Your Closet Called ….

 

 

The weather in the Washington, DC area is not going to be pleasant for anyone without ice skates this weekend.  And since your closet called – it could probably use a review of what is working and what is just hanging around.  There are outfits lurking in there, you just need to discover them, but in order to find them, it’s time for a bit of housecleaning and organization.  It’s time to stop pushing around pieces that don’t work anymore.

Now that you are a few months into your Fall/Winter wardrobe, take a second look at everything you own (the first should have been when you brought out this season’s options).  Are there things you have not worn yet?  Why? Are they too big/small? Are they out of fashion?  Answer these questions on every piece.  Even though most styles come back into fashion at some point, there is usually just enough change that you may not be able to use it again the second time around.  Or is it an item you just can’t find anything to go with?

As you sort through things, make several piles.  Ones that you consider past any hope of being worn again as they are torn or stained, ones that just aren’t right for you anymore; whether style or size, and those that are good, but just do not fit the style image you want to project.

Once you get through this exercise, organize the items left in your closet.  If you have not already done so, your closet should be organized by tops, bottoms and dresses.  Within these groupings, organize by color.  This is the best way to take a fresh look at what you have, what you may need to add and what may truly be a new outfit right in front of your nose.

With the January sales in full swing, think about items you may be able to pick up at a great price that will create an entirely new outfit or 2. The items in your closet should not be a one-to-one relationship.  And don’t be stuck on always finding a garment to create that new outfit, look to accessories to make the difference.

Here is some insight into your options for what to do with those items you took out of the closet; don’t look back and don’t second guess yourself.

Donations –
There are many options for donating usable clothing, some with pick-up service that are nationally known such as Vietnam Veterans of America and The Salvation Army. These are 2 of my favorite as the clothing is used for a good cause.

For donations that have seen better days, don’t just throw them in the trash, recycle them and get a discount in the deal. H&M offers H&M Conscious in their stores. They will accept any clothing, not just an H&M brand, to be recycled. You can bring into the store up to 2 bags/day and in return get a 15% coupon toward a purchase. What a deal! And H&M is a great place to pick up a new trendy item at a great price.

Swap some clothing –
There are many sites on the web that offers this type of deal but what about throwing a swap party with your friends? This is a great idea for a girl’s night out. It would also be a great place to swap not just clothing but scarves, belts and jewelry. If you want a little education added to the mix, Your Style IQ would be happy to join the fun and give you a mini session on the accessories for each body type.

Earn some extra spending money –
True you invested in every one of those garments you are about to send out the door, but there is no reason not to recoup some of that as spendable cash rather than a tax deduction. Every town has local consignment shops with varying percentages of what you will earn on clothing they sell for you.  Check the web for a local list as some of the shops my clients have used in the past no longer exist. There are also many options on-line with their own app. Be sure to check carefully as every store or site has a list of “labels” they will accept.

Now you are ready to find new outfits right in your closet.

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

Office outfit to Holiday outfit

Turkey day is over, which means we are a few weeks away from Christmas and the celebration of the holiday season.  You just got an invitation to a holiday celebration with the boss and fellow office staff.  As with any function that involves senior executives in your workplace, you should dress appropriately.  That means nothing too high at the hem or low at the neck, or so tight that you dare not sit down.  Save the real party girl outfits for the club or the celebration with close friends and family.

It’s always wonderful to go out and buy a festive new dress, skirt or pants for a special occasion, but is it a good investment piece? Why not be creative with what you already have in your closet. If you are like most women you have a festive thing or two hanging in your closet just waiting to see the light of day or sparkly jewelry stuffed in a drawer for years. If you do need to add one of these items to make the transition to a holiday outfit, you may want to keep the investment at a minimal cost by shopping at a local thrift or consignment shop or a discount retail location. I love to shop H&M and Forever 21 for trendy accessories at a low cost.

Add a jewel colored top, one that makes your skin and eyes shine, to a current pair of pants or skirt. Accessories with a little sparkle and shine go a long way.  Add a statement necklace or dangle earrings to a current dress.  Pashminas are a must for every wardrobe and if it has some sparkle to it all the better. Throw it around your shoulders in case the event is chilly. A pop of color or shine in your footwear will complete the outfit.

Here are some suggestions on how to take an office outfit and turn it into a holiday celebration outfit with little to no additional investment.

Polyvore - Holiday 15 pants

Swap out your sweaters and booties for a sleeveless top, statement accessories and shoes with a heel.

 

Polyvore - Holiday 15 skirt

Leave the sweater at home and change up the shoes for heels.  The red sleeveless blouse is a great holiday look with a gold belt (this should be a staple in your closet).  Or add a glittery top! No other accessories necessary.

Polyvore - Holiday 15 dress

Think you can’t make an office dress work for a party?  Change a jacket or sweater for a shrug, fringed top (trendy) or go sleeveless.  Add some jewelry, a different belt and different heels.  Even a sweater dress can look great.

What outfits are hiding in your closet?

 

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Location, location, location…

It is true in real estate, but it also relates to fashion.  It is understandable the differences in fashion trends between the East coast and perhaps the Midwest, but it struck me last week when I was at the mall here in Maryland doing some comparison shopping.

Last week, I wrote about my shopping trip to NYC and what I expected to find in the stores.  It was not what was predicted as the trends for this season.  But the one title that NYC can claim is being fashion forward.  The Baltimore/Washington area is a fashion contender, but runs behind NYC and has a history of being more traditional in their dress.  This can be tied to the high level of government related industry.  So where is this all going?  On my shopping trip to the mall I found a huge selection of those long skirts I expected to see in NYC and a minimal selection of soft pants.  Case in point below.

skirts

So what is the bottom line here?  Are long skirts in?  Trends will come and go, some sooner than others, but it doesn’t mean you need to be a slave to the trends set by people who aren’t your ordinary woman.  Long skirts are ”in”, but so are soft pants. As I tell my clients, trends usually last 3-5 years, so if you find something that you like and puts a

smile on your face whenever you wear it, that’s what matters.

I was just reading an article in Ladies Home Journal as I waited for a doctor appointment and it said Brights are “in”, especially cobalt blue.  Funny, all the experts said pastels were “in.”  You can only buy what the industry decided to make and stores decide to carry, but it doesn’t mean you need to turn on a dime, every time the trend makes a turn.

Happy Shopping!

P.S.  Don’t forget about recycling old clothing.   11.1 million tons of fabric that could be recycled end up in landfills every year.  Instead of trashing old clothes you can give them a second life by recycling them.  Check out the link below.  You could get a 15% off coupon when you recycle at H&M.

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Closet Review part 2 – Options for those unwanted items

Last week I talked about doing a closet review to see if there were things still hanging around that should be out of your closet, leaving you with a trimmed down wardrobe. Today I will give you some insight into your options for what to do with those items you took out of the closet; don’t look back and don’t second guess yourself.

Donations –

There are many options for donating usable clothing, some with pick-up service that are nationally known such as Vietnam Veterans of America and The Salvation Army. These are 2 of my favorite as the clothing is used for a good cause. I also came across a central site on the web where you can arrange donation pick-up service that stays local. Check out Donation Town.

For donations that have seen better days, don’t just throw them in the trash but recycle them and get a discount in the deal. H&M offers Garment Collection in their stores. They will accept any clothing, not just an H&M brand, to be recycled. You can bring into the store up to 2 bags/day and in return get a 15% coupon toward a purchase. What a deal! And H&M is a great place to pick up a new trendy item at a great price.

Swap some clothing –

There are many sites on the web that offer this type of deal but what about throwing a swap party with your friends? Great for a girl’s night out. It would also be a great place to swap not just clothing but scarves, belts and jewelry. If you want a little education added to the mix, Your Style IQ would be happy to join the fun and give you a mini session on the accessories for each body type.

Earn some extra spending money –

True you invested in every one of those garments you are about to send out the door, but there is no reason not to recoup some of that as spendable cash rather than a tax deduction. Every town has local consignment shops with varying percentages of what you will earn on clothing they sell for you.

There are also many options on line with their own app like Threadflip. Be sure to check carefully as every store or sight has a list of “labels” they will accept.

You have come this far in the New Year. Now is time to finish up so your closet is ready for next week’s post on shopping in your closet.