First off, I hope all of my friends here are doing well! This crazy weird time is making big adjustments on all of us, some harder than others. I want to keep sharing all my light, positive vibes and continue sharing inspiration while we are patiently getting through this! One of the best ways to pass the time is taking the opportunity while at home to start revamping your closet. I completely understand that right now it’s easy to get into a style rut and not feel quite as excited about our clothes. As a stylist, even I have been needing some inspiration, and thats exactly what this post is for! One of the best things about editing your closet is you’re able to rediscover hidden gems to wear different ways. It’s easy to forget what we own until we take the time to edit our closet. More often than not we have amazing pieces in our closets we can style and make them feel like new again. Plus, playing dress up in our own closets is the fun and excitement some of us really need! I edited my closet a few weeks ago with my home remodel (full closet tour coming very soon!) and I felt so refreshed and reinspired, I want all of you to feel the same! To help you revamp your wardrobe, I’m sharing a few of my favorite closet editing tips to try for yourself.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF FREE TIME
Going stir crazy with self quarantines? Take advantage of the free time! We all live such busy lives, it is kind of a blessing to have time set aside for taking care of home organization. If you are like me and have been sticking to a schedule during this time, it is the best idea to block out a couple hours a night to go through at least one section at a time.
PURGE UNNECESSARY PIECES
Let’s face it, we all end up with pieces in our wardrobe that we don’t love or may not fit anymore. Keeping pieces you don’t love or no longer fit tends to just take up space in your closet. When going through your closet it’s important to purge out anything that you haven’t worn in the last year, don’t love, or doesn’t fit. As Marie Kondo says, does it spark joy?! Personally, anytime I’m not wearing pieces anymore I love to consign or sell them to get back some of what I invested in the purchases. Not only is selling or consigning a great way to earn back some of your investment, but it’s a great way to allow others to give new life to clothes you’re no longer wearing. Northshore Exchange is a great place to consign in the Chicago area and it also helps charity! Consignors will get paid for their donations, but 100% of the remaining proceeds will be donated to charity.
REINVENT WHAT YOU OWN
One of my favorite things about going through my closet, and client’s closets, is reinventing what you own. Before editing your closet it can be easy to fall into a routine of wearing everything the same way all the time. Going through your closet to get a clear picture of what you own is also a great opportunity to see things in a whole new light. When I go through my (and client’s) closets I make sure to spend some time discovering new ways to wear pieces I already own. I get a lot of inspiration from Pinterest, check out my boards for some style ideas! Taking a few minutes to experiment with different ways to wear things using what you own is a great way to get out of your style rut and discover a whole new world without buying anything new.
ORGANIZATION IS KEY
Organizing your clothes strategically is super important while editing your closet. After you’ve gone through the previously mentioned steps, I suggest ending your closet editing with an organization overhaul. First and most importantly, swap your hangers for these velvet hangers from Amazon! Your clothes won’t slip off and they are thin so you can fit the most clothes possible. Then, I highly suggest to organize all your clothes by category and then by color. This organization system is incredibly efficient! Not to mention, when your clothes are organized by color and category it’s much easier to style different looks. As for jewelry, I suggest laying everything in velvet trays so it’s easy to see what you have. Or, get creative and use a velvet scarf (if you have one!). Now, everything has a home! Personally, this organizing method also helps me save time when getting ready because everything has it’s place and it’s super easy to find what I’m looking for.
START A LOOKBOOK
The last step for myself (and my clients) is starting a lookbook! To make your dressing experience totally effortless and easy, play dress up in some new, creative looks and take mirror selfies. Add these selfies to an album in your phone called “Look Book” for an on-hand inventory of your own outfit inspiration! When I am getting dressed up in a rush or if I’m lacking inspiration, I always run to my album to find looks I’ve already created and already love. It is super helpful!
These are my biggest tips for a closet overhaul, and now is better than ever! If the idea is a little overwhelming for you, don’t worry, I am available for a closet editing session after this is all over. Check out my services page for a list of everything I can help you with to make you feel like your most fashionable, organized, stylish self! In a meantime you can find me on Instagram almost every day 🙂 Stay safe everyone and positive!
Neon suit: Aritzia
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