You Need To Dress (And Shop) For Your Lifestyle

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Your wardrobe needs to be appropriate for the places you go and the things that you do. As obvious as this is, most wardrobes I’ve seen don’t fulfill this basic need.

And that’s generally because our lives and needs are constantly evolving. “Dress for your lifestyle” is a principle of dressing that emphasizes choosing clothing that suits not just your personal style, but also the activities, roles, and environments you find yourself in regularly. Here are some tips for dressing for your lifestyle:


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Assess Your Activities

   – Consider what you do most days. Are you in an office, on your feet all day, working from home, running after kids, going to events, etc.?

   – Your wardrobe should support your daily activities. If you’re active, clothes that allow movement are essential. If you’re in a professional setting, business attire might be more appropriate.


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Comfort is Key

   – Regardless of your lifestyle, comfort should be a priority. This doesn’t mean sacrificing style, but rather finding a balance.

   – Look for fabrics that feel good on your skin and allow you to move freely.


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Identify Your Style

   – Understand what styles make you feel most like yourself. This could be classic, bohemian, sporty, minimalist, etc.

   – Your lifestyle may dictate how you express your style. For example, if you’re a busy parent, you might opt for comfortable, easy-to-care-for clothes that still reflect your personal taste.


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Versatility is Valuable

   – Invest in pieces that can transition from one part of your day to another. A dress that works for the office with a blazer but can also be dressed down for a casual dinner is a good example.

   – Versatile pieces save money and make getting dressed easier.


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Consider Your Environment

   – Where you live can greatly influence your wardrobe needs. A person in a tropical climate will have different requirements than someone in a cold, snowy region.

   – Factor in the weather, cultural norms, and the general vibe of your location when choosing clothes.


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Adapt for Special Occasions

   – If you have events or occasions that are outside your daily routine, ensure you have appropriate attire.

   – This might mean having a few formal pieces for weddings or parties, or activewear if you’re into sports or fitness.

“Dress for your lifestyle” is about finding that sweet spot where your clothing not only looks good but also supports and enhances your day-to-day activities and personal expression.


Discover Your Signature Style Course

In my course How To Discover Your Signature Style (And Gain The Confidence To Wear It!), I do a lifestyle assessment exercise with you that further helps to clarify exactly what you need in your wardrobe.

Learn more about this, why size doesn’t matter, your best colors, styles that flatter your shape, dressing who you are for what you want, and so much more! 

Until then,


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