Last week I mentioned that one of the things I’ve enjoyed “letting go” of the most since moving on from capsule wardrobes is the notion that pieces for that season must be purchased at the beginning of the season.
I wanted to unpack that thought a little more in today’s post…
because this, more than any other thing, has allowed me to start building a wardrobe with the “long haul” in mind.
After all, when you buy things to fill an obligatory, or perceived, hole in your wardrobe it’s hard(er) to tailor your wardrobe in a “unique to you” sort of way.
So how DO you build your wardrobe with the long term in mind?
Buy pieces only when you have felt a need for them on more than one occasion.
That might seem a bit extreme, but I firmly believe that a long lasting wardrobe should be filled with pieces that have a specific purpose.
Having this mindset a.) cuts down on unnecessary and impulse purchases and b.) automatically makes room for a more thoughtful buying process.
So what does this look like practically?
I went into the fall and winter with a relatively low number of new purchases because I wanted to sit with my cold weather wardrobe for a bit before I decided what to purchase.
And the result of that waiting was a realization that I could benefit from warmer clothing… specifically sweaters and boots.
After living with my wardrobe for awhile I realized that it wasn’t cutting it for the harsh Minnesota winters…
this past week with the polar vortex had me reaching for all of my hiking gear because nothing in my wardrobe was warm enough.
I’m not saying that you should fill your wardrobe with only pieces for the most extreme weather, but I am saying that your wardrobe should reflect the climate you live in.
So armed with this new information I’ve added both categories to my “to invest in” list…
with a reminder to myself that if the hole doesn’t get completely filled this season, that’s okay!
The point of investing is taking the time to wait for the clothing that will truly go the distance.
And taking the time to really figure out what styles you are drawn to will make the “weight” of investing much less heavy… or in other words: you’ll be able to invest with confidence.
What do you think? Do you feel like your wardrobe is built to last? Or do you still feel like you could improve in this area?
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Tee (TTS) | this tee has quickly become a favorite for me. So substantial and flattering! It’s sold out in this oatmeal color, but still available in other colors.
Cardigan | one of the coziest things I’ve ever put on
Recycled Fabric Scarf | I’ve been loving the leopard print trend, but I’m not sure a lot of leopard is really me, so I was happy to find a compromise in this scarf. Unfortunately, the scarf is already sold out in this print (they have lots of other prints though!), but I found a good alternative here.
Motherhood pendant necklace | even if you’re not a mother, check out their other pieces… I love everything they do!
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