1-2-18 THIS WEEK: 10 Wardrobe Essentials

January 2, 2018, 8:36 am by MSP


It's January 2018. All of the festivities are behind us now. The ornaments are packed away, or soon will be, until next year. Our living rooms get reset back to their normal arrangements, and our lives beg us to hit the "reset button".

A new year always brings us opportunities for fresh starts and new beginnings. Part of starting over is reviewing what we can do better, how we can improve in areas we have failed in the past. Of course, eating healthier and moving more are always on the top of our lists. However, in order to really move our year forward on a positive note-I suggest an organized wardrobe! Wondering what your wardrobe really should have? Look no futher than this week's article, "10 Wardrobe Essentials".

It's the "back to routines" month. There not much happening this month, and these in-between days are often referred to as the "winter doldrums". It's the middle of a cold winter and all we can do is wait impatiently for spring. This in-between time is a good time to bed down, hibernate, and organize our closets....after all, we've got at least three months of cold and unpredictable weather remaining.


As the frigid air and dreary skies strongly insist on our patience;

it's time to bundle-up in comfy yoga pants and a snugly sweatshirt...

Start planning your wardrobe!

Plan your basic wardrobe now...soon fuzzy slippers will change into summer sandals!


Make this in-between time count. Instead of begrudging this time of year, use it to your advantage. This is the best time of the year to plan a master wardrobe! Just like you plan your spring garden when outside your window is nothing but snow and frozen tundra, this is also the best time of year to plan your wardrobe

Examine what you have in your wardrobe now...piece by piece. What really makes up the bulk of your wardrobe anyways? Do you have a lot of clothes, or not that many? What are you still missing as far as basics go? What do you wear almost everyday? What don't you wear often--and why? Ask yourself these questions as your go through your closet, item by item. Make this in-between time, a time well spent. 

What are the best wardrobe essentials for winter into spring? This week we explore the 10 best essentials that will make your wardrobe the most stylish one ever! 

There are 10 essential wardrobe items you can wear now to jazz up your winter outfits. These same 10 essentials will make up your early spring wardrobe too. Get this list of 10 Wardrobe Essentials this week!


Start Your Journey of Improved Style Today!


Trying to become a  Minimalist?

Yeah, me too. Yet, right now both of our closets are probably way too full. It's time to avoid the "fast fashion" trends. Instead, embrace owning fewer (quality) clothes-let's own fewer. In the process, we will become more stylish, yet spend less on clothing (over time). 

Join in on the conversation at MSP's Facebook Page. Let's support each other as we learn what we really need in our wardrobes. Together, let's avoid the trap of spending more in order to be more stylish. I assure you-this is not the case. You can look fabulous with a small core wardrobe!


MSP's Weekly Style Mission

Got closet clutter? I thought you might. So do I. With the buzz of activities during the holidays we never find enough time to keep our closets organized and the mess catches up with us. In fact, it's the holidays that creates the closet chaos in the first place. It always takes a little extra digging around in our closets to find that special Christmas sweater, or create a party outfit.

This week, let's slowly cull through our clothing racks, our closet shelves and drawers. Release the clutter--then organize what is left. How do you store things in your closet? Do you have some creative/clever ways of storing your 'stuff'?! 


This week's Style Mission: Store your accessories and clothing--creatively! 

How about tying your long scarves around a shower curtain tension rod?


Check out these cool closet-dressing area ideas...


Repurpose a baking rack to display your earrings (and necklaces)...



This costs NOTHING to make!!! Yet, twine and cup hooks are quite effective for displaying hook earrings!


Paint your closet a fun, bright color...

Making it a happy place to visit first thing every morning!


What SYSters Are Saying



I've subscribed to your Personal Profile for about two years now and want to share with you another way I utilize the weekly MissusSmartyPants Personal Profile.  Before MSP, my wardrobe mostly consisted of dark, baggy clothes in hopes of covering up the fact I was overweight.  Now, based on your wonderful advice, I'm proud to wear close-fitting clothes in a variety of colors that are good for me. 

I found another great way to use your weekly profile suggestions.  I print out the page, "MissusSmartyPants Selects" which shows an outfit recommended by you that includes clothing, shoes, and accessories.  I place the sheet inside a clear page protector, punch a hole in the margin, and hang my collection on a jump ring.  I keep these "outfit suggestions" hanging near my closet to give me great ideas for putting together an outfit I wouldn't think of doing myself. 

I'm currently in a weight loss program and have lost about 10 lbs.  The incentive behind my becoming healthier has lots to do with how I feel about myself since I've learned how to dress for my body shape and size! So thank you for that. 

I've had lots of fun mixing and matching different outfits rather than being in a rut.  

Thanks so much for all your great advice and encouragement.

 Love, Tina


"Help! My Black Pants Have Faded!"

Dear MSP,

I remember reading about black pants that don't fade. I have worn black cotton/spandex flares that fade badly and constantly need to be replaced. Please let me know what black pants you have recommended in the past that hold their color well.

I like to look put together for my job in a lab but I quickly look shabby with my faded black pants. Please help!

Thanks. Theresa

PS I have made wonderful clothing choices since subscribing to your service!!!!

MSP HERE: Hi Theresa,

It's not always easy to keep black pants black looking new.

Here are some tips to help you… First of all, always wash them INSIDE OUT and in COLD water, and tumble dry only if you must. It is best to line-dry black pants (and dark denims) to keep the finish looking new.

Cotton and other natural fibers tend to fade more quickly. If this happens and you still love the pants--try dyeing them with RIT black dye. You can use a large plastic bucket or the washing machine. (follow the package directions) Soon you will have like-new black pants again!

Love, Leslie MSP