Building A Functional Wardrobe and Its Benefits


Lots of clothes but still nothing to wear…#firstworldproblems! This is something many of us can relate to, right? Apart from the occasional fall-out I have with my wardrobe {you can read all about it here}, this used to be the other “issue”, but it has now become history. Yes, I’ve found a way around this and it’s called building a functional wardrobe.


Building A Functional Wardrobe

Ok, because I really like you guys, I’m going to share with you how I’ve successfully managed to build a functional wardrobe over the years and of course, it benefits. At least 85% of the clothes I own are in ‘full-time employment’. This is so not the case for my shoes though.

Know Your Lifestyle

I think this is key to building a functional wardrobe. Tailor your everyday wardrobe around your activities. What do you do every day and what’s most practical for every day wear? Buy more of those and less of the things you many not wear – with a side focus on being stylish of course.


Make a list (written or mental) and tick off the essentials first. Invest in key wardrobe essentials for every season.

gldn-blue-jumper Building A Functional Wardrobe

Know Yourself and Your body

What is good for the goose is NOT always good for the gander. Because it looks good on someone else does not equate to “it will look good on me”. This is one of my key fashion mantras. I remember buying halter tops back in the day, hoping that one day I would “grow” into them – growing into them, meaning my boobs might shrink one day and I would be able to slip on a halter top without my industrial bra straps showing through. I can tell you now, that never happened. There always a way around, but it’s too much effort, and I’m all about the effortless, everyday business.

Benefits of A Functional Wardrobe

With time, I’ve been able to build a wardrobe that I can go to with my eyes shut…The benefits are not limited to but for me, includes the bits below.

  • Even though I pick out my outfits in the morning, my preparation time in the morning is very minimal.
  • I hardly have to think about everyday clothes, one thing less to worry about. Thinking of what to wear, when and where could be very stressful and I’m sure many of you can relate.
  • I have managed to train my ‘shopping mind’, I can visualize what clothes would look like on me without having to try them on.
  • I can buy one off pieces knowing I already have something I can wear it with in my wardrobe
  • Ultimately, you would be surprised by how much you can save by doing this.

This post was inspired by GLDN a new fashion brand which focuses on real women and real life. The woman who wants and has it all and moves at a fast pace. A collection of simple capsule wardrobe pieces for women with no time trawl through piles and stacks of clothes for what to wear on a daily basis. We all have pieces in our wardrobes that we don’t wear, or have fallen out of love with right? This is why I relate to GLDN’s ethos and what they stand for. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen me share the exciting news of being a brand ambassador for this season so keep an eye out on some exciting bits I’ll be sharing over the next few month and go take a peek at the new collection.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen me share the exciting news of being a brand ambassador for this season, so keep an eye out on some exciting bits I’ll be sharing over the next few month and go take a peek at the new collection.

Jumper c/o – GLDN

Trousers (old) – Zara

Bag – Chloe

Sunglasses – Chanel

Cuffs & Earrings – H&M

Boots – Paper Doll


6 Responses
  • MyCityMyLondon
    November 11, 2016

    Babe Lovely colour on you
    With being a mum, by default I don’t have time to even think about putting an outfit together and usually grab the first thing I see in the cupboard and somehow manage to quickly scramble an outfit together just in time before the little tot causes havoc in his bedroom. Hehe

    • Stephanie
      June 23, 2017

      I LOVE this look. The idea of a functional wardrobe is great to get more wear out of your clothes.
      Visit my thrift blog :( for saving money shopping).

      • Bankè
        June 23, 2017

        Thank you Stephanie! You ae so right xx

    • Bankè
      June 23, 2017

      Wow ! the life of a mum. x

  • MJ Junior
    December 3, 2016

    I absolutely agree with most of your tips! Thanks for sharing x

    • Bankè
      June 23, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by. Glad you can enjoyed the post x

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