Matching Your Wardrobe to Your Lifestyle | Building a Working Wardrobe

match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

I’ve got a question for you.

Do you believe your wardrobe matches your current lifestyle?

While you may find it an odd question, 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.

And 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 about a couple years ago that I started making a concentrated effort to invest in clothing that I would and could wear on – say, a regular Tuesday afternoon.

Case and point: this look right here.

match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

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match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

Distressed denim, paired with a striped tunic, and chunky sandals makes me feel carefree yet put together.

It matches my current lifestyle of on-the-go city girl, part-time blogger, wifey, and mama-to-be (D-day in t-minus 8 weeks! I’m really starting to look – and feel –  preggers).

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, working wardrobe will not only reflect your sense of style, but also your lifestyle.

match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

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

Don’t worry – I got you!

Try this:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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 days doing work related activities, then ideally your closet should be dominantly filled with clothing you feel comfortable and confident wearing to work.

Pretty simple right?

match your wardrobe to your lifestyle

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

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

I can’t wait to hear!

And don’t miss out on the other posts in this series, check them below!

Building a Working Wardrobe Series:

Part I: Mind over Wardrobe

Part II: 5 Signs You’re in Need of a Closet Clean Out

Part III: Learning to Work with What You Got

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