Posts Categorized: organize

Reader Request: Letting Go of Closet Misfits

How to get rid of clothes that just don't work anymore
An anonymous commenter dropped this doozy into the suggestion box:

How do you know when it’s time to let an item of clothing go? Either something you’ve worn and loved, or something that you’ve held onto waiting for that magical right piece that will convert your closet orphan into a fabulous outfit?

I’ve mentioned quite a few times that I don’t personally subscribe to the “if you haven’t worn it for a year, get rid of it” rule. And there are several reasons for that. read more

Originally posted 2010-05-14 05:36:00.

Why You Should Befriend Your Tailor

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Fact: Clothes off the rack may not fit you.

Like ever.

Retailers aim right for the middle, and they don’t give a flying rat’s ankle about outliers. If you are larger but not plus sized or shorter but not petite, you probably loathe shopping as much as I loathe trips to the dentist. If you are a pronounced pear or and extreme apple you may think that clothes do not exist that will fit you properly … not everywhere on your bod all at once. If your hips are waaaaaaay bigger than your waist, or your legs are waaaaaaaay shorter than your torso, or your shoulders are waaaaaaaay broader than your ribcage, you might not be able to buy pants at the Gap or dresses from Anthropologie. read more

Originally posted 2009-11-11 06:59:00.

Your Closet as Playground

Have fun with style!
How often do you spend time just PLAYING with your clothes?

I’d be willing to bet that 98% of you responded, “Ummm, I do that approximately … never.” And that’s normal! Because hey, we’re busy humans, and thimpling around with the contents of our wardrobes probably falls right between “clean out bellybutton” and “alphabetize old mix tapes” on the life priority list.

But here are some reasons to move it on up:

You forgot how much stuff you own

Whoa, where did that fuchsia, sequin-embellished tee come from? SO CUTE! Why haven’t I worn that yet? Oh yeah, it’s been squished between my pilly gray slacks and my oversized black duster from 1993. Now hold the phone, is that an electric blue miniskirt I see? I would look so hot in that … read more

Originally posted 2009-08-13 05:50:00.