Hello, friends! This week we are going to reflect on what we’ve already got in our closets and figure out exactly what we are trying to achieve. You’ve got three major tasks: cleaning out your closet (if only in your head), figuring out which Level of Formality you’re going to focus on, and find the balance between your aspirational style and the reality of your lifestyle.
The first thing I want you to do this week is go through your wardrobe. Figure out what you have, what you love, what you wear a lot and take note of why. I’m not going to ask you to toss the rest, but it is a good idea to store it away so it can’t distract you. I only keep about half of my clothes accessible at a time. I find limiting my choices makes it easier to easily put on outfits that I love. Be extremely critical. You’re not getting rid of these clothes (yet), so there’s no reason to keep them in your closet and feel guilty about not wearing them.
The next step is figuring out what your needs are. What season and area of your life do you find you never have the right clothes for or hate what you wear? I recommend picking one season Level of Formality to hone in on to make things more manageable to start. You can fill out your closet later, but right now we need to prioritize. For a lot of people, this is going to be Level 3 (everyday workwear) as we all continue to adjust to working from home.
The last thing I want you to do is collect inspiration. What would your aspirational wardrobe look like if money, time and reality weren’t factors? Then think about what your time, money and lifestyle actually look like. The wardrobe you plan for yourself is somewhere in between.