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Wardrobe audit time…out with the old!

Posted in Dressing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2011 by Jeff Weigh

A happy New year to you all and welcome back to the Diva Dressing blog.

Seeing as a new year is a new start; it’s also a good time to have a look at that wardrobe of yours and start making some decisions!

Many of you will have been putting this off for some time and your wardrobe may well now be looking a little bit tired, worn and even messy to the eye.

It can be disheartening…

It can be confusing…

It can be that closing the door quickly so that stuff doesn’t fall out is a metaphor to how you are feeling and your emotions.

If you don’t look to closely at them and you shut the door hoping that they’ll just stay there out of sight and out of mind…great! However, one day the whole lot is going to fall out under the weight as the rail has broken.

All in all it can be really depressing! Does this ring any bells?

So it really can help your emotional state if that wardrobe is organized, neat and efficient.

How much time in the morning does it take you to find an outfit – too long?

Do you have a wardrobe stuffed of clothes but nothing to wear?

Well now is the time to address it! (Please note the play on words)

You will need

Bin bags, baskets, rails (available from Argos etc) a full length mirror and may be a good friend to help you. You can then do the same for her!

Here goes;

1. Decide what clothes you’re going to wear for the next couple of days and put them aside
2. Moving into the spare room may be helpful
3. Empty your wardrobe completely putting all trousers in one place, tops in another, jackets in another pile and so on
4. Clean all sections including the rails
5. Now start with the trousers – if you know they fit and they look great (probably only one pair if you’re like most people) then put them on a rail
6. Try all the other trousers on and ask yourself these questions

o Do they fit?
o Are they the right length?
o Do they match my body shape?
o Do I like them?
o Are they in good condition?

1. If you answer yes to all these – put them on the rail
2. If they don’t fit – put them in the charity box/bag (NO you won’t slim into them and if you ever do then you want the joy of buying yourself a new pair)
3. If they are tattered and torn – into the recycling box
4. If the trousers are too short for your leg length (see previous articles then nothing can be done – either make them cropped trousers for the summer or off to the charity shop!

7. After you’ve done the trousers do the same with skirts, dresses, Jackets and tops
8. Section all items into resale/Charity/Archive/Keep
9. Relocate archive items of sentimental value in either a separate wardrobe section or storage solution such as vacuum packed.
10. Be firm with yourself and don’t hang on to dated/tired items unless sentimental
11. Consider your lifestyle and tailor your wardrobe to it – remember you can mix and match items for work with casual items to add more variety to your wardrobe.
12. The most successful wardrobes are always those that have only limited numbers of items in them.
13. Re-hang garments in sections i.e. all jackets together, all shirts together.
14. Then colour coordinate your garments within the sections ( sounds a bit an.., but it does help)
15. If possible keep seasons separate and cover out of season garments to protect from dust.
16. Only have what you want to wear in your wardrobe this will make it much quicker and easier to get dressed and reduce repeat buying
17. As your going along make a list of items you have missing or items you need to complete an outfit.
18. Keep checking looks by trying on and experimenting putting different clothes together
19. Update classic pieces with accessories or a new pair of shoes (oh what fun!)
20. Replace basics such as vests, t-shirts, underwear and everyday shoes regularly
21. Line your drawers with scented drawer liners for fresh smelling clothes
22. Use drawer dividers to section underwear, tights ,belts, scarves and ties
23. Sit back and enjoy the look of your wardrobe, the ease in which you can get ready in the morning and the clarity and peace of mind that it gives.

All this work may sound daunting – but physically, mentally and financially you will really benefit from it.

If it’s all too much then don’t forget that I will come and help!!

Until next time…good luck with the clear out!

Bye

Sal x

Diva tricks of the trade…part 2

Posted in The body with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Welcome back to the Diva Dressing blog and many thanks to all my readers so far and for all your feedback.

Last time I left you with some quick and simple ways to find your body shape, so let’s begin this blog by looking at people with:-

Short Legs & a Long Torso

You have a choice when you have short legs to lengthen them in one of two ways;

First of all: you can lengthen them from the bottom and this can be done very easily with heels.
Please be aware that this will only work if the shoes are covered up. This also works if you are wearing flat shoes and your legs will look longer if you cannot see the shoes.

For this to be effective you will need to be wearing boot leg trousers, Kick flares or wide leg trousers; a couple of millimeters off the floor.

What do you do if…you sometimes wear high shoes and sometimes wear flat? The easiest option is to buy your trousers to match you shoe height!

With jeans – if you are fortunate enough to find a pair that fit you perfectly and you want to wear them for both casual day time in flat shoes and going out attire with heels, then the only option is to buy them in TWO lengths.  This will extend the life of your trousers and make you look far more elegant on both occasions.

TOP TIP
Trousers that fit you fantastically well from a cheaper shop e.g. Tesco, will look more expensive on you than an expensive pair that don’t fit you so well!!! They just won’t last as long, so it is worth looking everywhere for that perfect pair of Jeans.

Secondly: If extending your leg length from the bottom isn’t easy then you have to extend your leg length from the top.

This means wearing shorter jackets and tops and it’s a great effortless way to make your legs appear longer. Wear the same colour trouser and tee-shirt so you have block colour and then have a shorter jacket, cardie or crop top in a contrasting colour. This will give the eye the illusion of the legs being long and the body a lot shorter.

Extra trick: If neither of these work, then you have to give yourself some extra help with the use of verticals

1. Pin stripes on the trouser
2.Crease down the front

The more you do lengthen at the bottom, lengthen at the top and have verticals then the longer and more elegant your legs will look.

Remember: When it comes to short legs, horizontals are your enemy as they cut off and make things look shorter. No turn ups, no combat trousers as they have horizontals all the way down with zips and pockets, no checks or major patterns!

When you have a long torso this can make your bottom look very long and flat. To prevent this happening you have to use horizontals to our advantage. Whilst they cut off they can also give the appearance of making things seem smaller by breaking an area up. Pockets and waistband seams will all break that bottom area up. Remember to look at the rear view too!

With skirts life can be complicated. As a general rule, ladies with short legs should only wear two lengths;

1. Very long
2. Knee length and above

How short you go is dependent on how good your legs are.

Dresses on the whole should be kept knee and above!

Many celebrities have Short Legs & Long torso including;

Start using my ‘Diva tricks of the trade’ and I’ll be back soon with the 3rd and final installment.

Bye for now

Sal x

http://www.divadressing.co.uk

The Psychology of clothes

Posted in Body confidence, Dressing, Pyschology of dressing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2010 by Diva Dressing

Welcome to the Diva Dressing blog and wear (ha ha) shall I begin!

The earliest quote on clothing that I can find is from Epictetus (a philosopher) in the year 55. He said;

“Know first, who you are; then adorn yourself accordingly”

Discovering your body shape and then buying your clothes is, and always has been, how to do it.

Clothes are a major part of everybody’s life 7 days a week, so it’s no wonder that we spend a lot of money and time ‘trying’ to get it right.

You have so much to take into account when considering what to wear – what’s available, the climate, the suitability of your attire and what’s considered to be in fashion. Also your family upbringing and home life, your religion and even what sports you play; all contribute to your style of clothing.

On top of all that you have a personality that you want to show off through your clothes.

When you dress for that night out some of you are looking to blend in with the crowd whilst some of you want to stand out and be noticed.

I’m sure that a lot of you have worried about what everyone else is going to be wearing, and then spent all night comparing yourself to the other people there.

A lot of your worry will come from the subconscious knowledge that you’re being judged, like you judge others!

Let me share with you a short story

At a recent networking meeting there was a speaker talking about creativity. I had arrived late and missed the introductions.

When the speaker stood up to do his talk, I switched off. He was dressed in a  light grey pinstripe suit, with a  pale multi pin striped shirt, no tie, and brown loafers. Added to this, his hair needed a trim and was greying at the ends. He was also about 5’6” in height.

None of these things were bad on their own, but the overall look was insipid! He had come from the Corporate world and hadn’t left the suit behind.

He failed to press the right buttons with me because his look didn’t match what he was portraying – Creativity Speaker. As a none-judgemental person, he had to work harder because I didn’t believe in him from that first moment.

After 5 – 10 mins of speaking he had me totally enthralled and I learned loads; but that first impression is so important.

Some of you will wear a uniform or suit for work, which will remove the worry of what to wear (most of the time).

The panic can then ensue outside of work when you receive an invitation saying smart/casual. This is definitely a challenge as it’s so hard to define. I’m sure you’ve all gone to party feeling either over dressed or under-dressed.

As you know the process of  ‘dressing’ isn’t that easy or straight forward.

However, what if you could ‘turn it all on its head’ and say you can go out of the house always knowing that you look good?

Well, you can!

No matter what your body is like, you just need to ‘dress for your body’. Accept your body, warts and all – you all have parts of our bodies that you don’t like.

Part of you feeling good in your clothes is accepting your body. Dressing to make the most of all your ‘good parts‘;  and balancing out the ‘not so good parts’.

This will send your self-confidence soaring and then when you go out – you feel more confident and less inclined to compare yourself to others.

When you get it right the world opens up for you

If you’re looking for more reassurance then read on…

Marie Claire Carlyle http://www.marieclairecarlyle.com was a successful Feng Shui consultant and business coach when she came to me wanting to update her look (and subsequently, her wardrobe).

Marie Claire Carlyle had come from a corporate background and felt happy in a suit. She wanted a new look and ended up with one that aged her and didn’t do her justice. Her look was quite ‘hippy’ with long skirts and shapeless tops and long wild hair.

We reassessed her look and went for a much more girly fun look. The skirts became shorter – knee length instead of calf. The jackets and tops became more structured and tailored, and her hair became a short cheeky bob. She became more confident in herself as a result.

This has allowed her to grow, and now she is a publisher author http://www.moneymagnet.com/ and has recently been on stage as a speaker with Jeffrey Archer.

She’s also working towards raising 1 million pounds for a charity http://www.themonastery.co.uk/ having made some wonderful new contacts.

Back to what Epictetus said;

“Know first, who you are, then adorn yourself accordingly”

There will be more hints and tips to come over the coming weeks which will help you understand more about your body shape and how to dress more confidently

Bye for now

Sal x

http://divadressing.co.uk