They say less is more for a reason, right? Really who wants to stare at a closet full of stuff they’ve accumulated over years & years of shopping and not know where to start. Before my own full-service personal styling company, all I did was closet edits. And I mean, a lot of them. I LOVE DOING IT. So if you’re one of my friends with an exploding closet and yet “nothing to wear” or only dress with about 20% of the clothing you own, this is for you.
Holding onto pieces in your wardrobe that are no longer you is literally recipe for disaster when organizing and making every day dressing easier. Unless something has true sentimental value or is an exquisite piece that can be stored, I often adhere to these 5 tips when working with clients to create a baseline capsule wardrobe.
1. EDIT SEASONALLY: Editing your closet is much less daunting when you do it consistently or minimally once a year. Often, I advise my clients to meet when we change our wardrobe from Summer to Fall or Winter to Spring. We can swap out past season pieces at that time and store items to make room for the new.
2. ORGANIZE BY PILES: Create piles for donation, items you want to sell/consign and another group you need to try so you can come back to these items and make a final decision.
3. SAY GOODBYE TO THESE: My general rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it in 1+ years, it has excessive visual wear (fading, piling, holes) or doesn’t fit – it’s gone. Buh-bye. Dress for the life and body you have today.
4. BE AWARE OF THESE: Another toxic trait I see a lot is gravitating towards the same things again and again OR buying pieces you won’t ever be able to style into your own wardrobe. Do you own 10 black blazers and every time you go shopping want to buy another one? You are not alone, but you need to pair it down in your closet. On the flip side, do you buy every new shiny trend but can never figure out how to style an item with an outfit you’d actually wear? Get rid of impractical pieces.
5. CHECK HOW YOU FEEL: Sounds cliché but true. I always ask how clients feel about an outfit or a garment. If you don’t feel great about yourself in something, guess what, you likely won’t wear it. If you DO feel freakin’ amazing, well, more often than not you’ll have the confidence to rock it.
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