“Building a wardrobe is like building a circle of friends your whole life…Your own beauty is to be yourself, but of course we need tools and accessories.” Diane Von Furstenberg
Fashion can be a tad bit overwhelming especially for those of us who are novices to the fad or are fairly miserly when it comes to investing on durable, stylish and trendy looking clothes. But fashion is an integral part of life—it is a core matter as it fundamentally reflects how we perceive ourselves in our manner of dress. As a matter of fact, fashion can either work to our advantage or to our detriment, by dressing appropriately and relatively well, we give the people observing us a good impression of who we are while dressing poorly would tend to make them misjudge us. This is why those of us who are fashion enthusiasts would actively invest in building a good wardrobe, but building a great wardrobe with choice pieces is not exclusive to fashion forward individuals alone.
Building a great wardrobe is also for those who would want to create a personal style, for those who have lost or gained a significant amount of weight and want to remain fashion forward without cycling through the same pieces throughout the week and some may just want to incorporate big changes to their individual styles. These may just be some of the reasons why one would be trying to build or rebuild their wardrobe but what you need to keep in mind is that as your style evolves, so should the contents of your wardrobe. Fashion may be cyclical but there is a constant and imperative need for you update your wardrobe, clean out the contents that are outdated and keep rebuilding. Remember, building and rebuilding your wardrobe does not happen overnight as finding and defining your personal style would not happen in a single day, so be patient and start by having an awareness of what your style truly is—whether it be an eclectic mix between big retail brands and wholesale pieces or a dynamic fusion of vintage and classic styles, just be sure you are comfortable with it. Then, you can follow the simple steps below in commencing the structure of your personal wardrobe with great pieces that are uniquely you.
Assess your lifestyle
A very big factor in determining what kind of clothes you should be investing in to build your wardrobe, you need a closer look at the kind of lifestyle you have. An introspection into one’s kind of life is in order to structure the appropriate wardrobe for yourself and asking the right questions as regards yourself is integral to this. Determine whether you work in a professional environment, from home or are retired. Check if you have the lifestyle of an always on-the-go mother or a retired homemaker. Take a look at your surroundings and your environment; are you in the city more often? What is the weather like in the place you live in? What kind of things do you do during your free time? And lastly, consider how you want your wardrobe to be: Do you want a minimalist wardrobe free from all the complex decision-making processes? Or would you rather have a vast wardrobe with an array of options? These questions are pivotal in deciding which clothes to get when you are shopping as these are the questions you should ask whether a particular clothing would be something you would wear often or not.
Clean out your closet
A fundamental step when it comes to building a new wardrobe is to clean out your closet. As the adage would go, “Out with old and in the new” so should be the sentiment for your new wardrobe. Do not cling on to old, outdated and ill-fitting pieces in the hopes that you would don them again soon. Remember, you are introducing new clothes into your closet, so the chances of getting yourself to wear these old pieces once more are incredibly slim. And always remember the golden rule when it comes to closet cleanups: If you do not like them now, there is virtually no chance that you would like them in the future when you have accumulated more clothes. Do not be so cavalier with closet space–this is an important aspect in building your wardrobe after all and the more space you have, the chances of getting your style update are higher.
Create a list of your core pieces
Essentially, this list should contain all of the fundamental and basic pieces that should make up the foundation of your wardrobe. From these pieces, the rest of your clothing purchases will follow as these will be your workhorses. So, if your style is centered on having as much denim as you can in your closet, then stock up on wholesale dnine reserve staples by all means. Ideally, you should have at least ten to twelve items in this list and these items will be the most important and perhaps the most expensive items you will buy. Build the rest of your wardrobe around these pieces to have a style truly definitive of your taste and personality.
Determine your budget
To avoid unnecessary spending, it is a wise idea to figure out just how much you want to spend in building your wardrobe. If you have allocated a small budget for building your wardrobe, then you would be a lot more selective and aware of your spending. This would also significantly decrease any unnecessary clothing expenditures as you would be a lot more frugal and smart about where your money should go. If your budget is tight, cover the basics first and you can build from that.
Ditch the style rules
Fashion pundits may have issued so many fashion edicts but this is not to imply that you have to staunchly follow every single one of them. These fashion rules are not mandates, they are simply guidelines that one could choose to follow or not. After all, you are the master of your style and if you followed every rule they have decreed, you would end up looking essentially like everyone else—negating the sense of personal style in doing so. Let these fashion edicts serve as a guide not as a directive when it comes to building your wardrobe and feel free to explore your tastes in fashion to build the perfect wardrobe just for you. Do not be afraid to push the boundaries of fashion if that is what it takes to find your inner style.
Building or rebuilding a wardrobe does not have to be complex if you have an idea of what you do like and what you do not. This is that chance for your inner creativity to flow, so do not waste it by refusing to acknowledge some fatal fashion mishaps you have had the misfortune to encounter in the past. Learn from those and begin again. This time, try new colors and trends and add a few classic and vintage styles into the spin to revisit a style you once loved and altogether pull off a unique look!