Last week, we focused on returning order and function to our closets. This week, let’s tackle making sure that we have the needed and wanted garments in that lovely space. In order to do this, ask yourself these two questions below.

  1. What are the various types of places that I go, e.g. work, the gym, church, dining, shopping, etc.?
  2. What are the types of garments I need as basics?

List these items on a sheet of paper as demonstrated below.

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Closet Files Basics Chart

The items on this list, will get you off to a good start with the basics. Some of the items can be worn in other categories, such as business attire that can be worn to church. There might even be some garments that you do not need depending on your line of work, adjust the list as needed. Items where a particular color is not indicated, consider pastels in spring, warm colors in summer, and deeper colors in fall and winter. Further, include variations in texture even with the solids, such as lace, cotton weaves, damask, and silk. After you have collected the basics, continue to build by adding more solids, patterns, and various colors. The golden rule in building your wardrobe is that fit comes first. No matter how expensive, trendy, or beautiful the garment, if it does not flatter your figure, it is a wasted investment.

The list of basics above does not address accessories, such as scarves, handbags, or jewelry, and outerwear. In the weeks to come, I will cover these other items. A beautiful wardrobe is developed over time with perpetual manicuring to ensure that items are timely classics that enhance your beauty and not detract from it. Enjoy your shopping and keep it Marvalous!

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