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How to Set Wardrobe Goals (& FREE New Year Templates!)

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And just like that, another year is almost in the books. Though many of us are still grappling with these unprecedented times, it’s still a good idea to evaluate, review, and make plans for the upcoming year!

Whether you call them new year’s resolutions, new year’s goals, intentions, or just hopes and dreams, goals are important. Not only do they motivate us, but they help to align our focus and guide us as we head into this next year. And as January 1st will soon happen and we’ll put the last year behind us, it’s important to make a goal list for your wardrobe too!

It may silly to set goals for your wardrobe. After all, how is that as important as getting a plan of action to detox from social media, get healthier, or save money? I’ll tell you!

Why Wardrobe Goals are Important

  • Setting a wardrobe goal may in fact help you to save money. If you reviewed this past year and realized you spent an obscene amount of money on clothes with very little to show for it (trendy items you don’t wear anymore or clothes that weren’t really your style and you gave away), then setting a smart wardrobe goal to be more intentional with your purchases is a great way to cut the clutter, save money, and build a better wardrobe.
  • If your wardrobe up until now has left you feeling very blah and uninspired, then it’s time for a fresh start. Setting a wardrobe goal to dive into your personal style and cultivate a wardrobe you love will change your whole life. Feeling happier, inspired, and more confident impacts your home life, work life, and more.
  • If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed in life, then making sure your closet is streamlined is an easy way to cut down on the time it takes to get ready, as well as the mental energy it takes to think of what to wear.

Related: 21 Life-Transforming Ways I’m Simplifying My Life & Becoming More Thankful

As you can see, setting wardrobe goals is not frivolous. It impacts all different areas of your life. This time of year is the perfect time to dress for the new job you want to have, declutter your wardrobe, gain confidence in your body type, or build a quality wardrobe.

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Before you dive into setting goals, it’s helpful to review first. Spending some time in reflection can help guide you to where you want to be.

Wardrobe Reflection Questions

  • How did my style change over this past year?
  • How do I feel about my style and the way I dress?
  • What could be better and what do I want to continue doing?
  • If I summed up my 2021 style in an outfit or word, what would it be?
  • What was the biggest improvement I made?

Download the free printable below for an organized place to jot all of this down!

Free wardrobe goal sheet

Now that you’ve had some time to reflect, the next step is determining your wardrobe goals. There’s no wrong answer! It could be a smaller goal such as “try out something new to wear” or a larger goal such as “take a shopping ban for 6 months”. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Wardrobe Goal Ideas

  • Get dressed faster in the morning
  • Organize my closet
  • Analyze what I have
  • Take a shopping break
  • Declutter my wardrobe
  • Start an outfit diary
  • Start a capsule wardrobe
  • Take a break from fast fashion
  • Start shopping sustainably
  • Wear what I already have more often
  • Break out of a style rut, become more adventurous
  • Shop second hand more
  • Limit impulse purchases
  • Refresh the basics
  • Make time to have fun with fashion
  • Do a color analysis
  • Book an appointment with a personal shopper
  • Make my closet look more aesthetically pleasing

Related: How to Make Your Closet Look Like a Boutique

Assign & Define

It’s time to narrow down your ideas, define your goals, and “assign” your mind to what you’re going to focus on! Start with setting 3 goals. You can set up to 5 if you’re feeling really ambitious.


Great work so far! You reviewed this past year. You have a list of 3-5 goals that you want to work on. Now it’s time to go into a bit more detail and document it so you can achieve it!

I’m sure you’ve heard all about creating a S.M.A.R.T goal. For those that are unaware, S.M.A.R.T is an acronym for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based. Though we won’t get into all of that now, the point behind this is to be specific and have an action plan to take that loose idea in your head and turn it into something that can be accomplished.

Here’s a simple wardrobe goal-setting template:

My goal is to _____ (organize my closet) so I can ______ (feel less stressed in the morning). I will do this by ______ (scheduling a weekend on my calendar next month dedicated to cleaning and sorting my wardrobe).

There you are stating your goal, how you will accomplish it, and also the benefits of achieving it! Keeping your mind on the benefits and pros keeps you motivated for when you may potentially lose steam. Because hey, it happens.

Here are a few goal ideas in action:

  • My goal is to stop shopping for 6 months so I can cut down on the clothing clutter in my wardrobe and wear what I actually have. I will do this by unsubscribing from all clothing retailer’s emails and disconnecting my payment info from these sites so it’s not easy to impulse shop.
  • My goal is to embrace the body size that I am right now so I can feel more confident in my skin. I will do this by getting flattering clothes that actually fit my body type instead of trying to fit into something a few sizes too small (or big).
  • My goal is to upgrade my wardrobe basics so I can look and feel more put-together. I will do this by purging my wardrobe of worn and stained items and investing in the quality pieces that my wardrobe needs.

It can be helpful to write 1-2 paragraphs expanding on what you want to improve and why you want to improve it. Keep your eye on the prize and use the free download to help!

Free wardrobe goal sheet

We know that your wardrobe is important, but there may be other goals you want to focus on this year. Whether it’s a goal to be more present with your family or indulge in sweets less, the best way to document your small or big goals is to write them down. Use these free printables below and goal-setting worksheets to document your monthly goals, daily tasks, and even a specific goal!

Doing so will keep you on the right track. Click on the image below and get free downloads that will help you document your hard work, write down your own goals, decide your next actions, and even celebrate the small wins!

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Founder and editor of My Chic Obsession, Carolyn is your trusted fashion maven. Carolyn's drive to help others achieve a classic and timeless wardrobe fuels her posts, making mychicobsession.com a go-to resource for style seekers worldwide. Beyond the wardrobe, she resides in the heartland of the Midwest, dreaming up new ideas and raising her two lively boys - her biggest fashion critics.