|Nan's closet, a small portion of the jacket section.|
The first step, then, is to take stock of the sort of clothing your life requires, and see if your existing wardrobe is thin--or overly abundant--in any of the areas. For instance, I work part time in an office. Four days a week I need to wear something suitably professional for a nonprofit organization. My solution is vintage skirts, cashmere sweaters, and 1940s jackets. I also work freelance at home. Here, too, skirts and sweaters are good, and for late night writing sessions I like dressing gowns with leggings and cardigans for warmth. My wardrobe has an o.k. selection of these.
But if you looked in my closet you'd think I was a hostess at a casino in Monte Carlo. It's chock-a-block vintage cocktail dresses in there. Same with the jewelry box. I have enough rhinestones to bedazzle an elephant. Clearly I need to put the brakes on buying cocktail dresses and think more practically. I also have way too many coats. And a few (cough, cough) purses.
The next step is to see that your wardrobe hews to a consistent style. "Wait a minute!" You may be saying. "You can't pin me down like that! I'm like Walt Whitman--I contain multitudes!" O.K., my literary friend, I don't mean that you always have to dress always in black and white or as a glamour puss or whatever. I mean that your clothing should reflect your personality.
To build a lifetime wardrobe, you also need to know what works with your body. The two largest categories of female bodies are (1) not much of a waist; and (2) a definite waist (and hips and breasts.) Often the "not much of a waist" women are long-waisted, too. These women look fabulous in 1930s and 1960s cuts with slightly higher or even empire waistlines. The "waisted" women often have shapely hips to manage and look great in 1940s and 1950s clothing. The bottomline is that you have to try a lot of different shapes and colors to find what works best on you. Come into Xtabay, and you'll get great help identifying your best skirt lengths, necklines, colors, and silhouettes.
|Nan's sweater collection.|