4 Weeks to a Better Wardrobe: Part 2

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4 Weeks to a Better Wardrobe: Part 2

“Pin” Point Your Style and Start Your Purge

Challenge #1

Edit Your Pinterest Board

Review your Pinterest board and only keep what you love, delete everything else. You must LOVE every pin. (I know! It’s hard.) It’s important to note the difference between appreciating a style and liking a style for yourself. For example, I might pin Rachel Zoe in a head to toe sequin suit, because I appreciate it.  But I would never wear it, so I’d have to delete the pin. One of the reasons we go through this process is to help you become more definitive in your choices and intentional with how you dress.

Next, review your edited board and look for commonalities and consistencies. It might not be abundantly clear but stick with the challenge, it will start to show itself. You can keep pictures of outfits not quite right for your body type; we’ll get to that later. Your board is pure inspiration. Any style can work for any body type with the right fit and proportions. What we’re looking for here is a theme, did you pin more pants or skirts? Did you pin patterns or solid colors? What kind of material shows up the most?

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My Closet – Before – It’s not in bad shape but needs a little refresher.

Challenge #2

A Quick Closet Edit

Set up a workspace in or close to your closet. Designate three piles: one for your “keepers”, one for “donations”, and one for what I call “undecided.” Having a rolling rack for this exercise makes it easier to stay organized. I use mine for the “keeper” pile. Next, take your Pinterest board or other inspiration pictures into your closet.

While you’re in your closet, ask yourself these questions and try to come up with an answer:

Is your current wardrobe reflective of the style you love?

If not, what is your motivation for making purchases? (Sale price, impulse, need, etc.) 

What do you have more of, basics or trends?  

For example, my Pinterest board is mostly neutral and solid colors, yet I had at least a dozen printed blouses and tops hanging in my closet. There was nothing wrong with them, except I don’t like a lot of patterns. So why do I keep buying them? In my case, I thought I needed variety. Once I completed the exercise, I permitted myself to let go of what didn’t fit into my style.

You may not have many things in your current wardrobe that reflect your current style. (If you do, you’re way ahead of most of us!) It’s okay to feel frustrated. Take a deep breath and trust the process. Going through these steps will allow you to discover what you like, understand why you make certain decisions when shopping and eventually fill your closet with items you can’t wait to wear. The process of creating a cohesive wardrobe is not immediate. It takes time to curate your look, find the pieces that work best for you and, of course, work those purchases into your budget. But after this challenge, you’ll be off to a great start.

Now, with your inspiration pictures as your guide, QUICKLY, go through your wardrobe. (For more tips check out our post 6 Steps to Clean out Your Closet in 60 Minutes) Hold every piece up and ask yourself, does this get me to where I want to be?

If your answer is “yes,” put the item in your keeper pile or rolling rack.

If your answer is “no,” put it in your donation pile.

If you have no idea or don’t want to deal with it, put it in the undecided pile.

We’ll deal with those items next week. Do this quickly. The undecided pile is there to take away any pressure.

You will likely have to keep a few pieces that are just ok so you can get dressed in the morning. This is fine and expected. Put these in the undecided pile too. The most important part of this exercise is to see if or how much of what you are buying is reflective of your personal style.

Once finished, put the donations in a bag and right into your car. Get them out of the house! Hang and fold everything else. Put the undecided pieces back in your closet, behind the pieces you love, so your favorite items are the first thing you see.

Don’t focus on organizing anything yet (you can guess where we’re going next week).

Repeat the same editing process with your shoes and accessories.

Just getting started?  Be sure to follow each challenge in order. For week one follow the link below:
4 Weeks to a Better Wardrobe: Part 1

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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