Wardrobe Consulting Tips | How To Create Outfits As a Wardrobe and Image Consultant I share tips for how to expand your wardrobe by creating “new” outfits from the same basic pieces. Wardrobe Consulting Tip #1: Just because you bought a suit doesn’t mean that you always have to wear the top and bottom together. You can wear them as separates and mix them with other pieces. By doing this you can make a business or dressy outfit more casual and therefore, get more wear out of it. Wardrobe Consulting Tip #2: Wear a jean jacket with a dress or skirt to transform the entire outfit and give it a more casual look. Add a suit jacket or silk blouse to a dress jean and you are date-ready! Be creative and mix fabrics, textures, and patterns. Wardrobe Consulting Tip #3: Mix neutrals! That’s right, go beyond black and white. For example, these combinations look fabulous: black with brown, navy with grey, grey with black. Some of these ideas may be radical for you but trust me, you will love the results simply by changing pieces and wearing different accessories. Let’s look at how I did this with a lovely red dress, for example. In a previous post I accessorized the same dress for an evening event. This time I want to show you how you can “casual-ize” it and wear it in a completely different way! Here’s my Wardrobe Consultant magic at work… Step 1: Your basic gorgeous dress. Step 2: Go casual with a black leather jacket. Step 3: Add a pair of great knee high boots. Step 4: Accessorize with an edgier look. Step 5: A tote bag finishes this evening to day look.
The 5 key elements you can use to learn how to create outfits: As a Wardrobe and Image Consultant with clients from San Diego to the east coast, I love to show women how to create outfits to expand their wardrobe, and update their look. You can do this with a “Shop In Your Closet” session or with a consultant in person. The holiday season will be here before you know it and in this post I’m going to show you how to easily create your outfit and look fabulous by using 5 key elements. (Look for the same dress and another version of an outfit in my next post.) Remember, that if you can’t hire an in-person consultant you can get help via phone, Skype and signing up to have me create your very own Pinterest boards! Organizing your clothing around these key elements makes dressing and creating your look so simple… Start with a basic dress – figure flattering, the way to use color is with something like this stunning red (keep everything else neutral), wear a comfortable length, make sure it’s easy to dress up or dress down (I call that “casual-izing”) Add a wrap – stay comfortable in all climates; can be worn around the neck when you want to be more hands-free Accessorize with a clutch – that’s fun, dressy, and has a shoulder strap option as well Wear a drop earring – that looks great with any length haircut and makes enough of a statement to add just enough jewelry and not too much (don’t compete with the dress) Beautiful shoe – comfortable height for standing all night Remember that less is more. The dress is the foundation of the outfit and the accessories complement without competing for attention.
As a Professional Organizer I often hear that the challenge is not getting organized, it’s how to stay organized! Since organizing is an ongoing process you want to accept that you will need to practice organizing behaviors, because creating the habit of organizing is how to stay organized. Organized individuals know how to stay organized by doing the following three things: They create systems and routines. They make time on a regular basis for implementing the routines and using the systems. They know that when they backslide, it is easier to get back to being organized because a system is already in place. Staying organized doesn’t mean that you have to adhere to a rigid system. Systems need to be designed to fit your life as it is, otherwise, you will not use them! Start with something tangible so that you will experience success and continue to make it a routine that keeps you organized and focused. Here are things to try: Time Management System: Schedule 15 minutes at the end of every work day to put papers and objects away and into their designated places. Paper Mail Management System: Open mail on a daily basis, avoid stacking. Recycle or shred unnecessary papers immediately. Keep the mail, not the envelopes or filler ads, in order to reduce clutter. Use a dated sorter to file items that are time sensitive like this bill sorter:
An organized closet space includes storing the items that may be needed without taking up extra space. Living in a place like San Diego attracts visitors and with the holidays approaching I want plenty of space for my guests. You don’t necessarily have to be a Professional Organizer to know that clearing the clutter and containing items will make any space look and function in a more organized way. You can do your own closet makeover simply by using the right organizing products. This standing hanger holder, for instance, is a great storage solution. The holder keeps loose hangers from getting tangled up or damaged. Here are some more professional organizing tips that you will find useful: Maximize your use of vertical space Add shelves for storing items that you don’t use often Keep a folding step stool in every closet to makes items accessible and easy to reach
As a Personal Organizer in San Diego I have some favorite products that I use and like to recommend to others. The first time I heard about packing cubes I wondered if they were necessary. I’m not only sold on how easy they make packing and unpacking, but I offer these amazing Organizing Products on my website for you, too. All organizing products are designed to make things more efficient and streamlined. This is especially important during the holidays when you have so many things to remember. Using the cubes for categories of items allows you check what you’ve packed with ease and without having to refold clothing. I love to use these packing cubes in different sizes and in a variety of ways. Here are some examples: Contain smaller items such as chargers and adapters Contain delicate items such as knitted and crocheted sweaters & scarves Pack by category such as swimwear, active wear, lingerie, socks Pack by outfit to include the top, bottom and accessories to go with the outfit Pack by climate if you are going to more than 1 destination The beauty of using these cubes when you travel is that you can organize your suitcase and eliminate clutter. Organized packing means that you can save time unpacking by keeping them intact when you arrive at your destination. Just place the packed cubes directly into the drawer or on the shelf and you will always know where to find what you need. ORGANIZING PRODUCTS TIPS: Buy 1 extra large size packing cube for laundry Buy smaller size packing cubes to use in your carry on bag
As a Personal Organizer and Time Management Coach I can tell you that your organizing and time management needs change with the seasons. It is getting dark earlier and soon the clocks will change. How does that impact you and your family, your schedules, and routines? Do you tend to feel more sluggish this time of year? Do you eat differently? Does your productivity seem to vary at home, school or work? This month I’m going to challenge you to take a proactive approach, practice self-care, and get organized in every aspect of your life! I am going to share my personal seasonal organizing and time management tips so that you can easily use them to help you feel less stressed during the Fall season and into the holidays. The first action I am asking you to take is to sign up for my San Diego Outside In Organizer and Makeover newsletter. Here are 3 reasons why you don’t want to miss out on receiving my monthly newsletter: Special offers and incentives Easy to implement organizing and time management strategies, checklists, and tools An invitation to my upcoming workshops This month look for my seasonal organizing tips and posts for your health, work, school, travel, guests, and holiday preparation!