“Think of yourself as a curator rather than a consumer” – Christine Koh
So here comes the fun parts of this whole process. The last part is the very best, but before that you need to get organized again. Otherwise, you’ll end up in the store going absolutely crazy and you’ll come home with a pile of mismatched items that don’t work with what you have. This step takes a bit of time and a lot of intentionality. That’s the key to shopping. Now, you want to be looking for specific items that fulfill a purpose and also work together with their closet counterparts.
To start, you’re going to make two shopping lists: a “wish” list and a “need” list. Head into your closet and makes notes of the following:
- Look at your Pinterest boards and see if there are any pieces that you don’t have but seem to be pinning over and over again. Write those down on your “wish” list.
- See if there are any “holes” in your wardrobe. I break this down by season. So am I missing a great pair of sandals for summer? Could I use a dress coat for winter? Again, this is going to based on what you have and what your lifestyle requires. So give it some thought and write those on your “need” list.
- Take note of pieces that are comfortable and that you were often. These are pieces that are worth repurchasing in different colors/prints. Write those on your “wishlist”.
- Lastly, make a note of anything you loved but had to donate/toss because they were just too worn out. Add these items to your “need” list. These are pieces that you know you’ll get the most use out of in the long term.
This is what you’ll go by on your big shopping trip. At the bottom of the lists, make note of the silhouettes, colors, fabrics and details you noted on your first planning session. These are good things to keep in mind when you’re ready to shop for new items to bring into your wardrobe.
Once your lists are set, and you’re feeling confident that you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to get shopping! I would recommend waiting until mid-season to start shopping. The sales will be at their best and there will still be a plenty of time to wear the pieces. If you have items that are out of season, keep your list and come back to them once the season changes. You may have to shop in “waves” to fill in all the gaps.
This step is so important to staying organized in the process! You want to make sure that when you’re ready to bring new items into your home that they have been thought about intentionally for both usefulness and aesthetic joy. The pieces you purchase from now on should be ones that propel your current wardrobe forward and bring you daily inspiration when you wake up in the morning.
Until next time!