shopping completed and you feel you have something to wear for all occasions – something you love – relax and praise yourself for a job well done. If, all of this seems just too overwhelming I can help you; in person if you are local, and virtually if you are at a distance. Just fill in the Need Help? form and we can set up something that works for you.


Originally posted on Women In Style.

About Shelia Dicks

Sheila is a style and dating coach, the founder of the Fashion Experts Network – an association that helps image professionals build and promote their businesses – and a member of AICI. Sheila is committed to providing men and women with the opportunity to create a winning image, gain more self- confidence and reach their personal and business goals. Sheila began her image career over twenty-five years ago and has training in fashion, beauty and dressmaking. Her curiosity of ‘why people behave the way they do’ and her keen interest in self development stimulated many years of study and lead her to life coaching. She has helped hundreds of men and women transform their wardrobe, their lives and their self-esteem. Her quotes and articles have appeared in Complete Well Being, Home life, The Chronicle Herald, Quilter’s Home Magazine, AOL, The National Enquirer, Family Journal, The Fresno Bee and Fashion Merchandiser e-guide. She is co-author of 101 Great Ways to Improve Your Life and My Style, My Way.


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Do You Have Enough Clothes?