By Susan M. Keenan
The key to maintaining a successful wardrobe is to consistently follow a few simple steps. Your work begins before you even purchase your clothing. Ideally, each one of the steps will become an easy part of your wardrobe shopping and upkeep experience.
Initially, you will need to consider how much effort you want to put into the laundering of your clothing purchase. Whether or not your home boasts ample drying space, a dry cleaners is located nearby either home or work, or you or some other family member have lots of time, all play into your decision making process.
Keep in mind that the number one rule is to check the labels on the clothing before you make your purchase. It is generally a good idea to steer away from the first four, unless you have a maid or still live at home with mom.
If the tag reads:
Line Dry only - Pass this one by, unless you have ample drying space.
Lay flat to dry - Again; pass this one by, unless you have ample drying space and the time.
Dry Clean - Generally, pass this one by, unless a dry cleaners is located nearby home, daycare or work. Occasionally, this purchase is acceptable, provided that you are up to using a home dry cleaning kit or willing to risk tossing the outfit into a delicate and quick wash cycle.
Dry clean only - Pass this one by, unless a dry cleaners is located nearby home, daycare or work. Occasionally, this purchase is acceptable, provided that you are up to using a home dry cleaning kit. Never use the washer if the label reads Dry Clean Only.
Delicate, cold, or warm wash - This is always a good purchase. It is simple and easy care.
The second important step that you must follow is to have some semblance of organization for your outfits. Organize your closets and bureaus for maximum effectiveness in dressing to present the picture that says a thousand words.
Follow a pattern that is conducive to blending the outfits quickly and easily. It may sound a bit like an obsessive-compulsive behavior, but it really does facilitate the dreaded early morning rush to dress. When your eyes are still half closed and your limbs pretend they belong to someone else, a color coordinated wardrobe presenting the rich, bold hues, delicate, neutral colors, and the basic blacks and browns together is well worth the effort it took to create it.
Here are a few additional tips.
Remember the importance of basic, neutral colors and the ease with which you can combine them. Purchase a variety of footwear and handbags to provide you with all of your needs- both the elegant and the practical. Keep in mind when your body shape changes, its time to clean out your closet. Less stressed is better dressed!
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