Whether you are a stay-at-home mom, professional businesswoman, entrepreneur, student, empty-nester, or jet-setter, you need to get dressed everyday. Every. Single. Day. I mean unless you live in a nudist colony – and then admittedly, this article isn’t for you. But for the majority of us, struggling with what to wear is a daily battle.
How many of you have stood in front of your closet and said:
- “I have nothing to wear!”
- “I hate getting dressed.”
- “I have so many clothes, but nothing goes together.”
- “Nothing in my closet fits.”
- “None of my clothes work for my current lifestyle.”
- “I can’t get rid of my clothes because they cost too much money.”
- “I might wear that gold sequined mini-dress someday.” Yeah right.
I thought so. That is the very definition of closet chaos. And it can be downright frustrating. Demoralizing. Exhausting. Paralyzing even.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, it should not be that way.
I want to help you replace your closet chaos with a closet full of confidence that comes from having a Wardrobe that Works. A closet that only contains clothes that make you feel beautiful, stylish, comfortable, incredible, invincible. I do believe that when you look good, you feel good and when you feel good you do good and you have good days – days where you can conquer the world. And we all want that.
Chance are, you have way too many clothes in your closet that don’t make you feel that way. Don’t feel bad. We all do. So part of calming the closet chaos will be to do a closet cleanse.
But not yet. So go ahead and breathe again, because we are going to ease our way into the closet clean out.
Building a Wardrobe that Works takes a number of steps. And it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time, and work, and let’s face it, money, to create a wardrobe that works – one that leaves you inspired and empowered. But, I promise, it’s worth the investment. Because once you see what a difference the right clothes can make you will never want to be stuck in the throes of closet chaos again.
There are 6 steps to building a confident closet: two Planning steps, two Preparation steps and two Practice steps
- Examine your Lifestyle
- Examine Yourself
- Examine Your Closet
- Make a List
- Shop Purposefully
- Revisit, Evolve and Restyle
Today we will be discussing the first Planning step – Examining Your Lifestyle. Next week we will look more in-depth at Examining Yourself. (I my opinion that’s the most important step in this whole process). Then we will move on to Preparation. And, finally, we will move on to the Practice steps.
The first step in creating a Wardrobe that Works is to do a little self-reflection. In order to ensure that you have the right clothes for your lifestyle you need to take a few minutes to think about your current roles and how you actually spend your time. Too often, we shop for the life we want to have, rather than the one we actually have. And a great percentage of our clothing goes unworn.
So, the very first step in the process is to get out a paper and a pen and draw a line down the middle. On the left-hand side of the page write “I am a . . .” and on the left side of the paper write “What I do . . . .” Beginning with the “I am a” column, list the variety of different roles you play each day. For example, you might be a mother, a student, a teacher, a nurse, a personal trainer, a lawyer, a CEO, an artist, a gardener, etc…. You likely have more than one role, so try and list them all because you will need clothing for each of your positions.
In the second column, list as many specific activities as you can related to each role. For instance, as a personal trainer you might: engage in networking and marketing events, exercise, develop and teach exercise classes, interview clients, train clients (demonstrate exercises), sell fitness attire, equipment and/or supplements, and/or assist clients with grocery shopping or recipe development. As a teacher you obviously instruct students, but you might also plan lessons, attend meetings, attend professional development workshops, participate in podcasts or webinars, speak at events, have recess duty, supervise clubs or sports, attend concerts, plays and sporting events, etc. . . . As a mother you might cook, clean, run errands, attend school meetings, attend appointments with your kids, play with your kids, do art projects, bake, go to church, and much, much more.
Of course you need something to wear for each and every one of these activities. Therefore it is crucial to take a few minutes to examine your lifestyle to see what kind of clothing your need in your closet.
Once you determine what roles you play and what activities those roles require you to participate in, then you need to examine yourself.