(This is Part One of a 3-part series on Pre-Planning Fall.)
July 24, 2014
Even though I still have 1-2 months of warm weather, my favorite sale just started and it got me thinking in advance about my fall/winter capsule wardrobe. But before I shop this sale, I want to figure out my wardrobe holes/needs are so that I can go into the sale prepared with a list instead of just randomly wandering around looking for whatever catches my eye.
I’m going to use the following three steps to update my wardrobe:
- Evaluate: What is worn out or I am just tired of and want to purge/donate?
- Double-check: Can I fulfill the need from the boutique?
- Plan ahead: What am I looking for during the sale?
Now a closer look at each step:
1. Evaluate: What is worn out or I am just tired of it and want to purge/donate?
I have a number of items that are worn out or I am tired of and do not want to sport again this coming season. None of these items are sentimental or cost an extreme amount of money. I am comfortable passing these pieces on. I’m also going to shift the use of a couple of items based on how I really used them last season.
2. Double-check: Can I fulfill the need from the boutique?
With 64 items still sitting in the boutique, any pieces that do not enter my fall/winter wardrobe will sit for ANOTHER YEAR unworn. The boutique has no pre-set time limit until it closes, however, if I want to eventually use the bulk of what I own, I must remember to incorporate or purge boutique items every time I want to shop.
3. Plan-ahead: What am I looking for during the sale?
Technically, since I still have the boutique, I shouldn’t be looking for anything during the sale. However, I’ve shopped this sale 3 years in a row, trying to go cold turkey will most likely drive me to the stores to shop shortly after the sale ends. To ease the pressure, I’d rather go into the sale with a list that I created after evaluating my wardrobe.
In my next post, I’ll put these steps into action with my fall/winter capsule wardrobe.
How often do you shop with a list?