I started my Fashion Styling career at a Wardrobe Consulting Company in London back in 2007. We would cull/sort/oragnise the closets of London’s rich and famous, then fill in the gaps with a customised shopping outing. It was there that my compulsive need to have a perfectly organised and visually appealing wardrobe began.
The first (and hardest) step is to Cull. Take out and try on every piece in your wardrobe. Divide them into four piles: KEEP. RESELL. DONATE. STORE.
Keep: All the items that fit you well & you wear regular. All your Essentials and in-season items.
Re-sell: All your designer pieces you think are worth some $$ on eBay or other fashion re-sell sites. (I’ll be listing over 30 pieces on eBay Australia under username ‘mystylelovedi’ over the next few weeks)
Donate: All those items that are in good condition but are either too big, too small, wrong shape. (Be realistic and don’t hold on to your size 8 skinny jeans if they’re 2 sizes too small, in turn use the money you make from your designer resale and treat yourself to a flattering new pair!)
Store: All your pieces that aren’t in season. If you’re in the middle of summer, store all winter woolies, ski gear etc. Any family heirlooms you can’t part with. Your wedding dress (which your daughter will surely want to wear come her wedding day!?!?).
Now we sort. Garment & colour divide all your items and hang them on matching hangers. If you have the space wooden hangers look fantastic otherwise rubber coated hangers are thiner and the grip is especially great for silks and other delicate fabrics. Line all your drawers (especially important for lingerie) with scented paper. Fold, not hang, all your knitwear. Buy a few storage boxes for items such as yoga/gym wear, hats, belts, clutches etc. These are great because no one can see inside but they still look presentable and can easily sit on top of closets, under beds or even inside wardrobes. Another good tip I learnt is to store swimwear in clear zip lock bags. It makes it so easy to see what you’re packing and doubles as a bag for wet bikinis.
Organise your wardrobe so it suits your lifestyle. If you have an office job, make all your corporate wear most accessible. If you work in Fashion, make sure you can see all your ‘in-season’ items and wear them whilst they’re well, in-season, and never ever double hang garments! You want to be able to see every item in your wardrobe to save you time when choosing an outfit and money, yes money; how many times have you purchased a top only to come home and find you already owned a similar style but you didn’t realise because it was hidden under another garment?
Now onto shoes! In my opinion there are two ways to best store your Choos/Loubis/Chanels 1. Build a shoe closet, a la Miss Khole Kardashian (one day. one day) or 2. (For all us non reality stars) Photograph each pair and attach the polaroid to the corresponding box. You’ll know exactly what you own, and more importantly, what still needs to be added;)
I hope this has been helpful in creating your own boutique style wardrobe. If you’re interested in transforming your wardrobe with the help of a stylist, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Khloe Kardashian shoe closet photo courtesy of elle.com)