Curating your Dream Wardrobe

Building your dream wardrobe can be an overwhelming task.  Recently, I cleared out 75% of my clothes because I found my closet to be cluttered with pieces I no longer had an affinity for.  It was a refreshing experience to detox and realise what my newfound style is.  Now, I can see all of my garments for various occasions. Through this process, I realised a few important considerations one should make when decluttering and curating their dream wardrobe.  No wardrobe is built over night, it is a procedure that takes time.  It would be unrealistic and financially straining to do a complete makeover in a short span of time. 

Detox. Here is a blogpost I did a few months ago on how to clean and sort your clothes in 3 easy steps: click here for more. Cleaning out your existing closet is a major step in curating your dream wardrobe.  It enables you to visualise what you have, what you do not need/want, and what you need.  This emphasises the importance in shopping with intention (a.k.a knowing what exactly you are looking for) and prevents cluttering in the future.

Categorisation.  Your wardrobe should cater to your lifestyle.  Garments should fall under the following general categories: 
  • Loungewear/Pyjamas
  • Workwear/Office Wear - Regardless of your job or if you are still in school/university, having formal clothes is useful for interviews, conferences, business events, etc. 
  • Everyday - These are pieces you want to wear to university, school, shopping, running errands, etc. 
  • Work out outfits - You only need 3 pairs for the week depending on how often you do laundry
  • Occasion wear - I have occasion wear for formal events such as balls and dances, and also south-asian wear such as anarkalis, salwar kameez, saris, etc.  
When buying garments, ensure that it suits your lifestyle.  For example, there is no need for me to purchase tennis skirts, hiking gear, or gloves for lifting heavy weights because that does not fit my day-to-day life.  But for others, these pieces are necessary and worn daily.  This guarantees that you have clothes various occasions; saving money in the long run.  Purchasing prom dresses the day before the event can break the bank (speaking from experience). 

Buy in Outfits.  In the past, I would buy random pieces that did not go with anything previously present in my wardrobe.  This meant I had to snap up more attire which isn't financially viable or they collect dust in the back of my wardrobe as I'm unable to wear it. Now, when I shop, it's crucial that I have complimenting garments or purchase an outfit instead of random articles of clothing.  Having an outfit ready as soon as you walk out of the store makes sifting through your wardrobe that little bit easier. 

Do not buy in bulk. It is very tempting to go on a shopping spree and admire your new wardrobe.  By all means, if you have the money to do so, you do you! However, most individuals may be apprehensive.  Fashion is fast. It changes every day, let alone every season and year.  There will be new material in stock that may catch your eye. It is preferable to buy a couple garments every few months.  As aforementioned, curating your dream wardrobe takes time and is a journey to be embraced. 

Themes. Having a theme ensures your wardrobe is more cohesive.  Forming outfits will be an easier task. A theme doesn't have to equate to a particular style.  Rather, it involves embracing ideas of a capsule wardrobe where multiple pieces complement and work well together.  We have all suffered with 'I don't have anything to wear Syndrome' where an underlying symptom is a closet full of clothes.  Having a theme will help prevent this issue. The existing themes in my wardrobe are:

  • Colours: pink, beige, stones, neutrals
  • Patterns: florals, printed statement skirts, and embroidery
  • Textures: tweed and boucle
If you are unsure of what themes you may be drawn towards, using resources as simple as Pinterest or fashion bloggers is a great way to decipher your personal style and preferences. 

Quality not quantity. In the past, I would strictly shop at cheaper stores in an effort to have more options in my closet.  Nonetheless, quantity does not mean more options because the pieces could be cheap, rip easily, or simply be bought in bulk and not go with anything you own! 

On the other hand, quality does not mean high-end and designer.  Rather, it is being more vigilant that the products you buy are long-lasting and appear rich.  You do not have to spend more money in an effort to achieve quality.  Many high-street brands such as TopShop, Dorothy Perkins, and even Primark have produced high quality garments that I wear to this day despite buying them many years ago.  Lastly, having higher-quality goods will make you feel and look more put together. Many online outlets allow you to access past-season designer or high-end wear for high-street prices such as MandMDirect and BrandAlley. 

In essence, those are my steps to curating your dream wardrobe.  It does not happen over night.  It is a slow burner. Saying that, it is extremely satisfying to see your closet grow to fit your needs, wants, and taste.  There isn't a day I struggle to find something to wear that makes me feel confident.  Life is too short to not feel like a million dollars! 

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