Building an investment wardrobe starts by clearing out the closet clutter

Facing a closet full of clothes can overwhelm and still leave us feeling like we have nothing to wear.  This is because we tend to wear 20% of our wardrobes 80% of the time. In order to get the most out of your wardrobe and your budget, you need to get rid of the 80% you don’t wear. This is why the first step in building a stress-less investment wardrobe is to clear out the closet clutter.  

Begin the clean out by taking an afternoon to go through your current wardrobe with a critical eye and sorting each piece into four different piles:

  1. Clothes that fit and make you feel fantastic.
  2. Clothes that could be fantastic, but need some tailoring.
  3. Clothes that may not be your favorites right at this moment but qualify as true classics (well-made, clean lines).
  4. Clothes that you haven’t worn in over a year because they don’t fit (and can’t be tailored) or just aren’t right for some reason. 

Why the piles? A “stress-less” wardrobe that works should include only items that fit and flatter your body as it is now, not as it was in 1995. The clean out may take some time and effort, especially if your wardrobe needs a serious overhaul. You might consider calling a friend for support along with some objective input.  

Once you have your piles, it’s time to take further action.

  • Pile 1 (fantastic and fits) goes back in the closet.
  • Pile 2 (fantastic but doesn’t quite fit right) goes to the tailor.
  • Pile 3 (potential classics) goes back in the closet closet.
  • Pile 4 (unworn clothes) can be donated. 

Divide and Conquer

Now that you’ve discovered what’s wearable in your wardrobe, it’s time to see if it matches the 60-20-20 formula. The 60-20-20 formula is the basis of a stress-less wardrobe: 60% classics, 20% basics, and 20% trends.  

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