Happy Friday, Ladies!
Today we wrap up our last set of challenges for our Spring 2022 Wardrobe Challenge.
We’ll focus on discovering new outfit combinations you already own, make sure you have what you need for all aspects of your busy life, and create a strategy for going forward.
But before we jump in, I have to thank everyone for participating with such enthusiasm!
This week is going to wrap up the challenge, but not the process.
Remember, it takes time to put all this into practice.
That’s why so many women do this challenge every season.
Once you figure out what you need, it’s time to do the work to not only find those items but figure out how to translate all those gorgeous inspiration pictures into an outfit that will work with your lifestyle, budget, and body type.
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Week 4: Create New Outfits and Write Your Wish List
If you haven’t completed week 3, please do that first. Do not stress out if you are just starting, or feel like you’re running behind. This is suppose to be fun and support is available in our Facebook group no matter where you are in the process.
If you are having a hard time letting go of some of your items, read this post about the mindset shifts we need to make in order to gain control of our closets.
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, discover an old favorite, or simply get re-inspired.
And there is just something so motivating about a clean, tidy closet.
To guide you, use your curated Pinterest boards and your lifestyle diagram.
The idea is not to replicate each look. Instead, be inspired by them. Look at the color combinations, pattern pairings, layers, and accessories. Those are the essential elements.
And here is a fun, new part to the challenge. Pick on of your pins and recreate it with what you have.
Then, post a picture of the pin and your outfit in our Private Facebook Group and I’ll pick one (1) random winner next Friday afternoon and they’ll get a $100 Nordstrom Gift Card!
Here’s how it works:
1. You MUST be a member of our Facebook Group.
2. You MUST post both photos in the same post. One must be your inspiration look and one must of you in the outfit.
3. Please only post once.
4. You may begin posting today, 1/28, until Thursday, 2/3. Once you post your photo, you’ll be entered to win a $100 Nordstrom Gift Card at random.
5. In your post description, please put – WDL Outfit Challenge so I can easily find it and ensure you are entered.
Here’s an example of how I recreate a look:
I pinned this image of Victoria Beckham because I love how it mixes casual and elegant elements.
To be clear, there is no one on earth LESS like Victoria Beckham than me.
We have different body types, I’m a foot taller, probably a hundred pounds heavier, and our lifestyles and budgets aren’t even in the same stratosphere. LOL.
It’s not the same outfit, rather, it’s inspired by the pin, which is likely made up of pieces from her own collection and other brands I can’t afford.
Instead, I pulled out my favorite dark skinny jeans (not sure how they still fit), an inexpensive white blouse from Amazon, my camel coat from H&M and heels, yes, heels.
Don’t want to wear heels yet? Go with neutral pointed flats instead.
I felt fantastic, like my pre-pandemic self. And I was able to get dressed quickly and easily.
Now, I can use this look as a base and swap out the blouse for a striped long sleeve tee, replace the pumps with crisp white sneakers and as the weather turns, replace the wool jacket with a camel trench.
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.
AND share your shopping list in our FB Group. I use all of the conversations on that feed to help create posts for each season and will use many suggestions in our Outfit Formula series.
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 to get back on track.
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.
Join me in our Private Facebook Group for a LIVE Q&A!
This week we’re doing our Facebook Private LIVE Chat Today, Friday April 22nd, at 2PM EDT.
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