February 10, 2009

Keeping order in your unruly closet

As a boutique owner one might think I have an enormous wardrobe and very large closet. The opposite is true, in fact. In reality I share a 16 square foot closet with my husband. I have 5 pairs of jeans and only 1 pair of black pants, which lately I’ve been thinking of donating. Living simply with less has become a way of life for me, and has allowed me to edit my wardrobe into a perfect little collection of quality and unique pieces. When I buy something for myself, I gravitate to the unusual yet beautiful items. If you’ve visited my boutique, then this should all make sense to you. Try following these guidelines when you shop, and soon you will have built an amazing wardrobe.

  1. The secret to a well edited and svelte wardrobe is keeping things simple. I like to follow the one-in-one-out rule. This means for every new item, take out 1 old piece. Following this rule, especially for jeans, helps me feel like I’m keeping my wardrobe current.
  2. Quality really does last a long time. Ladies, it’s true – cheap looks cheap. Opt for high quality fabrics and cuts. If you take care of your clothes, they can be with you for up to 10+ years. One great example from my closet is my Gaultier wool peacoat. I’ve had that beauty since 1999. It’s made in italy and the cut is so elegant that it’s lasted the test of time. Don’t get sticker-shocked when you fall in love with a designer piece. Think about the money as price per wear. As I sit here writing this post, I’ve calculated the price per wear on my Gaultier coat to be 30 cents!
  3. Buy 1 special piece each season. For winter, the special piece could be a fantastic sweater or a one of a kind looking coat. Spring’s special piece could be a sundress or flirty blouse. Summer’s special piece could be a wow bag. My sister and I like to refer to them as a big guns bag. By acquiring a special piece each season, you’re slowly but surely building an enviable wardrobe.

I truly believe that these guidelines will help you get the wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of, and it doesn’t entail buying an entirely new wardrobe each season! As I’ve done to my own closet, I’ve manage to fill my boutique with unique and special pieces. Just the other day, I had a road visit from a lovely woman who represents one of my designers. When she walked into the shop, she immediately recognized that I carry special pieces. So if you want color or prints that are out of the ordinary, Josef is the perfect place for you to start!

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