Kate Spade said it best. One of my favorite things to do, when I have the time , is to take honest inventory of my clothing and accessories -dresses, hats , scarves, gloves, everything. By taking honest inventory I mean trying on each and every item and looking in a two way mirror. You can easily do this by putting a portable full length mirror ( about $10.00 at Target ) in front of and facing your regular mirror with you standing in between , so you can see yourself perfectly back and front , the way other people do. I always have a huge giveaway box nearby - for clothes that no longer feel right, usually because they are colors or fabrics I wanted to try , but didn't really work out for me.
I have another box for clothes that I like but I don't wear because they don't fit right ; these can be salvaged by a tailor. I also keep a basket for clothes I do love but are missing just the right coordinate pieces to go with. For that basket I also keep a little notebook so I can write down pieces to look for.
The object of all of this is to have a closet full of clothes I can depend on, and to be able to put together outfits I love.
I noticed recently , while doing this, that I own quite a few black and white dresses. I find them very versatile for dressing up or down , and I wear them in every season . This past week I paired one with pastel colors ,kept one simple with mostly black and gold accessories and toughened up one with little
dots with leather and leopard.
Of course , those of you that know me a little bit know I really do love lots of color. I found this dress at thredup.com. The brand is INCinternationalconcepts ( a Macy's brand) and was new with tags for less than $20.00.