Having a wardrobe plan and audit done at least once a year is an effective way of not only eliminating unwanted items in our closet, while simultaneously organizing the items that are still useful to us, but more importantly it will help you to effortlessly put yourself stylishly together with relevant, timeless outfits that will enable you to cultivate and nurture a personal brand that is reflective of your professional and personal aspirations. In my opinion a wardrobe audit serves four important purposes that every modern woman, who is currently experiencing a life transition whether personal or professional, will want to pay very close attention to; however, what exactly is a wardrobe audit and plan?
A wardrobe audit is the methodical process of purging, then organizing the clothing items, accessories, shoes, handbags and anything else in your closet in which you utilize on a daily or seasonal basis. The end goal of a wardrobe audit and plan – if done correctly – should yield a variety of versatile outfits that accommodate your lifestyle and daily routine; thus, the first purpose of a wardrobe audit and plan is its ability to help you focus without distraction or incisiveness. One of the intangible benefits is the fact that it gives you back your peace of mind, which further enables you to think more clearly, precisely and without confusion when selecting a potential outfit or putting together a specific look you are trying to accomplish when, for example, you are tasked with presenting a project to co-workers or pitching your business idea at a high stakes client meeting – First impressions are crucial.
The second purpose of a wardrobe audit is the ROI; the tangible benefits, such as its monetary reward experienced when securing the contract of said high-profile client or receiving that coveted promotion after your peer presentation, which in turn further elevates your income prospects. How is that possible? Think about the time and energy that goes into executing a business presentation or preparing and mastering an enticing pitch for a potential high-stakes client; the time you take going over your highlighted notes and speaking to and addressing the concerns of that client, as well as ensuring that you capture and sustain their interest and attention can be a nerve wrecking experience; in addition, to worrying about making a powerful and memorable first impression. Why not eliminate unnecessary stress by being proactive in how you intentionally show up in both your personal and professional life.
Thus, the third purpose of a wardrobe audit should reflect, accommodate and complement specific areas of your personal and professional life. For example, your closet should be divided into four basic categories: Professional outfits, Social outfits, Weekend outfits and Special Event outfits. The theory behind this process is known as wardrobe modules, which are basically clusters or groupings of separate wardrobe and accessory items that yield versatile outfits that are centered around a key piece from your existing wardrobe; for example, a navy blazer can be worn with jeans and a blouse for a business casual look or dressed up with a black pencil skirt for a formal office look.
Lastly, from a personal lifestyle perspective having a wardrobe audit completed is also beneficial for busy moms and dads on the go. Busy, busy, busy are the three magic words that pretty much sum up the daily routine of savvy working and stay at home parents. Up by 5:30 am, or perhaps earlier, prepping meals for the day, scheduling in a last-minute play date, coordinating drop offs and pick-ups while mentally making notes of what details need tweaking in your end of month sales report to be presented to your manager. Sound familiar? I completely identify with this scenario because I too have felt the pressure of balancing home and work life all while attempting to look like I just stepped off the pages of Vogue Magazine; some days I nailed it and other days my beloved Nike hat and boyfriend jeans saved the day!
A wardrobe audit saves you valuable time while also allowing you to focus on illuminating your authentic, personal brand. Having that reassurance when you wake up in the morning or perhaps the night before, if you are a left-brain type of individual, to calmly walk into your closet and plan your entire look from head to toe in less than 30 minutes are definite style goals. But, the most important benefit are the savings you will appreciate once you discover how to skillfully build 10 to 15 fabulous and completely different looking outfits from one investment piece from your wardrobe.