Have you ever thought about why you buy the clothes you do? What your garment’s purpose is? Why some make you happier than others?
Alexandria Blaelock, author of Build Your Signature Wardrobe: How to look good and feel confident in four steps says, “your clothes are an outward expression of your personality and values. Knowing your garment’s purpose helps you make better buying decisions.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for deciding your garment’s purpose:
- Health: If they do nothing else, your clothes should preserve your health. They should keep you warm, offer protection from small injuries, and not contain harmful substances
- Allow movement: Your clothing should support you to undertake the activities you need to. For example, if you need to run for a bus, they should permit long strides and not tangle your legs or arms.
- Preserve decency: Garments should not show more skin than you’re comfortable showing, certainly not enough to get you thrown out of restaurants (etc.) or arrested.
- Indicate your personality: You can hint at whether your personality is bright, straightforward or direct through the colours, patterns and styles you choose to wear.
- Express your mood: During the Victorian era, women wore particular colours and shades to indicate their bereaved status and social withdrawal. You can use the symbology of colours, tints and hues to suggest lighter and darker moods.
These five tips help you identify your garment’s purpose and plan a practical and useful wardrobe.
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