How to Create a Versatile Wardrobe (Women)

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Steps

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    Choose garments that you will be sure to wear over the next three years.
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    Take time to make a list of what you would like to have in your wardrobe. List all possible combinations as well.
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    Select only two weeks worth of clothes. Having less to choose from will force you to be more creative.
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    Choose two or three basic colors. Fewer colors and designs will enable you to mix and match more quickly.
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    Choose shoes and boots that can be worn with any length skirt or pants.
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    Purchase loose-fitting and adjustable styles to accommodate changes in weight.
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    Choose pieces that are free flowing, such as a loose blouse or dress. A belt can be worn when desired.
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    Choose sleeveless styles to layer garments. A sleeveless blouse can be worn as a vest. A sleeveless sundress can be worn as a jumper.
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    Choose a vest that can be worn without a blouse.
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    Wear a blouse as a lightweight jacket.
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    Change the look of a blouse:
    • Tie a knot anywhere along the hemline.
    • Wear it loosely or tuck it in.
    • Button to the neckline or leave a few buttons undone.
    • Button the cuff or roll up the sleeves.
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    Layer summer clothes throughout colder weather. Layer two tops or two pairs of stockings.
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    Choose soft fabrics that can also be worn as pajamas.
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    Purchase a coat, instead of a jacket, for more warmth.
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    Layer clothes beneath a large coat for warmth.
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    Purchase a hooded coat to eliminate the need for an umbrella.
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    Think twice before parting with a garment - recycle fabrics for scarfs, mittens, hats, slippers, purses and other accessories.
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    Wear a scarf in your hair, around your neck or as a belt.
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    Purchase a garment thinking of how it can be altered in the future into another outfit.
    • Shorten the hemline of a skirt, pants or sleeve instead of making a new purchase.
    • Change a dress into a skirt with a drawstring or elastic adjustable waistline.
    • Cut off a turtleneck, fold the neckline over twice and stitch by hand for a scooped neckline.
    • Cut off the cuff of a gathered sleeve, fold the end of the sleeve over twice and stitch the hemline to create a bell-shaped sleeve.
    • Save old clothing for fabric. Gather a sleeve with a cuff of contrasting fabric.
    • Ruffle recycled fabric and attach to the hem of a skirt, dress, sleeve or pocket.
    • Add crocheted trim to a neckline, pocket, sleeve or hemline.
    • Stitch a few tucks along the waistline of a blouse for a more tailored look.
    • Save old buttons to embellish another outfit.

Tips

  • Recycle fabric into a shopping or toy bag.
  • Recycle fabric for children's clothing.
  • Recycle fabric into a pocket for a blouse, pair of jeans, the front of your child's shirt or the inside or outside of a coat.
  • Recycle fabric for household items, such as a bureau scarf, hand towels or potholders.

Article Info

Categories: Creating Fashion Wardrobes | Sewing Clothes