Fall 2018 Well Dressed Life Wardrobe Challenge: Week 4

4 Weeks to a Better Wardrobe - Part 4 - The Well Dressed Life
Four Weeks to a Better Wardrobe - Week 4 - The Well Dressed Life

Our last challenge focuses on discovering new outfit combinations you already own, making sure you have what you need for all aspects of your busy life, and creating a strategy for going forward.

If you haven’t completed week 3, please do that before you get to this one. And take your time! There is no rush. These posts will remain on the site for you to reference. If you use Pinterest, you can pin these to a board for easy access.

Four Weeks to a Better Wardrobe - Week 4 - The Well Dressed Life

Week 4: Create Your Wish List and Pick Your Ten

Challenge #1

Create new outfits

Spend some time in your clean and organized closet.

Doesn’t it feel so good?

With the clutter removed you might be amazed at the outfit combinations you never noticed. Every time I go through this process I always find a new way to wear something or rediscover a favorite old piece.

To guide you, use your curated Pinterest boards and your lifestyle diagram. Try to recreate a few of the looks for each of your categories. You don’t need to completely copy it, just be inspired by some of the looks you pinned.

A good tip to consider is to use Pinterest as a search engine. Say you have a pair of black jeans.  Simple type “black jean outfits” into Pinterest and be amazed at how many ideas you’ll get.

Remember to use your entire wardrobe. Break up “sets,” and incorporate pieces you are saving for a yet to be schedule special occasion. Take pictures of your outfit options and keep them on your phone so they are at your fingertips when you need a reminder.

Challenge #2

Write your shopping list.

As you work through your wardrobe, creating new looks, jot down what you need to create more outfits.

Could you use a different style pant?

Maybe an updated shoe would pull several outfits together.

You might need something as simple as a cami so you can start to wear a lightweight sweater.

Write down anything that would add more life to your existing wardrobe.

Keep this list with you (I keep mine on my phone) and ONLY PURCHASE FROM THE LIST! By doing so you will stay focused, and your wardrobe will become more functional. If you buy things that are not on the list, you’ll end up with a closet full of items you don’t need all over again.

Join Us For an In Depth Q&A

Facebook LIVE Q&A

Monday October 22nd

1 pm – 2pm EST

I know you have lots of specific questions about what you might need, how to pull things together, where to find things and the best way to dress different body types (working on a in depth post to dive into this). Add your questions below in the comments, and join us for a Facebook LIVE Q&A next Monday, October 22, and 1pm EST.  And I’ll answer all your questions!

BONUS

TEN for TEN Challenge

Next Tuesday we’ll wrap up our Fall Wardrobe Challenge with what we are calling our Bonus Ten for Ten.  This is a simple way to start to think about your wardrobe as a capsule.

Here’s what we’ll do:

  • Pick 10 wardrobe basics.
  • Starting next Tuesday, 10/23 we’ll create 10 days of outfits using only those 10 pieces.
  • Shoes and clothing count as a piece, accessories and jewelry do not.
  • Don’t go too crazy with this, it’s more an exercise designed to provide some take aways rather than a regimented process.

There has been a lot of talk about capsule and minimalist wardrobes.  For this challenge see if it’s for you.  Maybe it’s a relief to have a uniform to grab and wear. Perhaps you need more of a thoughtful, curated wardrobe with a few more pieces. Or maybe you love lots of variety.

Whatever the take aways, we’ll do it together!

Enjoy your new space and the fresh start!

Your closet won’t always look this great. Life will get busy, and you’ll need to regroup. The good news is it will be so much easier to keep it tidy now that you have a system. I follow this process twice a year only it doesn’t take four weeks; it takes about an hour.

Remember that your wardrobe is ever evolving. You’ll never be “done.” There will always be something on your shopping list, an item that needs to be replaced or a new look you want to try. I hope that after this exercise, you start to hold your purchases to a higher standard and realize you don’t need so much, you just need the right options for you.

 

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.

4 Comments
  1. This process has been wonderful for me to determine who I am with regard to image. Thanks for sharing your talent and insight.

  2. I love clothes! My closet is splitting at the seams, I’d guess you’d say I’m shopaholic! What I’m going to do with all of the pieces that I need to get rid of? I’ve taken a lot to consignment a store, I need to stop buying! HELP!!!

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