MODULE 3: The Essential Wardrobe Checklist: Stop Wasting Money, Cut Your Shopping Time in 1/2 and Get Exactly What You Need To Look Your Best

Welcome to Module 3: The Essential Wardrobe Checklist: Stop Wasting Money, Cut Your Shopping Time in 1/2 and Get Exactly What You Need To Look Your Best

So far, we’ve been talking about big picture style rules: how fit is the game changer when it comes to improving your style, how to quickly determine whether or not you’re buying the right size without memorizing a dozen rules, even how to quickly make yourself look taller by using the “cut yourself in half” rule to balance proportion.

Now, it’s finally time to talk about some clothes! In today’s lesson, you’ll learn:

  • The strategy to insure you don’t make the $2,200 mistake I did by buying clothes that don’t fit your lifestyle or wardrobe
  • The shopping gameplan I use to build the most versatile wardrobe AND still add trendy pieces to make my look fun and fresh
  • How to approach rebuilding your wardrobe without losing your mind, waste a ton of time, or break the bank.

The lessons in this module require you to know your “Style Needs Type”, so if you haven’t done the exercise in Module 1 yet, please do that first and come back when you’re ready.

If you know your “Style Needs Type”, jump right into our first video:

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THE $2,200 MISTAKE

THE EXACT CRITERIA I USE TO SEPARATE CLASSICS FROM TERRIBLE TRENDS

Versatility is the #1 request my clients have when it comes to their wardrobes, for good reason. There’s nothing worse than spending your hard earn money buying a pair of pants that, say, really only works with one other thing in your closet.

As I highlighted in the video, the way we approach building the perfect wardrobe is to focus on the classic styles first, then expand to more variety (styles, colors and trends).

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The guidelines for classics pieces we’re going to follow are:

  1. Classic in design: A solid blue pair of Levis, not a ripped, painted, bedazzled pair. A crisp white 50s style t-shirt, not one that’s long with a deep neckline. We want to choose pieces as close to how they were originally designed as possible. No fluff or trendy interpretations. There’s a reason these classic designs have lasted 50+ years. It’s a safe bet that they’ll still be really stylish in the next 50.
  2. Solid, neutral colors: For right now, we’re sticking with solid, neutral colors. Black, White, Gray, Navy/Blue, Beige, Olive, Brown. Neutral colors are the perfect backdrop for more colors later on. They also mix infinitely with each other. You’ll find that with a neutral core wardrobe, you don’t need to know a single thing about mixing colors to look good!
  3. No prints or graphics: This goes off rule 2, but it should be mentioned. A white t-shirt with a graphic of your favorite rockband of the 90s doesn’t count as a neutral white t-shirt. We’ll cover how to add some personality to your style later. But for now, focus on solid colors.

THE THREE LEVELS: THE SECRET TO BUILDING THE MOST VERSATILE WARDROBE

I found the best way to make sure I stick to this “classics before trends” rule is by separating my wardrobe into “levels”.

Think of it like a video game. You need to complete Level 1 before you move onto Level 2. (Sorry, no cheat codes here.) Once you hit all the points on the checklist for a level on your checklist, that’ll be the go ahead for you to move onto the next Level.

Here’s how the wardrobe checklist Levels are broken down:

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  • Level One: The Classics – Classic styles & colors. This is what you want to buy first. By stocking the classic rendition of an article of clothing, say a classic white crewneck t-shirt, you’ll have a piece that’s timeless and mixes well. Maximum versatility and timelessness. 

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  • Level Two: Buy a variation of a Level 1 piece (different color, pattern or style) Once you have at least one classic style in your closet, you can explore variations, like another color or classic style. Level 2 is where you add more depth to your wardrobe, making your look a hell lot more interesting. Since you already got your classic white t-shirt, you add a couple more solid colors to your closet.  

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  • Level Three: “The Bonus Round”: Buy a unique and/or trendy piece If you repeat Levels 1 and 2, you can build an extensive, classic wardrobe that mixes well with each other. If you want to try something a little different, you can experiment with some trends or less classic styles. Maybe you want a crazy ripped pair of jeans. Or a bright red leather jacket. Or you really like that pair of Nikes that just came out that everyone wants. Dabbling in trends makes your wardrobe new and fun. By completing Levels 1 & 2 of building our wardrobes, we’ve ensured that when a trend we try goes out of style, 99% of your wardrobe is still going to keep you looking really good.

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THE ESSENTIAL WARDROBE CHECKLISTS: THE BUILDING BLOCKS TO YOUR PERFECT WARDROBE

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Just like building a house, the most important part of your wardrobe will be the foundation.

From there, you can build on it using the shopping “levels” we discussed above.

Below, I’ve put together the foundation guide for each Style Needs Type. It is the perfect mix of Essentials to suit your needs. 

The checklist is going to be your secret weapon to not only build an amazing wardrobe, but to make shopping painless. With this guide, you’ll cut your shopping time easily in half.

Remember the core mindset of this course: focus on the things that have the biggest impact. Don’t worry about how to put together outfits, styling, mixing colors and all that yet. Stocking a classic wardrobe will do most of the work for you. In later modules, you’ll learn how to style it in more interesting ways. Right now, you’re stocking your closet with the right ingredients in preparation for learning the concepts and recipes of great outfits.

You can find a short guide on how to best use the checklist at the beginning of each one.

Action Step: Download the guide to your “Style Needs Type”. I recommend you replace one entire outfit in your closet, using the checklist and the principles of fit and proportion in the earlier modules.

A simple example: Replace a white logo t-shirt that’s too large for you and your baggy blue jeans with a crisp white t-shirt and pair of solid indigo blue selvedge denim.

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DOWNLOAD YOUR WARDROBE CHECKLIST

 

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The Essential Wardrobe Checklist: “Effortlessly Casual”
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The Essential Wardrobe Checklist: “Smart Casual”
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The Essential Wardrobe Checklist: “Business Casual”
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HOW TO REBUILD YOUR WARDROBE WITHOUT GOING CRAZY AND BROKE

It’s easy to just throw you a checklist and tell you to go build your wardrobe, but I know it’s a daunting task.

In the video, I’ll discuss a few ways to approach it, where to actually shop, and how to build a quality wardrobe without breaking the bank:

LESSON 3 RECAP

KEY LESSONS

  • Always keep your style needs type in mind when shopping and building your wardrobe This will ensure you don’t buy a piece that’s too casual if your style needs type is “Business Casual”. Nor will you buy something too formal if your style needs type is “Effortlessly Casual”
  • Start with classic pieces first, add trends later By building our wardrobe with classic pieces first, we give ourselves an extremely versatile set of clothes that mix infinitely with each other. This allows us to try out trends as we please, as we have a solid style that we can fall back on.
  • Rebuilding a wardrobe takes time While there are multiple ways to go about it in terms of time and money, the most important thing is that we keep the lessons we learn in mind and go at our own pace. Principles of fit, proportion and classic pieces before trends are more important than building a wardrobe fast.

ACTION STEPS & HOMEWORK

1. Replace one outfit using the checklist and what you learned about fit and proportion in the previous Modules. 

 

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