Ladies, today is the day we start to get your style and wardrobe in order!
Whether you work in or out of the home, have little kids at your ankles or grown adult children, are getting back in the workforce, are blissfully retired and focusing on your passions, or are simply ready to reconnect with yourself, this challenge is for you.
Our four-week series is for real-life women of all shapes, sizes, lifestyles, and budgets.
If you love classic style and want to make getting dressed a whole lot easier, this is for you.
Here’s How the Wardrobe Challenge Works:
Every Monday for the next four weeks, we share two challenges.
Taking your time with each challenge is essential, but just be sure to finish each challenge in order before moving to the next.
I designed the Wardrobe Challenge to build upon the previous week’s tasks.
You can follow along with the group (join our Private Facebook group to interact one-on-one) or go at your own pace.
I’ll be on a LIVE In our group today at 3 PM EST to review this week’s challenges.
Week 1: Finding Inspiration and Your Personal Style
Challenge #1: Discover Your Style
In 2007 I started my personal styling and shopping business, Kristel Closets.
The first appointment with a client would be in their closet, where we we talked about her clothing challenges, likes, and dislikes and did a quick edit.
During those first few hours, I noticed that almost every client had trouble describing their style.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that we needed a visual to articulate each client’s unique personal style.
So I created a series of pre-work for them to complete before our first appointment, designed to help the process move smoothly and efficiently.
I was always aware of our private clients’ investment when they chose to work with us, so this was a way to ensure we got on the same page as quickly as possible and spoke the same language.
Pull Inspiration Pictures
A big part of this pre-work was pulling inspiration pictures.
Clients who took the time to complete this tasks had the most success, and the same goes for participants of the challenge.
Do not skip this part.
Many of you are looking to streamline and simplify your wardrobe; others mentioned that they recognize style in others but have difficulty translating it for themselves.
And an overwhelming majority of participants say they simply have too much in their closets.
Without a clear understanding of your style, you will not be able to edit down your wardrobe.
This first challenge allows us to create a filter for future decision making. These inspiration pictures will help you purge your closet and shop better.
And you will begin to recognize what you like quickly.
We recommend Pinterest to help organize these images, especially for this challenge. It’s a great place to search for and share ideas.
Above is a snapshot of my personal board.
Pinterest Image Exercise
1. Log into/ Set Up an Account on Pinterest.
2. Create a Board called The Well Dressed Life Wardrobe Challenge.
3. Begin to search for images. When searching, type in words like classic style 2023, workwear 2023, casual outfits 2023*.
4. “Pin” those images onto your board, at least 20.
*Adding the year to your search word is super important, so the most current images show up in your feed.
For now, do not think about your body type, budget, or whether it’s appropriate for your life. Pin anything you like.
Challenge #2: Define Your Lifestyle
Our lives are continually evolving, but our wardrobes tend to stay the same.
If you have changed jobs, got married or divorced, had a baby, had another baby, left the workforce, retired, or you’re reseting after the past few insane years, this exercise will help you get clear on your needs.
To get a visual of how and where you spend your time, create a Lifestyle Diagram.
It’s easy; draw a circle on a piece of paper to create a pie chart. Now, break down your life according to percentages totaling 100%.
Include work, activities, travel, date nights, anything you spend time doing. It’s essential to see how you are spending your time and what is coming up on your calendar.
You might find you’re buying a lot for work but have nothing to wear on the weekends.
When I first did this exercise, I didn’t have enough options for social outings and date nights. Today, I need more sporty, casual pieces for weekends on a sideline somewhere.
Tip! We have had some participants take this very seriously! They went so far as to create an Excel spreadsheet and pie chart to capture their percentages.
Here’s My Lifestyle Diagram:
You can organize this in whatever way makes the most sense for you.
For example, we’ll have a few trips to Florida this fall and winter, so I’ll need some warmer weather pieces on hand, but then in the spring, with a million tournaments and regattas on weekends, I’ll need more athleisure.
Complete both of these challenges before you start the next round of challenges in Week #2.
And please note, for this Challenge, our Weekly Facebook LIVES will be on Monday’s at 3pm EDT, in our Private Facebook Group. If you can’t join us live, the video will be posts in the group and at the bottom of this post once the session ends. I’ll go over each week’s challenges, share some tips and answer all of your questions.