Be specific. Imagine that the first cool fall day has arrived (if you're in the Northern Hemisphere), and that you open your closet/armoire/cupboard door and you see it: the Dream Wardrobe.
How many outfits?
What are they? A grey mini-skirt with a grey tunic sweater, grey tights, and silver flats? A simple black wool dress with an amazing paisley scarf and low-heeled black suede pumps? Dream specific dreams.
And then write them down, or draw them...
|This is a rough outline of what mine would be, just to give you a sense of my process.|
Now distill these various outfits down to their necessary component parts and pieces.
|It may not necessarily be a huge pile of clothing|
Now figure out what you already own...
|In this example, you're in a very good position for scarves and skirts, but you |
want a new pair of pants, a dress, some flats, a cardigan, a necklace,
and one more tee shirt...
Your shopping list then looks like this:
For me, personally, my autumn purchase plan is the following:
At this point, I can take my clothing budget for the next three months, and shop and plan accordingly.
You may want more, or fewer, outfits. You may want a lot of jeans and very few skirts. This is your dream! But the more specific you can be, the more you can bring your dream closer to reality...
PS - If you need help creating your dream wardrobe, I've built a number of tools to help you plan your wardrobe which can be found on the Planning Documents page. These tools includes the Pantone Color Planner, Wardrobe Cost per wear calculator, 24-piece wardrobe worksheet, and more. They do cost a bit of money, but that helps me keep this website running.