Posted on November 8, 2018
Nothing makes getting dressed in the mornings easier than having a well organized closet. Imagine having a beautiful closet, where all of your clothing, shoes and accessories are arranged in a functional and aesthetically pleasing way. We believe getting dressed should be a beautiful and stress free experience. Best of all? Giving yourself a mini closet makeover is easier than you think!
A seasonal closet makeover is one of the most crucial steps in the BJ Wilson Wardrobe Consulting Process™. This is a thorough process which completely prepares a client’s wardrobe for the current season and shows us what the wardrobe is lacking. Although BJ Wilson Wardrobe Consulting Process™ typically takes several weeks to complete per client, a closet makeover is an easy way to start feeling good about getting dressed each day, to discover new outfits and to get rid of the old in order to make room for the new.
Below we are providing a condensed version of our closet makeover process, so you can try it at home. If you are looking to learn more about closet makeovers and the other ways to elevate your wardrobe, be sure to check out BJ’s book, ‘An Expert’s Guide to Fashion Styling: A Workbook and Practical Guide’ or contact us for additional wardrobe assistance.
Separate the Seasons. The separation of seasons is what sets our process apart from other wardrobe stylists. The different seasons determine the types of clothing and clothing fabrics you wear. For instance, you wouldn’t wear wool in the Summer or linen in the Winter. The first step to performing a mini closet makeover is to remove any items from the closet that are not associated with the current season. This means removing out-of-season clothing, shoes and accessories from the closet completely and storing them until their season. If you have a separate space outside of the closet to store out-of-season clothes that is great, if not, just move all non-current season items to the back of the closet.
Evaluate and Edit. Now that you’ve separated the seasons, very thoroughly inspect every item kept in the current season’s wardrobe. Meticulously check all items for stains, signs of wear, holes, tears, pilling, duplicates, out-of-date and out-of-style items, pieces that are the wrong size and ones you no longer like or wear. Be hard on yourself. If you are not ready to get rid of something, that’s okay. Put it back in your closet and if you still don’t wear it during the season, then re-consider letting the item go the next season.
Donate or Discard Unwanted Items. After the initial evaluation and editing of your closet, you will want to make two piles: 1. of items to donate, 2. of items to discard. Items in good or gently worn condition in the wrong size, unflattering cut or something you simply don’t use anymore, can and should be donated to a charity or establishment of your choice. However anything heavily worn, torn, stained or otherwise soiled should be disposed of.
Create Clothing Categories. The next step is to divide the ‘kept’ items into different clothing categories. All tops are to be grouped and hung together, all pants, all skirts, etc. Then, within each category, you will organize a step further. For example, within the tops category, you will group each item into a subcategory, like: sleeveless tops, all tee shirts, all short-sleeve blouses, all long-sleeve blouses, all button down shirts, all collared shirts, etc.
Arrange by Color. Last but not least you will organize each subcategory by color. We always arrange from light to dark with prints and patterns behind the darkest color. Arranging items by color make coordinating and creating outfits so much simpler. Seeing what colors are most prominent in your existing wardrobe will help you with the next step of wardrobe design which is crafting a color scheme. You can read more about color schemes in our previous blog by clicking here.
There you have it! You now have all the tools to transform your closet. Share with us your mini closet makeover results, we’d love to hear from you!
Although this is just a small portion of what our professional closet makeover entails, these simple steps will help you create a closet that truly works for you and makes you happy. As always, if you need additional styling or wardrobe developing help, you can browse our professional styling services here.