Well, it’s more like 9+ items if you consider the belts, socks and underwear but that would be stretching it.
There’s a good reason why you can have a wardrobe full of clothes and still not know what to wear. It’s like going to a restaurant with a massive menu.
“More clothes doesn’t necessarily equate to better style.”
You’re spoilt for choice so it’ll usually take you longer to decide, unless you know what you want, or you have a plan like the image above.
To build a work week outfit plan, pick out pieces from your wardrobe that fit these criteria:
- Solid and neutral colours like navy, white, black, khaki/tan-brown that don’t have very obvious patterns on them. Pinstripes, twills, herringbone and small checks are fine. The louder the pattern, the less interchangeable it is.
- Which takes us to the next criteria, Versatility or Interchangeability. The plan should have pieces that can go well with at least 2 or 3 other items in the plan. Keep graphics/bold logos out of the equation because these reduce the interchangeability of the wardrobe piece.
- Quality should always be key criteria. Quality items stand the test of time and will add value to your weekly wardrobe plan for years. Always focus on quality not quantity when it comes to clothes.
- Suitability or Appropriateness. Your work dress code plays a big part here. It’s different in different industries, so know what image you want to portray and pick wardrobe pieces accordingly.
Your imagination is your best stylist. Visualise the pieces coming together in your mind’s eye and put them to work each week.