with Susan Wagner
The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.
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Last time I checked in, I had painstakingly chosen eight pieces from my closet. Did any of you try to edit your own personal closet? It takes some seriously careful thought!
I pinpointed these pieces as my basics (Step 3), and then made a list of what was missing (Step 4). For me, I didn’t feel like I was missing any crucial pieces of clothing, but I did want to invest in some new accessories to spice up these separates for the upcoming season. Luckily, J. Crew was in the midst of a final sale, and I found some great deals on necklaces. I might have gone overboard. Please forgive me. (But they were REALLY GOOD DEALS.)
The remaining steps to shopping your own closet, according to Cynthia Weber-Cleary, are to create outfits including shoes, try them on, and accessorize. Combined with my new accessories, I focused on four pairs of shoes to act as my basics:
Dark brown riding boots:
Orange snakeskin flats:
Gray patent heels:
Black suede flats:
After all of the decisions and fretting and organizing and accessories purchasing, I finally have my fall wardrobe super stars.
(It took me longer to create this image in Photoshop than the “Shop Your Closet” challenge did in its entirety.)
According to my highly scientific evaluation, I estimate an outrageous number of possible ensembles from this grouping. Now, if the West Coast would cool down about 30 degrees, I could actually wear these pieces.
Interestingly enough, Cleary’s final step in Shopping your Closet is to take photos of your outfits. Looks like joining the Working Closet Flickr Pool wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all!
(FYI to all of the Working Closet daily models - in the past few months, we have doubled the amount of members from 320 to 665! Keep the daily inspiration coming.)
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