Hint – it’s knowledge AND a feeling.
Shopping IS fun, but if the psychology behind the WHY isn’t right you’ll stay in a pattern of consistently bad (fashion related) habits that will keep you stuck;
*Buying the same thing on repeat
*Wearing the same thing on repeat
*Hating your wardrobe, being in a creative rut, and shopping on a whim to fill a void (that isn’t fashion related) that leaves you saying “I have nothing to wear!”
After working in the Fashion Industry for over 18 years I’ve seen alot in the way of shopping habits and many, many wardrobes. Which is why I believe every woman (and man) should empower themselves to make informed purchasing decisions that creates a beautiful wardrobe and evokes joy and fun in the process.
So below, I’m sharing the key steps I use when working with Personal Styling clients to get them back to having a functioning and workable wardrobe that does just that!
Start by looking at what you already HAVE. This is where you will be super honest about what’s lurking in all the corners/closets/storage bags and taking stock of it all. This naturally brings up emotions because like we do with music, we often attach a time, place, person or occasion with alot of what we’ve worn and whether it’s good or bad, we can sometimes hang onto pieces that no longer serve us in the way we need. You’ll also start seeing a pattern in how you buy – we gravitate towards the things we love (der) but over time we end up having TOO MANY of a certain thing – sometimes it tops, dresses or even shoes.
Then think about what you NEED. This is where classic wardrobe items come in. Pieces that are going to go with everything you already have in your wardrobe, the fundamentals, those pleasure pieces that come out and play season after season...you get the idea. But if you are unsure of what the wardrobe classics are – sign up to my newsletter and receive my free Top 3 wardrobe classics pdf – straight to your inbox and a great starting point for anyone wanting to turn their wardrobe around!
Next up is FABRICS + FITS. This is a great time to jump online ( are we ever offline?) create an album, title it “Wardrobe Inspo” and start saving some of your favourite fashion looks. This is a fun process as it’s not just stalking for quick fashion gratification – its research (knowledge is power!) into what you like, what makes you feel good, what fabrics certain items are and even where you might find them.
It’s now onto LIFESTYLE + BUDGET. Totally necessary if you are going to go forth and reclaim your wardrobe. What do you do with most of your time? How do you spend your weekends? What do you want to invest in? Once you start asking these questions, it will give you more insight into what you'd like your wardrobe to be and how you want it to work for you.
If you have started doing all of these steps or atleast read them (!) you can already FEEL it’s becoming a thoughtful process. It’s arming you with knowledge, it’s made you step back and think about your wardrobe as whole – as it is now and what you want it to be. It’s made you think outside the square but create clever boundaries. This is what Purchasing with Purpose is all about.
I’d love to know your thoughts! What’s been your biggest take away from learning how to #PurchaseWithPurpose ? Comment below!