Ok, so for starters you're going to want take all of the clothes out of your drawer and lie them neatly on a flat surface (like a bed) Put them into four-five categories; tops, pants, skirts, sweat shirts etc. You can get real fancy with this and put them in colour groups, length, style groups whatever.
Then grab one item of clothing (say a top) and move it over to your pants group, and try and find something that goes with it.
You might be surprised with some of the combinations. And once you've got something, write it down (or take a photo) then try again, see if the top will go with anything else -does it look better with these jeans? Or is there too much solid colour?
This is also a good way of seeing any colours that you have too much of (read black) and opens you up to different ways of dressing. It also helps you cull some stuff, because if it doesn't go with anything you might as well chuck it!
The next step is to accessorize, scarves are especially good as you they add pattern -something all stylists recommend.
Don't be afraid to try something new! Clothing looks very different on the wearer, and now that you've written it down it's only going to take a second to try it on. And if you don't like it that's fine, you now have plenty more options!
One of my favourite combinations
Building an outfit from the other night
The finished result
And here's my littlest sister with her creation.
So as you can see it's really easy and fun to do... you can even do it in little bits at a time!
About the Author // Tiffany Henry
Tiffany Henry lives in rural south Island NZ, where she works as a caterer and is studying towards a degree in midwifery. She loves sewing historical costumes, writing and discussing thought provoking topics. She is the eldest of three home-schooled girls.