Getting ready to go out? But dread the idea of having to pick out an outfit from your closet because it’s an absolute catastrophe? Have no fear! I am going to share with you a few simple organizing tips.
If you didn’t already know, besides being a sewing instructor, I am a personal wardrobe stylist. In addition to creating new looks and mapping out a plan for achieving particular styles, I help ladies and gents organize their closet spaces while teaching them how to easily put together outfits. Over the years, I have noticed a similar issue with clients: a wardrobe with many impressive pieces that lacks consistency, simplicity, and order. This can be easily fixed with these 3 rules:
CREATE A SYSTEM
To stay organized; create a system that will work for you in order to keep your wardrobe from going back to a state of disaster. Try grouping all tops together; tanks, T-shirts, long sleeved shirts, buttons-ups, and jackets. Do the same for bottoms: pants, trousers, shorts, and skirts. And finally, keep dresses and rompers side-by-side.
Once you have sorted your clothing by type, go through each group and place all the clothes in the same color families together. This way, when you are looking for a red top, you will know exactly where to find it.
PLAN OUTFITS AHEAD OF TIME
Some people can dress up in the spur of the moment by diving into their wardrobes and putting on whatever feels right at the time. If this does not sound like you, try planning outfits ahead of time from clothes to accessories. This way, all you have to do is take the outfit off the hanger, throw it on, and you can be on your way.
Now that your wardrobe is on its way to being in tip-top shape, you will no longer need to dread the idea of choosing an outfit. And you won’t miss those delicious hors d’oeuvres because you’ll actually get to the party on time!
Published in LoveSewing Magazine on March 3, 2014