Does Size Matter?

Focus people….we are talking about your wardrobe.  Do you need a large wardrobe, or can you get away with only a few pieces?  Since every single person I know is unique, their respective wardrobe should be just as unique.  We all have different lives.  Think about how do you spend your time. If you have multiple roles in your life that require very different kinds of clothes, such as more formal work clothes, weekend casual, smart casual, formal evening clothes, then this is going to be a larger wardrobe. Versus if you are a stay-at-home mom who sometimes socialises, your wardrobe will be based around casual and smart casual clothes and can easily be smaller.  Your wardrobe could be large or small depending on the climate where you live. It could be smaller if you live somewhere that is temperate and you wear pretty similar clothing all year round, as compared to someone who lives in a climate that requires very different clothes each season because of large temperature variations.  The big question of course, how much space do you have to store your wardrobe so that it is easily manageable for you?

How to Assess Your Wardrobe Needs

Consider Your Climate ~ Do you need separate summer and winter wardrobes plus items for those in between seasons?

Personality ~ Do you get bored easily liking change?  Do you prefer more of a uniform approach to getting dressed?  Knowing what you like really helps you decide what you need in your wardrobe.

Lifestyle ~ Make notes…what your average weeks look like and all the things you do.  Then think about clothing requirements for each of these activities and how much time is spent in each dressing style (such as formal business, relaxed business, smart casual, casual, exercise, special event wear). Relate the percentages of time spent in each to your the volume of each in your wardrobe.  Remember, even though you may only spend four hours a week doing exercise, you will most likely need to have multiple exercise outfits as they need to be washed after each short session.

Inventory ~ You should take a complete inventory of your wardrobe. Here is a tip…turn around all the hangers in your wardrobe and only turn them back when you have worn an item.  After a year you will see just what you have been wearing and what have not been worn.

Try a wardrobe capsule challenge ~ Create a mix and match wardrobe of around 30 garments and ignore all other clothes in your wardrobe. Wear them for the next 2-3 months and see how you feel.  Are you feeling bored and stifled by the lack of clothes or do you feel more free?  This is another way to discover whether you need more options or prefer a more uniform style of dressing.

Wear everything ~  This is the opposite of a capsule challenge.  Instead of limiting your choices, challenge yourself to wear everything in your wardrobe over the coming 6 months.  Turn all your hangers backwards and try each day to reach for something with a backwards hanger. Photograph your outfits and then see if you like how they appear on you.  You may want to make alterations, you may discover a new outfit, or you may find that you are just not a “dress person”  or a “pants person” or whatever it is that those garments that languish in your closet are.

Clear Out The Clutter ~ Once you have worked through what you do and do not need, what you do and do not like, what does and does not work, and get rid of the stuff that does not make you feel good.  If it cannot be improved, then let it go.   As they say, if you cannot see the woods for the trees, you need to clear everything out to create a better functioning wardrobe so you can see what you really do have that works.  Without clearing out the clutter your wardrobe will never be manageable.

Once you have a better handle on your personal needs, you can make a better assessment of what is the right kind of number of garments for your wardrobe, what you enjoy wearing will always come into this equation too.

So tell me….. do you prefer a larger or smaller wardrobe?  How many clothes do you feel you need in your wardrobe?  I would love to hear your feedback.  I am sure you can guess, my wardrobe is HUGE.

What Gretchen Wore

Who doesn’t love a LBD?  They are so versatile!!   This one is from Old Navy.  It is short sleeve and cotton, so I can wear it year round.  I just added this leopard print cardigan that I have owned forever and a chunky necklace from New York & Company.  Of course, I had to add my pop of color with red flats.


What Gretchen Wore

This charcoal grey scoop neck dress is so comfortable.  I choose to add a couple of necklaces, but you could add a scarf or jacket to brighten up the look.  I decided to wear my new pump that I found on sale at Steinmart for $23 to complete the look.


Secrets of a Stylish Women

Between career, family, finding time for ourselves and all of the things, stepping out the door with style every day can seem impossible. But, trust me, there are a few attainable things that fashionable women do to look painlessly put together.


I know you cannot plan for everything, but do not let your Monday mornings catch you off-guard. Just like you would plan a week’s worth of meals on a Sunday if you are trying to stay trim, plan your outfits in advance for stress-free mornings and outfit-regret-free days.


Browse internet trendsetters in your free time. Find a few fashionistas whose style you admire, then use their photos as inspiration to create daily looks. A good place to start? Check out this blog on a regular basis.  I post What Gretchen Wore blogs all the time.  I also get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest.


If you are ever on the fence about what to wear, consider where you are going and who you will see. When in doubt, always err on the side of being too dressy!!  I always say, “You can never be too overdressed for an occasion.” It is a big no-no to be the only person in jeans at an event.


Try to have at least one accessory on, whether it is a statement necklace, a scarf with a pop of color or an great pair of earrings. And remember: sometimes less is more. You do not need to get crazy….minimal can also be memorable.


Basics really are not basic—they can be the foundation of extremely fashionable choices. Ever wonder why a woman looks great in a white button-up, skinny jeans and heels? It took a minute to think of the look, but it took planning to ensure her pieces fit perfectly.


When it comes to footwear, color packs a huge style punch—and they do not have to be sky-high heels.  Next time you are in jeans and a tshirt, throw on leopard print or fuschia flats to make your outfit go from ok to wow!!


Every once in a while, you need that pure “wow” factor. Whether it is an amazing pair of over-the-knee boots, a vintage dress, a statement jacket or an enviable handbag, keep something in your arsenal for the days you need to really show up stylish.




What Gretchen Wore

Simple, easy and comfortable!  This graphic print dress is all of the above.  I added my classic black jacket and black open toed heels for today’s look.  This summer I will lose the jacket and add a strappy heel.  This dress is so versatile.


What Gretchen Wore

Mother Nature has no clue what she is doing this year.  Yesterday I had on a light dress and sandals, and today I am in a jacket and boots.  I have wore this LBD before, since you can do so much with a LBD.  The possibilities are limitless.  Today I paired it with a cotton cardigan from the Loft Outlet.  I found it a few months ago on the clearance rack….super on sale at $13.00.  I added a purple bubble necklace for a little pop of color.