Turn 6 Clothing Pieces into 12 Outfits

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Many of us can attest to the fact that come morning, when our busy routines begin, we often caught standing in front of our closets saying, “I don’t have anything to wear.” This, of course, is despite the fact that we are staring at a closet that is full of clothing.

Often times we just feel bored with our clothing, feeling like we constantly wearing the same outfit over and over again. After all, how many outfits can we possibly create from what we already own?

The answer surprised us!

Because we look at our clothing everyday, we’re no longer stimulated by what’s in it. As a result, we become complacent and pair the same pants with the same tee-shirt that we always do. As a result, we never look at the outfit combinations outside of that and become bored with what we wear. Sound familiar?

What most of us don’t know is that taking 6 pieces in our closet often gives us the ability to create 12 outfits!

Here are some general tips on what you need to make that happen:

  1. Pick out two bottoms. This can be denim, trousers, skirts, or a mix of the two. Doesn’t matter.
  2. Select three tops that will go with each of the bottoms. Most often, these pieces you select with have a colour in common, an undertone or perhaps a pattern.
  3. Select an outer layer. This can be a cardigan, blazer, poncho, coat, or whatever else you can think of as an additional layer.
  4. Select accessories (handbag, shoes, jewellery) that will compliment all of these pieces.

Laying all of these items flat next to each other will give us a better idea of whether these items can mix n’ match together. It’ll give us the opportunity to see what outfits can be created.

To get 12 outfits, the first bottom we choose can be worn with each tops (3 outfits). The second bottom selected also has this ability (6 outfits). If you do this matching again, but this time includes the outer layer, it will give us a total of 12 outfits!

While doing this method may be time consuming initially (we took an afternoon), taking pictures will create a look book of our looks and will kiss frustrating mornings of getting dressed good-bye.

We also become aware of gaps we had in our closet, and jotted anything down we may need to purchase in future.

Not only will this technic allow you to maximize what we own already, but we’ll know have more fun playing in our closet.

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Christie Ressel is an editor, image consultant and fashion expert. Having delivered over 150 lectures across North America on image and style, she's become a go-to expert on fashion, and has been featured in media outlets such as The Huffington Post, Chatelaine, Cosmo TV, Lucky Magazine Style Spotter, The Hamilton Spectator, and Slice. Ressel has also partnered with StyleList Canada as one of their Style Council Members and was most recently asked to become a fashion expert for Toronto Global News Online and The Steven & Chris Show.