Wardrobe in your Pocket



There are a number of ways to cut the time you spend shopping, reduce your Wardrobe in your pocketbudget for clothing expenses and eliminate duplicates and mistakes in your wardrobe.  A wardrobe in your pocket is a shopping aid that eliminates duplications and miss-matched coordinates.  It is a handy little book that has swatches of all your clothes on a card.  That way you know what you have and eliminates returns—a big time eater.
  • Step #1 — Purchase a credit card holder with at least six fold out compartments—or better yet two; one for your color swatches and one for your wardrobe swatches
  • Step #2 — If you have had your colors done or know the colors you look best in, cut squares of those colors from scraps of fabric and place 3 in each plastic compartment of the holder.Wardrobe in your pocket
  • Step #3 — Take 3x5 cards and cut them the size of the plastic compartments.  Label each card with a component of your wardrobe: jackets, suits, skirts, pants, sweaters, blouses, T-shirts, etc.Wardrobe in your pocket
  • Step #4 — Cut a swatch from your clothing and hot glue or glue stick them to the appropriate card.  You can cut small pieces from hems, facings and large seams.  Sweaters usually come with a piece of yarn attached that can be used for this purpose.  If you can’t cut a swatch then you can write a description on the card.
  • Wardrobe in your pocketStep #5 — Make a list of the clothing items you need to complete your wardrobe, write them on a card and place them in your pocket wardrobe.  For instance, I have a two-piece crepe-de-sheen dress with white and dark camel flowers on a black background.  I have white pants, shell and jacket that coordinate; and black pants, jacket, top and skirt that also match.  I need a camel top, pants or skirt and a jacket to complete this 12-piece cluster.  I would list these items on the card with a notation that they need to match the 2-piece dress.
  • Step #6 — Always carry your "Wardrobe in your Pocket” in your purse.  That way you can match colors and wardrobe pieces when you find a great item on sale to add to your wardrobe.

For additional helps with saving time and money shopping see—shopping end of season sales, thrift-store shopping, strategic planning and comparison shopping in our new Dress Better for Less Manual.

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