DIY Wardrobe Makeover

While most of us wake up in the morning and lament about how we have nothing to wear, Andrea is one of those who goes shopping in her own wardrobe. Walking into her walk-in wardrobes in her first home in Singapore, and Texas was like walking through Wonderland. Cute green coat, wicked boots, one after another after another of timeless black dresses. It's like being in a VOGUE closet but better - we're about the same size!

Being the stylist of the dynamic twosome that we are, Andrea asked me to help me cull her wardrobe. We came, we saw, we conquered. [And then after that, we went on ASOS and shopped some more.] Check our video blog:

The best way to start culling a wardrobe is to know what you need in a basic wardrobe. Some stylists insist that people need a few basic things in your wardrobe -like owning a good pair of jeans; but I almost never wear jeans so it's not a staple I need.

Wardrobe essentials need to be:

* Trendproof: you can wear them year after year without looking like you just stepped out of a time machine. A well-fitted black blazer with cuffs rolled up that you can throw on over a t-shirt and chinos for a day event, or worn over a silk camisole & dress pants for a meeting.

* Flexible: You can dress 'em up or down: throw on a snazzy necklace and you're ready for a night out or a pair of sandals and you're ready for a movie date.

While wardrobe foundations are different for everyone, if there are a few things every woman needs, they are

1. A pair of neutral-coloured flats. 2. A pair of sexy heels 3. A little black dress 4. A piece of statement jewellery or accessory you can always depend on [I usually turn to my mother's vintage gold ring, my YSL oval arty ring, or my Dad's chunky Omega Seamaster] 5. A leather bag that is not seasonal. 6. Good underwear

Everything else, whether it's swimwear, office suits, shirts and other knick knacks are secondary and are dependant on your style, and the climate of the country you live in.

Good luck! I'll be more than thrilled to help you out with building a basic wardrobe! ;o)

P.S.: Check out Andrea's blog for her top tips to putting your look together!