My favorite movie scenes are always the “getting ready” ones. Mia’s transformation in The Princess Diaries. The first scene in The Devil Wears Prada. No, I’m not a huge Anne Hathaway fan. I just love the idea of a luxurious morning routine at a white vintage dressing table, powder puff in hand, and a stroll through one’s closet.
As I’ve gotten older, the vision hasn’t changed. Sure, some of the pink frilly bags have been replaced with structured leather purses, but the idea of having a truly beautiful closet is one that has stuck with me. As has the reality that it’s not exactly realistic to hire a team of professionals who would put up scaffolding towers and turn my entire apartment into a construction zone, all in the name of fashion.
But there is hope! Be your closet the side of a sardine box or the entire Metropolitan Museum of Art, there is hope. With a few tweaks, any closet can be in tip top shape. Here are some of my favorite pinterest board worthy tips and tricks for getting a luxurious looking closet.
- Get rid of The Chair. You know, the chair (be it an actual chair, or perhaps a figurative one) that houses all of your clothes that are not put where they ought to be. Trust me, the chair is bringing you down. Not only is it unhealthy for most garments to be balled up and left without proper cleaning or storage, but its presence can drag down an entire wardrobe. Clear it out, and never look back.
- Similarly, store your stuff. It doesn’t matter if you have soft-close cabinets, these drawers, or a wooden steamer trunk. The adage of “a place for everything, and everything in its place” holds true. Side note; if it is stretchy, don’t hang it. This goes for knits, pants, tee shirts… What’s hanging should be silks, blouses, dresses that do not stretch, jackets and pants that will crease if not hung. Otherwise, to preserve the garment’s integrity, fold. Try folding truly special garments into acid free tissue paper (like this one here) for even greater protection.
- Turn on the lights! Get some fairy lights. Stick a spotlight in your closet. Wear a headlamp; do whatever you need to do so that you can see your clothes. This is especially important if you have a lot of clothes that are the same color. Good lighting will literally brighten up your day. If you want to be truly fancy, stick some lights inside the cabinets aforementioned. And don’t forget the mirrors! In all practicality, a mirror is an essential, but it will also bounce light and make your closet look bigger than it actually is.
- Find somewhere to put already styled outfits. In highschool, I made a commitment to never wear the same outfit twice. High maintenance, yes, but actually pretty doable if you don’t mind accessories. But finding someplace where you can admire an outfit before you even try it on means that you don’t have to have a huge fashion show when trying to see if two colors match. It also means that you will have less to put away later, as those fashion shows tend to leave a bit of a mess.
- Pare down. Nobody wants to be on My Strange Addiction for having too many hawaiian shirts. Keep what makes you happy, along with any absolute essentials. Donate, sell, recycle or toss everything else. Let your clothes have room to breathe.
- Pretend your closet is a fancy boutique. Hang your favorite jacket on the back of a door, front and center. Lay out your rings on black velvet. Sort by color. Try to implement merchandising tactics that you see in stores into your own wardrobe. My personal favorite is making sure everything is spaced and facing the same direction. So easy, and so beautiful! Take this a step further and use old shopping bags to organize out of season clothing.
In a perfect world, we would all have Hannah Montana style closets. However, the reality of life is that one cannot always have a floor to ceiling wall of shoes. Imelda Marcos would say differently, I know, but it’s 2018 and minimalist beauty reigns supreme.
So take a rainy day and give these tips a try! And be sure to let me know in the comments what your favorite closet hacks are.