Does Your Wardrobe Fit Your Lifestyle?
As I’ve gotten older I’ve started transitioning my wardrobe to suit my lifestyle better, but this was not always the case though. In my late teens and early twenties I worked jobs where I wore a uniform to work, and when I was at home I’d usually just rock some loungewear. 90% of my wardrobe at that time was dressier attire and pieces I picked up just because I thought they were really cute. The problem was I rarely had a chance to wear these pieces and half of them would still have tags on them when I’d do a closet cleanout. At that time whenever I went shopping I didn’t think about my lifestyle at all.
Your wardrobe not only needs to reflect your style but it should also reflect your lifestyle. If you’re often finding that you have nothing to wear then maybe you don’t have enough items that fit your lifestyle, and too many items that don’t. I would break down a standard wardrobe into 5 categories:
Essentially your wardrobe should have the most clothes in the areas where you spend the most time – thus, reflecting your lifestyle. Alright, so how can you figure out if your wardrobe suits your life?
- Grab a piece of paper and a pen and head on over to your wardrobe. Write out the 5 categories as listed above, and start going through your clothes piece by piece.
- Start ticking off which category each piece would fall under ( some pieces can fall under more than one ).
- Tally up each category for your final total.
Step two is a little bit trickier because you’re going to need to be conscious of how you’re spending your time. For at least 2 weeks take notes on how many times you wear each category of clothing.
For a rough example, mine went something like this over a 2-week period:
- 5x Work ( Office, meetings etc. )
- 12x Casual ( running errands, shooting content, weekends etc. )
- 0x Dressy ( dressy events, night life )
- 10x Lounge ( work from home, hanging out at home )
- 6x Active ( going to the gym )
Once you’ve tallied up your wardrobe items, and kept track of which categories you’ve worn to the most then you can see whether your current wardrobe really suits your lifestyle or not.
If you’re more of a visual person then you can even create a pie chart to see exactly where your discrepancies are. This is a good online tool here to create a pie chart.
Now you know exactly what you need the next time you go shopping for clothes. If you spend most of your time wearing casual outfits then make sure you invest in some great versatile casual pieces that will add to your wardrobe. If you have more dressy clothes in you closet than your lifestyle accounts for then make a note to yourself to not shop for any more dressy clothes.