Q. Who wants to know how to quickly make your closet look better?
I’ve said it before and am saying it again.
One of the quickest ways to make your clothes and the closets they hang in look neater and more welcoming, is to put all your clothes on identical hangers.
You’ll also most likely will find a few pieces you’ve forgotten about and discover others that truly need to go.
These hangers below, not plastic, are the type you should use and will love. They’ll also keep your clothes in better shape and keep them from sliding off the hanger.
Trust me it’s worth the small amount of time to do this, and while you’re at it please take out all those nasty wire hangers and give them back to the dry-cleaners for recycling.
Here Comes The Bride…no, not me.
Recently a longtime and very stylish fellow member of a woman’s networking group, asked me if I would consider offering a group virtual color consultation for her daughter-in-law to be and bridesmaids. She thought it would be a fun way to gather from all over the country, grand-mothers, moms, aunts and friends… it sure was.
From the bride herself: “That was the perfect activity for a bridesmaids brunch!
Not only should it be something everyone is cognitive of when getting ready for events, but everyone learned something and it also worked as a fun way to break the ice”. Eva Maria
I wish I had thought of this fun service myself.
I showed the bride and bridesmaids what their best colors and necklines are, so that they will be even more gorgeous on next year’s wedding day.
Reply back to get the details on how your family can have this stylish wedding party fun too. It really was a blast!
As the temps get cooler, you’re going to need to start finding and wearing the clothes that will keep you warm and cozy. But just because the leaves are dropping doesn’t mean our clothes and bags need to be falling too.
Here’s where I’m going with this…
Recently I looked into my closet and said to myself, enough is enough!
My bags, not just the ones under my eyes, were floppy and dingy and the clothes on my shelves looked like the back of my elbows. Wrinkled and in rough shape.
I figured out that the solution was to inject fillers, but not the ones you get at a spa or doctor’s office.
Step one: Injecting myself with determination and energy to get the job done.
No more saying one day, when I have time, or have nothing else to do, because we all know how one day often turns into no day, no way, no how.
We need to decide that one day is today and that is just what I did in just a few hours to make my closet look young and fresh again.
You can too when you follow these easy to do tips.
Inject Fillers Into Your Floppy Handbags
Step two: Dumped out all my handbags onto my bed, and yes I do have quite a few of them, so I can see which needed more plumping up.
Most of them are loosely structured and need stuffing to stop flopping around on my closet’s shelves.
The solution is to inject fillers into the bags by stuffing them with bubble wrap, paper, or even the t-shirts you’re no longer wearing.
Just like your hair, they need some body to look good.
Once filled and stuffed, the bags will stand up straight and keep their original shape.
Gee, I wish it was that easy for our shapes.
Tip: I put them back by color, and used a clear magazine holder for the little pouches, extra straps, etc. Think of it as Spanx for holding in all your loose pieces.
FYI most of my handbags are fromMZ Wallace. I’m quite a fan of their bags.
All of my leggings are by Lysse. I’m a devoted fan of their bottoms too.
Nope, I’m a BIG fan.
Then I tackled the clothes and shawls/ponchos I have folded on my shelves, or you may have them in drawers.
I folded each one neatly, so that not only can I clearly see what each piece is, but also to make it easier to decide which one to wear or pack when traveling.
To me, they look so much prettier now too, and yes I’ll keep them this way.
I do have lots of leggings and jeans which I actually wear, so I organized them by color and made one pile for those in a larger size because let’s face it…we all have those days, or weeks, or months…you get what I mean.
P.S. Not sure you noticed, but nothing from above was about which clothes I had to keep or toss.
Why do you ask?
Well, that’s because I stopped having an unhealthy relationship with my clothes, many, many years ago. Knowing when and how to say bye-bye to the clothes that are doing you wrong is life-changing and you’ll have less mess in your closet too.
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I originally wrote the above article for The Three Tomatoes, a wonderful on-line newsletter for women over 50.
No way can I count how many times I’ve been asked if I know about the companies that will ship you a variety of clothes in a box for you to try on.
Yes, way I know all about them and have seen quite a few sad expressions on my first time client’s faces when I ask about some of the unworn and/or unloved pieces in her closet?
So why the long faces?
Well, often it is because she imagined that by telling the online personal stylist whatever info they requested, that she would actually be getting pieces perfect for her.
Reality check time.
These services are NOT my competition, and no I don’t want to offer the clothes in a box service. I won’t change my business model from serving to selling as I’m motivated by seeing a woman looking and feeling confident, and not by making money.
I don’t believe in telling women to wear Spanx to fit into their clothes, so why should I squeeze myself to fit into someones else’s business mold? I hate constrictions of all kinds!! If I don’t let my clients be pushed and squeezed into the wrong clothes for their shape and lives, why should I squish myself into what doesn’t fit my own business and personality?
These clothes in a box companies mission are to make money by selling you more and more, not to help you have a wardrobe that can be mixed and matched.
More stuff doesn’t mean you have more to wear.
But you probably already knew that.
You can make these online clothes in a box services work better for you, if you actually know what colors, patterns, styles, labels, and fabrics are the most flattering for you. And please request items that will give you the ability to make many more outfits vs just the one outfit they send you.
The best wardrobe is one that you can do lots of mixing and matching with, instead of clothes that don’t go with anything you already own.
It might be fun to try a service that sends you clothes in a box all wrapped up with a pretty ribbon, but based on the regrets I’ve seen on women’s faces or hanging in their closets, it doesn’t always work out and I don’t want you to think something is wrong with you or your body if the clothes don’t look that great on you.
Remember, it’s not you. They simply were the wrong clothes for you.
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I’m embarrassed to say, that my closet was ugly & needed a makeover.
Change is good and easy.
No More Wire & Plastic Hangers!
You would be amazed at how a $20 dress can look as good as a $200 dress when hung on a simple attractive hanger. Just as surprising, is how bad a $200 dress can look on a wire, or plastic store hanger.
This used to be how I hung my clothes. Yes, the hangers are all the same, but they are ugly. Plastic white hangers tend to turn yellow and stand out in an unattractive manner.
Hang all your clothes on the same type and color hanger, and you will find yourself smiling each time you open your closet doors.
Imagine how if one simple change such as switching out your hangers will make, how much more can be done with your “I can’t find anything to wear” closet.
I used these hangers from Bed Bath & Beyond
and don’t forget your 20% off coupon.
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Next to sandals, boots are my favorite shoe style to wear. They are comfortable, if you bought the right ones, and offer an easy way to add some pizazz to any outfit.
But a floppy boot is a no-no.
Without proper storage and support, your boots will develop creases, wrinkles and get stinky. Nobody wants wrinkles and creases in their footwear or bodies, but today I offer a solution to your boots. Plus, boots can be pricey, and an important way to care for them is to help them stay in shape. We go to the gym to stay in shape, and sometimes we sweat, but your boots don’t have to. Problem solved as I found an easy way to perk up your boots and not take up space in your closet; introducing the Voot boot shaper. TaDa!
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“Today was so productive AND you made it fun too! Thank you! Now I look forward to getting dressed! Before meeting with you, I second guessed what colors and styles were most flattering on me. Now I just consult my color chart and the pictures you took and I’m dressed in a flash.”
Seasonal weather changes, means seasonally changing the clothes in your closets and drawers.
Rather than opening your closet door, and then promptly slamming it closed as you feel overwhelmed with the thought of cleaning it out, try the following ideas and tips.
When cleaning out your closet, and trying to decide which of your clothes, shoes, handbags, scarves, or jewelry to label as trash or treasure, try starting small.
No, I don’t mean the clothes that may not fit you anymore, I’m suggesting that you just take 10 items and 30 minutes tops to have a little Q & A with yourself. Try asking yourself the following questions.
Every time I help a client determine what she should keep and actually wear, she can’t wait to get out those pieces that accentuate the body parts she is not that fond of, and start wearing the ones that make her look and feel like bumping into as many people as possible when she leaves her home.
Not only will your closet be lighter, but you’ll actually feel lighter as cleaning out your closet will be very cathartic. Hey, that’s what I’m told over and over and over again.
Use this chart as a guide, and I can guarantee that after you get started, you’ll actually start enjoying the process.
Many more closet organizing tips are available HERE.
Don’t you hate how some clothes look like they have bumps in them and stick up and out on your shoulders?
Follow these tips to rid yourself of hanger bumps.
The temps will start to dip soon and you will find some of your clothes a bit lumpy on the shoulders if they were not hung properly.
Now is the perfect time to get your tops, jackets and sweaters that you have on hangers and re-hang using one or both of the following tips.
Sweaters should either be folded or hung as in this ingenious method I found for you on a cool site called SnapGuide.com. So clever and smart.
This shoulder shaper from Ikea, will fit over the slim hangers I recommend in my closet organizing guide, despite Ikea saying they are for their hangers. Professional organizer Betsy Krobot found them for my client, who I found had some clothes that badly needed padded hangers.
These shoulder shapers will also be great for your coats and jackets, which sadly we will all be wearing soon…too soon and hopefully without hanger bumps
As an image & style consultant, I often find unusual solutions to very common problems.
One problem I have never have to solve is keeping a toupee on a man’s head. However, if I did then I would recommend Top Stick Men’s Grooming tape, but yet I actually can recommend this product to YOU!
I recently discover this product, and it costs less than a popular ‘Fashion Tape’ product out there, and can solve so many so called fashion emergencies.
Peeking out bra straps.
Hems that need emergency hemming.
Peek-a-boo necklines that need a bit less peeking.
Belt straps that flap around and you still haven’t added extra holes to get a better fit.
Place the tape between bra strap and top, and voila instant classy lady vs. throwback to the 80’s Madonna period.
Keep a few in your bag and be the hero next time you witness a fashion disaster.
Did you get your copy of my new book, Stop Stressing About Dressing? Well what are you waiting for? Grab yours here and find out how to pick out what to wear so you end being frustrated overtime you need to leave the house.
I am extremely fortunate to have had one week in Paradise, AKA, Turks and Caicos.
My biggest decision while away, was which top should I wear with my white jeans. Yet, I almost didn’t have the opportunity to make that choice.
When I took my white pants off my closet shelf to pack, I saw that I had not washed them before putting them away in September. There were stains on the hems and some sort of schmutz on one of the legs. I failed to clean them after wearing them for the last time. Perhaps I was in denial that warm days were over for the year.
My big mistake, and clearly my having been to lazy to take the time to review my clothes properly before putting them away.
Fortunately, I was able to get the stains out, and even better get my body back in those jeans. Double whew.
When the seasons and what we wear change, it is best to clean your clothes before storing them away. Here are 3 tips for changing out clothes for different seasons.
Wash or dry clean the clothes you often wore.
Make any repairs to your shoes and/or boots before storing them away.
Review all the clothes you didn’t wear, and determine if they should even be in your closet and drawers.
Then when the next season starts, you will be ready to go.
Need help to get to actually see what is in your closet? Go HERE to find out how to make YOU and your closet happy, confident and organized.
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Nice things blog readers tell me.
So what does a stay at a hotel and suede have in common?
You’ll have to watch the video below to find out how you can spruce up your suede shoes, boots, belts and bags after a stay at a hotel.
“Scarlett is a brilliant Image Stylist. She understands not only what looks good on her clients but how those clothes interact with daily life and can be an extension of brand. It was so incredible to arrive at my dressing room and find it fully loaded. I will never EVER look through racks of clothes again. What she saved me in knowing where to find the great sales (and when to pay full price) covered her fee alone. Even if that wasn’t the case she would be worth every penny. I highly recommend Scarlett!” PattyLennon.com
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