Get Organized: Step 1 To Creating A Closet That Makes Sense 

pearsonphoto2018_102It’s a New Year.  How about a New You? With a year full of possibilities ahead, why not shake off that dead weight? I don’t know about you, cleaning out the old and bringing in the new feels like a great way to start the year.  That’s why I am doing a “New Year New You Challenge.” Want to know more? Read on…

There is something about getting organized that is so refreshing.  Shedding clutter makes me feel lighter, what about you? One of the most important places to get organized is in your closet.  We all know the frustration of searching for an outfit in the morning and pulling out item after item that is worn out, too big, too small or out dated.  Ugh.

I have a three-step system that I use every year in my own closet that is very effective in weeding out the items that I don’t wear and identifying items that require a match or another item to make them work more efficiently in my wardrobe.  I also find that when I take the time to apply these three simple steps, when I am finished, I can clearly see what I have and what I need.  Suddenly, I see new outfit options that I hadn’t noticed before because everything is organized in a way that makes sense.

This blog post is the first in a series of three Make Your Closet Make Sense tutorials that will take you through this process, and hopefully, have you feeling lighter and de-cluttered as well as excited about your closet and shopping opportunities again.  I’ll be recording a video of today’s blog post tomorrow and putting it on both our Fashion Crossroads Facebook Business Page as well as our YouTube channel.  This way, you can read about it in this blog and then watch the video.

So let’s dig in.

First, do me and yourself a favor.  As you complete the following steps, if you come across an item that you KNOW you will never wear again, pull it out now.  Don’t get bogged down yet in trying to decide about those scared cows…you know, the things you just can’t seem to let go of even though you haven’t worn them in 3 years.  We will deal with those in our next video.

Now, down to business.  The first step is to organize your closet by type.  First, separate your tops from your bottoms.  Put dresses in a separate section.  Now, organize your tops by sleeve length – short, ¾ and long.  Next, separate your tops by type.  Within the sleeve length grouping, separate the collared blouses from the pull overs.  If you have more than one season in the same closet, also separate summer from winter within each of the groups.  When you are finished, you should have your sleeveless tops grouped together.  Next should come your short sleeve tops and then your long sleeved tops, summer together and winter together.

Now do the same thing with your bottoms. Start with shorts and move to capris, ankle pants and long pants.  Then, within each group, separate by fabric.  Put your denim together, cottons together, slacks together, etc.  Then tackle your skirts, and organize them from shortest to longest.

I bet you feel lighter already! One more step! Now, within each group, organize them by color using the acronym ROYGBIV.  This stands for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.  Group like colors together.  For example, your pink tops will go next to the reds and your turquoise tops will go next to green or blue, depending on what hue the turquoise is.  Put your black, white and brown at the end.  Group your ivory and cream after white.  Next come the tans and browns.  Last, put your greys after the blacks.

Now, go have a glass of wine! You did it!

You have a week to enjoy your newly organized closet.  Watch for my next blog post and video called Refresh and Evaluate: Step Two To Creating A Closet That Makes Sense.  In these tutorials, we will take a look at what you have and figure out what you need to get rid of and what you need to keep.

If you would like to see this process up close and personal, join me as I apply these steps in my own closet.  Oh the horror.  To watch me suffer as I have asked you to suffer, join our Fashion Crossroads Fashionistas group page on Facebook and tune in on this coming Tuesday.  I’ll be doing some fun giveaways at the end of the week. To get entered to win, watch my personal “Get Organized” video and then comment on your biggest “ah ha” moment in the comments.  Someone who does this will win a free Mixology bath bomb from the store.

Happy organizing!

 

Why Say Goodbye to Serenity?

img_3799Serenity Blue was a key color for 2016, but with its denim friendly hue, why say goodbye?

Our last shipment of clothing for the year was a small grouping of this wonderful blue from Sweet Wanderer and Blu Pepper.  It was such a nice change from the dark colors of winter, and it got me in the mood to change my display to highlight this wonderful transitional color.

While harkening to spring, serenity blue is a year round hue.  If you imagine the soft blue of a summer sky at dusk, then you have captured the heart of this color.  As you can see in the three pictures below, this soft blue pairs well with dark, medium and light denim.  A dark denim will anchor it so it doesn’t seem too spring like in the midst of January and February chills while still allowing you to add some softer colors into your winter wardrobe.

I don’t know about you, but now is the time when my heart begins to long for the lighter colors of warmer weather, and it is amazing how wearing a little bit o spring can instantly lift my mood.  Why not try experimenting with this yourself?  I’d love to hear how it goes! After all, we can all use more serenity, right?

It’s All About Plaid

So, the one thing you absolutely must have this season is a plaid shirt.  Coming from Wyoming, plaid has always had connotations of lumber jack and camping.  But not longer!  This season, all the trendiest women will be sporting their plaid shirt and anyone who is in the know won’t think they just got home from a mountain trek!  We’re getting plaid in everyday color on the planet, so you should definitely be able to find one that will compliment your complexion.

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Wearing plaid is easy.  Just pair your blouse with some boyfriend jeans that are cuffed at the bottom and wear shoe boots, and you will have a trendy casual style.  download-6It’s also trendy right now to tuck in the front of your blouse and leave the back hanging ing out for a “hi-low” look.  For an extra cool style kick, add a solid puffy vest to your look.  This style works very well for Wyoming because of our colder weather.  It’s a cozy and practical look that is fashionable to boot.

If you are unsure how to wear a shoe boot, check out my blog on the subject!

 

 

 

How To Combine Prints

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One of the things that intimidates us is knowing how to combine prints.  Most of us avoid it, but we shouldn’t.  Prints help give depth and interest to our outfits and combining them is easier than you think.  The simple rule is: you can combine two different prints if they both have the same colors.

Consider the floral print combined with the jacket in the picture above.  Because the jacket has a simple line print that is on a grey background and accented by blues, it lends itself well to being combined with the much busier floral print in the Vera Bradley makeup case.  Ultimately, though, what makes it work is the fact that both the jacket and the makeup case have the same dominant dark and light blue.  Even if the jacket was plaid, if the colors in both prints were the same, you could combine them.

You could, for example, wear the cross body purse in the picture with the jacket if you paired the outfit with a solid grey slack.  The neutral grey helps balance the prints. Smartly combining prints in this way allows you to create totally unique outfits that express your personality.  Play around with this a little in your own wardrobe and break out of the one print only rut.  You’ll be amazed at what great outfits you create!