Work Clothing Chic

Monday, July 29, 2013

Hi readers!

You would be proud of me because I finally cleaned out my closet. In recent posts I mentioned this task at least 3 x's so if you haven't figured out yet I am a bit of a procrastinator. Again, I will start working on that personality quirk at a later time ;^) I was doing research for this blog post and read a blog about only keeping 40 hangers in your closet for easier organization. Alas, I was not able to whittle down my clothing to only 40 pieces but I did have about 50 hangers left empty after cleaning. It felt really good to  have my closet organized and actually see all my shoes organized neatly. Hell, I even Swiffered in there so you know I was in serious cleansing mode. I was amazed at how many times I would wear clothing over and over again because I couldn't find something in my closet to make a new outfit. GIRLS/GUYS if you haven't go ahead and clear out your closet. I think you will be shocked about how many outfits you have and how much easier it is to get ready in the morning.

After having this immaculately clean closet I was needing inspiration for my future work fashion. I will post some pictures soon of my work outfit ideas because my husband and I are investing in a nice camera. I am into the idea of starting to dress in a more modern/Parisian style lately and want to minimize the rest of my closet soon to reflect that. I hope this post helps inspire you to find your fashion style and helps you take the plunge to get rid of crap in your closet.

Work Outfit Ideas:

TIPS TO ORGANIZE YOUR CLOSET: (livingwellspendingless)

Purge ruthlessly.  Keep only those pieces that you absolutely love and that you currently wear on a regular basis. If something doesn’t fit, has holes or stains, is out of season, or you just really don’t like it anymore, it needs to come out. Determine each item’s fate.  Just because it comes out right now doesn’t mean you have to throw it out or send it to Goodwill. If you’re anything like me, you probably have clothes in a variety of sizes, some of which you may still really like and hope to fit into again.  Store a bin of “skinny clothes” to pull out if and when you lose the weight. Likewise, torn or stained items might just need a little TLC to get them good as new, and other items, such as jeans or t-shirts, are great pieces to add to your craft supply closet. Invest in great hangers.  It is such a simple thing, but I found that buying a limited quantity of really nice hangers was the best motivation to finally weed out everything I didn’t love. It really wasn’t a huge investment but psychologically it made all the difference. And frankly, even inexpensive clothes seem luxurious when hanging on nice hangers.  I bought my set at Target, but a similar set of 50 hangers is less than $30 (with free shipping) at 

Minimize your losses.  Just because you are getting rid of a lot doesn’t mean you have to take a total loss.  Clothes & accessories that are in good shape can be brought to a consignment shop (be sure to wash, iron, & hang any items you plan to consign) or sold via Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, or garage sale.  For more tips on how to sell your stuff, check out this very detailed post. 

Make it easy to keep things in order.  Set up a no-fail system that is simple to maintain.  I keep ALL my clothes in my closet (rather than dresser drawers) because to me it is easier to see what I have.  I have clearly labeled baskets for the things that are hard to fold–bras, panties, swimwear, socks, pajamas, & accessories.  I love keeping the laundry hamper in my closet as well–it makes sorting laundry so much simpler!  I’ve used this heavy duty sorter for about 2 years and it is great. 

Practice careful procurement.  Once you’ve managed to pare your closet down to the bare minimum and have kept the pieces you truly love, keep it that way!  When buying something new, choose quality over quantity.  Resist the urge to buy something simply because it is on sale.  You are always better off buying ONE piece that you love than TEN items that are just okay.  I’ve personally found that sticking to small specialty boutiques, such as my friend Alysha’s shop, rather than the mass-market stores helps me avoid the old habit of buying just to buy. 

Re-evaluate regularly.  It is a good idea to re-assess, re-sort, and re-evaluate your closet every few months.  Once a season double check to make sure that your items are still in good shape, that they still fit, and that they are free of stains & holes.  If necessary, pull seasonal items out of storage to add to the rotation, and store any items that are no longer seasonally appropriate.



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