14 September 2012

shop your closet by annie

14 September 2012
i am thrilled to have annie of live simply by annie guest posting on ANC today! annie is a professional organizer in the seattle area and offers services like closet makeovers and home office streamlining. annie's blog is full of amazing advice and i love her tough-love approach to de-cluttering and simplifying your life, so stop by!

Hi there little top knots! I’m delighted to be posting for Miss ANC, who has asked me over to discuss the term “shop your closet.” Her request was quite timely, as it turns out; seasonal transitions are an apt time to reevaluate your wardrobe. Let’s get into it, shall we?
First things first, you need to organize and edit. Your aim in shopping your closet is to compose a very wearable wardrobe, and those pieces that don’t fit, are monstrously ugly, etc etc, won’t be helpful in making that happen. Rather, they’ll distract from the pieces that you want to really be utilizing. If it’s not serving you, get rid of it!
“Shopping your closet,” for those who use the phrase in its most devout sense, means drawing upon the bounty that’s already in your possession. If that’s your goal- some personal experiment thing- or if you’re limited by funds and truly can’t afford to buy additional goods then please: stay within the confines of your current closet/ don’t read the next paragraph.
If you can afford to purchase a few items, then this would be a good time in the process to do so. Evaluate what basic, key items are missing as you organize. Then fill in those gaps with pieces that can be used in loads of different ways. This step, is course, optional.
When you’re ready to start shopping your closet, it’s optimal if you can call in the eyes and honest opinion of a close friend or relative. Someone who’ll be able to see your clothing objectively/ tell you that shirt looks heinously unflattering on you. That’s what friends are for!
Your next step is to begin outfit building. You can approach this from the angle of the type of look you want to create (work outfits, date looks, etc) or from the items of clothing you want to showcase. Either way, you want to try to use your clothing in new ways.
[Another optional step for those limited by funds, etc- consider having pieces that are almost-to-your- liking-but-not-quite altered or updated. For instance, sleeves can easily be removed from coats, legs can be shortened, fur can be added to collars. A quick trip to the tailor can land you with a whole new item of clothing through just a few slight alterations.]
Forget how you always wear that navy dress– paired with nude heels, your gold watch, yadah yadah– the outfits you now reach for out of habit. While they may have worked for a while, if you’re feeling bored and fed-up with your clothing situation, chances are those ingrained clothing combo’s aren’t cutting it anymore.
Instead, reach for combinations you haven’t or wouldn’t normally put together. Think about working with different patterns and colors. Use your imagination to the greatest of your abilities and pretend that you’re in a store, selecting items from this rack and that to style and merchandise. Try to have fun with it! If a glass of wine is a necessary ingredient towards making that notion a reality, then by all means. Perhaps the alcohol will reveal some ingenious fashion wisdom! Potentially also really slutty and/ or sloppy, so know your limit folks.
Don’t just go halfway here, either. We’re talking full on outfit building. That means that once you’ve assembled the clothing, you should go ahead and add in the accessories, the shoes, the handbag. Then the three magic words– Try. It. On. Get ready to try on the entire contents of your closet times three if need be. This can take time, but if you end up feeling as though you actually have desirable ways to cover your little body then it will be well worth it.
Winning looks can be photographed for later reference. It sounds a little- no, make that a lot- Cher Horowitz-esque, but can be immensely helpful. A personal lookbook, if you will. When you’re in need of an outfit, simply find the picture that captures the appropriate look/ utilizes the chosen garment.
So there you have it peanuts! I hope I’ve inspired you to access and employ your clothing in a fresh way. Many thank you’s to the lovely ANC for having me today. For further ramblings on organization, please feel free to visit me at www.livesimplybyannie.com


diane @ a spot of whimsy said...

wow so much great advice in here!!! what an awesome guest post

Susan said...

Love this! What great advice, and I'm definitely taking it with me all season long!

Despina T. said...

such a great post!loved reading it.

christin said...

I'm going to bookmark this because I suck, suck, suck at shopping my closet.

Laura said...

Love this! Such a great idea to photograph pieces as outfits!

Julie and Lauren said...

Love this post. Adorable.

Natalie said...

Annie is the best, such good + practical advice!

Alison Dulaney said...

I love the idea of shopping your closet, I need to do that this fall:)


alongobucco said...

This is seriously so helpful. I've been trying to organize my closet for over a month and while I'm making progress, I'm still not totally happy with it! Great post!

The Glossy Life

The Now said...

Such great advice!!! I just took some leather pants circa 2002 to the tailor to make them into skinnies. I new to bookmark this! Xo

Rachael {all things beautiful} said...

This post was extremely helpful! I definitely need to take her advice and just get rid of items I know I won't wear again, even if there's nothing wrong with it. I have such a hard time doing that but know that it does hinder what I actually like in my closet.

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

Such great advice–I think it's especially helpful for us SF girls with so little season to speak of. It can get really easy to keep pulling the same things out of the closet!

Annie said...

So happy you all liked the post!!

ANC: Thank you so much again for having me!! Loved the collabo, let's not have it be the last time!

Adele said...

Love this article!
Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
Happy weekend Hun xoxo

Anne said...

Fabulous post and great advice!!

Bud and Leo said...

just bookmarked this! love the truly usable advice! I need it hahahah :)

Haus and Home said...

Visiting from Annie's fab blog! Love these ideas especially the picture of the safari type coat made into a vest!

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