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5 TIPS FOR CLOSET ORGANIZATION

My closet is a disaster and I need help.

Yes, even fashion stylists lose control sometimes. Part of my job is to organize and purge people’s closets and I would say I am pretty darn good at it. The reality of having a great wardrobe to to first know what you own. With disorganization comes unnecessary shopping. It becomes easier to buy new things then search for the old ones. This is only adding to the problem itself. I have become a victim. Maybe not to the shopping part (I am pretty good at curbing myself even though it looks like I own a crazy amount), but my “stuff” is overwhelming me. Sometimes it takes a heavy hand to say, “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE???”. That heavy hand is t organizational expert and author of “Un-stuff My Life” Andrew Mellen. Save me Andrew.

 

The video above will help save your unorganized life. Cleaning out your closet is probably not on the top of your list for fun things to do on a Saturday, but once you are done, you will feel like you just completed a marathon. Accomplished. All of my clients say the same thing, they feel like a weight has been lifted off their shoulders and they can breathe when they walk in their closet. You know that little fact saying we only wear about 20% of what we own? It is true. Stop fighting through unnecessary, unworn clothing to get to what you really want. You think you want your closet to be full so you feel like you have a ton of stuff, but you don’t. Let it go…….

 

closet organization

The top 5 tips for organizing can actually make your closet clean out simple, or at least easier…. At the end of the day you need to emotionally allow yourself to purge. Seriously, do you really need that blazer from 1999 that your mom got you for Christmas? No. In the words of In Sync, bye, bye, bye……

  • The Organizational Triangle: This concept employs 3 simple ideas, one home for everything, like with like and something in/something out.

 

  • Proper Storage: I use garbage bags to store my off season stuff, bad idea. Clear storage bins and other organizational products will save your closet.

 

  • Switch and Purge: This basic concept will keep large shoulder pads OUT of your closet. Every time you switch out seasons, PURGE.

 

  • Matching Hangers: Make it a habit to throw out wire hangers when things are back from the dry cleaners and use ALL non-slip felt hangers. You will thank me.

 

  • Utilize All the Space: Even the inside of your doors can be great for storage. Hanging shoe racks allow you to use the floor space in your closet for other things.

 

The first step to accomplishing what may seem like a daunting task is to realize that after it is done, you will literally feel lighter. Yes you do need to block about 2-3 hours off so there is a time issue, but doesn’t everything worth doing in life take time? The real issue is the feeling of being overwhelmed. Rule number one for closet cleaning and organization, buy a bottle of wine and invite someone over who is around your size. They can be the heavy hand that encourages you to get rid of things, either because it is awful or because they want to take it home. This allows for you to purge AND carry less to the Goodwill. Double awesome.

hanging jewelry organizerstorage boxeshuggable hangers, and  hanging shoe rack

5 ITEMS EVERY MAN SHOULD OWN

Own less, style more by building your wardrobe correctly.

There are very few men in this world that LOVE shopping. There are even less that know how to do it correctly. This is not a slight against all of the male population (although it may sound like it), just a very researched observation. Let me save you from yourselves and get you back to watching football. That is a lot of stereotypes in one paragraph:)

 

 

The video above says it all. What are the 5 items that every man should own to build the best wardrobe possible? It is simple, not overly complicated and will make getting dressed boarder line pleasurable. You will actually have pieces to wear to ALL occasions no matter what event you are being dragged to. Even for the men who do love fashion, building your bro style will be made easier by starting with these 5 items.

 

Men's Essentials

Let’s jump right in, shall we? For starters, every man no matter what his age, socio-economic background or size needs to purchase these 5 must have pieces. Here goes:

  • Classic white button down
  • Casual yet sophisticated blazer
  • Dark straight-leg jeans
  • English leather loafers (or oxfords)
  • Snazzy pair of aviators

 

It is all in how you mix and match the pieces with other items in your repertoire that make the look uniquely yours. As for the afore-mentioned variables including age and size, you need to be true to yourself. That means, be realistic about what size you are and WEAR CLOTHING THAT FITS. Most men go the “too big” route, but either direction is going to be detrimental to your fashion health. You should recognize that you do in fact have a body and show off that the gym has been kind to you. If you haven’t been bench pressing lately, wearing your clothing too big for comfort will only make you look bigger. All clothing should skim the body slightly. It should not be falling off or clinging to you for dear life. As for choosing the specific style, I leave that up to you and your personal taste. Remember, simple is typically better to get more use out of these basics.

Club Monaco blazer, Gitman Vintage oxford button down shirtAcne Studios black skinny jeans, Calvin Klein loafers and Ray Ban aviators

Bad Ass Prints for Fall

I am such a bad ass. No seriously, I am. At least I can style myself that way… Everything print and color on the bottom half is VERY in this season, so how could I resist these silk leopard drawstring pants? I couldn’t.

 I picked these up while I was in Chicago at Nordstrom Rack. They are Vince Camuto and they are comfy as hell. How could they not be, they look like stylish pajamas. Anyone can wear these if they have the confidence.

They key to styling them is that they have to be the ONLY focal point of your look. Meaning, everything else you have on has to be basic in pattern and neutral in color. You can play with textures and materials like I did with the leather bomber from Loehmann’s. Add crazy accessories if you need a little more pop like I always do. This is actually one necklace with 5 strands from an antique shop. You too can be a bad ass if you follow these rules.

Macy’s Fashion Show

This past week I had the honor of styling my first Macy’s fashion show highlighting some of the hottest fall fashions and winter warm styles. I traveled all the way out to the Staten Island Mall (which can be quite a trek from Queens:). I am wearing Rachael Roy, which I got on sale for $100. I love the silhouette because it makes everyone look smaller with that type of paneling. Stella McCartney has also designed pieces like this, which I think is a definite must have item for the upcoming holidays!
The plum jumpsuit seen in the photo below is also Rachel Roy. This is a great example of a color that is really hot right now.
My headshot on the sign is still rockin my “paid for” long hair. Always fun to have a “billboard” in your honor!
 
Stay tuned to keep up with the latest fall trends!

Funky for Fall

My favorite clothing compliment sounds something like this, “I love what you have on, but I never would have put that together!”. That is the basis for most of my outfits I wear going out. Keep trying things until it works.

I just bought this Plastic Island jacket at a boutique upstate… Of course I got it on sale. I mixed it with my friends Forever 21 tube top and spandex leggings with zipper detail.

I grabbed a bunch of bracelets that I haven’t worn in quite some time. Mostly the leather cuff, are those still cool? Who cares, I loved the bad ass feel of it mixed with my vintage crystal jewelry. I have kept it in the back of my jewelry box for a while now waiting for it to re-enter my accessory life.

I paired it with another vintage find, clip on earrings that look like they are made to go with a bad poofy dress from the ’80s. It only proves that when styled with the right items (like Rayban aviators), you can make anything bad ass. 

These boots were made for walking by Boutique 9. They are suede and have a high platform making them actually pretty comfortable. I hate high heels so for me to say that really does mean something!