How big should your wardrobe be?

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Wants a precise collection of bits so that she can

Figure out what she has, determine what she

Needs, tick off the list, rather than worry about

When I tell her that no such list exists, she

Gets annoyed – as if I’m trying to be coy or’m

withholding vital information for no other reason

than to torment her. Truthfully, I’m not.

The Fact is that everyone’s needs are

different. Heck, your needs today are

Years ago, and what they’ll be ten years from

now. Lifestyles change.


Rather than asking yourself:”What should be in my

wardrobe?” Perhaps the more appropriate question

Is,”Can I go everywhere I need to go with what is

For most women, the answer is,”No.”

Most tend to invest the bulk of their clothing

Allowance on their job wardrobes and look

Many women who work at

Home or remain at home often short-change their

Own wardrobes and spend the money on their children

Or in other places instead. When either group is

Faced with a new situation like traveling, a special

Function, or even a dramatic weather change, they are

totally unprepared. That’s when they go looking

For a list so that they won’t be caught short again.

So how do you create your own list?

By taking a few minutes to jot down your needs

Then compare that list to what’s in your


away. Here’s how:

1. Write It Down

Jot down a basic list of actions you do in an

You might also

include occasional activities.

Here’s an example:





Take children to their activities


Eat out


Volunteer at library

Association meeting

Host dinner party

Luncheon with friends

Proceed to the movies


Association Conference

Cross-country excursion to in-laws’ house

Beach vacation

Ski vacation

Occasional Activities


Going to the ballet or opera

Weddings, graduations, funerals

Seasonal stuff like swimming, hay rides,

2. Check Your Closet

With list in hand, go flip through your closet

And compare your typical activities to the


Odds Are,

They’re somewhere in between.

3. Identify the Holes

Hard-pressed to come up with something decent to

Wear from what is in your closet right now. Is it

your casual wardrobe? The evenings out? The


See any holes?

4. Brainstorm Mix and Match Possibilities

Before you visit the mall or start clicking

Away online, decide which pieces you have that

Could work for multiple activities. Could you

Pair some of your apparel work pants with a casual

Top for a great weekend look? Could you wear a

snazzy evening outfit? Could that dark suit also

work well at a funeral? Can you pair one of

Great fall weekend ensemble?

Up with, put it in a little clothing reference

Notebook, and keep that laptop in your closet

Or some other handy place for easy reference.

5. Confirm Your List

Now you should have an idea of what you REALLY

Need to fill out your wardrobe. Start with the

Items that will have the biggest effect FIRST

(weekend wear if you have no casual clothes, a

Winter coat if you have none), and then proceed

To the other items as your budget permits. Before

You know it, you’ll have everything you want to

Building a functional wardrobe takes a little

your needs change. Whether you’re in school, in

A demanding career, staying in the home, or enjoying

Your retirement, you will need to build the wardrobe

You need to go. There’s no magic”one-size-fits

-all” list. You alone can accurately determine

Your requirements, so take a little time to see what you

To Point B in the most cost-effective manner

possible. Remember: you do not need to have a

Lot to LOOK like you have a lot. You just need

The ideal pieces to get the work done.

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