Welcome Wednesday: Creating Your Core Wardrobe to Save Time & Money

by Donna Gamache

What is it? A core wardrobe consists of basic pieces in your closet that can be used together in a number of ways to create lots of outfits.  These are your core investment pieces that you can wear for years.  Think of this as the backbone or skeleton of your closet.  Building a core wardrobe will save you time and money.  Time in that you will be able to dress quicker and with less stress.  Money in that you will only add a few seasonal pieces and avoid shopping for pieces you don’t need in your closet.  Here are some simple steps to help you create a core wardrobe.  These are basic guidelines for you to follow but keep in mind that your style should be reflected in your wardrobe…it should be a true reflection of YOU and your personal style.

1. Choose neutral colors (black, gray, white, cream, navy)

  • Work with around 3 colors (keep in mind these should work in all seasons)
  • Neutral colors may seem boring but they are key to your core wardrobe
  • Add tops and accessories in colors that enhance your skin tones and match your style

2. Have pieces that are in your primary style

  • Refer to your personal style guide for suggestions
  • Check your closet first…you probably have some of these pieces already

3. Make sure the pieces fit your body shape

  • Refer to your personal style guide for suggestions
  • Remember to fit both your horizontal and vertical shape

4. Purchase good quality core pieces

  • Invest in pieces that are timeless
  • Invest in good quality fabric and construction
  • Make sure pieces are the same in texture and material

5. Find a good tailor

  • Fit is critical to your key wardrobe
    • Remember, you can find an inexpensive jacket and have it tailored to your body and it will look expensive

Whatever you choose for your core wardrobe, be sure it fits your personal style and shape. Living your style from the inside out created an authentic YOU and there is nothing more magnetic than that.

For more information and to get your free e-course, “7 Ways to Feel Even More Confident in Your Appearance”, visit www.DonnaGamache.com.

Donna Gamache, speaker, author and image strategist works with clients to help them create a Powerful Presence.  Donna combines her personal experiences as an image consultant, boutique owner, representative for 2 designer lines of clothing and the work she has done with executive men and women to help entrepreneurs and professionals define their personal style so they are authentic and magnetic to prospects and clients.  She has 2 published books and hosts the monthly Gamache Panache radio show

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