Conquer Your Closet

Your closet should help put together an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable, and that makes a positive impression on others.

Taming the beast.

Every day, whether we want them to or not, our clothes make a statement about who we are, and they have the power to affect our body language and how we feel.

How many times have you purchased a new outfit and, as a result, physically felt a shift in your demeanor? It’s crazy how a great-fitting pair of jeans can affect us.

In light of this, it’s important to put a little effort into planning your wardrobe.

But this doesn’t mean going out and purchasing a bunch of random pieces to fill your closet. Despite what many might believe, having more clothes doesn’t necessarily mean having more choices.

More often than not, an unorganized closet that gets built up year after year just ends up leaving us feeling overwhelmed. Faced with this mess, our closets progressively fill with pieces that we don’t ever wear, as we instead grab that familiar shirt-and-pants combination.

In this way, a smaller number of well-thought-out clothing items can actually mean you end up wearing more outfit combinations.

You want your wardrobe
   to work for you.

Your closet should help put together an outfit that makes you feel confident and comfortable, and that makes a positive impression on others.

If your wardrobe doesn’t do this for you, it’s time to rebuild it properly into one that embodies your sense of fashion, contains all your essentials and comes across as modern and exciting.

What is the best way to get there? Edit, plan, and shop.

Before you dive in, gather what you need.

  1. Time

    Take at least two to four hours. If you are rushed, then you will end up frustrated and half-finished.

  2. A Clean Room
    Make your bed, put away your laundry and start with a blank slate.
  3. A Full-Length Mirror
    Try on and examine clothing combinations to determine what looks best.
  4. Trash Bags
    Heavy-duty trash bags are best for packing up and moving out throwaways and giveaways.
  5. Organizing Supplies
    Try matching hangers and storage bins, such as the clear variety that you can store under the bed or on closet shelves.

The Edit.

Step 1
Store the easy items like winter clothing, pieces with sentimental value and special-occasion wear.

Step 2
Decide what stays.

In order to determine what you should keep and what you should eliminate, ask yourself:

1. Have I worn this outfit in the last year?
2. Does it fit me?
3. Do I have a lot of similar pieces?
4. Is it worn out?
5. Is it outdated?
6. Do I feel good when I wear it?
7. Does it enhance the way I look?

Answering such questions frankly should help you clarify which clothing items you are willing to part with and which items you think are still working for you.

Step 3
Take out the remaining clothes and sort them.

Pull everything from your closet and drawers, and organize the items into groups.

Step 4
Trash the throwaways.

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The Plan.

After editing, follow these wardrobe rules for all major fashion purchases:

  1. Be blunt about your lifestyle, only purchasing what you love and what makes you feel confident. Your clothes should be in sync with your lifestyle. If you are a woman who spends her day moving in 30 various directions, then a wardrobe of skirts and six-inch pumps is probably not the best choice.
  2. Stick to a color theme. This allows for ideal mixing and matching, which keeps your clothes feeling fresh.
  3. Choose quality over quantity. Buy less but buy the best, whatever your “best” is. Expensive yet poorly-fitting clothing is a waste.

After you have abided by these basic guidelines, get your core pieces, such as a pencil skirt, blazer, little black dress, etc., in place, and then indulge in purchasing more fun and on-trend pieces.

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