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Approaching Wardrobe Planning - in theory
maybe putting into praxis for a Spring SWAP?
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Date: 1/16/06 5:14 AM

SO like every year/season I want to try updating my wardrobe.
I've researched a bit and there are many different approaches to wardrobe planning... but here is one I sort of see the point in.
I don't know where (if any) this will take me, but I thought I would share my thoughts and progress (or lack of same) and see if I could get something to work. And I would love to "think-along" with someone, so please join in!!!

My main problem is that I have way too much relaxed clothes, and need more dressy clothes. Also I'm only 30 and don't want my dressy clothes to be too boring, so I also need to figure out what styles I like and how to make the clothes fun (I'm warming up to the idea of learning to use belts to spice things up).

I think this theory is more meant for "real" grown ups (who is that?) But maybe we can use some of the ideas anyway...

Here we go:

This system work with 4 combination-groups = combi groups. Inside each group, every piece should coordinate – all bottoms with all tops, all jackets/cardigans with all the rest. Depending on your lifestyle, you figure out how big you need each group to be.

The four combi groups are:

Combi 1: professional attire. For important meetings or formal events. If you have to wear suits at work. In this group is:
- 1 skirt (presentable)
- 2 jackets/cardigans
- 1 pair of pants (dressy)
- 2 blouses or shells
- 1 dress (a two-piece would be great)

Combi 2: Nice clothes. A little dressy without being too formal. For teaching or for wearing at the office. In this group is:
- 1 comfortable skirt
- 2 pair of pants (dress pants)
- 2 jackets/cardigans
- 3 blouses/shirts


Combi 3: Party clothes. Clothes to wear going out for dinner and parties. In this group is:
- 1 long skirt
- 1 jacket
- 1 pair of party pants
- 1 top
- 1 shirt or blouse, made of lace or something festive
- 1 nice short dress (cocktaildress)
- 1 long dress

Combi 4: Relaxation. What you wear at home, in the garden and at week-ends and sports. In this group is:
- 1 comfortable skirt
- 2 shirts
- 1 pair of pants (could be jeans)
- 1 pair of shorts or short comfortable skirt (for summer in the garden)
- 1 set of loungewear
- clothes for your sport




Now the point is that depending on what you do in your everyday life, you need clothes from different combination groups.

They list this:

If your “keywords” are: management/authority you need:
- 2 sets from combi 1 (use two coordinating base colours, as a starting point)
- 2 sets from combi 2 (use two other base colours, that can be combined)
- 1 set from combi 3 (elegant colour)
- 1 set from combi 4 (use enhancement colour)

If your keywords are presentable/authority you need:
- 1 set from combi 1 (use 1 base colour as starting point)
- 3 sets from combi 2 (use 2 coordinating base colours as a starting point)
- 1 set from combi 3 (elegant colour)
- 1 set from combi 4 (use enhancement colour)

If your keywords are: caring/relaxed you need:
- 1 set from combi 1 (use 1 base colour as starting point)
- 1 set from combi 2 (use 2 coordinating base colours as a starting point)
- 1 set from combi 3 (elegant colour)
- 2 sets from combi 4 (use enhancement colour)

Remember – each combigroup need to coordinate (be a capsule on it’s own). The base colours are for pants and jackets, and then you can use coordinating – but more fun and outstanding colours or prints for tops, and occasionally for skirts.
Besides this you also need accessories (shoes, belts, bags etc) and outerwear to each combigroup. And underwear, off course.

Now I find this to be a little too little. In my everyday life I wouldn’t wear suits or going out clothes, so that would leave me with 4 sets to wear again and again – that would make me bored, even considering that I could interchange between the outfits. And wear different blouses. Even though we do laundry several times each week, it would be difficult to have enough clean clothes, I think. But that could be easily adjusted by adding more blouses/shirts/shells.

Basicly I think I would tweak the system a little. My lifestyle keywords are the somewhat opposite: caring/relaxed/authority. My wardrobe is currently too relaxed, and I need it to be a little more “presentable” without being to boring. I want some trendyness, you guys, but have no idea how to get that into the preppy style, so I will have to think about that (if you have ideas – please share!).

Anyway. I’m not done with this yet, but I think maybe I need
- 0 sets from combi 1 (or maybe one very neutral in colour to mix with the rest)
- 3 sets from combi 2
- 2 sets from combi 3 (one for family events, one for clubbing)
- 3 sets from combi 4 (loungewear, jeans and jeans :-) )

of course I also think that if I use neutral base colours (doesn’t that sound boring to you?) in combi 2, then I can trend them up a little with the t-shirts from combi 4…


What do you think of this?

First step is off course to establish what I need. Then clean out the closet and see what I already have that can fall into the groups...

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Date: 1/16/06 5:21 AM

ohmygosh, you have solved my dilemmas. Last night I was trying to figure out how to plan an at work spring/summer wardrobe. I am in a management position, and well, my clothes need to be dressier at the office (I formerly worked offsite, but now have joined the mother ship and supervise 10 people).

I want to do the SWAP, but don't want to spend a small fortune all at once. Using this plan, I can purchase enough fabric for one capsule at a time, and eventually get to the wardrobe phase.

I also need to pull the junk out of my closet -- I've thought of forcing myself to donate two seldom worn articles of clothing for every one that I decide to make.

thanks for such a helpful post!

Carolyn
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Date: 1/16/06 6:53 AM

I just printed off your wardrobe plan. What a great idea. Since the SWAPs have started on sewing world, I have thought about my mismatched wardrobe. This plan will help me weed out my closet and make a real plan for putting clothes back into it. Thank you
Anne

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Date: 1/16/06 7:04 AM

This is fantastic. I need the evening one.

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Date: 1/16/06 8:53 AM

That actually sounds workable! Thanks Maria
...and Redhead - I want the life that needs a formal one!!!!!!

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Date: 1/16/06 9:31 AM

Dragonlady, I'm with you on the life I 'want'! Love dressy clothes and truly have more than I will use. Back to the plan: Maria, an interesting way to organize wardrobe planning! Thanks for posting it!

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Date: 1/16/06 10:58 AM

I love this-thanks so much. I did a huge closet clean out New Years Day and now I have a plan!

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Date: 1/16/06 11:36 AM

Hey Maria. When I first read your post, I thought that maybe you were going just a Liiiittttllle overboard with all the combi groups etc. But I read and re-read your post and the idea is really growing on me.

I am a semi-professional, that means that I would probably need two sets of combi 2 (nice clothes), one set of combi 3 for dress-up and two for my casual life-style to run the kids around, grocery shop and go to practices and games.

I am going to copy your post into a word doc and look seriously into working this plan. Thanks for sharing this!

You are still so young; there are many fun and trendy styles that you would look great in!

Happy sewing!
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Date: 1/16/06 12:06 PM

I'm going the opposite direction. I used to work in a professional environment and now am a SAHM. A lot of my clothes are too dressy for crawling in the floor and chasing my daughter. This is much more workable than the standard SWAP because it gives more choices! I'm working on a duct tape double and when she is finished I plan on starting my 2006 wardrobe. This year I'm only keeping clothes that make me look/feel good. NO MORE FRUMP!

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Date: 1/16/06 2:30 PM

Deb - I need to clarify that I did not make this list. It's from some kind of system out there, and if anybody recognises it, please tell us where it's from..

I thought it was a little over the top, too. But it is the only one of those I've read through that made some sense to me. Thje others were clearly made for women who needed to wear suits to work - and it seemed like it would be too much work to figure out how to make them fit a lifestyle different from that. This one takes into consideration that we all need different thing.. that's why I chose to work from this starting point.

Still, I have a lot of tweaking to do.
And I still need some inspiration as to how dressy clothes (where my adult students will take me seriously) still can be trendy and young looking... And that can also be used in my second job where I work with refugee children...

Any ideas, anyone?

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