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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Styling Saturdays: Edit your closet!

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Happy Saturday all my stylish virtue readers!

I know I've left you all high and dry when it comes to the styling aspect of virtue but I promise to do better.

If you haven't read our previous articles on style, we suggest you check them out.

Since we've already discovered what style is, what it's not, and accepting our own, it's time to get down to business. 

Editing our closets. 

If you have an open afternoon (I mean it is Saturday) then you'll have a great, clean, crisp closet in no time.

I always find it amusing when women brag about how huge their closets are but complain that they have nothing to wear. Sure you can have a wardrobe that's packed to the max, but if it's filled with pieces that are worn, outdated, or a part of a long dead or dying trend, what's the use in keeping it? A closet with atrocious patterns, clothing that doesn't fit, and things you just never should have purchased, needs to be overhauled. 

The key:
Don't hold unto things you aren't wearing on a rotating basis unless they can transcend the test of time.
So how can you get started on that closet of yours? Here are a few tips:

1. Start by removing things you haven't worn or aren't excited about ever wearing. You know, those things that are too small, too big, or too ugly. Get rid of it! If you haven't worn it yet, chances are you never will.

2. Organize your clothing by re-arranging pieces by style. (i.e. dresses, slacks, jeans, skirts, blouses, etc). This creates cohesion and a nice level closet. There's nothing more unattractive than seeing a dress mixed in with shirts, or jeans mixed in with black pants. (Yuck!) As you do this, be sure to color coordinate your pieces. It creates a nice rainbow of clothing Nirvana. (This takes a little time but you'll no doubt be happy with the results!)

3. Remove seasonal clothing and store it away. (There's no need to keep your winter coats and sweaters hanging in your closet year round. Seriously, why would you want to even look at them in ninety degree weather?)

4. Create a place for your shoes and organize them. (Shoe cubbies, containers, or built in shelving). A fun way to store your collection is to purchase the little plastic shoe boxes for around $1 each and place a picture of the shoe with a description on the face of the box. It saves space, preserves your shoes, and creates a great aesthetic for your closet.

5.  Take an inventory of what you have left. What are you missing? Every closet needs to possess the core essentials. (That's an entire different topic. Maybe next time. : )) Make a list and research new boutique styled store lines. (Never ever go shopping aimlessly. That's how you end up with a big wardrobe with nothing to wear!)

6. Sit back, relax, and enjoy your new, organized closet!
Stay Stylish!