Being realistic about your lifestyle is one of the most important elements when creating a versatile wardrobe. Many of us buy clothing that we love, but that won't work for our lifestyle. The result: gorgeous pieces that spend more time hanging in the closet than being worn and enjoyed. For instance, if you spend most of your time each week at a jean-free workplace, do you really need 50 pairs of jeans? No.
This is why it's important to take inventory of your lifestyle needs.
Examining your lifestyle simply requires you to pay attention.
Yes, all you need to do is pay attention. Then, take inventory of your style needs with your lifestyle needs in mind.
I suggest keeping a notepad and pen near your closet or the area where you regularly dress. When you are getting dressed, keep the following questions in mind, and write down what you discover.
1. On a typical day, where are you going and what are you doing? And what percentage of time is spent doing those things? Do you work a 60-hour-week corporate job? Do you divide your time between a part-time job and attending your children's activities and games?
2. Where are you going when you have problems with your wardrobe and become frustrated if you have nothing to wear? Is it when you're getting ready for work, for a dinner party, for lunch with friends, to your son's soccer game?
3. When you're getting dressed, where do you feel the most challenged? What are you lacking? Do you have plenty of shoes for the office, but nothing to wear for a night on the town? Are you lacking blouses and shirts to make more than one outfit with your dress slacks?
Writing down your answers will show you your wardrobe needs and challenges. This understanding is crucial when building a versatile wardrobe.
Lee Heyward is the owner of Charleston Style Concierge, a personal styling company, committed to helping men and women develop lifelong confidence through the development of their unique, personal style. For more information, please visit http://www.charlestonstyleconcierge.com