5 Tips For Creating An Intentional Wardrobe

What is an “intentional wardrobe?”  An intentional wardrobe is a well-thought-out wardrobe created with purpose, rather than on impulse.  Creating an intentional wardrobe takes some self-reflection. It’s not always easy and can require a good deal of thought (and discipline!) before each purchase. This is especially difficult in this world where we’re bombarded with new trends and lists of things we “need” to own on a daily basis. As a style blogger, I’m often frustrated by the concept that we all have to be buying new and try out every trend. This is just simply not the case.

If you really want to create an intentional wardrobe you love, all you really need to do is follow these few simple steps.

How to Create an Intentional Wardrobe

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Consider Your Lifestyle

The majority of my time is spent in an office, which I keep in mind when purchasing anything new, wanting my wardrobe to reflect my lifestyle. I invest in high-quality pieces that are acceptable for work and weekend and aren’t overly trendy. If I’m spending money on clothes, I want them to last for years.

Ask yourself if the number of wears is proportional to the price tag

The advice I would give to anyone looking to create a purposeful wardrobe is to consider your lifestyle before adding any new item to your wardrobe. Ask yourself how often you’ll wear the item, and whether or not the price tag is proportional to the number of wears you intend to get out of it. Be honest with yourself, no matter how cute or trendy you think it is.

Stick to a tried-and-true color palette

In creating a thoughtful and purposeful wardrobe, I find myself sticking to a neutral and muted color palette. One that consists mostly of white and ivory, along with black, browns, and denim. The reason is that I don’t tire of clothing in neutral shades as quickly as I do of prints or bold colors. I used to try to talk myself out of purchasing something new in ivory or white because I felt like I should expand my palette. What actually ended up happening was I just continued to wear my old pieces, instead of the new ones, because I preferred their neutrality. All-white outfits are often my choice in the summertime, simply because they never fail to look crisp and clean.

Only choose items that reflect your personal style

It’s easy to see influencers wearing or raving about an item on social media, and then you think that you should buy it, too. But first, try to think about whether or not the item makes sense in your life and for your personal style. There are so many things that could be different about your situation–from skin tone to career, to the climate you live in. So, hard as it is, try not to be tempted by everything that’s being thrown at you on social media, and instead focus on the silhouettes and the colors that you look best in.

Always try it on

(maybe even take a picture).

Sometimes just trying something on will help you to figure out whether or not you love it. If you feel even the least bit uncomfortable in something, you’re probably not going to wear it. It’s sometimes hard to resist pieces that are just. so. cute, even when you know they aren’t practical for your life. If you’re on the fence, take a picture of yourself wearing the item. Seeing yourself in a photo can usually let you know immediately if this is something you feel confident wearing.

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  1. 7.11.16
    Meryl said:

    Great advice Lauren! I love how working in the trenches of the capsule wardrobe has evolved your personal style and your closet. Keep it up.


    • 7.11.16
      Lauren said:

      Thanks, Meryl! Are you still traveling? I hope you’re finding lots of wonderful inspiration for your book! Take care.

  2. 7.12.16

    Hear hear, Lauren. I could not agree more. Unless you’re going to be comfortable and feel great in the piece, don’t bother wasting your money. And btw, you look so chic! The white on white with light sandals is perfection.

    • 7.12.16
      Lauren said:

      Thank you, Terra! I feel very strongly about only purchasing pieces you truly love and feel great in. I’m so glad you stopped by to read, and thanks for taking a minute to write such a sweet note.

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