We’ve all done it. Looked into our wardrobe that is bursting at the seams with clothes and said; “Ahhh, I have nothing to wear!? But why is that? What is the number one reasons for us thinking that we have nothing to wear? The answer is quite simple. The number one reason for us having nothing to wear, is we buy clothes that are not suitable for our lifestyle. So, just spending some time assessing your lifestyle will definitely eliminate many of the frustrations you have with your wardrobe.
So when we talk about lifestyle, what do we mean? Well, let?s think about the “Saving It for Best Syndrome”. Many people fall into the trap of buying expensive items and then keeping them “for best”. So, you end up with loads of great clothes that you have spent loads of money on, just hanging in your wardrobe waiting for an occasion that is never going to come. Or you may end up with lots of outfits that are suitable for those special nights out – that rarely get used – and not many things for you actual daily life.
So, this is what it boils down to. A great wardrobe isn’t just about having amazing clothes; it has to reflect your lifestyle. Your wardrobe should be filled with clothes that you wear on a weekly basis – whether you are working in an office, taking the kids to school, or having drinks with the girls. Whatever it is that you do, day in and day out, follow these simple steps, and you can kiss those wardrobe tantrums goodbye for good!
Start by writing a list. Think about the main activities that you do in a week, and write them down. For example:
- Lounging at home
- Night out
Then, group together the activities that require the same sort of clothing and give them a label. For example shopping and doing the school run probably require similar clothes, so you could put these in a group titled “Day Wear” or “Casual Outfits”. Then, count up how many times a week you do particular activities and put the total figure next to your created labels. For example:
- Work – 5
- Fitness – 2
- Day Wear – 3
- At Home – 3
- Night Out – 2
The numbers you have next to each label represent the number of outfits you need for that particular activity on a weekly basis. So, think about not only what type of clothing you would wear but the frequency with which you might wear that outfit. So, if you work five days a week but wear the same outfit more than once usually, you might want to change your number next to work to 3 or 4, for example.
If you are more of a visual person, you might want to draw up some kind of pie chart to represent this, or an excel spreadsheet if you are more numerical. It doesn’t matter how you note it down, what matters is that you now have a clear idea of what your lifestyle looks like. Then, all you need to do is match your wardrobe up to your plan, one outfit at a time.
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