I recently was asked to spend some time helping a friend choose an outfit for an event. We had so much fun! My friend said she was asked by a friend of hers (are you following me?) ... but how does she (meaning me) do it if she doesn't see much. My friend laughed and said - I don't know but she was really helpful and asked me how I felt a lot :). Inspite of not being able to see much, I am a real visual person. When I learned braille, I first visualized it before learning to read it through my hands. When I decorate, I get a real visual of the area in my head before deciding what to hang where. I have my yard visualized in my head. My favorite grocery store layout is visualized. I do the same with an outfit I am wearing. I start with thinking of the 'mood' that I am in - do I want something fun, colorful, or classy? Then, I generally decide on one item of clothing to begin. For example, in this outfit I decided I wanted to wear this orange and tan sweater and designed the rest of my outfit around it. I thought something a little lighter color as a jacket would work and then something a little darker for the pants. Rolling sleeves is a fun option for a jacket to dress it down a bit. I generally go to my jewelery last to pull it together. I decided to wear some metallic accents which then led me to my shoes to match.
Natalie , I learn in a few minutes what is the fun new trend (love it). Because the mirror is not helpful, I do a quick visual in my mind from top to bottom of what I am wearing to make sure it all matches. If I've tried something a little creative, I try to get someone who is sighted to give me their opinion. If no one is available, I often just take a risk!