Building a Working Wardrobe | Mind over Wardrobe

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Ever feel like your mind is constantly playing games or at war with your wardrobe?

You have a closet full of great pieces, yet you seem to always struggle with getting dressed in the morning.

You find yourself constantly resorting to the same outfits, day after day, week after week.

Slowly, but surely, falling into a pattern of bland and uninspiring style, unable to stand out or be noticed for your individuality.

If you’re vigorously nodding your head and thinking – yass, girl! Well you’re not alone.

Results from my reader survey had a resounding request for me to share more tips on building a workable wardrobe.

This is something I dipped my toe in back in my KATNP days, and I really started embracing certain strategies and techniques as the years went on.

So in response to your requests we’re going to spend this month talking all about how to build an inspiring, workable wardrobe on a budget.

But first things first, in order to make this work you need the right mindset.

To which I have some good news and some bad news πŸ™‚

The good news is, it’s not your fault that you struggle to stay inspired and creative in your wardrobe – your brain is hardwired to work against you!

The bad news is….your brain is hardwired to work against you….. πŸ˜€

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The Pareto Principle vs. Your Wardrobe

If you’ve ever done even the slightest research on improving your productivity or personal wellness you’ve most likely come across the Pareto Principle, or more commonly known as the 80/20 rule.

This rule states that for many events 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.

Or, to apply it to day-to-day life – we use 20% of our brain 80% of the time.

80% of sales comes from 20% of customers.

When at the club, you’ll find 20% of women attract 80% of men.

This principle also applies to our closets in that we wear 20% of our clothing 80% of the time.

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Why do we do this?

Well, take a look around you – there’s LOADS going on in or modern day society and our brain is trying to look out for us by making things easier.

How, you ask?

By developing habits.

Consider this: when you go to Starbucks or a favorite coffee shop do you read through the entire menu every time or just order the same drink?

Most of us have 2-3 drinks we order every time without looking at the menu – it’s a habit to make ordering coffee easier.

It would be stressful, overwhelming, and take up too much of your precious time to go through the menu every time you stopped in.

These same habits are affecting how you look at your wardrobe and get dressed every morning.

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Your brain knows you need to be out the door by 7:45AM, and that you still need to shower, do your hair, put on makeup, and eat something.

You simply don’t have time to go through the entire menu – a.k.a your entire closet – to figure out what to wear.

It’s exhausting and can be completely overwhelming if done every morning.

So in turn, you develop the habit of always pairing that top with that skirt or throwing that dress under that jacket.

Why?

Because just like your coffee order, you know you like it and that it’s worked in the past.

And while there’s nothing wrong with having staple, go-to outfits, it can sometimes lead to feeling like you’re in a style rut {which I can also help with – check out my 50 Ways to Break A Style Rut guide}.

And despite having a closet filled with perfect dresses and chic tops, you find yourself exclaiming β€œI have nothing to wear!”.

You’re then convinced you must rush to the store to buy more clothes that continue to fill your closet – ever expanding your menu – making getting dressed in the morning even more daunting.

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So while your mind is trying to help you β€˜gram a pretty bouquet of flowers, notice that cute guy on the train, and keep you from tripping over your killer pumps {all at once!}, it ends up working against you when it comes to being creative in your closet.

But fear not!

You can learn to take control and train your mind to open up to all the possibilities you already have in your closet with minimal spending required.

The first step is acknowledging the problem. Which if you’re reading this, then – BRAVO! You’ve made it through step 1.

For the rest of the month we’re going to dive deeper, discussing how to organize your closet, rediscover what you already own {and love} while learning to work with what you got, and curating a well-edited wardrobe.

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I hope you’re excited to learn more and that this helps get your creative juices flowing.

If any questions arise for you – shoot me an email, I’d be more than happy to offer some 1-on-1 advice.

Until then, I have a question for you:

What’s your #1 struggle when it comes to your wardrobe:

  • Organizing your closet
  • Knowing what you got
  • Working with what you got
  • Curating well-edited wardrobe

Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading and Happy August!

  • Vianca Fuster

    Working with what I’ve got. I’m a senior college student so I’m trying to transition from one of the many graphic tees in my dresser to a more sophisticated, career-look as I get close to graduating. But on a student budget!

    • AshleiCeeTee

      I hear ya V! That was one of my biggest challenges after I graduated – upgrading my closet for the “real world” on a budget. I have a post lined up about how to go about doing it! – stay tuned πŸ˜€

      Thanks for the comment!

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