OMG! I have an event this weekend, and I have nothing to wear. We’ve all been there at some point in our struggle to find something to wear at the last minute. We run out to buy a new outfit while ignoring those past purchases that have never been worn or better yet still have the price tag hanging from them. If you don’t have the money to invest in a professional, I’d like to drop a few gems that will have you with a well-curated closet and money in your pocket.
Step One: Declutter
The first step in purging your closet is to remove every item from it. YES, EVERY SINGLE PIECE! To be successful, this is one of the most important steps in the process. You must have a visual of what you will be working with and what you should and should not keep.
Step Two: Separate and Organize
Next, you need to make four piles one for donation, one for items that you will keep, one for things you NEED to trash and another for clothing that needs to be repaired or customed fitted by a tailor. Try not to hold on to things that are too small, dingy, and ill-fitting. Also, this is the time to invest in a great storage system if possible such as hangers, dividers, and containers.
Step Three: Make A List
Make a list of foundation pieces that are needed to build a well-curated closet such as jeans, an LBD, or a perfectly crisp white tailored blouse. I don’t believe that everyone should follow a particular rule or list because STYLE IS NOT ONE SIZE FITS ALL. But it is important to have classics that fit your style to build upon more outfits by mixing and matching.
Step Four: Shop For Investments and Basics vs. Trends
So you’ve made your list, and now it’s time to start shopping. Unless you are planning a major overhaul and have the unlimited funds, there is no need to go on a shopping spree in 24 hours. Take time out online or in person to search various stores for your core pieces.
STYLIST TIP: Don’t be afraid to invest in T-Shirts. They will last much longer than cheaper ones that might lose their shape. Remember to keep things practical and versatile.
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Step Five: It’s All About Maintaining
How do I maintain my wardrobe after an edit is a question that I often get? I tell my clients that consistency is key to keeping a well-curated wardrobe. After completing your first edit, you should know how to:
- edit your closet for each season (Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter)
- carefully assess your wardrobe and what to add/take away from your inventory
- shop more strategically from your closet vs. buying clothing on impulse
With these tools implemented along with proper storage, you will successfully be able to maintain your wardrobe throughout the year.
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