“Fashions fade. Style is eternal.” — Yves Saint Laurent
A more true statement could not be uttered, Mr. Laurent. The second part of this quote should read, “Fashion is for the masses. Style is for the individual.” Because style is such an individual statement, your translation of style will be completely different than anyone else’s. It is influenced by your personality type, what feels comfortable to you, your daily activities or job, and so many other factors. If you haven’t already, take time to discover your own personal style so that you feel totally comfortable with it. This process will prevent you from struggling with your clothes, as you will know what your style is, and looking good will come naturally and with ease. Closet Connoisseur can help you find your style and make sure you have the pieces in your wardrobe to enhance your look.
But I think we are getting ahead of ourselves. Before we discover style, we must delete from our lives what is not stylish. It’s time to face the music. I am sure there are clothes in your closet currently that you have not worn in years. There are items that are either too big or too small for you right now, but you know that one day they will fit so you hold on to them. And then there are the clothes that you bought and never wore; I’m sure a few still have the tags attached!
So, the first step in establishing a workable closet is to purge, purge, purge. Take out every piece of clothing and try it on. You don’t have to make outfits at this point, you are just trying to establish what fits and what does not. When going through this process, there are a few guidelines I would suggest you follow:
Guideline number 1: Dress for the size you are today. We all want to be the size we were in high school (or maybe college), but holding onto clothes that don’t fit will not help your search for style. These clothes simply take up space in your closet that could be used for fabulous pieces that do fit!
Create places (boxes, crates, garbage bags, etc.) to put the clothes into categories: fits, does not fit, does not fit but nice enough to get tailored. This is when you have to suck it up and be honest with yourself. If a blouse gapes open at your chest, or you have to lie down to zip up a pair of pants, don’t whine, just throw it in the does not fit bin and be done with it. This is not an exercise to make you feel bad about yourself, but simply a step on your journey toward finding your authentic style!! If you need help saying goodbye to your clothes, Closet Connoisseur is here to help! I can provide guidance and suggestions for what clothes make you fabulous and those that need a new home.
Guideline number 2: Tailoring is your friend. If there are pieces in your closet that you love but they just don’t quite fit, take them to a tailor! Once you find a person you like who does good work, your clothes will fit you perfectly every time. Consider this guideline when going through your clothes, and don’t get rid of a fabulous piece that you would wear if it fit better. I’m happy to help you find a great tailor in your area.
Guideline number 3: Dirty pits? Get rid of it. Ok, so that is a little bit crude, but I needed to get the point across. Once you have an armpit stain in a blouse or shirt, the chances are slim to none that you will be able to get it out. More importantly, once this happens to an article of clothing, it usually means that you have worn the heck out of that shirt or blouse. Good on you! That was money well spent, now give it up! This guideline goes for other items as well: pilling and picking on sweaters, ring around the collar, and…well, you get the point.
Continue trying on all pieces in your closet until you have divided everything into the three piles. Make sure you keep the throw away items in a special place so that they don’t get donated. Closet Connoisseur offers Closet Organization as a service and my process will include many of these steps and help you stick to the guidelines.
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