If you’ve opened your closet to get dressed and feel discouraged because you don’t know where to begin, you’re not alone. Studies show that 10% of women say they feel depressed every time they open their closet doors. Overstuffed, unorganized closets and drawers can get your day off to a stressful start, especially if it makes you late.
But where do I start? I am overwhelmed! Today you will learn how to have an organized quality wardrobe and the end result will be a closet full of items you love! You will come away with a focused mindset which ultimately leads to success and sparks joy.
The first thing to do is to take a few deep breaths. Now step back and do not try to analyze what you are looking at. This may make you anxious. Commit to set aside 3 to 4 hours to work on your wardrobe. If you can enroll a partner, a person who is organized, an individual who can help you make decisions, and whose style you admire. Having a second pair of eyes will help ensure your success. If you can only recruit someone via Zoom or Facetime take advantage of the opportunity.
Make sure you have a good meal, wear something that’s easy to take on and off, and have a huge bottle of water, you are going to need it! The first thing to take into consideration is the current season. If you are in-between seasons or live bi-coastal then that is what you prepare for.
Take into consideration your lifestyle. Do you work from home? What social events do you have coming up soon? Is it best for your outfits to go from day to evening?
Designate the closet and or drawers you will get dressed out of. Everything that cannot be worn this season, move to the back of the closet or remove if you have another home for it. For example, if it’s the fall season, then that’s what you will work on. You want to create 15 to 20 outfits, all the items will be interchangeable ensuring you repeat the same items in different ways. The purpose of this exercise is to remix your wardrobe! You want to wear your everyday items in an unexpected but cool way. This is where your style buddy comes in.
The first rule is if you don’t love it, don’t buy it, don’t wear it, and don’t put it in your closet. Just because something is on sale doesn’t mean you need to purchase it. Make purchases with power by buying what fits great, looks fabulous, is comfortable, and makes you feel good. With that being said, take out 4 structured blazers, 4 cardigans or long dusters, perhaps break it up into 2 cardigans and 2 dusters. Take out a variety of 7 dresses (ie. sweater dress, tea length, LBD, etcetera) 7 jeans (black, dark blue, cream, velour, bootleg, distressed, and corduroy), and 4 dress pants you will wear this season. Grab 6 thin sweaters, 4 dress sweaters, 4 thick sweaters, and a handful of your favorite graphic tees for layering. Make sure to include accessories such as scarves, hats, and belts. Make sure to include colors, patterns, and fabrications that make you happy! If something is a great price at Zara but itchy as hell, leave it in the store. Workout clothing doesn’t count here, that’s completely separate. You can handle your workout clothes on your own, sweats included.
Set aside no more than 3 handbags that you will rotate for the next 90 to 120 days. You can choose the best shoes for this season as you make outfits. The best way to start is to make 5 outfits for that week. If you can make up to 15 outfits go for it. Mix it up and do your best to be creative. Include an evening look for going out, you never know when an event will pop up and you should always have an ensemble that’s ready to make an entrance.
When it’s all said and done, take a few deep breaths and have your favorite drink. Welcome to your fabulous wardrobe! It’s going to be such fun when you get to choose an outfit based on your mood or what you want to look like on any given day! Getting dressed will be easy when you’re choosing a pre-styled look. You will be confident when you love all the garments you own. You will enjoy your clothing, the clothing that you purchased! You will be empowered to purchase when you buy investment pieces and not items you eventually don’t like or don’t wear. Your focus will be profound when your mornings can begin with ease and no pressure! Don’t you feel happier already? You should! You just set up a wardrobe you love and approve of! You are winning! Congratulations on completing your Wardrobe Remix!