Basic Wardrobe Planning Strategy #1:

Be Smart, Be You

Your basic wardrobe planning should reflect not only your industry and aspirations, but it should also reflect your personality, who you authentically are…to a degree, that is.

What Do You Mean, "Real Basic Wardrobe Planning"?

Add a jacket, replace these pumps with some stylish closed heel/toe ones, push the glasses up a smidge, and "Marilyn-at-Heart" is ready for the stuffy traditional industry meeting, even though she doesn't look a bit stuffy.

Creative Industry, Creative Fashion-Forward Look

This outfit is appropriately expressive in the fashion or some other creative industry, but isn't quite right for a traditional industry meeting.

Business Suit Inappropriately Sexy

If "Marilyn-at-Heart" showed up at the bankers meeting in this suit, where do you think the focus would be? Correct, probably on her body, instead of her brains.

Almost Appropriate Business Casual

Add a jacket, replace these pumps with some stylish closed heel/toe ones, push the glasses up a smidge, and "Marilyn-at-Heart" is ready for the stuffy traditional industry meeting, even though she doesn't look a bit stuffy.

If you’re “Marilyn Monroe” at heart, wearing a stuffy, stoic, stereotypical librarian styled, mud-colored women’s business suit, it might result in some sort of identity crisis for you…on the other hand, if you showed up for an important meeting of fellow bankers wearing a business suit like one of the tight, figure-exposing one that Marilyn’s character wore in Guys & Dolls, you’d probably end up being disliked by the women, being hit on by the men and not getting much respect from anyone in the meeting.

Be True to You and Your Fashion Style

So, the strategic way for you to be smart, while remaining true to who you are, might consist of a clothes wardrobe with a hint of spice and enough industry-legitimate flair to help fuel your professional aspirations from VP seeker to Executive Assistant gonna-be.

That’s Strategy #1…Be Smart, Be You.

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...if you're ready, move on to one of the next strategies or feel free to go back to the introductory wardrobe planning page:

Basic Wardrobe Planning Strategies to Build a Wardrobe

Learning how to build a wardrobe using simple wardrobe planning strategies is critical to developing a business clothes wardrobe that creates a goal-oriented, authentic appearance that gets you noticed by representing your true fashion style.

Basic Professional Attire Planning Strategy #2

Strategy #2 challenges you to commit to looking your best in clothes that fit your figure and compliment your personality…uncompromisingly choose your best fit and styles.

Basic Business Wardrobe Planning Strategy #3

Strategy #3 encourages you to use wisdom and savvy when making your business clothes selections…make smart choices.

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