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Some Information to Guide Your Wardrobe Planning and Shopping

Some Information to Guide Your Wardrobe Planning and Shopping

Jahanara Akter
Lecturer, Dept. of Fashion Design
KCC Women’s College (Affiliated by Khulna University)
Khulna, Bangladesh
Email: fashionelongation@gmail.com




Wardrobe planning means dress up planning. Generally wardrobe planning is done for 1-3 years. when you buy your clothes without planning then you will lose valuable time in shopping and also it is not possible to meet up your actual demand. So,wardrobe planning is mainly done before buy a essential clothing. To get a perfect wardrobe planning at first you will maintain some important tips for shopping a dress. Wardrobe planning depends on the amounts of clothes that already have, nature, necessity and financial condition of the family.

Wardrobe planning

Some Information to Guide Your Wardrobe Planning and Shopping:

Underwear :

It is essential that the bra and undergarments fit well for the wearer. A professionally fitted bra will make a huge difference to how well ones clothes fit. Underwear that is too small or poor fitting will create bulges under the clothing.

Bra fitting check up in the shopping time

Color :

Limiting the colour palette to one’s wardrobe to 3 or 4 main colours will add sophistication to ones look and make clothing easier to combine. Only purchase clothing in colours that flatter your skin, hair and eye colours – if you’re finding it difficult to determine which colours suit you best, consider obtaining professional advice from a colour consultant. Before buying, check how potential purchases look on you under natural lighting if possible, as store lighting can be deceptive.

Layering :

Layering pieces and accessories bring your wardrobe to life. For example, a white shirt on its own is simple and elegant but lacks personality – adding texture using pieces such as a vest, a waist belt, or beautiful statement necklace will create your individual style. Layering short sleeve and long sleeve tops under short sleeve/sleeveless tops and dresses creates different looks and extends your wardrobe.

Tips for Shopping:

  • At first make a family clothing budget for shopping.
  • Go shopping with a list of pieces to purchase that will enhance your existing wardrobe and stick to it.
  • Consider taking some of your own pieces (including shoes and accessories if necessary) with you to try with potential purchases.
  • Check clothing colours in natural lighting if at all possible
  • Check store return policies before you buy
  • Wear clothing that is easy to change out of
  • Only shop with friends and family whose style you admire
  • Remember that store lighting, mirrors and sales staff can be deceptive!
  • If it doesn’t make you look and feel wonderful and combine with at least 3 other pieces in your wardrobe, put it back.


Use or select latest design and seasonal trend pieces to give your wardrobe a lift and further increase the possible combinations. It’s difficult to create a workable wardrobe around fashion items only, and can leave you with an ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ feeling.

Care and Maintenance:

A key idea is to start thinking of your wardrobe as a collection – and treat it well. Appropriately cleaned, ironed, repaired (professionally when necessary) and correctly hung clothing will last longer and give you greater pleasure. If you are machine washing fine gauge clothes that don’t require dry cleaning or hand washing, use lingerie wash-bags (with clothing turned inside-out) on delicate machine cycle, as this will reduce pilling and stretching.

Storage :

Consider having your wardrobe space re-designed to correctly store your clothing. Follow some Essential Steps of Clothing Storage. This will prevent crushing, exposure to dust and grime, and susceptibility to mildew and moths. If this is not possible consider changing to wooden hangers and specialty hangers that provide correct support without causing damage.

Clothing Store


When you start your wardrobe planning, every member must also know how the family income is budgeted. Through budgeting, family members learn to spend money wisely, thus, saving money which could be used for other family needs. Resources such as time, energy, and utilities are also used well when income is budgeted. Every family member has different clothing needs. His/Her activities and family status in the family must be considered.



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