How to Build a Wardrobe You Love

I know I'm not the only girl out there who has stood in front of her closet and said, "I have nothing to wear!" However, that doesn't have to be the case! I've compiled some of my favorite tricks and tips that will help you build a wardrobe full of clothes and outfits you love, that are appropriate for the lifestyle you lead. For most of us, a wardrobe overhaul can't happen overnight due to budget constraints, but if you slowly adopt a few of these tips, I can guarantee you'll have a closet full of clothes you love in no time!

1. First, clean out your closet. To pad out your shopping budget, try to consign or re-sell the clothes that are in good condition that don't work for your current body or lifestyle.

2. Be honest with yourself. Do you really need any more cocktail dresses? I probably have a dozen, and haven't worn one in months. Have you gained (or lost?) a few pounds? That's okay, but you'll be much happier in jeans that fit your new body, and not the one you wish you had.

3. Ask yourself this question: What is the first thing you wear right after you do your laundry or dry cleaning and have your entire closet available to you? Whatever that item is, buy things that are similar to it, or even the same item in varying colors. Chances are, that's your favorite clothing item, and the one that best fits your lifestyle. Conversely, don't buy any more of whatever item hasn't been through the wash in months, because you're not wearing what you have, so you really don't need another item to hang unworn in your closet.

4. Next question: Which occasions most frequently induce the dreaded "nothing to wear" syndrome? Is it your daily work wardrobe? Girls' night out? Date night? Or did you just start working from home, and need some more casual clothes that aren't yoga-pants-casual?

After you've figured out where your wardrobe needs the most help, the fun begins!

5. Spend some time looking for photos of outfits you love that work for your lifestyle, and assess what pieces you own, and what you need to buy. To make things easier, try creating a Pinterest board for this one!

6. Figure out a clothing budget for the next few months.

7. Next, decide what are the items you need right away, and buy those items first, and continue to save for items you need but don't fall into the "urgent" category. Make a list, and I find it helpful to add items you may want to purchase to a Pinterest board- you can check back in every now and then and see if anything you're looking for has gone on sale.

8. Really, I can't re-iterate this enough: it's important to make a list, just like you would for groceries, so you don't wind up reverting to old habits.

9. Spend the most money on the items you wear the most. While it might seem like you should spend the most money on special occasion items, doesn't it make so much more sense to buy higher-quality items that you wear weekly? You'll spend less in the long run by not having to replace cheaper versions every few months.

10. I find it helpful to take a trusted, honest friend/sister/mom shopping. While that look you saw on Pinterest may seem like a good idea, it may not work with your body type, and sometimes we all need a second opinion to help us see the light!

11. Finally, only buy clothes that you love, fit, and flatter your current body. All of the above points are moot if you bring home clothes that don't make you feel like your best self!

So tell me, what are your tips to building a wardrobe you love?


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