Wardrobe Re-Boot Roadmap

I’ve been reading the book “The Slight Edge” about the power of small changes sustained over time.  And thinking about how it applies to our wardrobe and appearance.

Makeovers you see in magazines and TV shows are usually a great showcase for the skills of a hair colorist, stylist and makeup artist.  Before & After photos are dramatic, but the lasting impact for the woman is negligible at best.

By contrast, small changes are relatively easy for a woman to do – nothing huge and dramatic- but cumulatively they add up to a sustained boost in confidence and a wardrobe that really WORKS.

  • Every item in your closet fits and flatters your coloring, your body and your lifestyle.
  • Every piece works into at least 3 great-looking outfits.
  • You have something to wear for any occasion that pops up in your life.
  • Your hair and makeup routines are quick and fool-proof.
  • You feel like a million bucks every time you walk out the door — and even when you stay home.
  • People don’t just say “What a great outfit”.  They say “You always look so lovely and put-together.”

Here are a few real-life client examples to inspire you before you read further:



Each week through 2017 we’ll explore one of those small steps – in a sequence designed to build on one another.  If you join the party part-way through the year, you’ll find all the previous steps still in place on the blog.

A great way to start is by watching my video class on the e-learning platform Craftsy.com. It’s a nice overview – a roadmap for where we’ll go, step-by-step, over the next 52 weeks.  Use this link for a 50% discount.  Although it is framed for women who sew their wardrobes, the information is every bit as relevant to women who buy ready-to-wear.  And the $20 discounted price is a pittance compared to the $$$ you’ll save by not making more wardrobe mistakes.  If you joined our newsletter community as a result of watching the Craftsy class you’re welcome to share your reaction in the COMMENTS section here.

You may also want a copy of my book LOOKING GOOD … Every Day.  It provides more detail on every topic we’ll discuss, and it’s loaded with pictures, artwork and charts to inform and inspire you. The “models” include women ages 22-80+, sizes 4 to 24 and a range of ethnicities.

You probably don’t realize this, but buying a book directly is much nicer than ordering from Amazon.com – which returns just pennies per copy to an author. 

I’m anxious to hear about and see photos of your progress as we move through the lessons, so keep your cell phones handy to snap some pix.

Let’s get started by creating a word-picture of the look you’d like to create for yourself.




About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Karen on January 25, 2017 at 5:58 am

    I definitely recommend Nancy’s Craftsy class as a good way to begin evaluating your wardrobe and making some positive changes. If you sew for yourself it helps you to look at the pieces you make as part of your whole look, not just as isolated items. Nancy showed me how to think in terms of outfits that work in many different ways. It integrates beautifully with SWAP (sewing with a plan) but would work just as well for someone evaluating an item on a sale rack – is it really a bargain if it doesn’t work with at least three other pieces in your wardrobe? Thanks Nancy, I’m looking forward to these newsletters, I’m sure I’ll learn plenty more.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 26, 2017 at 7:39 am

      Thanks for the nice comments. I don’t understand why there is so little conversation these days about building smaller, more versatile wardrobes instead of cramming closets full of cheap, disposable junk.
      A curated wardrobe of quality garments isn’t just easier for the woman who owns it. It also doesn’t rely on exploitive labor practices and doesn’t contribute to overwhelming global pollution. Forgive my soap box – but more about that issue later.

  2. Bobbie Calgaro on January 25, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I have really enjoyed using your Etsy class. I am planning a me made wardrobe and all of this will definitely help. I also recommend your book as it has lots of illustrations, photos, and good sensible advice. I think all of this is going to smarten up my retirement wardrobe nicely

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 26, 2017 at 7:07 am

      Glad to have you joining us, and look forward to updates as your progress toward your ideal wardrobe.

  3. Sharon on January 28, 2017 at 1:09 am

    I’ve got both your book (80’s fashion) and your Craftsy class which I’ve only just started to watch. I sew all my own clothes and have a small wardrobe that pretty much covers your points above. Now to think of a word picture.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 28, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Craftsy class tip: There is a setting that let’s you watch it at 1.5 or even double speed – a great way to gt a preview of all the info, then go back to any parts you need to watch in more detail. I use it all the time watching other people’s classses and just love it – doesn’t sound like chipmunks at all.
      Book tip: there’s lots of great new info in the updated version – as well as more contemporary artwork and a wider range of models by age, size and ethnicity.
      Now can’t wait to hear the word picture you come up with.

  4. Juliann on January 30, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I am so excited to follow along with this thread. I bought the new Looking Good Every Day book as soon as it came out, and it’s been such a wonderful guide to keep me on track with my mostly sewn wardrobe. The accessory capsule changed my life! (well, my closet life anyway) Can’t wait to hear more of what you have to say!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on January 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

      Even if it sounds superficial, changing our wardrobe DOES change our life. It reduces stress, enhances confidence, makes us feel more organized and in control. And those results change our lives even more in terms of the way others relate to us. Visually, of course, but also to the more self-assured persona we project. I actually heard all that from a client recently – welcome input on a day when I was feeling like a bit of a lightweight in the world, always focusing on people’s outsides. But she reminded me that outsides do so much to form our insides.

  5. Diane McCormack on February 6, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    I wish I sewed but I think I will see how this class goes since nothing is tackier than handmade with little skill. The arthritis is another reason not to learn a thing that requires dexterity that is why I am happy to hear that it even works for those of us that want to look good and lack the talent.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 7, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      I know you’ll find that all the advice in this series will apply to clothes from regular retail just as readily. And we’ll include shopping tips in future issues to help with tracking down the right items.

  6. Sherry on February 12, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I am reading ” The Slight Edge” , thanks to your tip ! How profound and life altering! Thus far , the content of this book really resonates with me and makes so much sense , thanks again for posting about it !
    You have been my wardrobe ” guru ” since your first book ( and I have the second one , also ) in the 80 ‘s. There is something about the mathematical aspect of a wardrobe capsule and the interchangeability of the pieces, with the resulting large number of outfits , that just mesmerizes me ! I have recently edited my closet contents, with a future move to smaller quarters in mind, and I found more outfits that I never knew I had, after culling out the orphans and the things I didn’t love. One problem for some of the excess was varying dye lots from purchases over several years. When I didn’t find ” close enough matches ” , I put the items in my donate pile. I have soft, medium Autumn coloring, and sometimes I have to wait years for my colors to come on the market, so when I used to see one of my colors for sale, I would just buy it, figuring that it would eventually go with something else in my closet. It didn’t always work that way, unfortunately, and I ended up with a crammed closet , and not many outfits ! So now I make sure that any new purchase is a darned close match to whatever I plan to wear with it ! Patience, patience, patience !

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 12, 2017 at 5:20 pm

      Glad you’re finding “The Slight Edge” book helpful. I’m trying to make my new mantra “Actions have consequences”. And glad you’re loving wardrobe capsules as much as I do. With the current increasing concern about the environmental and human toll of throw-away clothes, that relatively minimalist approach is gaining even greater relevance. A trick I have used with not-quite-matching neutrals — the array of navy tones, for example — is to toss several pieces into a dark navy dye bath for a while. They come out much ore able to “play together”. I can also appreciate the difficulty of finding a Core Four in a neutral other than black. I have been looking for a dark ash-brown grouping for my own wardrobe for literally 12 years without success. Even finding fabrics to sew one wasn’t working out, until I realized I could do a princess-seamed shell out of the same ponte I was using for skirt/pant/jacket and have my whole grouping match perfectly!

  7. Kathleen on February 18, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Hello Nancy,
    I’m so pleased I stumbled back onto your website last night. What you’re doing here is exciting. I bought 3 copies of your book maybe 3 years ago and never realized the author doesn’t get much when I purchase through Amazon; I appreciate that information. (I did purchase mine on your website, surprisingly)

    I wanted to respond regarding one of your recent comments above about focusing on the outside, perhaps too much. I’ve been working on my insides quite intensely the last 5 years, but my outsides are lagging behind. I have a good “foundation”, but have lacked the energy and motivation needed to improve my outsides. I believe what you said is true- that the outside presentation affects how we feel about ourselves. I’m trying to start up a sewing-based business, and the presentation of my style, my clothing, my overall health will be important to my success but I’m just dragging my feet. I purchased your craftsy class ( THANK you for the generous discount) and am hoping it will give me the jumpstart I need. Thank you for the inspirations

    • Nancy Nix Rice on February 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Nice to have you back with us Kathleen. Congrats on all the inside work. With that part of life under control, working on the outside should be a lot easier. Let me know if there are ways (beyond Craftsy, book and these blog posts) that I can help.

  8. Lisa on April 8, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Hi Nancy

    I bought your Craftsy class a number of months ago and have only just got around to watching g it. I love it! I’m in the process of going back over it to try and really imprint the concepts in my brain. Already I’ve got a much better understanding of what colours might suit me. I’ve done the silver/gold paper test, and believe the silver makes me look best. Dark brown hair with mid blue-green eyes and fair freckly skin, a bit pink-tinged now. I wouldn’t have thought of my neutral being dark brown but I think it works. I’ve bought more navy lately, having long been aware that black is no good on me. I’ve always been complimented on blues and greens and even purples, so that might tell me something.

    It looks like I can buy your “looking Good Every Day” book here in Australia and I can’t wait to get a copy.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on April 8, 2017 at 8:18 pm

      Welcome to the group, Lisa. It’s fun that through Craftsy I now have new friends all around the globe!

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