I have recently worked with two different clients, each professing to shop economically,
and each with tons of clothes in their closets. In both cases, despite the many clothes,
very few pieces actually worked together. For the amount of money spent on clothes,
they should have a marvelous wardrobe. Not a closet full of confusion. Without
having a plan, many will go out and buy single items because they are inexpensive,
but these purchases cost them in the end. No matter how inexpensive a shirt is, if
you never wear it, you paid too much! That’s not economic. The solution is to begin
shopping with a plan, a Cluster Plan.
- Find a source of inspiration – a pattern of colors in a print, stripe, or plaid – to inspire the color scheme of your cluster. She used the skirt (above) for inspiration.
- Plan for 5 to 8 easy pieces of clothing – top and bottom pieces.
- Select pieces that are basic – simple in style lines and shape.
- Select pieces that go together – will work with at least three, four, or more other pieces.
- Select pieces that are distinctly different from one another – no two pieces alike, not yet.
- Select accessories to go with the clothes – essential basic accessories first.
- Gradually expand your cluster(s) – to meet all your wardrobe needs.
If you truly want to save money on your wardrobe but don’t want to sacrifice creativity,
versatility or individuality, clustering is a great solution! Our September Newsletter
has been dedicated to the topic of clustering and provides even more information on
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