Bobbi shops for wardrobe essentials at The Conservatory | Highland Park Village, Dallas. Photography: Liz DeMarco, BookMarc Creative.
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!
A Well-Appointed Wardrobe Alleviates Anxiety
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.
Building Your Own 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 to create a system that allows you to be able to move through your wardrobe with ease, knowing that you will always have what you need at your fingertips. You will also 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 nothing short of a game-changer.
About Style Essentials: Build Your Ultimate Wardrobe
Any fashion icon from any era—from Audrey Hepburn to Gwyneth Paltrow—would tell you there are essentials that every woman, regardless of profession or lifestyle, needs to own. In fact, the essentials form the foundation of all wardrobes and are the secret behind looking effortlessly polished and chic at all times. While some women seem to possess an innate ability to “dress,” most do not possess that gift—which was the impetus behind my writing Style Essentials: Build Your Ultimate Wardrobe.
This is my personal styling guide to building an essential wardrobe. Follow it, and you will not only be prepared to dress for every situation, but you will do so with ease and sophistication. In essence, it’s like having your own personal stylist in your pocket.
Written with You in Mind
I created this book with my clients in mind and have used it as the foundation for the direction in which I guide them. Building their wardrobes around these essential items has served them well over the years. At first glance, the book’s lists may seem simplistic, but don’t be fooled; having the right pieces is essential. In other words, not just any old garment will suffice. Style Essentials will help you understand the “why” behind the essential wardrobe and is an amazing tool that will set you on the right path on your fashion journey. More than one client of mine has read Style Essentials and said, “Oh! Now I understand!” And therein lies the difference between a true style icon and most of the female population.
Want to get started on your essential wardrobe? Check out Style Essentials: Build Your Ultimate Wardrobe* on Amazon by clicking the image below, or contact Bobbi for a one-on-one consultation at email@example.com.
*Style Essentials: Build Your Ultimate Wardrobe is a digital download available on Amazon for $9.99. It is free with Kindle Unlimited memberships.