Monday, December 20, 2010

Out with the OLD, in with the NEW

More important than buying new clothes because you think you have nothing to wear, is sorting through exactly what clothing you own.

Take an honest look at your wardrobe. Is your closet a gallery of your favorite items? Do you have clothes with tags that you haven’t worn? Do you take longer than usual to put an outfit together? If you have answered yes, then it’s time to purge your closet.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

(1) Invite one of your trusted friends to assist you. Especially one whose style you absolutely love.

(2) Go through your closet and assess your clothing. Keep the items you definitely want hung up and the rest separate them into two piles A no pile and a maybe pile.

(3) The “No” pile should be clothing not worn in the past year. If these items have sentimental value, put away in a storage tote and store them away. Other items can be donated to charity or save for a fashion swap.

(4) Now go through the “Maybe” pile. This is where your trusted friend is invaluable. Try on each piece and only keep items that you can wear immediately. No excuses, like I will lose weight etc. Any items that need to altered should be brought to seamstress ASAP.

(5) Change out any mismatched hangers. Having the same looking hangers give your closet a nice uniform look. Your closet will be organized and more user-friendly.

(6) Lastly, organize your closet. I suggest organizing by three categories: career, casual and evening wear. Then by color. Trust me, this will make getting ready so much easier.

After following these tips, go through your closet again. You now have made space in your closet. If necessary, you can make a nice shopping list of items that you need to update or refresh your wardrobe.

Remember if this seems overwhelming, hire a personal stylist. These trained experts will guide you along the way to a clutter-free closet and a fashionable new you.

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