What You Need for a Classic Wardrobe: Part II

Today the focus is on shirts, sweaters, cardigans, and blazers. These garments are wonderful because they can do double or triple duty. Regardless of how many times you wear skirts, slacks, and jeans, you do not need a different top for each one. You could conceivably wear one shirt with all three bottom pieces. The same is true for pullover sweaters, cardigans, and blazers. Granted, t-shirts will probably not go with skirts for the workplace, and a silk blouse would never be paired with jeans for working outside, but when garments lend themselves to a dual or triple identity, we are going to take them up on it.

As you fill out the following form using the information from the previous post, list the how many of each garment type you need for your lifestyle. For example, if you need four day dresses, write the word dress four times.  If you need three pairs of jeans, write “jeans” four times and so forth. If you love the item (you feel good when you wear it), note its COLOR and place an “X”  under the HAVE column. Under the CARE column, note the cleaning instructions – wash, hand wash, dry clean.

Do not mark COLOR or HAVE if the garment needs to be replaced for any reason. Perhaps you wear it, but you really do not like it. Maybe it does not fit well or the color is not flattering. Regardless of the reason for its need to be replaced, leave the HAVE column unmarked. Also, if you know you need an item such as a dress or a pair of slacks, include it on the list, but do not mark COLOR or HAVE. Likewise, if you know you have events occurring in the next six months for which you are going to need to buy clothing, add them to the list as well.

Finally, when it comes to sweaters, shirts, cardigans, and blazers, even though we are going to aim for multiple uses for each one, at this point write down how many you think you will need. This is going to be a fluid number depending on how you put your wardrobe together. I would suggest using a pencil as this is a preliminary blueprint; there are going to be changes along the way as we fine-tune our Classic Wardrobe.

Please Note: Click here for A Woman’s Classic Wardrobe Worksheet. (The section on OUTERWEAR will be discussed later.)


An example of the Dress Section on the Worksheet:

Dress Black and Red Wash – Cold x
Dress Black Dry Clean x
Dress Black Wash – Cold x
Evening Gown
The example shows three dresses
that I want to include in my Classic Wardrobe and
the need for another dress, a cocktail dress, and an evening gown.
Next time: The Classic Wardrobe Staples