Wednesday, October 10, 2012

closet audit 101


     ORIGINAL PHOTO TAKEN FROM MYFASHIONJUICE.COM

Ever have one of those mornings where you just can't seem to find anything to wear? Even after starring long and hard, nothing seems to look or fit right? Well i've got the solution for you! Closet audit! I'm sure you've already came across tips and advice from other stylists and bloggers, but as they always say, the more you know, the less you'll need! Follow these steps and I promise you won't have to experience one of those mornings again. It's time to make everything in your closet work for you and your space!

5 EASY STEPS TO CLOSET AUDIT:

1. Toss out what you don't wear and what doesn't look good on you. (This also means throwing out pieces with the wrong silhouette or proportion to your body). 
- Size is everything. One common mistake women tend to make is buying the wrong size. Yes, I know! How you ask? You could typically be a size 8, but at J.Crew you're a size 4. It's simply due to the manufacture's proportions based on their target customer. This is why knowing your measurements for your body type is important. Don't know them by heart? Grab a measuring tape, or ask your local tailor for assistance if you feel your measuring skills aren't up to par. After you've gotten that taken care of, consult a stylist (like myself, duh) who can define your body type and assist the looks and fit made for your body. 
- Don't keep items in your closet for sentimental reasons, UNLESS you absolutely must save it for a legitimate reason. Otherwise, you'll just end up with a pile of clothes-on-display taking up 50% of your closet space. 

2. Get rid of the clone! We all do it when we naturally gravitate to a specific color, or style with our favorite details. Narrow them down and choose the one that has the best fit, the best quality fabric, in the best condition. There's no need to accumulate a lifetime supply of the same pair of black pants, someone else is probably in need of it but you took the whole inventory, tsk, tsk. 

3. Hang onto the classics. Those essential staples that pair well with almost everything and never goes out of style. Think of them as your blank canvas you can layer on or are dependable as your "go-to" pieces. In example: The little black dress, denim, a classic white shirt, a trench coat, diamonds, a classic heel, and a great bag. Take care of your classics, they're the foundation to your wardrobe. 

4. Be mindful of playing it too safe. A closet filled with basics is limited and no fun. Have fun with your wardrobe and get inspired! You don't want to be a bore.

5. Organization is key. After your amazing editing experience, it's time to hang your keepers! I like to keep my items together by category, then length, and then color. It makes life easier (at least my life) when I'm deciding what to wear in order. From tops -> to bottoms -> to accessories -> shoes. Uniform your hangers by category that best suit the garment according to it's care and needs, and get rid of those wire hangers! Fold jersey knits, long delicate dresses or sweaters as they stretch and will lose their shape. Underpants, socks, tights, can be sectioned in drawer dividers, no need to fold, just roll and put away! Lingerie and foundations should be folded into it's own drawer. You can stick a bar of lavender soap just so they smell good, it likes that extra touch. Handbags should be grouped by size in a separate cupboard. Belts can be hung on a belt hanger so they hang nicely and don't get bent. Shoes and boots can be kept in their original boxes or stacked on a shoe rack. Some like to store their shoes mixed with their clothes, but I prefer them to be separate. Fortunately, I have a closet dedicated to my shoes stacked on it's own rack and in it's original boxes according to size.


IMPORTANT DON'TS:

1. Don't buy into the trends. This is one of my pet peeves. We can love that fluorescent day glo yellow mini dress going down the runway, but if it doesn't look good on you, why would you force yourself into buying one? Do not be a fashion victim!

2. Don't buy into the sale tags. We all love a good sale, don't we? This is where your 'spend your money wisely' gets put to the test. We get so caught up at the reduced price tag of $200 off, we disregard if it's in our size or not. WRONG! If you're only going to wear it once, or never (I sure hope not), or don't really like it, set-it-down and walk away. It's an expensive deal you'll end up wanting to return anyways. 

Easy, ay? I hope you find my 5 easy steps helpful and informative. It could take up to 2 hours, maybe even more, depending on how much you've got stored! If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance of helping you make sense of all that clutter by coming to style your wardrobe in the comfort of your home, leave me a message or email me: annemarieym@gmail.com and I can run you through more details and rates of my Closet Audit package! Now run and start editing! 

6 comments:

  1. Ahh this is so helpful! I definitely need to do some Fall Cleaning.

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    1. Yes!! A closet audit every season is so necessary!

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  2. Great post, My closet is in desperate need lol. Good advice :)

    Kiwi..x
    (new follower, hope you follow back)

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    1. Haha, a lot of us have some desperate cleaning to do in our closets. I'm glad you found my post helpful!

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  3. uggg, those kinds of mornings really blow! i usually refer to a little folder i've kept on the comp that has pics of my faved, when everything else fails kinda looks. the ones i never feel uncomfortable in and that helps take the pressure off.

    yipes, the clone! i know it well girl. you nailed it here, all these points are spot on. way to educate and create a clarity plus make it fun to read too!! happy weekend. ♥

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    1. Right?! The moment I experience one of those mornings, I know that's my cue to get to editing! It definitely helps when each piece you automatically know will look great on you and can find a match to pair with easily.

      Thank you so much for the kind words! So glad you enjoyed it, i'll be sure to post more of these 101 crash courses! ;) Happy weekend doll!

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