Thursday, September 3, 2009
So promises the title of this Palmer/Pletsch wardrobe planning publication. As a cultural artefact it makes for a fascinating read, representing as it does one kind of American woman in the early 90's. While the examples and illustrations are very much aimed at that target audience (do you take your colour swatches with you when shopping for accessories? how many day dresses do you need for church? etc) I'm interested more in its general principles to see if any of it relates to me or my lifestyle.
The first exercise has been very helpful. You are asked to fill in chart to determine your need for formal wear (evening or business), smart ( church, opera, wedding, swanky restaurant or bar etc) smart casual wear, casual wear and sportswear. You make a pie chart based on lifestyle needs. Mine looks like this:
I don't have any need for formal wear or sportswear but I bet THAT doesn't surprise you.
The next asks you to classify what's actually in your wardrobe and mine looks like this:
The difference shows you the gaps in your wardrobe. I am a stay at home mother who does not like casual clothes. You can see it in what I make. But ... it doesn't really suit my lifestyle because I also don't want my nice clothes to get covered in crap. So .... I'm going to have to do some creative thinking about how to have nice clothes that CAN get covered in crap or make casual clothes that actually look really nice.
Anyway, since I forked out $50 for the book I'm going to work through all the exercises.
And now it's back to sewing my suit jacket (that my life stlye doesn't call for) for my tailoring workshop. (cough cough)
Posted by Mary Nanna at 12:23 PM