Curating Your Dream Wardrobe

how to create your dream wardrobe

It’s worth noting that I’m well aware that the term ‘Dream Wardrobe’ definitely sounds a little….dated. That term is giving me flashbacks of a Barbie dream closet but I couldn’t really find another word to describe what I mean. I’m talking about looking into your wardrobe and just being happy with everything you’ve got, feeling extraordinarily content.

In the past when I’ve looked in my wardrobe all I’ve seen is gaps, the things I need but don’t have, or the things I want but don’t have. I felt like that for a while and then hit a point a few months back where I just got fed up and figured hey, I’m all for saving my money but you also can’t take money with you to the grave so I may as well spend my time and money on things that make me happy, which right now is my wardrobe. I wanted to look in my wardrobe and feel happy, not just feel ‘meh.’ So I went on the hunt to configure my dream wardrobe, and here’s how:


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Step 1: Prepare for this to take time.

One thing I should preface before I start all this off is that I don’t think of the process of curating my ‘dream’ (there’s that word again) wardrobe as something to do on a whim. I think to do this right you have to be fully prepared for the process to take time. I’m talking months or even the span of a year or years. My aim wasn’t to buy a bunch of items at once, deplete my bank balance and then have an over-flowing wardrobe. My aim was and is to curate a wardrobe filled with pieces that I need, pieces that I love, pieces that reflect my style and different moods, and pieces that will stand the test of time.

Step 2: Make a Pinterest board or folder for your ideal wardrobe. 

To get the ball rolling on this whole process you first have to obviously figure out what you’re actually looking for, and Pinterest, reading style blogs or going online in general can be great for that. If Pinterest is your jam, make a board (it can be a secret board) called your ‘Dream Wardrobe’ or alternatively just create a folder on your computer. Your aim is to collate a folder/board filled with images that inspire you and make you excited about fashion and styling, as well as images that can help guide you to know what actual pieces or accessories etc you need and want as part of your wardrobe. So spend time searching online, put key words into Pinterest and search and search until you feel content enough to start writing a list.

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Step 3: Figure out what you actually need. 

Once you’ve gone crazy curating images of your dream wardrobe and images of key pieces you want as part of your wardrobe, it’s time to be mindful and figure out the difference between what you want and what you actually need, because the latter is something you can’t compromise on.

Do you workout? You’ll probably need workout gear and runners. Maybe you’ve got pets that shed so you need some lighter coloured pieces in your wardrobe that are more pet hair proof. It’s all well and good to brainstorm what you want, but remember to be realistic and also think about your lifestyle to uncover what’s needed. In my eyes a dream wardrobe doesn’t work if it doesn’t have everything you need.

Step 4: Make a list and have it at the ready. 

After you’ve sussed out what you want and need, write out all the pieces you want as part of your dream wardrobe onto a list. For me, I’ve been keeping my dream wardrobe list in the ‘Notes’ app of my phone because I just find that to be the most convenient but wherever you decide to write your list, try and keep it (or a copy of it) with you somehow, that way if you’re shopping in stores or at home you’ll always be able to refer back to that. 

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Step 5: Start the hunt. 

Oh ASOS you saviour, with your free returns and free postage, god bless you.

After you’ve got your list sorted, it’s time to start the long process of finding the actual items and this is what you have to be really patient with (that’s a note to self right there because I am uber impatient). So next time you’re searching online or in stores, refer to your list and begin trying to hunt down the pieces on it.

I love online shopping so when I can, I like to take one item at a time from my list (because I’m methodical like that) and I’ll search through different online sites until I find a piece I like. Sometimes I find nothing, sometimes I hit the jackpot, it really just depends. (or can be a great way to sift through multiple websites at once but I’d really recommend searching for your pieces on websites with free or cheap returns because then you can buy a bunch of stuff, try it on in the comfort of your own home and then send back what you don’t want for free with a full refund. Once I really wanted to hunt down a good basic white tee to add to my dream wardrobe, so I bought 4 reasonably priced white tees (bare with me) from ASOS, tried them on at home and then sent back the 3 I didn’t want. I wouldn’t recommend searching for everything on your list at once because you may just go broke, but if you can be patient, I promise that either in store on online, you will eventually find everything on your list.

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Step 6: Take the time to find the perfect fits. 

AKA don’t just settle for anything, even though it’s really tempting because then you get to tick everything off your list really quickly… So if you want a good pair of black ankle boots, don’t just find a decent pair, add it to your wardrobe and then call it a day. Take the time to really find the perfect fits, things you really love that you feel great in. Whatever is on your list, I don’t think it’s possibly to really fulfil your dream wardrobe if you just settle so you really have to be patient and wait to find the right pieces.


What do you think about curating a dream wardrobe?


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  • These are such great tips! Especially the last one. It's important to make sure the piece fits before you invest it =o)

  • I love using Pinterest to get inspiration for outfits. It helped me figure out the styles that I like the most! 🙂
    Awesome post! 🙂

  • Great tips! It's really important to make sure the piece fits you well… I've been wrong sometimes and it's terrible.

    • Oh me too, when I first made a list I definitely just starting buying things left, right and centre and I got a lot of bad fits that needed returning.

  • Love these tips. I'm finally starting to do this, taking time to find pieces I really like and figure out key pieces I need. I love Pinterest for ideas too and Asos is awesome! 🙂 Lucy xx

  • These are great tips! I do have a pin board of styles I like but I mostly end up wearing basic styles, something I already own in different color, or something that doesn't follow trends. I find it easier to dress that way 🙂 I think I follow Mark Zuckerberg's fashion tip without actually realizing it!!! 😀

    xx Alyssa // STYLE VANITY

  • Amy

    These are all great tips, thank you for sharing! I've been thinking about my dream wardrobe a lot lately, lol
    Amy xx

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    • That's awesome Amy, I hope you start curating one as well!

  • This post could not have come in a more perfect time. I just spent some time de-cluttering one side of my wardrobe a few days ago, and I'll be de-cluttering the other side of it soon enough. After that, I'm totally determined to take a different turn and go towards what I REALLY like. It's like re-defining my personal style and wardrobe, which as you said, will take quite some time, but it'll definitely feel so much better. 🙂 I don't have a list or much of an "inspo board" yet but this made me think I should (just for things to have a clear direction).
    Step 6 is actually SO important! Accurate on the whole "checking it off the list" thing; it makes me settle for simply decent, mediocre stuff just because I want one and I'm too lazy to keep searching for that right fit (sizing gets increasing difficult, eh?)
    LOVED reading this. Great post as always! xx

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    • It sounds like our wardrobes are the same, I'm curating my dream wardrobe but I have to declutter my current wardrobe to make space for things and I have one side pretty neat but the other is a mess!

      Oh man sizing can be a nightmare, I had that I'll order 3 items in the exact same size and they all fit me so differently…

  • Love this post as I could see myself in this situation so well – I went a bit mental this season, especially with all the sales and properly invested into several items that I never had but I do think I need them (oh I do cant stop wearing them) and they can be in my wardrobe for a very long time. I got rid off all the stuff I dont like, doesnt give me joy or never actually put on and gave to charity or friends (its all about smiles). Literally right now feel so happy and the best part first time I ever I said to myself I really dont need more clothes or I have too many options to chose. My wardrobe life is sorted – at least until next season;)

    • Oh wow you've made some serious progress, I'm so envious! Glad you've got your wardrobe sorted though 🙂

  • I already have the list! Thank you for the tips! Making a change! Happy hunting all!

  • V

    These are awesome tips!

  • Every time a de-clutter my wardrobe I end up accumulating more clothes! Great tips x

  • I am always thinking about curating a dream closet full of essential and how much easier my life would be if I had all the necessary pieces! Thanks for the helpful tips and reminders. I will have to carve out time to do this once and for all. XO, Ellese


    • It does take time (I'm still no where near finished) but I really do think it's worth it in the end!

  • Great post! It's funny because I'm doing the same right now, but not as systematic as you… I'm kind of just spending money haha I thought about it last weekend – I should probably take a few hours and just look through my wardrobe, mix and match pieces to create new outfit ideas, but also to help me figure out what's missing and to fill the gap. I'll try to make time for that this weekend!

  • My closet has always been a hot mess and i've been trying to figure out how to organise it, love the idea to make a pintrest board out of the ideas x Sam

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  • I totally agree with all of this as I'm going through a really similar thing myself where I only want to own things that I love and get excited to wear, or things that serve a particular function in my wardrobe and do their job perfectly. It's definitely key to take your time and try out lots of different things because you can't just buy the first thing you see and expect to have a perfect wardrobe. It takes a lot of patience and waiting around for the perfect piece to come along because otherwise when it does you'll wonder why you wasted so much money on all the other things before it that you don't love nearly as much.

    • A million times yes to all of that, I couldn't have said it any better myself.

  • This week's post feel like it was written just for me 🙂 It's exactly what I needed and I love the organised structure of the ideas. Although , I must admit to feeling a bit overwhelmed by the impatient part of me and wanting to wave a magic wand so that it all just appears 🙂

    • Ooo that's exactly what I wanted to hear Phoebe, it's nice to know people are feeling the same. I completely get what you mean about the impatience though, it is ridiculously tempting to just settle for a 'meh' piece, purely because you can't be bothered looking anymore.

  • I totally love the idea of having a perfectly curated wardrobe.
    I am on my way there I have my pinterest board, i just need to figure out exactly what I need
    Thanks for the tip!

    Lizzie | Takeoffs & Landings

    • I don't know if it'll ever be perfect but curated is as close as I'm gonna get I think! 😉

  • But can I have Barbie's dream closet as well, pretty pleeeease? haha 😉 Well-written and thorough post as always; love your tip to be patient and find the perfect fit – it really can transform a look, depending on how well an item fits.

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    • Definitely, and I should know, over the years I've bought my fair share of clothes that fit badly :/

  • These are some great tips! I started being more conscious of what clothing items I was buying a few months ago, and I'm slowly on my way to creating a wardrobe I love. And a Pinterest board is the perfect idea! x

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  • Got to love Pinterest! I fell out of love with it and then ended up losing my password but I've now managed to log back on and will be starting my Pinterest pins, boards and browsing through all the inspiration again!! 🙂

    Hope you're well lovely – love your outfit, it's so cute and perfect for this time of year (in the UK) however I'm still clinging to summer for just a few more weeks haha! 🙂

    Layla xx

    • I find Pinterest a bit like that as well, it's like I go through moods where I love it and then am really 'meh' about it.

      Ah it's funny you say that as on the day I shot these photos I felt a bit inappropriately dressed for Melbourne weather at the moment, I was freezing!

  • It's funny how you post this right when I'm in that "closet crisis". I feel exactly like you said, I don't feel happy when I open the closet and that is just not okay. First thing I did was to donate all the stuff I didn't use anymore, I started with my shoes and well… I kind of have a lot more shoe space now, it almost looks empty, but it's great at the same time because I can fill it up with stuff that I'm sure I will use. I'm adding one or two new clothing items to my wardrobe per month (to keep my bank account happy) so I hope I can soon tell you that I have my closet just how I want it.


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    • Man there must be something going around because it seems like a lot of us are having those first world closet crisis' at the moment! The one or two new items a month thing is really clever and something I should probably do as well, I tend to get a little bit of tunnel vision and I want to find things on my dream wardrobe list as quick as I can. Must remind myself to stay patient!

  • I've only started gravitating towards pieces that are timeless and classic, rather than trendy. And I'm about 70% happy with the clothes in my wardrobe right now and that makes me incredibly happy because for the longest time, I didn't have a distinct sense of style. Also, LOVE the white shirt you're wearing here, I like pieces that are not too fitted and have a slightly boxy silhouette.

    Lavanya | Elle Files

    • Thanks Elle! I love shirts like that as well and it actually took me ages to find this one, ASOS came through in the end though 😉

  • Building the perfect wardrobe is always so hard but thank for these tips, so useful!
    xx Ele |