Does Your Wardrobe Match Your Lifestyle?

I’ve got a question for you.

Does your wardrobe match your lifestyle?

You may find it an odd question, but the truth of the matter is the majority of us (us being fabulous and fierce women of the world) struggle with our closets not because we recently put on a couple of pounds or because our clothes are a little past their prime (though both of these are valid factors for wardrobe discontent).

The real reason we struggle with our wardrobe is because our current selections no longer match our current lifestyle.

I used to have this problem where I would only buy clothes for fun activities in my life.

A sure-to-be-epic girl’s night out, vacations, the holiday season – you get the idea.

As a result, my closet was a mish-mash of party girl dresses, sparkly tops, and barely there tunics. Which are great for activities mentioned above – but those were a small percentage of my day-to-day life.

It wasn’t until quite recently that I started making a concentrated effort to invest in clothing that I would and could wear on a regular Tuesday afternoon.

Case and point: this look right here.

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An easy shift dress, paired with a brightly colored kimono, and chunky sandals makes me feel carefree yet put together. It matches my current lifestyle of on-the-go city girl, entrepreneur, and wife-to-be (#marriedlife in t-minus 43 days! eek!!).

So let’s think back to last week to, let’s say, Tuesday afternoon. 😉

What were you doing then?

Were you at school? Prepping for a late afternoon meeting? Having lunch with your girls?

Maybe you were on your way to a fitness class, taking your kids to the park, or hiding out in your favorite coffee shop.

Wherever you were – do you remember what you were wearing?

Did you like it? Were you feeling comfortable and confident? Anything you would change?

Know that a truly kickass wardrobe will not only reflect your sense of style, but also your lifestyle.

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Wondering how to evaluate your wardrobe to see how it fits with your current lifestyle?

Try this quick tip:

Write down all the activities you do in a 3 week period. Try grouping things together that you would use similar clothing for, i.e. work/school, lounging, fitness, nightlife, casual/daytime, etc.

Estimate the amount of time you spend in each group of activities. You can break it down by percentages or number of days you do the activity during the 3 week period – whichever makes most sense to you.

Once you’ve figured out your time spent in each category take a look into your closet and compare. Does your wardrobe ideally reflect how you spend your time?

For example: if you spend 70% or 15 out of the 21 days doing work related activities, then ideally your closet should be predominantly filled with clothing you feel comfortable and confident wearing to work.

On the other hand, if you notice any disparities – i.e. your closet is filled with yoga pants and t-shirts when you only go to yoga class once every other week – then you’ll want to ask yourself how you can switch things around to better fit your ideal lifestyle.

Pretty simple right?

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Now I’d love to hear from you – does your wardrobe match your lifestyle?

Try the quick exercise and let me know what you discover about your closet.

I can’t wait to hear!

Fabulous & Fierce,

Ashlei

2 Responses to Does Your Wardrobe Match Your Lifestyle?

  1. This is a very interesting thought that I’ve never really ever asked myself! I’ll have to consider this when I get back to school with my wardrobe and everything!