De clutter it, Clean it Out and Organize it….Your Closet, that is!!

I posted this last year and received lots of likes and comments.  I thought with everyone making New Years resolutions this would be a good time to repost.

 

Closets are one of those rooms that can easily get neglected. All we have to do is shove stuff in them and close the door. No one will ever know what’s behind those doors, right? Well it doesn’t matter if anyone else knows, when it comes to your clothes closet, you are the one that matters. I have come to realize that the more my clothes closet is organized and decluttered, the more outfits I can put together and I have less duplication of items, because I can actually see what I have.

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Not only is it a good idea to keep your closets clean and decluttered, but you can color coordinate your clothing and accessories as well. Think of your closet as a boutique. If you go to your local boutique, all items are organized either by color or by style. Shoes are all in one location, handbags in another and jewelry and other accessories in a section of their own. This is the same way we can organize our closets. Our closet should be easy to shop in. We should be able to stand in the middle of our closet and choose and outfit by just looking and not have to move anything around. I know, not everyone has a large closet that they can stand in the middle of, but even if you have a small closet you can still organize it in a way that will make it easy to shop.

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I’ve helped to organize closets for many women and one of the first things I find is that most don’t know what items of clothing they do or don’t have. They purchase items that they don’t need, because they forgot they had the same item in their closet already. You can avoid this if you organize your closet better.

Color coordinating is the first key to organizing.
• Separate all items of clothing by style then color and they can be in whatever order works best for you.
• All Shirts by color, then dresses, jackets, skirts, pants, etc.
• Black, white, grey, brown, yellow, green, etc.
• Solids first then any item that is multi colored, for instance black with other colors included will come after black. So start with solids then multi colors.
• If you have double hanging rods, this will give you more space to utilize.

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Then find ways of utilizing every bit of space in your closet. There are many space saving tricks for smaller closets. For instance, you can hang jeans with hooks from the hardware store and fold sweaters and put them on shelves in your closet if you don’t have enough room in your dresser drawers.

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Showcase your handbags and shoes neatly on shelves in your closet or if you have space in your bedroom, use a decorative shelf and decorate with shoes, handbags, scarves and jewelry. Who needs other decorative items if you have fun fashionable handbags and shoes?

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If you have plenty of costume jewelry, like I do, there are many DIY ways of storing them. You can use coat hanging racks on the back of your closet door, put wire mesh in a picture frame and hang your earrings on it. Use bathroom towel rods to hang bracelets and necklaces. Use decorative bowls to store your rings and lapel pens. The examples are endless. Be creative and think outside of the box.

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Socks, underwear and tanks can take up a lot of space as well. Store them in clear pocket hanging organizers behind your closet door or roll them and store them in a drawer or plastic ben.

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For those of you who have an abundance of clothing and require extra space, you can always turn an extra bedroom into your dream closet. The sky is the limit as to the items you can use to make your extra bedroom your special dream closet.  The hardware store has do it yourself shelving units you can use and you can also put your own touch on it by adding fun colors with rugs ottomans, wallpaper and wall art.

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Have fun with it.  This is your boutique and you can design it as you see fit.  So de clutter, clean out and organize your closet.

 

Fashion Friday!

Sneakers are the ultimate go-anywhere wardrobe staple. They’ll take you everywhere from an aerobics class to the grocery store to the airport. But fashionistas are proving that they’re also a cool piece to wear with dresses. Everything from cute summer sundresses to falls sweater styles and beyond. There are endless sneaker styles in the stores which make it easy for you to find the style that works best for you. What are the pieces you should skip if you’re pairing your dress with sneakers?

First, avoid anything too tight. Instead of body con styles, reach for looser fits. Second, skip super short hemlines. It’s best to stick with anything that’s knee length or below or even styles that hit the ankle are what is being seen on the fashion scene. Full swing dresses are a great way to go as well. Of course you should style your dress and sneakers to fit your personality.  Whether you are a more sporty person or a classy “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” kind of girl, you can pull this look off.  As I always say, have fun with it!

 

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YOUR CORE 10!

Your Core Wardrobe:

10 pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe.

Anytime you’ve been taught something new, they’ve most likely started with the basics and worked their way up to the most complicated.  The same is true for your wardrobe.  You should start out with the basics then you can add all of the trendy fun items to spice things up.  I have a closet full of trends that work for me, but I also have a core wardrobe that I can go to at any time to pull myself together and I don’t have to think twice about it.  We should all have those items.  You’ll have to start slow, but you can do it.  I’ve put together a list of the 10 items every woman should have in her wardrobe.  There are many more basics that a woman should have, but I’m only sharing 10 for now.  I’ll share many more items in later posts. So, let’s get started.

  1. Black pants.

Odds are you’re already familiar with the magic of a great-fitting, figure flattering pair of black pants. A true wardrobe staple, black pants are right for almost every occasion and never go out of style. Such an essential piece is worth the initial investment and a trip to the tailor to insure the perfect fit.

Shop for a pair that can fluidly move between work and play. A leg opening that isn’t too flared or too skinny will ensure that your pants won’t look outdated in a year or two. Select a length that works with a 3 inch heel for optimum versatility (unless you only wear flats or 5 inch heels, of course!) Also, be sure that the pockets lay flat on your body for a slim look.

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  1. Dark wash jeans

Dark denim is far more sophisticated and timeless than lighter or distressed washes and can be worn during the day with a t-shirt or dressed up for evening with a dressy top and heels.

For most women, a mid rise or high rise style is best along with back pockets that are centered on your rear and not patch pockets which can add bulk. Generally, a slight boot cut style is the most flattering silhouette. When looking for a classic style, avoid jeans with additional stitching details or bright threads.

My advice? Try on as many pair as necessary until you find the best fit for your figure and this may take some time.

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  1. Knit Cardigan

The ultimate layering piece, a cardigan can replace a jacket when worn with a dress or provide an added layer to beat the chill. Unbelievably versatile, the cardigan is always in fashion, whether your style is sophisticated and refined or urban and edgy. Wear the cardigan alone with a scarf or layer it with a t-shirt or button down; add a wide or skinny belt at your waist over the cardigan to define your waist and add a pop of personality – the possibilities are many for this wardrobe essential.

To get the most from your cardigan, look for cotton or lightweight wool or cashmere in a length that hits somewhere mid-hip.

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  1. Versatile Dress

Everyone simply must have one of these in their wardrobe: a versatile jersey or silk dress that can be worn year round, day or night, work or weekend. Whether it’s colorful or neutral, printed or solid, short or maxi,  the important thing is that it fits you well and can adapt to the occasion.

Ideas: wear it to work with a cardigan and pumps, on a date with statement jewelry and sexy heels, to weekday brunch with flats and a lightweight scarf, in the winter with tights and knee high boots, in the summer with sandals.

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  1. Little Black Dress

The little black dress has been synonymous with style since Coco Chanel made it famous 80 years ago and Audrey Hepburn helped make it a classic with her choices in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Still relevant today, the little black dress is your wardrobe’s secret weapon – the one you pull out when you need to look sophisticated, sexy, elegant, chic… Choose one that works for a multitude of occasions with a strategic change of accessories.

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  1. Knee Length Skirt

The pencil skirt doesn’t work for every body shape, but when you find one that fits it can be seductive, sexy and sophisticated and of course, a classic. Scour the racks for a style that fits your waist properly and gives enough room around your hips without bunching lines across your thighs.

An alternative to the pencil skirt is a knee length style with a slight A-line silhouette. Universally, this is the best shape for most women. It defines the waist and easily hides a myriad of problem areas (butt, hips and thighs) by giving a little extra fabric to cover those areas. Petite women should avoid full A-line skirts as it is too much fabric and only adds bulk. Shop for slight A-line, not wide, styles.

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  1. A Good Suit

A suit may not work for everyone’s lifestyle, but it’s a good idea to have at least one in your wardrobe so you’re ready for the unexpected job interview or other conservative affair.

While everyone may not have a reason to wear a full suit often, you can easily wear the pieces as separates. A suit jacket can add polish and sophistication to a button down shirt and jeans and it can replace a jean jacket when you want a piece that has more elegance. You have endless options to pair with the jacket, pants or worn all together whether it be button down shirts, ultra-feminine tops, camisoles, sweaters even t-shirts.

Look for a classic neutral color in an all-season fabric. Bring it to your tailor to ensure the perfect fit. And always remember to launder both pieces together to ensure that one doesn’t fade faster than the other.

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  1. Feminine Blouse

Not the obvious choice for a list of basics, until you consider the many possibilities of a pretty feminine blouse. Whether printed or plain, a pretty top is ideal for layering under a suit or cardigan, pairing with jeans or a skirt, or even layering over a thin turtleneck. Have at least one in your wardrobe to add an instant feminine touch to any look.

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  1. Trench Coat

A coat is an investment piece, so don’t shy away from a higher price tag. You want a well made, good quality trench that is tough enough for a downpour and stylish enough to wear with a dress for a dinner date or suit for an interview. Look for a trench that has a hem that hits somewhere between mid-thigh and knee, you’ll be able to wear it with more in your wardrobe.

A trench with a removable liner is even better since you’ll be able to wear it during the colder months. Avoid all the bells and whistles of a trench that may have too many zippers, buttons or a bright pattern. A belted style is far more flattering. A good trench in a neutral or classic color should last you 3 years or more.

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  1. Great Handbags

It’s hard to limit the number of shoes you own, and it is hard to limit the number of handbags you have as well. You must have at least one chic handbag, a timeless one and one that is versatile. Invest in the right ones and they will be part of your wardrobe for years. Neutrals are the obvious choice, but don’t discount a great red, purple or even mustard yellow bag. Select different sizes so that you’ll have a bag for different occasions.   Have one that you can carry to the office, one that you can take out to dinner and one for shopping on weekends.

Since the goal is to invest in bags you’ll use for years, be sure to avoid any super-trendy details like studs, ruffles or excessive hardware.

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More basics to round out your core wardrobe: flattering t-shirts, tank tops to layer with everything, white button down shirts, comfortable ballet flats and classic black pumps. These are just a few of the basics that you must have in your wardrobe.  It is important that before you invest in trendy items, you have your basics in place.  Your basics are your go-to items.  They won’t let you down and they are easy to grab, throw on and accessorize with little thought.  Some of you probably already have these items in your closet.  If so, good for you!