Let me start by saying everyone has been there. It all comes down to Balance & Proportion!!! The little details that please or displease your eye all add up. Your pieces should compliment one another, and when they don’t, finding out why is important. Is it the shape? The color? The fabric? The length? It’s also important to keep in mind that the proportions are changed every few seasons – similar to the way the hem length of a skirt changed season to season in our mother or grandmothers day. It is the fashion industries was of staying in business!!!

Almost everyone has what I call “orphan” pieces in their closet…those items that don’t seem to work well with anything but you love them alone. To avoid this you really have to take a moment before purchasing. Think about whether you really like the look of it on you and the fit. Is it flattering? What does it go with? Do you already own pieces that may work with it, and if not are you willing to create and purchase a whole outfit around this one piece? I like to call it “shopping with intention” and we work with our styling/wardrobe clients to create personalized shopping plans that help avoid impulse shopping and promote this type of purchasing with a mission.
Another way to prevent the “wardrobe domino effect” is having “The Essentials” in your wardrobe. The essentials are those work horse pieces, like a black suit, dark denim and a classic pump that might not be overly interesting or appealing on their own but will give you a ton of milage when mixed and matched with other pieces in your closet. I can’t stress enough how essential it is to have these basics on hand in order to get the most out of your wardrobe. How many of “The Essentials” do you have in your closet?


Cleveland-based personal stylist and fashion blogger.

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