It’s officially spring my friends. Let’s get to it. You know what I’m talking about. Spring Cleaning!
That old Depeche Mode tee shirt from the Violator tour has got to go. It has more holes than Swiss cheese and you haven’t worn it since neon was in vogue the first time around. Yes, we all need ONE SET of grubby clothes for the random DIY, garage clean out or painting project, but to try and justify keeping ten ratty old tee shirts from decades past just doesn’t cut the mustard.
Plainly put, you won’t have room in your closet for new (or chic vintage) items if you closet is gunked up full of old crap you never wear. Also, I promise if you clean and organize your closet properly you will wear the good stuff you already have. Below is an excerpt from my book, The Everyday Supermodel, where I give you the 411 on the closet edit.
If you want to get serious about being an everyday supermodel… you must closet edit. Building a cord wardrobe should start with a little fashion foreplay. The Re-Stylists (my glam crew) helped give my closet a makeover. Here’s what we did and how you can do one at home.
Closet Clear Out: A cluttered closet is like a cluttered mind. First, take everything out. Next try it all on. Ditch the crap you never wear. Determine what items make it back into the closet by asking a few more questions: Is it still cool, but needs to be tailored or repaired? Is it past its freshness date (as in the white shirt or tee)?
The Partridge Family called… They want their gear back!!
What to do with discards: Decide immediately so it doesn’t sit around (and end up back in your closet!). Decide what to donate to charity, what to gift to friends and family and what to sell or consign.
Identify Needs: This is a great time to make a list of the core wardrobe, or as I like to call it “core’drobe” pieces, shoes, and accessories you are missing. Keep a working list in your wallet or phone and refer to it when shopping. That way you’ll be less inclined toward impulse purchases.
Seasonal Sweep: The general rule is to do it twice a year, in the spring and fall. Also, when consigning clothes, remember that shops or online sites usually buy seasonally so summer pieces in summer, winter pieces in winter. If you have a designer coat you want to consign, save it to sell in the winter when you’ll get good money for it.
SUPERMODEL SECRET: Key to the closet edit? Have a friend over or hire a stylist to help. I had to. Some of edit with wild abandon (me) and others are hoarders and never want to part with anything. A fashion-forward friend or stylist can look at things with new eyes and help you make good edits. The Re-Stylists majorly helped to turn my closet inside out.
Who are the Re-Stylists? Beckie Klien and Martina Gordon have walked runways, been in countless fashion mags and today they style for television and real people. Beckie and Martina turn lawyers, doctors and momma bears into the everyday supermodel version of themselves.
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