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

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