How to Create the Perfect Wardrobe for Spring

Can you believe it?

We’re at the end of February, which means we’re near the end of the winter season, which also means – SPRING SHOPPING!

Though I’ll admit I was already putting together spring mood boards together back in December *wink*

I’ve mentioned before how I love a change in seasons, whether summer to fall or winter to spring. I see it as a time to check-in with myself and think about what I want to bring to this new season, both mentally and physically.

Or in other words – what am I going to wear?!

Each season I try to make a valiant effort to plan a wardrobe that is unmistakably me. And while that usually involves a lot of dreaming and hunting for inspiration, the real work begins with a list.

My list usually consists of trends I’m interested in trying, basics that need replacing, items from last year that I’m still in love with, and a few aspirational pieces that may or may not find their way into my closet.

This list is the beginning of everything, and without it my closet would be hopelessly lost.

The fact is, building a fully functional, well-edited wardrobe that epitomizes your style, covers everything you need, and still looks fresh and exciting is a strategic process.

Yes, you can go shop all willy-nilly and pick up every fantastical one-off that fits the season’s current trends, but as we’ve discussed in the past – solely investing in trends can lead to a contradictory and dysfunctional wardrobe.

A great wardrobe is like a well-oiled machine – there are lots of interrelated pieces that work together to make sure everything runs seamlessly.

And if that’s something you desire for your wardrobe then it’s important to start with an end goal in mind, a clear plan you’ve thought through, a list to make sure everything fits together.

I know I’d much rather be the girl remembered for having a defined, signature look than someone who’s remembered for having “that” bag or “that” designer dress.

I want to be remembered for who I am, not the brands I put on my back on carry on my wrist.

And I imagine you’d like the same.

So today I’m going to share some tips on setting goals and guidelines for creating a wardrobe that’s anything but ordinary.

Guidelines for Your Wardrobe

In order to be a little more intentional with what you buy I suggest keeping these 3 guidelines in mind before saying yes to anything new:

1. Be honest about your lifestyle and only buy what you LOVE

I’ve beaten the concept of matching your wardrobe to your lifestyle over your head enough, so I won’t go into detail here (but you can check this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about or need a refresher). However I do want to touch on buying only what you love – never let yourself be pressured into buying something you’re not 100% in love with.

I don’t care if it’s discounted at a ridiculous price, if all your friends are wearing it, or if it’s straight off the runway – if you’re not feeling it, don’t buy it (or at least give yourself some extra time to think it over).

I can’t tell you how many things I’ve bought that were on sale or were the new “it” thing, that I wasn’t totally into, but everyone else was so I must need it. I would wear it once – maybe twice – and then it would just sit in my closet, taking up valuable space, because I was too guilty to get rid of it.

So learn from my mistakes – only buy what you L-O-V-E.

2. Stick to a Color Story

One key to a wardrobe you can easily mix and match is sticking to a cohesive color story. Whether you’re into bright pops of color, muted jewel tones, or classic black and white, finding and sticking to a color story allows for optimal mixing and matching.

This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the occasional wildcard color, by all means please do! It’s fun to surprise yourself from time to time.

3. Quality over Quantity

You’ve heard this before, and not just from me – buy less, but buy the best, whatever your “best” may be. This is essential for more thoughtful dressing, don’t waste your time and hard-earned money on ill-fitting clothing. Seriously, what’s the point?

Take the time to find quality pieces that work for your body, dressing everyday will be much easier and enjoyable if everything in your closet actually fits properly.

10 principles for the perfect wardrobe

You’ve got some guidelines for shopping, but in order to build a wardrobe that is truly unmistakably you, you need a strategy, a clear roadmap that will steer you in the right direction.

Below are 10 principles I believe are the foundation of a perfect wardrobe. Now, you don’t have to take these as written doctrine when it comes to your style. These are simply my beliefs and I’m sharing them in hopes they’ll help you pinpoint your own priorities and create your own foundational principles.

1. Selectivity – reserve your closet space for things you only love 110%. If something doesn’t light you up at the thought of wearing it – get rid of it.

2. Definition – stand strong in your definition of personal style and develop an eye for style that speaks to you.

3. Quality over quantity – build a wardrobe of high-quality items that can last longer than a season.

4. Authenticity – forget conventional style typologies like “classic” or “boho”, don’t box yourself in create your own definition.

5. Function – focus on form and function over trend and fashion, you should be able to move with ease in every outfit.

6. Style before fashion – play around with trends that suit your style, but ignore the rest.

7. Invest – invest your time and thoughts into developing your style and selecting garments.

8. Versatility – build a strong foundation of key pieces that are easy to mix and work well with one another.

9. Comfort – non-negotiable. If it pulls, itches, scratches, or rides up, just say no.

10. Evolution – stay involved and redefine your style often.

What are your thoughts?

Do you have guidelines or foundational principles you follow for your wardrobe?

Share with me in the comments.

Thanks so much for reading!

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