Saturday, 31 May 2014


From time to time you need to refresh and revitalize your wardrobe. Many of my clients have some degree of sentimental value attached to what’s in their wardrobe. I get it, I’m sentimental too, but I’m also practical, and practicality is the gateway to organization. We all tend to hold on to too many of the same styles of clothing, how many black t-shirts do you need? I recommend inviting a friend over to help you really assess what you need and what you don’t. Friends will give it to you straight and you will be one step closer to a beautiful streamlined, organized wardrobe.
A few tips regarding what to save and what to donate.
  • Your best jeans: Skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans, black jeans, white jeans. Keep jeans that fit well and are still in style.
  • Spring Style: This spring is all about aged denim, florals, airy fabrics. Keep anything in your closet that is on trend, or keep pieces that will help you build on a trend. 
  • Streamlined Hangers:  A wardrobe looks great with streamlined hangers, they should all be uniform (same color, same size, same brand), is the first step in an organized closet. They instantly add elegance to your wardrobe .

  • Outerwear: Blazers, leather jackets and cardigan sweaters can be classic and timeless, but they can also be woefully out of date. Check your outerwear to make sure it reflects who you are today and is still in good shape.
  • Loungewear/Pajamas: I often see drawers packed with pajamas and loungewear, and there are often too many pieces that serve the same purpose. Save your favorites and toss the rest.

  • Jeans: Try them on and get rid of anything that A) doesn’t fit, and B) is out of style. Yes, even if you paid £200 for those jeans, you must get rid of them if they no longer work (see reasons A and B above).
  • Mismatched Hangers: Get rid of any hangers that don’t match, you will instantly streamline your closet.

  • Faded Black Items: From t-shirts to blazers to pants, once black fades it has lost its luster and should promptly be placed in the “donate” pile. A new black shirt will make you feel good and freshen up your wardrobe basics.
  • Anything You Haven’t Worn In One Year: This has been a long-standing rule among fashionista’s and closet organizers alike, but I might take it one step further and say 6-8 months. We know what we like and what we don’t, trust your instinct and know that if you haven’t worn it in 6 months (seasonal items excluded), you will most likely never wear it again.
  • Ill-Fitting Clothing Or Shoes: Some of my clients will hold onto clothing or shoes because they spent a lot of money on it, but if they don’t fit I recommend donating it and giving the item a second life with someone it does work for. You have now made room for something that does fit, and that feels like productive spring-cleaning.

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