Spring Cleaning (aka editing your mess of a closet)
Email sent: Mar 14, 2013 11:22 am
(aka editing your mess of a closet)
They say spring is coming (although you wouldn't know it from where we are) and thus, it's time for the requisite March freshen up of the closet, drawers and anything else. I've been feeling overwhelmed by this task. I had heard the rule "if you don't wear it, it goes" but what about my white tube skirt from Parachute that I bought in 1985? Sentimental value, people. I wondered if there was an actual expert we could ask in the field of closet organization, and we found Sarah from a new luxury wardrobe storage service in London called Vault Couture. She came over and we spent a good few hours going through all of it; what to toss, what to sell, what to store, what to keep. I learned a lot and my closet is now much less daunting (but I'm never parting with my Spence sweatshirt, I don't care what the experts say).
If you're going to edit your closet, you're going to need a good deal of time and a plan. Before we got started, Sarah from Vault Couture gave a few suggestions on easing the process:
"Allocate a realistic amount of time for editing thoroughly (a minimum of 2 hours). Real editing involves trying things on and going through a lot of items. You don't want to have to run out to your appointment halfway through and loose your clearing out momentum."
"Work left to right or clockwise rather than just attacking your cupboards in random order to avoid accidentally skipping over drawers, boxes, closets, etc. Make sure every part of your wardrobe is seen to."
Here are a few tips that came out of the cull:
I love this blazer from The Row but I bought it on the internet and it’s too big on me. Sarah suggests I consign it along with a few other items.
We're selling a selection from my closet edit for charity. Check it out here.
This silk Stella McCartney blazer has been worn to death – the collar is stained and the sleeves are frayed. Sarah points out that silk doesn't have a long life span and so I'm forced to part with it and not consign as it's no longer wearable.
Sometimes vintage and consignment pieces need a slight adjustment to welcome more wear. This vintage long-sleeve YSL is a favorite, but would look better with shorter sleeves. We make it more modern by shortening the sleeves to a three-quarter length. Making the alteration at the shoulder rather than at the sleeve keeps the detailing intact.
These Camilla Skovgaard heels are another item that Sarah sends on to the goop charity closet sale pile as I already had another similar pair.
The Golden Rules of Editing Your Wardrobe
Sarah gives us a few simple rules of thumb for editing your closet and deciding what to keep and what to lose:
1. “If you hold up the garment and can see any body part imprinted in it - i.e. elbows, knees, saggy bums, etc. - it goes out.”
2. “Pay particular attention to collars - these are near your face and right in people’s eye line, so any fraying, wear-and-tear or make-up / fake tan stains, etc. means it goes”
3. “Consider the ‘two tries rule:’ if you have put on a garment and then immediately taken it off to wear something else two or more times, let it go. I know, you spent good money on it and have never worn it, but you are not getting that money back by keeping it in your closet. Smile and enjoy the cathartic feeling of de-cluttering.”
We also asked Doug Greenberg from Garde Robe, another excellent wardrobe storage and valet service based in New York, for some more practical advice for storing at home. Here’s what he had to say:
1. “Always remove the plastic garment bags that clothes come back from the dry cleaner in. These bags do not allow the garment to breathe properly, which leads to fume fading (color loss due to air pollution).”
2. “Never put worn items back in the closet next to clean garments. Even if a worn garment is 'clean', your body oils and perfume act as a magnet for material-damaging insects such as moths. Don’t kid yourself that a few pieces of cedar and a lavender sachet will keep your closet free from insects indefinitely.”
Vaunte features cool women’s covetable closets. Editors, PR girls, stylists, businesswomen and more all sell great, gently-used clothing. There are some pretty amazing pieces to be found and it's fun to get a peek into these varied worlds.
Today, designer Alex Kramer’s closet goes on sale. A few snaps of her and her home are above.
This site features carefully-selected consignment items sold anonymously. You’ll find pieces by designers like Celine, 3.1 Philip Lim, Burberry, and more. They have a “White Glove Service” available to people with 10 designer pieces or more in 12 major US cities. They’ll come over, help you edit what you’d like to sell, and ship it for free.
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