Analyse your lifestyle & environment
Lifestyle and Environment
This is the first step to understand your personal wardrobe. How many times you bought a dress you liked it on social media or on someone else but after years you realised you had never worn it. Ever. Often It's important you build a functional wardrobe with the right clothes for where you live and what occasions prevail in your life.
Where do you live (geographic aspect)?
It seams obvious that we need to plan our wardrobe around the climate we live in, but once we specify it black on white we are more likely to stick to the rules. With social media often influencing our lives we are sometimes tempted to purchase more T-shirts than we need and you know what - the amount of T-shirts that are being manufactured every day is beyond human comprehension. And for what? Wear it and bin in?
One thing good about living in Britain is that our wardrobe can be pretty much mono-seasonal with a few holiday additions. There are places like New York or Poland where you actually need to be more versatile and have clothing for clear 4 seasons.
Where do you live (cultural aspect)?
I style people from various backgrounds and countries and I know that the cultural aspect plays a huge role in our lives. Is it in our nature to socialise or be more active? Does the society around us pressurises us to never show up in the same outfit or is it frowned upon if you aren't sustainable. The circles we function in are a big deal and we do build our wardrobes around them. So take a moment and think how your cultural environment affects what you wear and note this down.
What's your lifestyle
Ask yourself these questions:
What do I normally do on a day-to-day basis?
What activities do I engage in?
What do I do Monday to Friday? (you might want to note down an exemplary schedule)
Where do I work / What is the dress code?
What do i do on the weekends? (It's also important to understand how often and think about the cultural circles - do you need an unrepeated outfit every now and then or a signature look is perfectly fine)
What do you I do in my spare time? Do I want to have specific outfits for all-around-the-house activities
Do I need any sports related outfits and how often?
Make sure you think about this thoroughly. Really analyse all of your day-to-day activities to ensure you include everything.
Download the MS Excel sheet that hopefully will be of much help.
To use this document you need MS Office. First, in column I write down all the activities you take part in in an exemplary week and in column K - all possible dress code or style you think you will need. You can describe it however is readable for you. Don't worry, you can fill in the list while you are writing down the information in the weekly schedule.
The schedule table is organised such that you can pick activities and styles from drop down lists. It's designed this way for consistency as once you complete the table you can then calculate how many unrepeated outfits per dress code and per activity you will need throughout the whole season based on the exemplary week.
If for example you wear the same uniform/outfit to work for the entire week you can note it down as it's shown in row 2.
By planning out your activities you can visualise what outfits and how many you will need for each activity so that you have something appropriate to wear each time. For example, if you work in a corporate office you will need formal business outfits and since there are five working days in a week you will need more than one outfit.
Once you complete the table all the calculations will be done for you in column L.
You can add as many rows to each column as you find necessary. You can also add another week if for example you have some very busy weeks and some lighter. Happy to answer your questions if you need my help.
If that is the case you might want to think about creating two separate core wardrobes - one for your work and one for your free time. You can always share some items across all of your wardrobes. One wardrobe works well when your fashion style across all of your lifestyle activities is similar - i.e. you can start each outfit with the same basics and then dress them up or down as required.
I think it's also worth stressing that often depending on your lifestyle you might find that your work dress code is similar to your free time fashion style so in that instance you might want to combine day and afternoon rows to note down that you will need only one outfit for both occasions.
And lastly, do remember that we are counting here outfits not individual clothing items. This is something that we will focus later on.