Wardrobe Planning

Today is the day to finally going to come up with a plan for the perfect wardrobe. In the past you may have tried many wise woman’s theories  and odds are, they have always turned out to be a bit of a flop. I bet most were minimalistic, and did not take into account the different aspects of your life and the different seasons in which you live it. The solution is not to have a capsule wardrobe but instead a series of mix and match capsule wardrobes that you can pop in and out of circulation depending on your needs.

First things first, time to download a great playlist that will get you in the mood and help keep you motivated.

The Clean Closet Playlist (The Style Strategy by Nina Garcia)

  • Destiny’s Child “Independent Woman”
  • Depeche mode “Clean”
  • Outcast “So Fresh, So Clean”
  • Christina Aguilera “Beautiful”
  • Michael Jackson “P.Y.T”
  • No Doubt “Just A Girl”
  • Black Eyed Peas “Boom Boom Pow”
  • Blondie “The Tide Is High”
  • Maroon 5 “She Will Be Loved”
  • Prince ” Raspberry Beret”
  • Abba “Dancing Queen”
  • Dee-Lite ” Groove Is In The Heart”
  • Jill Scott “A Long Walk”
  • Destiny’s Child “Survivor”
  • Helen Reddy “I Am Woman”
  • Spice Girls ” Spice Up Your Life”
  • Madonna “Vogue”
  • Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance”
  • Nicole Wray “If I Was Your Girlfriend”
  • M.I.A “Hombre”
  • Ciara “Goodies”
  • Lady Saw “If I Was A Rich Girl”
  • Snoop Dogg & Pharrell Williams “Drop It Like Its Hot”
  • Salt’n’Pepa “Push It”

Now take a deep breath, be brave and take everything out of your wardrobe and drawers. Bin anything that is stained, discoloured, stretched or damaged. Put in a bag to donate anything that does not fit. Everything else gets piled onto your bed for sorting. (This way you will have to sort it in order to go to bed tonight.)

Now give your wardrobe and drawers a good proper vacuum, get rid of the cobwebs, dust bunnies and whatever else may be lurking in there. Replace drawer liners, scented wardrobe hangers & Damprid.

Now go through the pile and nicely put back the following capsules that relate to your life ( this is going to be the bones of your wardrobe) Any that don’t immediately relate for example the Summer Holiday Capsule place into storage until needed. If an item of clothing appears in more than one capsule this does not mean you need more than one of it, it just means its really versatile and going to get a lot of use. Although very nice to have one for each capsule if you can.

The Corporate Workwear Wardrobe Capsule

You should have enough workday uniform to get you through everyday of the week without having to do any washing.

  • 5 pairs of good quality black or beige knickers (Jockeys Next Generation)
  • A great plain black & beige bra (Berlei Luminous Smoothing Bra)
  • 5 Superfit merino lace edged camisoles (winter)
  • A pair of cashmere/merino dress socks
  • 3 pairs of  Voodoo Shine Firm Control Tights (summer)
  • Berlei Dig Free Opaque Tights (winter)
  • Voodoo Boot tights (winter)
  • Voodoo 200 Opaque’s (winter)
  • 3 fine knit tops (Winter)
  • 3 silky blouse tops (summer)
  • A well tailored dressy black suit jacket, dress, pants & skirt
  • A coloured dress
  • A pair of less formal fitting pants (casual Friday)
  • A longer tunic style top (casual Friday)
  • A cardigan
  • A good quality classic heeled pump
  • A fine not clumpy heeled boot
  • A tailored not slouchy bag
  • A slim belt
  • A watch
  • Pearl stud earrings
  • Diamond stud earrings
  • A fine chain necklace (if you don’t have to wear a lanyard)
  • A brooch (if you don’t have to wear a name badge)
  • A dressy wool coat (winter)
  • Gloves (winter)
  • Scarf (winter)

Now this is the big priority capsule and gets pride of place as its what you wear most. Five days out of seven you will get up and put on something from this capsule after your shower. These are the things you have to make sure you own and are in good condition before worrying about anything else. Naturally these undergarments go in the top drawer at the front and the clothes hang all together on wooden hangers at the front of the wardrobe. Unless they are out of season, then they are folded nicely and stored with other out of season clothes.

Leisurewear Capsule

I really struggled with what to call this capsule wardrobe which is a real shame because its very important and quite a high priority as it gets the second most wear in my life. Twice a week I go to Yoga/Pilates, once a week a belly dance class, at least every six weeks I have a maintenance day at a spa retreat and I try to get out as often as possible for a walk with the dog. Not to mention lounging around at home.

  • 3 pairs of athletic underwear
  • A great sports bra (Triumph Triaction performance, Berlei Electrify or Bendon Medium Impact Bra)
  • 3 pairs of sports socks
  • 3 tank tops (black, white & a grey one)
  • 2 A-line shaped tee’s (not pink or red)
  • A pair of leggings (Triumph Triaction)
  • A white zipped Hoodie
  • A good pair of athletic trainers
  • 2 tracksuits ( suitable for both exercising & lounging in)
  • A lightweight knit cashmere/merino sweater
  • A pair of jeans
  • A nylon waterproof windbreaker
  • A pair of PJ’s
  • A pair of slippers
  • A headband

Now in the really big drawer usually the bottom one in the dresser nicely fold and place in of this capsule except the trainers, windbreaker, jeans and sweater, which go in your wardrobe just behind the Workwear Capsule.

The Weekend Essentials Wardrobe Capsule

This capsule gets next top billing for me as at least two days out of seven are spent enjoying the day off from work, out of uniform. This capsule is all about casual daywear. For me weekends are all about leisurely breakfasts still in my PJ’s, shopping trips to town, eating in cafes, sports supporting, dog walking, home maintenance.

  • 2 pairs of white underwear (Jockey)
  • 1 regular white bra (Berlei)
  • 2 pairs of cashmere/wool/cotton socks
  • A pair of swimmers & a sarong
  • A Pyjamas/sleepwear/loungewear set
  • A pair of track pants & a hoody
  • 2 cotton tanks (black & white)
  • 2 fine knit cashmere/merino tanks (black & grey)
  • 4 soft, silky organic cotton dress t-shirts in black, white, grey & olive
  • A striped boat neck t-shirt
  • 2 long sleeved cotton t-shirt tops (black & white)
  • A crisp cotton tailored white shirt
  • A colourful silky style floral print button down shirt
  • A neutral coloured long draped fine knit cardigan
  • 1 colourful cardigan
  • A lightweight knit cashmere or merino sweater
  • A fine knit polo neck
  • A casual soft cotton knit modern t-shirt dress
  • A casual skirt
  • A pair of shorts (for summer)
  • A pair of smart jeans
  • A pair of casual pants
  • A nylon waterproof windbreaker (see Leisurewear Capsule)
  • A smart casual leather jacket
  • A smart showerproof trench coat
  • A pair of jandals/thongs/flip flops (for summer)
  • A pair of sandals (for summer)
  • A pair of urban sneakers
  • A pair of black studded boots
  • A pair of smart casual flats such as loafers or ballet flats
  • A pair of walking shoes/boots
  • A pair of funky relaxed sunglasses
  • A soft silver chain necklace
  • A colourful casual silk scarf
  • A bangle stack
  • A casual watch
  • A relaxed belt
  • A carryall tote
  • A relaxed handbag
  • A straw trilby hat (for summer)
  • A woollen beanie (for winter)
  • A pair of fingerless gloves (for winter)

Most of this either goes in the drawer next to the Workwear capsule drawer or is hung in the wardrobe behind the Leisurewear capsule stuff. Naturally the out of season items will be stored away with other out of season items.

The Creative Wardrobe Capsule

Once you have all your basic capsules covered time to add a bit of personality with a capsule to cover all those other jobs you do, such as helping out at fundraisers and hosting events, attending art exhibits, book signings etc

  • A black, white, nude & nice underwear set
  • 4 soft, silky organic cotton dress t-shirts in black, white, grey & olive
  • A striped boat neck t-shirt
  • A crisp cotton tailored white shirt
  • A soft tailored silky white shirt
  • A hip length tunic top
  • A merino dress
  • A peplum dress
  • A pair of leather skinny pants
  • A pair of smart cotton twill slim pants
  • A pair of cargo pants
  • A pair of smart jeans
  • A pair of ankle length leggings
  • A little black dress
  • A smart casual leather jacket
  • A tailored black cotton blazer
  • A neutral coloured long draped fine knit cardigan
  • 1 colourful cardigan
  • 1 lightweight knit cashmere or merino sweater
  • A pair of flat shoes
  • A pair of heels
  • A pair of low heeled studded black boots
  • A slouchy shoulder bag
  • A colourful merino scarf
  • A silk scarf

The Smart Day Wardrobe Capsule

This capsule is all about those smart day appointments that require a little extra dressiness don’t happen everyday. For me this is stuff like, more formal lunches, committee meetings, funerals, appointments with accountants, lawyers, dentist etc.

  • Triumph Miraculous silhouette bra & pants in nude
  • Triumph Miraculous silhouette bra & pants in black
  • 4 soft, silky organic cotton dress t-shirts in black, white, grey & olive (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A striped boat neck t-shirt (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A crisp cotton tailored white shirt (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A wrap dress
  • A pair of dark navy jeans (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • 1 lightweight knit cashmere or merino sweater (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A neutral coloured long draped fine knit cardigan (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A tailored black cotton blazer
  • A smart showerproof trench coat (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A smart casual leather jacket (see Weekend Essentials Capsule)
  • A silk scarf
  • A belt
  • A flat shoe
  • A flat boot (for winter)
  • A classic heal
  • A carryall tote

Evening Essentials Wardrobe Capsule

Next for me is the Evening Essentials Capsule for nights out at parties, restaurants, plays, shows and concerts.

  • A lux silk tank top
  • A soft tailored silky white shirt
  • A classic lace little black dress
  • A jewel toned dress
  • A lace pencil skirt
  • A smart pair of dark jeans
  • 1 lightweight knit cashmere or merino sweater
  • A Rabbit fur gilet
  • A soft tailored tuxedo jacket
  • A cropped black velvet jacket
  • An evening coat
  • hosiery
  • A velvet evening flat brocade shoe
  • A smart pair of strappy peep toe stiletto heels
  • A smart pair of metallic pumps
  • A smart pair of bright suede pumps
  • A silk scarf
  • A decorative gold statement necklace
  • A pair of drop statement earrings
  • A filigree bangle
  • A vintage purse
  • A classic clutch evening bag

Chic Daytime Events Capsule

Last but not least the capsule for those special daytime events like weddings, baby showers, races, charity fundraiser events etc.

  • A smart pair of dark was jeans
  • A tailored black cotton blazer
  • Strappy heeled sandals
  • Filigree statement earrings
  • A sparkly metallic edged tank top
  • A silk brocade jacket
  • A pair of navy tuxedo pants
  • A floral silk tailored dress
  • A tailored wool peplum top
  • Wool skirt with leather trim
  • A two toned clutch
  • A stacked ring set
  • A pair of sleek heels

In The City (urban travel break, preferably in Sydney) Capsule

  • Gorgeous lingerie
  • A slip
  • A gorgeous jersey t-shirt
  • A crisp cotton tailored white shirt
  • A soft tailored silky white shirt
  • 1 lightweight knit cashmere or merino sweater
  • A day dress
  • A day skirt
  • A pair of jeans (your best)
  • A pair of cargo style pants
  • A pair of smart dressy tailored black pants
  • A cocktail dress
  • A tailored black cotton blazer
  • A stylish smart showerproof trench coat
  • A soft warm scarf
  • A tote bag
  • An evening clutch
  • A belt
  • An umbrella
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A pair of boots
  • A pair of flats
  • A pair of heels
  • Workout gear
  • Swimsuit & cover-up
  • Simple jewellery

 A Summer Holiday (preferably at a resort in Fiji) Capsule

  • A long singlet dress
  • A strapless dress
  • A maxi length kaftan
  • 4 easy to wear resort dresses
  • A neutral coloured long draped fine knit cardigan
  • 1 colourful cardigan
  • 1 lightweight knit cashmere or merino sweater
  • A long sleeved t-shirt
  • 4 soft, silky organic cotton dress t-shirts in black, white, grey & olive
  • A striped boat neck t-shirt
  • 4 tank tops
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • A pair of light casual drawstring pants
  • A muslin top
  • A casual denim skirt
  • Workout gear
  • A straw trilby hat
  • A pair of sunglasses
  • A statement necklace
  • A pair of large hoop earrings
  • A cuff
  • A set of colourful bangles
  • A soft cotton scarf
  • A pair of metallic sandals
  • A pair of Havianna jandals
  • A pair of summery sneakers
  • A pair of athletic trainers
  • A colourful straw beach tote
  • A bright cotton sarong
  • A selection of bikinis & swimsuits

Knicker Drawer Must-Haves Capsule

  • 3 pairs of good quality beige knickers (Jockeys Next Generation)
  • 3 pairs of good quality black knickers (Jockeys Next Generation)
  • 1 nude Jolly brief (Triumph)
  • Triumph Miraculous silhouette bra & pants in nude
  • Triumph Miraculous silhouette bra & pants in black
  • 1 great plain nude bra (Berlei Luminous Smoothing bra)
  • 1 great plain black bra (Berlei Luminous Smoothing Bra)
  • 1 great push up bra (Berlei So Smooth Push Up Bra)
  • 1 great sports bra (Triumph Triaction performance, Berlei Electrify or Bendon Medium Impact Bra)
  • 1 great sexy bra (Pleasure State or Heidi Klum)
  • 1 black slip (Essence reversible slip)
  • 1 nude slip (Essence reversible slip)
  • Nancy Ganz Under Bust Slip
  • Nancy Ganz Black Sleek Slip dress
  • Nancy Ganz black belly band hip slip
  • Nancy Ganz Under bust body suit
  • 1 black camisole (Silk body)
  • 1 nude camisole (Silk Body
  • 2 merino camisoles (Superfit)
  • Voodoo Shine Firm Control Tights
  • Berlei Dig Free Opaque Tights
  • Voodoo Boot tights
  • Voodoo 200 Opaque’s
  • Ambra tights

Jewellery Wardrobe Capsule

  • Pearl earrings
  • Diamond earrings
  • hoop earrings
  • chandelier earrings
  • Bangle
  • Pearl necklace
  • Big, colourful, cheep & cheerful cocktail ring
  • Meaningful delicate short necklace
  • Old fashioned charm bracelet
  • Brooch
  • Long necklace
  • Watch

This is a work in progress and will continually be updated

Domestic Crafts

Rhonda Hetzel in her book The Simple Home: A Month-by-month Guide To Self-Reliance, Productivity and Contentment says that August is the time for domestic crafts, sewing and household linens.

I have really stalled looking into this goal as my sewing and craft ability is non existent, I don’t even know how to thread a sewing machine and I’m not sure that I want to. What I do enjoy is cooking, a little bit of gardening and popping the occasional bunch of flowers into a vase. Also I occasionally do and will more often, put creative energy into gift wrapping and cards. But I would far rather shop than sew, I enjoy shopping and savour the whole experience. I love to spend time in little boutiques cultivating a relationship with the proprietor. I love to support local designers and buy kiwi made where possible. I love to shop well. I greatly admire and support local craftspeople both through purchasing their goods and their services but sadly I have no skills in this area and no time,  patience or longing to cultivate any at this stage, however should the situation change I will update.

This may be one goal that takes a while to tick off the list.

 

Christmas Holidays

Kim Carruthers in her book Less is More: How to De-clutter Your Life she says August is the perfect time to continue planning for the Christmas holidays. Even though there are still 123 days till Christmas, you will enjoy your Christmas shopping a lot more if you aren’t doing it with thousands of other panic stricken last minute Christmas shoppers. Now is the time to make a gift list of who you will buy for and how much you will budget to spend on them. Create a spot where you can keep and store all your gifts where you can keep track of them. Now put a note in your diary to buy a gift for someone off your list this week.

Winter Clothes

Kim Carruthers in her book Less Is More: How To De-clutter Your Life she says August is the perfect time to donate the winter clothes and shoes you didn’t wear. She says that it doesn’t matter why you aren’t wearing them, just take a moment now to put them aside for donation so that you don’t end up with them hanging around next year.

Also if you have kids check that stuff still fits and if not add to the donation box.

Travel Time

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by making travel time work for you. They provide the following ideas for what you can do in the dead time spent travelling in the car, bus or train.

Good uses for travel time:

  • Learn a language with French lessons by Michel Thomas
  • Educate yourself with an introduction to the classics or historical biographies.
  • Get started loosing weight with Paul McKenna’s Think Thin
  • Stop smoking with Alan Carr’s Easy Way To Stop Smoking
  • Build your self esteem with Anthony Robbins’s Awaken The Giant Within
  • Listening to your own recorded affirmations

and when your by yourself in the car:

  • Whiten your teeth with Superdrug’s Go Smile bleaching tray
  • Soften your hands with a hand mask inside some old cotton gloves.
  • Flush out toxins by drinking some water
  • Keep your fanny tight by doing your pelvic floor exercises
  • Stress busting by singing your heart out

Kit for the car:

  • Tissues
  • Cream blusher
  • Neutral shade lip gloss
  • Lavender aromatherapy de-stress roll on
  • Rescue Remedy
  • Disposable camera
  • Wet wipes
  • Bottle of water
  • Hand cream
  • Driving shoes
  • $1 & $2 coins
  • Pen & Paper
  • A Comb
  • Packet of dried fruit & almonds
  • Clear plastic container to keep it all in.

Dawna Walter in her book New Leaf, New Life: How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Yourself  offers the following list of helpful public transport suggestions.

10 Things to do on public transport:

  • Always be prepared & have your tickets ready when you need them
  • Sort out loose change for your ticket, coffee or paper
  • read the paper or something uplifting
  • Listen to your favourite music softly
  • Keep a journal
  • Review your papers for the day
  • Write a letter
  • Plan a Party
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Pay attention to things around you.

Quick Beauty Fixes

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by learning some quick beauty fixes.

Hangover cure: If you know you are going to be having a few drinks, have two aspirins before you leave. Take a handful of almonds with you to eat on the way to help line your stomach. Have two more aspirin & a Berocca in water before you go to bed. Eat a handful of parsley in the morning to get rid of the morning breath and use some Eyedew to relieve bloodshot eyes.

Tired face: While you take a rejuvenating bath with a face mask of live youghurt for 10 minutes.

Perspiration marks: If you have run out of deodorant a slice of lemon rubbed on the armpits can help prevent perspiration marks on your clothes.

Deodorant marks: To remove a deodorant mark take a damp, not white flannel and wipe down, then dry the damp patch with a hairdryer.

Dirty hair: When you don’t have time to wash your hair give it a spray with Kelvin Murphy Fresh Hair dry shampoo then pop on a silver or gold funky headband to disguise greasy hair.

Puffy eyes & bags: Apply preparation H haemorrhoid cream as a thick mask for 5 minutes to reduce puffy eyes.

Spots: Apply toothpaste to a spot and leave overnight to greatly reduce inflammation.

Panda eyes: Always have some Q-tips on hand to fix your old smudged make-up.

Close shave: If you run out of shaving foam, olive oil or talcum powder will give just as good a shave.

 

 

Time Saving Routines

Trinny & Susannah in their book The Survival Guide: A Woman’s Secret Weapon For Getting Through The Year say that August is the time to think about getting more time out of your day by putting in place regular routines that will help you get out the door in 10 minutes. they say that in the morning there are any number of things that prevent you from making a speedy exit, this is their list to of things to do to help you get more time out of your day.

The night before checklist:

  • Exfoliate & shave the night before so you only need a shower in the morning.
  • Make sure your bag is filled & ready so you are not hunting around in the morning for your wallet & keys at the last minute
  • Make sure you have passes for transport & coins for parking.
  • Charge your mobile phone overnight
  • Lay your clothes out the night before 7 if you still have kids at home make sure theirs are laid out too.
  • Put lemon & water in a thermos ready for drinking while your getting ready in the morning.
  • If your going somewhere new the next day, plot your route on your Navman

Once a month time savers

  • Have a big cook up & freeze in portions for those emergency moments when you cant bear takeaways.
  • Have your nails professionally tipped in polish to avoid chipped nail syndrome panic.

Every three months

  • Put together lots of different outfits for various occasions using the clothes & accessories in your wardrobe. Polaroid yourself wearing them, then stick the photos inside your wardrobe door. This will make it easy to choose outfits when you haven’t got much time.
  • Make a master list of what you need to stock up on for your kitchen & bathroom and replenish at the supermarket.
  • Go to the bank & get $50 worth of $2 & $1 coins
  • Have your eyelashes permed & dyed to save time taken up with eyelash curlers & mascara.
  • If you spend hours straitening your hair with flat irons get it professionally straightened.

Dawna Morton in her book New Leaf New Life: How To Do Everything And Still Have Time For Yourself has put together the following list to help you save time in the morning so you can stay in bed longer or better still get up and enjoy those extra few minutes.

10 Ways to save time in the morning

  • Wash your hair the night before
  • Lay out your clothes for the next day before you undress the night before
  • Don’t iron in the morning
  • Get your breakfast things ready before you go to bed.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink from the night before
  • Colour code your wardrobe, it really will help
  • Organise your underwear drawer so that you can quickly find things
  • Gather everything you need to take with you in one place
  • Always keep your keys in the same place
  • Do one job today that you have on your list to do tomorrow