Hello Beautiful Ladies!! There is something you may not know about your closet…but your clothes need BREATHING room!!! They told me 🙂
No matter the size of your closet, you should be able to see every item without rummaging! Really…you should! A good rule of thumb that I use is: Consider donating or consigning anything you haven’t worn in the past year.
But sometimes, we can be at a loss for what we should keep and what we should toss. So, I’m going to share the very same tips that I will be using tonight on my closet…Let’s get to work girls!
What to Keep:
- Wardrobe Basics: These include your best winter jacket, favorite blazer and “still in high-quality” staples.
- Event Dressing: You should always have a stunning LBD (little black dress) or pantsuit that fits you like a glove.
3. On-trend Items: These are the fun pieces that give your wardrobe personality and help bring your basics back to life.
4. Investment Splurges: We all have at least one piece we’ve splurged on. Whether it was an impulse shoe, or the leather jacket that was a must-have, we all need confidence-boosters in our closet! (See our blog on Why Confidence is always in)
5. And lastly, we have the “Sentimentals”: This might be your first Designer handbag or your grandma’s ring, they’ll always be in style and have a great story to boot.
Now, we have come to the harder part… what to say goodbye to…
- Get rid of anything that has tags and you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months, odds are you won’t.
- You really don’t need multiples of specific items. Unless you regularly use a uniform, you don’t need 5 of the same things in your closet.
- Why keep items that just don’t fit right. You will feel better knowing that all the things in your closet are comfortable and actually allow you to breathe. Send the rest to consignment or donation, depending on the condition.
- Well loved items can be let go, really! If your favorite tee has seen better days and it makes you look like 90’s grunge, let it go and gain some needed space in your closet. No one needs that style coming back again 🙂
Okay, these are the tips I will be using, hope they help you gain control of your space again and feel like the empowered woman you are!
Enjoy your closet cleanse!
1. Wear the Flare!
Fitted jeans with a distinct flare at the bottom, create the illusion of a longer leg and can be used with a waist length top. Remember to have the hem of the pants hit the top of the heels that you’re rocking that day!
2. More Maxi Skirts Please!
A well-cut maxi skirt can give the appearance of looking taller. Choose a solid version that skims the length of your body to create a long vertical line. ( keep your top fitted, of course) Have the hemline go as long as you can go, without tripping, and have wedges or heels underneath.
3. Low Cut Vamp
Vamp is the portion of the shoe that cuts across your foot at the front or the base of the toes. Instantly elongate your legs with a low cut vamp, and for the mile-long legs, find a pair of flesh-toned heels.
4. Wear V-Neck Blouses…
Tops with plunging v-necks give the illusion of a longer, leaner torso. so keep this in mind when shopping for this season’s tops…
5. Wear all one color…
This is a trick for all body types to look chic and give a long vertical illusion. When dressing monochromatically, your outfit has one uninterrupted line from head to toe that elongates your silhouette, making you appear slimmer and taller than you actually are.
Have fun and try out these tips when shopping with us girls at Vintage Vogue! See you soon!
For some of us shopping with our mother is a pleasant experience filled with cherished mother-daughter moments. For others though, the experience can be closest compared to a painful bikini wax with irritation that lingers for days.
With vacation days upon us, these shopping trips may become more frequent so below we have provided you with a brief survival guide to cope with mother-daughter shopping season. Happy shopping!
Mother-Daughter Shopping Survival Guide
1. Bring a shopping list. If you are out shopping with the purpose of buying items you need, take a list. Share the items on the list with your mom to speed up the pointless looking around that may occur to either of you. This will save time and frustration for both of you ladies.
2. Be firm, but pleasant. If you are NOT out shopping with the purpose of buying items you need, set a budget. Some wonderful loving moms think you look beautiful in everything and somehow make you feel certain purchases are justified when deep down you know the item will most likely hang in your closet until you just decide to consign it at Vintage Vogue. A budget will allow you to keep firm but pleasant because the fact that you didn’t purchase the mom-approved item will be all because of a budget and not that it just wasn’t your taste.
3. Humor one another and try on items recommended by your mother, even if you know there isn’t enough money in the world they could pay you to wear it. Your mother dressed you for however many years (stop holding it against her!) and still feels she knows what looks good on you and sometimes mother does know best. OR you both might just get a good laugh and your mom will get to know your taste even more. A win-win!
4. Savor the moment. We never know what tomorrow will bring, so if you are blessed enough to have a mother with whom to shop..enjoy it! Find out what tends to frustrate you about the experience and prepare what you might do or say to avoid any unpleasant situations. If you find yourself getting impatient, separate yourself if only for a few moments. Keep in mind you will only have one mother.
Always remember, compromising and patience usually produces a pleasant experience!