Today is THE day, the MOMENT of your dreams

You’re about to step into the spotlight, and it can change everything, but before the world becomes your stage, one critical choice must be made—finding that perfect outfit.

And you walk into your closet, that place that holds “I’ll wear this someday. It was on sale mistakes. I have nothing to wear. Why can’t I find something to fit?” frustration.

If your closet isn’t ready for your big moment, are you even prepared?

I didn’t realize it then, but my aunt was the master at preparing her closet to match her ambitions. Whenever a big opportunity came her way, I don’t remember ever hearing her say, “I have nothing to wear.”

My aunt, who didn’t shop at boutiques or malls, would allot a portion of her income to buying a few yards of fabrics and a standing appointment with her seamstress to turn that fabric into a masterpiece.

Never waiting for the opportunity but always preparing her closet for the invitation and opportunity.

That is a strategy I use for myself and one I share with my clients in my Style To Impact programs.

There are many style hacks that will tell you to do a closet cleanse, which you’ll do, and a few months later, you’re right back to worrying about what to wear or missing opportunities to show up.

So, how do you prepare and elevate your closet for your next major opportunity?

Start with the end goal in mind

Strategy 1: What’s my ultimate goal?

If you don’t know where you’re headed, planning for the future is difficult.

Consider a singer whose ultimate goal is a recording contract and the opportunity to tell their story through song. They wouldn’t postpone voice training until after securing the contract.

In the same way, you can view your closet with an eye on the future. For example, if you want to become a published author, you’ll likely engage in press activities before and after publication. Instead of scrambling for outfits at the last minute, plan your wardrobe for these moments.

Strategy 2: Who am I?

Who you believe yourself to be is only sometimes accurate to the person you are. So how do you answer the question” Who am I? You have to take time to think about it. You have to examine how you talk to yourself and what you believe to be true about you.

You’ll have to ask yourself a series of questions like Is who I am based on how the world tells me to be? What parts of me I am hiding for fear of being judged? What would I gain if I acknowledged and celebrated all the parts that make me who I am?

Strategy 3: What’s my vibe?

What is your wardrobe saying about you? Your wardrobe should have signature pieces that scream your name so loudly that people will know who you are before you even enter the room. That’s the vibe to aim for—a style that authentically represents you and enhances your image.

Not sure what your style is? Revisit the second strategy. Delve deeper into your self-discovery journey, perhaps challenging some misconceptions and limiting beliefs. Your closet should be a collection of hits, not misses, by stepping away from the generic and curating your unique personal brand.

Strategy 4: Quality Over Everything

It’s time to invest, And by invest, I mean picking out pieces that will last longer than your next laundry day. A few high-quality pieces will serve you better than a closet full of things you kind of like. Look for timeless pieces that can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits. Investing in your image doesn’t have to break the bank. It’s about value, not price. Find pieces that are versatile, fit well, and make you feel like a million bucks.

Also, if it isn’t a clear yes, it’s a clear no – DO NOT BUY IT.

Strategy 5: Find a Tailor

Not everything will fit off the rack. Let me say that again – not everything is going to fit off the rack. Count yourself lucky if you ever found the “perfect fit.”

A good tailor can make a budget outfit look designer by adjusting it to fit you perfectly. Those pants that are too long or that dress that’s a bit loose around the waist can be transformed into custom pieces that look like they were made just for you.

Preparation and Presentation

Preparing your closet for your big moment isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling unstoppable. It’s about walking into any room knowing you’re about to own it.

Condoleezza Rice said, “Be prepared to take advantage of an opportunity. The opportunity doesn’t do the preparation.

It’s time to transform your closet into a wardrobe that’s as ready for your success as you are.

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