How to create the perfect wardrobe – the age old question on every women’s mind, right?!
In an effort to simplify my busy life, I have taken a lot of time the past several months/seasons to create my ideal wardrobe. I have felt convicted for a long time to cultivate a minimalist mentality to shopping and filling my closet. To focus on purchasing pieces that really fit my lifestyle as a work-at-home, mompruener with toddlers, and a social influencer, that are cohesive, pair well each other, and align with my casual, unexpected, effortless style. I am learning to not make the same shopping mistakes I have made in the past, that just end up in the consignment pile, or hang in my closet unworn, after each season.
In order to live out this new mentality of intentional shopping, I have put several basic principles of a minimalist lifestyle to practice…
- Organizing, simplifying, and curating
- Focusing on quality instead of quantity
- Only buying things I absolutely love
- Reducing unnecessary and excessive purchases
- Focusing on the basics
- Finding contentment with what I have
Of course, perfection is subjective, and in the case of a wardrobe it is a matter of your values, aesthetics, and lifestyle. However, these basic principles are universal.
THE PERFECT WARDROBE IS:
It fits your current lifestyle and you can wear the same items over and over again. If it’s full of pencil skirts, and blazers, but you don’t work in an office anymore, and you stay at home with your kids, it’s not exactly functional.
Full of Versatile, But Complementary Items
You can style individual items in multiple ways, but they work together seamlessly.
Mirrors Your Aesthetics
I would say my closet has a distinct aesthetic and color palette. I like simple pieces with a twist, an interesting cut or silhouette and a mostly minimalist color palette (black, white, grey, navy, blush, stripes ). However, while a color palette is useful in 90% of the cases, if you’re style is quirky and eccentric, different colors and patterns might be what your drawn to. But they must reflect your personality and sense of aesthetics. (See my post on how to define your personal style)
Is High Quality
Do not compromise on quality, quality fabrics that is. This is what ensures that your wardrobe will last more than 1 or 2 seasons. When buying your clothes and shoes clothes make sure you read the labels. Look for natural fabrics like cotton, silk, leather, merino wool, linen, as these will withstand the test of time. Steer clear of synthetics like polyester, acrylic, viscose (or rayon in the US), nylon, acetate, PU leather essentially comes from oil and coal, as opposed to the natural ones that come from plants and animal hairs, and are treated with thousands of other chemicals during production.
If reading this has prompted you to want to minimize your wardrobe, or revamp your closet to reflect your current lifestyle/needs, now is a perfect time to do it. Don’t settle for a mediocre clothes, or continue to mindlessly shop without direction or a game plan, or to not look and feel your absolute best! Trust me your wallet and your husband will thank you.
If you are needing one on one help starting a closet revamp, or maybe your just wanting to update what you currently have and get some fresh new outfitting ideas….then let me help you style your wardrobe & simplify your life! Book a closet curating session with me! Whether it is in-person (if your local to the Des Moines metro area) or a virtual session via Facetime or Skype. I have helped dozens of women all over the country cultivate a wardrobe they love, and I would like to help you do the same. For pricing info or to learn more about my closet curating services email me: [email protected]. Or head to my Facebook page to hear how women’s lives have been changed through they’re closet curating experience, plus watch helpful style tutorials and outfitting tips on my page.
I hope you found these tips helpful as you cultivate your own unique style, and purposeful wardrobe. Stay tuned for part 2 of “How to Build Your Wardrobe” later this week, as I share some easy and practical tips to begin.