I’ve always been a fan of Pinterest, with many boards on the go, but I’ve never made a targeted board for the year ahead and OMG what a DIFFERENCE! Audrey Coyne inspired me to do this and I think it's genius. Here is how I approached it so that it informed my most recent edit, capsule building, and shopping list. (Total disclaimer: you don’t have to use Pinterest, you can use old school magazine clippings, IG saves, Adobe Illustrator, the Cladwell App or some new program that probably exists which I’m not aware of lolz) Here's a link to my board as an example.
1 - Create your board and start pinning anything and everything that inspires you from a fashion perspective. Whether its colours in scenery, jewelry, hairstyles, a mood … just pin away and add it to your board. We’ll get to refining in a minute.
2 - Now you’ll comb through it a few times with different filters. This step really helped me to distinguish what was aspirational or unrealistic vs. what was achievable and made sense for me.
Lifestyle Filter: Comb through your board and ask yourself if these looks / colours etc. suit your lifestyle. Certain outfits are super chic when frozen in time on a glossy screen, but do they make sense if you have to chase after 3 kids and a cat all day? Likely not. Eliminate photos that don’t make sense for the majority of your lifestyle needs or that really can’t be adapted.
Personal Style Filter: Now go through your board and assess whether it reflects your true personal style. If you haven’t already come up with your three description words to describe your style, or your colour palette; take a moment to develop them and make sure your board is in alignment with those aesthetics.
Values Filter: Finally, assess whether the items on your board align with your values. Is there plenty of fur and leather when one of your values-based wardrobe goals was to incorporate only cruelty-free items? Are most of your items easily available secondhand? This one takes a bit more time, but is really effective to check back in with your values. Eliminate photos that aren’t in alignment with your values.
And you’re done! Now you have a visual wardrobe plan which you can refer back to anytime you feel the pull of an impulse buy or feeling dissatisfied with your wardrobe. This has also helped me feel more confident in my editing decisions. Even though the items in my closet haven’t changed, referring back to my visual wardrobe plan makes me feel in control and optimistic about new ways to style what I already have, and gets me excited to properly research items on my wishlist.
WHY THIS HELPS
More satisfaction within your closet reduces the pull to fill it with more stuff you don’t need. Period. It’s so simple yet it does take some work to get there. Even though I have things on my wishlist, I find that simply taking a browse through my Wardrobe Plan board offers me a sense of satisfaction because it is in alignment with my style, lifestyle, and what I want my closet to look like. It helps me balance aspiration and reality, and I hope it does for you too!