The holidays are just around the corner, and all of us will be invited to parties and gatherings to embrace this beautiful season.
Do you feel a bit stressed when you think about your holiday outfits?
Let's break this stress into steps and do them one by one.
- Start with simple list of all the events you need to attend, or you think you will be invited to
- Now, for every event think about the:
- Audience (family, friends, colleagues, business partners and similar)
- Time the event will occur (day or night)
- Level of formality, AKA dress code
- Use my Holiday planning template (download is available in the bottom of the page) to map this information for every event easily
- Now, when you've stated all your needs, let's group them and see how many outfits you need. See if you can re-use the same outfit for the similar events. Similarity will show up if the event is held in similar location and time and requires the same level of dress code. The only thing that you need to remember is if the same people will attend both events. Then, you probably don't want to look the same and need a different outfit or, at least, to change something in it. For example, you have two family gatherings: with your family and also with your in-laws. Do you have the same family members in both? If not, you can easily re-use the same outfit.
- So, by this step, we know how many outfits and from what type we need. For instance, let's say that you need to cover all your events:
- 2 formal outfits for corporate events
- 2 less formal for dinners with friends
- 1 casual for a lodge weekend
- 1 casual for 2 family brunches
First phase of planning is complete!
- The next step is to check what you have in your closet to start putting these outfits together.
- Once you know what you have, you also know what do you need to buy. New shoes, a new sweater or a necklace?
- Time for shopping: you have a list, you know for which outfit you are shopping for so that you're quite clear on WHAT you are looking for. As always, I suggest you not to be super specific but have general understanding how this item should be, otherwise you can spend much more time looking for it and missing other pieces that can work nicely instead. I also suggest when looking for a particular match, take the existing item with you and try it all together while in the fitting room. This will save you some returns.