Wardrobe planning is the first step on the way to a well-curated wardrobe. It helps us select clothes, shoes, and accessories that work for our environment, lifestyle, personal preferences, and needs. Having a well-planned wardrobe means we’ll need fewer clothes but have more choices. And wouldn’t it be great to have a perfect outfit for everything we do? Without having to buy that many clothes?
You won’t be put together such a well-planned, curated wardrobe together in a week or two. It’s an effort to create it. Not only will you feel your best in your clothes. Mid-term, you’ll also save time and money. Moreover, wardrobe planning supports sustainability and helps you go down the slow fashion road. So, what do you think? Aren’t these good reasons to start planning your wardrobe more strategically
Not convinced yet?
Check your current wardrobe. How many of these questions would you answer YES to?
- It’s easy to pick an outfit, even when I’m in a rush.
- I wear the vast majority of my clothes regularly.
- I feel my best wearing my clothes.
- My wardrobe is well-organized.
- I own quality basics I love.
- I maintain a detailed shopping list for new clothes.
- I’ve set myself a clothing budget and stick to it.
- I know how to create different outfits with what I already have.
Do most of these statements apply to your current wardrobe? Great. If not, give wardrobe planning a try. But first, let’s see what it exactly is and what the key benefits are.
Wardrobe planning helps you determine what you need, discover what you really want, assess what you already have, and identify the missing pieces in your wardrobe.
Wardrobe planning supports you in building a wardrobe that works for you and fits your lifestyle. Creating outfits for every activity and occasion in your life will be an easy task. If you plan your wardrobe wisely, you need fewer clothes but have more choices.
Wardrobe planning will, not right away but mid-term, save you time and money. Plus, it supports sustainability.
When following a plan, you spend less time searching, purchasing, and returning items. You can get dressed for any occasion in an instant because retrieving a complete outfit from your closet will be quick and easy.
A well-planned wardrobe saves money because you know what to buy. You don’t buy duplicates of items you already own or clothes that don’t work for your lifestyle or don’t go with your existing wardrobe. Plus, if you plan your wardrobe carefully, you need fewer items. This allows you to invest in quality. Quality garments will last longer and eventually save you money.
Another key benefit of wardrobe planning is that it supports sustainability and helps you go down the slow fashion road. Because you buy (and return!) less and keep your clothes longer.
Your Way to a Well-Curated Wardrobe
This article belongs to phase 01 of wardrobe curation, which is all about discovering what influences you in your choices and analyzing the current state of your wardrobe. And then, based on your findings, start planning your wardrobe more strategically.
Please refer to my Ultimate Guide to a Well-Curated Wardrobe for a complete overview. I wrote this guide for all of you who want to be more strategic about their choices and build a wardrobe that perfectly suits their life and style. So, if this is you, check it out!
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The Well-Curated Wardrobe Workbook
Enjoy a well-curated wardrobe that perfectly fits your life and style.
And there you have it. This is why I think wardrobe planning is well worth the effort. Now it’s your turn. Check your wardrobe and decide if you want to your future purchases some extra thoughts.
More Tips and Inspirations
I’d always recommend decluttering your wardrobe as part of the planning process. Thereby, you’ll get a much better idea of what to keep and what to discard.
- Wardrobe Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Pros and Cons
- Wardrobe Decluttering a la Marie Kondo: Lessons Learned
A well-planned, curated wardrobe helps you transition into slow fashion. I’ve listed a range of attainable steps for creating a ‘slow wardrobe’.
I’m sure you want your carefully selected clothes to last longer. My series of wardrobe maintenance articles provide tips on how to take good care of your clothes and extend their lifespan.
- 7 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Clothes
- How to Take Care of Luxury Fabrics
- Laundry Symbols Explained
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I’m curious to hear how happy you are with your current wardrobe and what you’d like to do differently. Let me know in the comments below!