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Shopping – When is the Best Time to Shop

By Angela Marshall, 17th Oct 2013

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Knowing the Best Time to Shop

Since becoming a trained image consultant and helping people to shop I have recognised the best time to shop isn’t always the same for everyone. Understanding when is the best time to shop can save you time, money and get you a better choice. The time to shop can vary according to your wardrobe personality and lifestyle. A casual personality type does not like spending and will always try to go when they hear there are sales. Fashion fads will go all the time looking for the latest fashion, resulting in too many clothes that they do not wear.

I myself, for example, like to shop in September and April/May. Why? It is easier to find my colours in these seasons, especially Autumn. I have very warm toned skin and my colouring is also soft and light, so bright cool colours plus dark colours are not best for me. I avoid winter and summer when buying key and classic items for my wardrobe.

Fabrics – My favourite fabrics are available in Autumn – jersey, cashmere, wool mix, cotton. They are not too heavy or too light, keep me warm as I feel the cold and do not crease. I can also wear them most of the year. You may prefer linen, light cotton, in which case summer is a better season for you to shop in.

Many people shop when they need something or have an event and often it is the end of season, so they cannot find their size and there is very little choice. It is much better to plan your wardrobe for each season and know what you need. Check out my blogs on How to have a great Wardrobe for Everyday Needs.

Small budget – for business clothes, especially men, you can buy shirts, ties, shoes, accessories (belts, cufflinks, and scarves) and suits in the sale. For women – shoes, tops, extra items to add to your existing wardrobe plus accessories (scarves, jewellery, and lingerie) are good sale items. The ideal time for buying better quality, than you would normally afford.  Do not wait until then if you know you need items during the main season. You will not get the choice you normally can early in the season.

CPW – think cost per wear, if you bought something early in the season at full price but by the sale have worn it loads then cost per wear may well work out cheaper.

New season clothes vary and seem to be arriving earlier and earlier in the shops, but in general the autumn and in between season arrives end of August/early September; winter items arrive October; spring- March/April and summer the end of April/May.

Sales – due to the difficult time for the retail industry there have been mid season sales and all types of offers. The main season usually starts 26th December – mid January and Mid June and July. The very end of sales is always worth looking at for items you cannot afford at full price. You may well get a bargain. I often purchase jackets that I know will go with lots of items and are more expensive than I wish to pay, at the end of sales.

On Line Shopping – this is a quick and easy way to shop and signing up for my newsletter will keep you informed about when they have offers and sales. Often brands will give a discount for 24 hours. It is also a good way to check out items you would like to add to your wardrobe and then be prepared to wait for the offers.

Key Reminders:

  • Know the season for the best colours that suit you.
  • What season of clothes you like the best.
  • What brands and shops you like and sign up for their newsletter.
  • Keep a note or ask the sales people when they generally have sales.

Happy Shopping!

Having a Great Wardrobe – Step Five

By Angela Marshall, 10th Oct 2013


A Great Wardrobe – Step Five

Over the last five weeks I have covered how to have a great wardrobe.  When you have completed the stages you should find you have clothes to suit your lifestyle and budget. Most of you should also have less clothes. However, some of you who have been rather poor in the past at keeping a wardrobe of clothes, may well find you have some more clothes but newer and better.  Remember! Having a great wardrobe is an ongoing project and it should always be looked at each season and very importantly whenever you change your lifestyle.

Here are some key reminders:

1.    Sort your wardrobe at least twice a year and get rid of old and unworn items.

2.    Check what you have in the wardrobe before you start shopping for the season.

3.    Go shopping with a plan or at least an idea of what you have and need.

4.    Love it madly, need it badly or don’t buy it.

5.    Cost per wear – the more you wear it the cheaper it becomes. So an expensive item can turn out a lot cheaper than a cheap item worn once.

Finally ensure you understand your wardrobe personality so that you feel good in your clothes as well as look good. Often people have items in their wardrobe they don’t wear and wonder why. Most of the time it is due to the style and fabric not suiting their personality.

For example, a casual personality is happy in linen even though it creases, whilst a classic would feel uncomfortable and prefer jersey or cotton that does not crease.

Romantics love colour, fancy detail and accessories, whilst classics look for simple timeless styles that are of good quality.

For more read my books:

Being Truly You – Discovering Your Own Unique Personality for Men

Being Truly You – Discovering Your Own Unique Personality for Women

I leave you with an added thought – “You are never fully dressed until your wear a smile”, so remember to smile. Why? It creates happiness in the home, fosters goodwill in business, is the sign of friendship and sunshine to the sad.

Next week I will cover “When is the Best Time to Shop”.

How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step Three

By Angela Marshall, 26th Sep 2013


Having an effective wardrobe makes life easy, it helps you keep to a budget as well as easing the decision of what to wear every morning.  The next stage is about planning what you have and what you need to purchase to suit your lifestyle.

Step 3- Planning What You Have and What You Need

Firstly assess your wardrobe.

You now need to ask yourself: “has my lifestyle changed recently?” What percentage of your life is?

  • Working – formal, informal.
  • Personal – casual, smart, sport, gym, relaxed.
  • Special Occasions – formal evening wear, nightclub or party wear.

Your wardrobe should be co-ordinated with versatile separates. Classic items (e.g. Women – suit, jacket, trouser, skirt, jeans. Men – suits, jacket, trousers, jeans, shirts, casual tops)) should be the basics and your wardrobe should be planned around these key pieces and then add fashionable items each season. Learn to mix and match your colours and styles in different ways. Ask yourself what slight adjustments you need to make e.g. buy a new top or shirt in the season’s colours that mix with several items and/or a few new accessories.

Here are some examples of planning lists:

Wardrobe Planning List – Men

Wardrobe Planning List – Women

Creating an up to date look —  you don’t have to be a slave to fashion, but it is important to keep a modern fresh look (an out of date dresser indicates an out of date attitude). Ask yourself what slight adjustments do you need to make e.g. a few new accessories are a quick, easy way to update your outfits, or consider adding a new shirt or top in the season’s colours that mix with several of your existing items. Check out magazines, browse the internet or look at merchandise in shops for ideas.

Accessories are essential — accessories are essential. They can update and change the look of your outfits from day to evening or just a different look. They also add a certain style and quality. Buy the best you can afford, sales are often a good time. A good quality belt makes cheaper quality trousers look more expensive and the same with your shoes. Your accessories say a lot about you and your personality. Choosing the accessories you like help to bring out your wardrobe personality.

You should spend around 30% of your clothes budget on accessories. Most people do not spend sufficient on their accessories or buy enough.

Next week I shall  give you some “shopping tips”.


How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step 2

By Angela Marshall, 19th Sep 2013

IMG_9504How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step 2 Organise Your Clothes

Having a great wardrobe makes life so much easier, both for getting dressed as well as looking good for whatever you do in your lifestyle.

Last session was about sorting your wardrobe. Step Two – the next step – is about “Organising Your Wardrobe”, putting the clothes you want to wear back in your wardrobe but organising them into some order so you can easily decide what to wear and quickly choose different items to wear on different occasions.

Here are 7 tips on how to organise the clothes you wear in the Wardrobe:

  1. Hang or fold in drawers your clothes in groups e.g. women – jackets, suits, skirts, trousers, jeans, blouses, dresses. Men – shirts (casual/formal), trousers, suits, jeans, t-shirts and jumpers. Hang outfits separately unless only worn together e.g. suit.
  2. Store similar shades of colours together (put a different colour between black and navy).
  3. Shoes should be in shoe-trees and either in boxes or on a rack.
  4. Hang belts on a belt hanger, in order to prevent cracking.
  5. Keep jewellery and cufflinks in a box neatly. Stones and pearls should be kept separately in order not to scratch.
  6. Fold scarves in a drawer or hang over a hanger.
  7. Remember to sort underwear, swimwear and nightwear.

Next week I shall discuss Step 3- Planning What You Have and What You Need in your wardrobe.


How to Have a Great Wardrobe – Step One

By Angela Marshall, 12th Sep 2013


Having a great wardrobe makes life easier when getting dressed each morning as well as helping you to keep to a budget. You will also feel a lot happier with your clothes which in turn gives you confidence.

The first stage for achieving this is to sort your wardrobe. By finding out what you have in your wardrobe you will have a better idea of what clothes you already have to wear to suit you and your lifestyle. You can then plan what items you need rather than going out and buying items you don’t need.

Sort Your Wardrobe

Firstly,  get rid of clothes you don’t wear, too old or don’t fit. You need to sort out what items you need to suit you and your present day lifestyle. Often only 20% of your wardrobe is worn 80% of the time. A wardrobe makeover leaves you feeling a lot happier with your wardrobe.

Here are some suggestions on how to clear out all the items in your wardrobe/s. Do this by taking all your clothes out of your wardrobe, cupboards or drawers and then divide them into five piles:

Five piles:

  1. Clothes that are too worn and old – go to the clothes bin or give to charity.
  2. Clothes you know you will definitely not wear – sell on eBay or give to charity.
  3. Clothes you definitely wear and look and feel good in; put back in the wardrobe.
  4. Clothes that need minor repairs – get them repaired or put in pile 1.
  5. The hardest! Items you do not wear because :
    • They don’t fit – wrong size
    • When you try them on you are not sure you like them.
    •  You don’t have anything to go with them.
    •  You just don’t want to part with them

Do not put them back into your wardrobe; put them in another wardrobe or a bin liner, if you have not worn them after 6-12 months then ask yourself  “why are you keeping them?” If you think it is because you have gone up or down a size ask yourself if you go back to that size will you wear the item? If you try the clothes on and you not sure you like them then wear them for a day or a few hours and ask yourself, when you take them off, did you feel good in them? If you didn’t then definitely get rid of the item. (Either wrong style or wrong personality type for you and learn from your mistake).

You will find you have a lot less in your wardrobe but you will have items you like and wear. Sort the items into categories and then colour e.g. skirts (women), tops, trousers, jackets. Then within those categories – black, grey, navy, blue etc.

This is the first step to ensuring your wardrobe works for you everyday, every occasion.  Step 2 to follow next week. Why not sign up to receive my blogs.

How to Have a Great Wardrobe for Everyday Needs

By Angela Marshall, 5th Sep 2013



With the weather starting to get colder in the morning and evening it will not be long before the autumn/winter clothes will need to be used. Now is a good time to check out the season’s clothes and get your wardrobe ready.  Some time spent on your wardrobe now will help you to have a “Wardrobe for your Everyday Needs”. If your life has changed then so does your wardrobe need to change!  Not only will it ensure you always “look the part” but your clothes also help you to “think the part!”

Having a Great Wardrobe

A great wardrobe is one that gives you a selection of clothes that mix and match, to suit your everyday needs, so that when you get up in the morning or go out in the evening you can quickly choose what to wear. A great wardrobe doesn’t happen overnight but takes some time. It is an ongoing project that needs to be adapted as your life changes. It needs to be checked out at least twice a year, preferably autumn and spring.

Taking some time to plan and organise your wardrobe is well worthwhile and it has long-term benefits and brings great results. It will also save you time and money.  Most people wear 20 per cent of their wardrobe 80 percent of the time, but it needs to be the other way around; the 20 per cent being the special occasional wear. Your wardrobe needs to suit your lifestyle and budget, but most importantly, the clothes need to make you feel good as well as look good. You don’t need to have lots of clothes to achieve this.

Your clothes need to reflect your wardrobe personality, body shape, lifestyle  and budget. It needs colours that compliment your natural colouring and make you look and feel good all the time not some of the time.

Over the next few weeks I shall give you guidance on the various stages to achieve a great wardrobe. This information, will help you achieve goals as well as give you great confidence and will help you throughout the rest of your life.


Are you planning on looking smarter and feeling better this year? If so then the first thing you need to do is sort and plan your wardrobe. This doesn’t need to cost money but you will feel a lot better when you have the clothes in your wardrobe you are actually wearing.

As an image consultant I help people to have a wardrobe of clothes that they enjoy and suit their colouring, bodyshape and that represent at their lifestyle and wardrobe personality.

Tips on how to give your wardrobe a makeover:

  1. Take all your clothes out and only put back what you are wearing and enjoy.
  2. Get rid of clothes you do not like or are worn out.
  3. Put the clothes you do not wear but do not want to chuck out into another wardrobe, bin liner or somewhere that isn’t in your wardrobe.
  4. Put your clothes in sections e.g. suits, trousers, shirts, tops, skirts, jumpers etc.
  5. Look at the clothes you have and see how you can mix and match the items.
  6. Make a list of what you need
  7. Don’t forget accessories change your look and an easy way to change or update your clothes

If you need help then contact Appearance Management

Building a Successful Wardrobe

By Angela Marshall, 30th Sep 2009

Stylist Gok Wan says “Shop less, wear more”. How true.


I watch so many women shopping that haven’t given any thought to what they are buying, what it will go with or when they will wear it. Often people panic buy or don’t recognise what suits their colouring, body shape or wardrobe personality and therefore are ultimately not happy with the item when they get it home.
As an image consultant I have noticed:
Women – Too many women say they have ‘nothing to wear’ whether it’s for work, a special occasion or going out for the evening. Yet they have lots of clothes in their wardrobes. This is where the 80:20 theory comes in. Often 80% are clothes that don’t fit, suit their personality or are inappropriate for their lifestyle; there may also be too much black. The result is they only wear 20% of the clothes in their wardrobe.Men – generally don’t sort out their wardrobes.  They hoard things so their wardrobe is full of old clothes and often ‘make do’ on weekends. They need to build a wardrobe to suit the activities they have in their lives e.g. business meetings, sporting events, dinner with friends, going out to eat, school events, entertaining at work or at home. The need to ensure they dress for their business and social life, you never know who you may meet and first impressions count for ALL occasions.



7 Tips


  1. Sort out your wardrobe, get rid of what you don’t wear or at least put it in a  different place.
  2. Organise what you have and check out what you need.
  3. Mend items that need repair.
  4. Send items, which need it, to the cleaners.
  5. Basics – acquire those first.
  6. Mix and match – gone are the ‘wear-once fast fashion days’, choose items with quality that have longevity and can be teamed with other items.It is one of the best ways to save money on your wardrobe wants.
  7. Shoes and accessories – all you actually need are a few basic designs and colours; these you can use for most events!

Need help with your wardrobe? After seeing Appearance Management, clients find they have a smaller wardrobe yet feel they have more to wear and are surprised how little they need to purchase. Appearance Management will save you money and you will have the 3 Ws – a workable, wearable wardrobe!

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