Actually, that title should probably read “My Ideal Wardrobe Inventory Sketches” or “The Perfect Wardrobe Inventory Sketches”, because not all of these items actually reside in my current wardrobe!
I’ve always dreamed of having the perfect wardrobe. I don’t mean the actual cupboard (although that would be great too!) but the clothes held within. I dream of having all the high quality, classic pieces that become the back bone of any good wardrobe. These basic pieces become the building blocks to create endless stylish outfit options through mixing, matching and styling with different accessories.
My idea of the perfect wardrobe is not one that is bursting at the seams and taking over every bit of storage in my house. It is a concise, well edited collection of quality pieces that I truly love, that are able to be easily mixed and matched to create a variety of outfit options with minimal fuss. I want every piece to be special and to be adding value to my wardrobe.
I think that in order to make the most of my wardrobe I should only buy or sew new things that will work with clothes that I already own. So to determine the gaps in my current wardrobe and come up with designs to fill those gaps, I first need to know exactly what I’ve already got to work with.
So I pulled out my pencils and spent a couple of hours sketching (very roughly) some of the items in my wardrobe, starting with shorts and skirts. I’m a very visual person, so by drawing everything I’m able to see exactly what I’ve got. On another page I’ve started to sketch the tops I’ve got and can then identify the gaps. For example, I own a few pretty silk tops but I realised I don’t have any skirts or shorts to wear them with. So I’ve designed a button up skirt in a green/grey/olive sort of colour that I think will work really well with the tops, as well as working with basic t-shirts and singlets. Yet it’s a style of skirt (and colour) that I’d never really thought I’d get much wear out of before. Now I’m not sure how I’ve managed without it!
You might be reading this thinking, “Jeepers! Sketching her clothes to plan her wardrobe?! This girl is such a NERD!” If this is what you are thinking, you are correct! I am always thinking about fabrics, styles, new designs and how lovely different combinations will look together. I just love this stuff!
How do you plan your wardrobe? Do you even plan it or does it just sort of happen?
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