Bobbi, dressed impeccably and effortlessly in pieces from her essential wardrobe.
Did you know that as women, our self-confidence and self-esteem are so closely tied to how we feel about our personal appearance that it literally affects every aspect of our lives?
You may not have considered it before, but, quite literally, how we feel about how we look has a huge impact on everything we do.
When I worked in retail, every time I switched companies I would instantly find myself with a huge following—and I thought it was due to my good taste, good service, and the compliments my new customers would receive. While all of that was true (I dress people for a living and I’m very good at my job), it took me years to connect the dots and realize why you really do want (and need) an essential wardrobe.
As mentioned earlier, how you feel about how you look truly affects your self-esteem and self-confidence. Think about it this way—when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you have confidence. When you have confidence, you can do anything! Confidence gives you the courage to go after the things that are important to you, and you begin to draw new opportunities (business and otherwise), friends, lifestyle changes, and JOY to yourself. It truly is amazing the impact that confidence has on your life.
Think about it this way—when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you have confidence. When you have confidence, you can do anything!
So, what does this have to do with your wardrobe? Let me share this stunning statistic with you. Studies show that, on average, women spend 45 minutes a day trying to decide what to wear. Keep in mind this does NOT include hair and makeup. It’s not just the time wasted here that is an issue, but rather the fact that this process is hugely emotional and the source of a great deal of anxiety and panic. I know you understand exactly what I’m saying. We’ve all been there!
When it comes to shopping, we’re often not much better—like creatures and shiny objects—we buy impulsively. We’ll buy something because it’s “SO cute” or “look, it’s on sale,” and then we don’t know what to do with it or how to wear it. That’s how we end up with a closet full of clothing and nothing to wear. Here’s where everything comes together—and this is why we all need to strategically build an essential wardrobe.
When you build an essential wardrobe using the system I elaborate on in my book, Style Essentials: Build Your Ultimate Wardrobe, you have what you need to dress for virtually ANY occasion life throws at you, and you can do so with speed and ease. This means you will always be able to go to your closet to put together confidence-building looks, rather than settling for something that feels “less than.”
Not only are you saving yourself a tremendous amount of time, but you’re able to dress without stress. And furthermore, when you have what you need, there is never any “emergency” shopping—a topic about which I feel very strongly. (For the record, when you have to shop this way, you rarely, if ever, find the soul-enhancing “perfect piece” that you truly need. Rather, you find something that looks “okay,” and you settle.)
The point of this strategy is so that you are able to move through your wardrobe with ease, knowing that you will always have what you need at your fingertips, and you’ll look stunning in whatever you choose to wear. It’s all about having the right, essential pieces that are simple, flattering, and work together. This simple concept is a game-changer for sure