how to build a wardrobe http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14576/all en-US Guide to Better Style: The Curated Closet http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-better-style-the-curated-closet <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/guide-to-better-style-the-curated-closet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4176003576_3170a33287_z_0.jpg" alt="man at closet" title="man at closet" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The older I get, the simpler and more refined I try to make my personal style. As a result, I&rsquo;ve started to view my wardrobe as a collection to be curated instead of a just a closet to be stuffed. I&rsquo;ve slowly begun to weed out clothes that don&rsquo;t work, finally give up on looks that just don&rsquo;t suit me, and gravitate toward timeless pieces and true classics. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own">Wardrobe Staples Every Man Should Own</a>)</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even better, I think my new wardrobe revelation is saving me money. Once I started to view my closet as a customized multi-season &ldquo;store&rdquo; that I create for myself, I began to avoid impulse purchases, items that weren&rsquo;t in-line with my needs, and looks that I knew wouldn&rsquo;t stand the test of time.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;re gearing up for spring cleaning, here are some tips on how to create a closet that&rsquo;s more like a store and less like a mess.</p> <h3>Clip Looks You Like for Each Season</h3> <p class="MsoNormal"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/vision-boards-dream-big-play-with-pictures-and-watch-your-life-change">Vision boards</a> aren&rsquo;t just for winning the lottery or scoring a beach house. Clipping looks you like from magazines or saving images online will help inform the buying decisions you make as your curate your collection.<b><o:p></o:p></b></p> <h3>Purge</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Cleanse your clothing palette by getting rid of what you don&rsquo;t need and won&rsquo;t wear. Be honest with yourself and donate, sell, or swap items that you haven&rsquo;t worn in six or eight months. The purge will clarify the great pieces you have and bring into sharp focus the items you need.</p> <h3>Organize</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Organizing your closet showcases your clothes, gives you some mental space to get creative, and helps avoid losing key pieces or wasting money buying duplicates. People have different methods for closet organization. Some arrange clothes by season, some by color, and some by item or by outfit. Whatever way you choose, arrange your space for ease-of-use with an eye toward maintenance. What <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/organize-a-room-for-10-with-no-extra-effort">organization method</a> can you live with? What&rsquo;s going to give you the best chance of staying organized?</p> <h3>See What&rsquo;s Missing</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Once you&rsquo;ve removed the clutter and organized your closet, it&rsquo;s time to take a critical look at what&rsquo;s left and what&rsquo;s missing.<b> </b>Maybe there&rsquo;s a great pair of boots you&rsquo;ve never worn because you don&rsquo;t have the right boot-cut jeans. Maybe you have a beautiful vintage camel-hair coat but just can&rsquo;t find the right sweater to go with it. Tag or separate these orphaned pieces so you can begin to consciously fill in the holes in your wardrobe. Refer to your vision board and pay special attention to versatility as you shop for those jeans or that new sweater &mdash; what else can it be worn with? What color, pattern, or fabric will work best with other things you already own? Don&rsquo;t be in a rush to fill the gaps in your wardrobe. Sometimes the very best items come at unexpected moments &mdash; at garage sales, thrift stores, or during big sales. Have a little faith in clothing kismet.</p> <h3>Make a List</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Creating a closet that&rsquo;s truly a collection means no impulse-buying. Stay true to your look and the vision you&rsquo;ve created for yourself; it&rsquo;ll save you money in the long run.<b> </b>Whether you&rsquo;re <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-makeover-for-moms">buying a whole new outfit</a> or adding essential piece, make sure each purchase serves a purpose.</p> <h3>Refine</h3> <p class="MsoNormal">Reworking your closet is all about rethinking your clothing philosophy. It takes some time to get it right. Refine as you go. Continue to purge old stuff that doesn&rsquo;t work, tailor what doesn&rsquo;t fit, and add versatile new pieces &mdash; all with a curatorial eye.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Over time, your closet will cause less panic and begin to showcase a truer and more conscious style. With a better idea of what you have, what you need, and the looks you love; you can target your shopping &mdash; spending less and enjoying what you buy more.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><em>Do you already buy with a curator&rsquo;s eye? What are the best finds or biggest bargains that have helped make your collection?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/guide-to-better-style-the-curated-closet">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/discount-designer-clothing-17-places-to-get-name-brands-for-less">Discount Designer Clothing: 17 Places to Get Name Brands for Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-essential-pieces-for-your-capsule-wardrobe">8 Essential Pieces for Your Capsule Wardrobe</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-basics-what-to-buy-how-to-store-and-money-saving-tips">Bulk Buying Basics: What to Buy, How to Store, and Money Saving Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-denim-expert-reveals-why-you-only-need-3-pairs-of-jeans">A Denim Expert Reveals Why You Only Need 3 Pairs of Jeans</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-credit-cards-for-office-supply-purchases">Best Credit Cards for Office Supply Purchases</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Organization Shopping fashion how to build a wardrobe organizing your closet Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:00:12 +0000 Kentin Waits 924162 at http://www.wisebread.com Wardrobe Staples Every Man Should Own http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mens_fashion.jpg" alt="Fashionable man" title="Fashionable man" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Only in recent years have a majority of modern men become conscious of how they dress.</p> <p>Thanks to smoldering, handsome male celebs that guys-next-door quietly idolize and want to emulate, fashion-forward men &mdash; or metrosexuals &mdash; are more aware of what they&rsquo;re wearing when they step out and how others perceive their various looks.</p> <p>They say that clothes make the man. It&rsquo;s true &mdash; to an extent. A well-fitted tee and a pair of khakis can turn duds into dapper specimens. Just don&rsquo;t confuse that colloquialism with brands. Brands do not make the man. Any well-groomed guy can look great even if he prefers K-Mart to Kenneth Cole, so long as what he&rsquo;s donning is crisp, clean, and classic.</p> <p>That&rsquo;s the key to forever style &mdash; keeping it classic. To help build your wardrobe with pieces that will have you looking GQ-ready &mdash; past, present, and future &mdash; here are my suggestions on staples and accessories that every Y-chromosomed closet must have. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/men-why-frugal-is-sexy">Men: Why&nbsp;Frugal Is Sexy</a>)</p> <h3>White Undershirts</h3> <p>Unless you have a chest that someone actually wants to see bare &mdash; although that&rsquo;s subjective, I suppose &mdash; you should keep it covered. I rarely wear shirts with buttons without an undershirt underneath. I like the contrast of the stark white against the patterned shirt, and it prevents the sweat stains from seeping through to the outside shirt for the most part. Personally I&rsquo;m partial to American Apparel tees (because they fit me better than other brands), but lower-priced Fruit of the Loom, Hanes, and off brands will do the same job as a more expensive name. It&rsquo;s only an undershirt, after all. No need to spend an arm a leg, especially considering that you should be replacing them every one to two years.</p> <h3>Clean Underwear</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s no reason you should have a drawer full of ratty, stained, and holey underwear. When you look and feel great, you have more confidence &mdash; and how can you exude confidence if your undies look like the swamp monster chewed them up and spit them out? I&rsquo;m not saying you can&rsquo;t keep that one pair of boxers you&rsquo;ve had since college, just reserve them for Sundays at home alone on the couch. Otherwise, your underwear should reflect the rest of your wardrobe; when your pants come off, you should still look the part of someone who cares about his appearance, right down to his skivvies. Calvin Kleins are the mark of a man who knows what he&rsquo;s doing, especially if that man bought them for 50% off at shops like T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.</p> <h3>Black Socks</h3> <p>If it seems like you buy a new pair of black socks every time you have a formal event and afterward they disappear into thin air, you&rsquo;re not alone. My husband has the same problem. Where they go, I don&rsquo;t know. To combat this problem, I recommend buying three-packs, even better in various colors like navy blue and tan to coordinate with other outfits. When you&rsquo;re done with the black socks after your event, put them away in a separate drawer so they don&rsquo;t get mixed up with other items and subsequently &ldquo;lost.&rdquo; And by no means should you opt for white socks if you can&rsquo;t find the black pair. In my book, that&rsquo;s wholly unacceptable. Even if you&rsquo;re in a rush, you can stop by a Walgreens or CVS and pick up a pair in a pinch.</p> <h3>Non-Pleated Khaki Pants</h3> <p>Pleated pants make your waist look wider, so avoid them at all costs. However, a nice pair of flat-front khakis look great on anyone (and I do mean anyone) who knows how to wear them right &mdash; on the waist with low-cut sneakers, mocs, or boat or driving shoes. If you think they look good with your basketball shoes, you&rsquo;re wrong; you have to be a special type of guy to pull off that look, and most of us are not him. I tend to avoid khakis with cuffed bottoms, too. They look dated, but they sometimes work for guys with short legs.</p> <h3>Age-Appropriate Jeans</h3> <p>When I was in college, and even the first years afterward, I was one of those guys who spent hundreds of dollars for denim with holes in the knees and distressed seams. I grew out of it in favor of jeans that fit and don&rsquo;t me look like an out-of-touch, over-the-hill idiot from an MTV reality show. You should, too. No one over age 30 should be buying jeans that showcase the patella. Whether you prefer slim fit, regular, or boot cut, make sure they&rsquo;re a proper fit around your hips and thighs and just barely touch the bottom of your shoes.</p> <h3>Polo Shirts</h3> <p>A nice polo shirt will last you decades if correctly cared for. I prefer Ralph Lauren or Lacoste, simply because of the quality, but if you&rsquo;re cost conscious when it comes to clothing you can find a polo just about any place you shop. Stock up in classic colors like blue, white, pink, and black. Trust me when I tell you that you can never have too many polos. They&rsquo;re great for the weekend, casual Fridays, networking events &mdash; just about anything that doesn&rsquo;t require a blazer and tie.</p> <h3>Navy Blue Blazer</h3> <p>Why navy blue? Because it goes with just about anything, making it the smarter, more versatile long-term choice. I recommend a fitted cut for a more tailored look, but that&rsquo;s just personal preference.</p> <h3>Brown/Black Belts and Shoes</h3> <p>I&rsquo;m consistently amazed when I spot guys who pair brown belts with black shoes and vice versa. I just don&rsquo;t get it. For me, that&rsquo;s simple science. Either way, each of these pieces, individually, should be in your closet. While you can&rsquo;t easily change the color of your shoes &mdash; you should invest in nice, dressy brown and black pairs &mdash; you can get away with buying a reversible belt; one side will be black, the other will be brown. Perfectly acceptable.</p> <h3>Button-Down Oxford Shirts</h3> <p>White and light blue are the most popular, versatile colors, but you can choose the palate that best suits you. As someone who&rsquo;s melanin-challenged &mdash; that is, very pale &mdash; I can rarely get away with stark white; still, nothing looks cleaner than bright white, so I wear it from time to time. Whatever you choose, a pressed oxford (yes, pressed; you should know how to use an iron or pay a dry cleaner) looks fresh and inviting.</p> <h3>College-Striped Ties</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s an infinite numbers of tie designs &mdash; paisley, polka dot, cartoon characters (please avoid the latter at all costs) &mdash; but in my observation, college-striped <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-ideas-for-old-neckties">ties</a> seem to withstand the test of time. They&rsquo;re your best bet for keeping your look current without having to run to the department store every time trends change. RIP, skinny ties &mdash; for now.</p> <h3>Stainless Steel Timepiece</h3> <p>A masculine, stainless-steel watch completes any ensemble, whether it&rsquo;s for work or the weekend. My favorite is ESQ, but there are plenty of quality watches in all price ranges on the market. Fossil, for instance, manufacturers great watches at affordable prices &mdash; just right for guys who might live a little tougher and rougher than I do. No matter what brand you choose, you will always look put together and well-to-do with a nice watch &mdash; even when you&rsquo;re bummin&rsquo; it.</p> <p><em>Did I miss a wardrobe staple? What essentials do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below. </em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wardrobe-staples-every-man-should-own">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-in-home-dry-cleaning-kits">The 5 Best In-Home Dry Cleaning Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-clothing-steamers">The 5 Best Clothing Steamers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-diaper-bags">The 5 Best Diaper Bags</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-manicure-kits">The 5 Best Manicure Kits</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-gel-nail-polishes">The 5 Best Gel Nail Polishes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping Style clothing how to build a wardrobe men's fashion Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:24:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 677002 at http://www.wisebread.com