1. Edit your closet by asking yourself a question: “Would I buy this if I were shopping right now?” If the response is no, it gets removed.
2. Hang all of your daily wear up in your closet on the same hangers in the same direction If you have the space, wood hangers are ideal, but velvet hangers work well in tiny closets.
3. Create a closet you enjoy by purchasing low-cost trend items and investing in timeless classics
4. Add luxury to your coat, jacket, or blazer by replacing the buttons with simple tiny ones that match the fabric colour
5. Don’t buy anything you can’t return until you’ve determined which brands work best for you, and even then, proceed with caution.
6. You should get rid of an item in your closet if you haven’t worn it in a year, if you never reach for it, or if you simply don’t like how it looks on you. According to The Well Dressed Life, “the key to looking stylish is to only wear things you enjoy.” One of my biggest “Aha” moments was realising how many “just okay” outfits women buy. Almost every woman I know has a piece of clothes or a whole outfit that they make do with but don’t love or even like.”
7. To find out what works best for your body type
Find someone in the public spotlight who has a comparable body shape and colouration to you and whose style you admire. For style ideas, create a Pinterest board with styles they’re wearing that you like.
8. When stacking items on a shelf like sweaters, do not pile more than three or four in a pile. Stack them by colour and, once worn, rotate the top item to the bottom.
9. Balance your outfit proportions
Wear a looser bottom with a tight top. “If you’re aiming for an item that is purposefully larger, make sure to balance it with a thinner piece,” says Stylishly Me. The looser top balances the form-fitting bottom, much like wearing a slouchy sweater with black leggings or a pencil skirt.”
10. If your weight has changed and you have items in your closet that you love but no longer fit, have a separate area in your closet to store them. Keep them for up to a year and then reevaluate. If they still don’t fit, it might be time to let them go.
11. Avoid storing sentimental items with your everyday clothes in your closet. Instead, place these valuables in a dedicated box and preserve it somewhere safe. To keep moths and musty odours at bay, use a lavender satchel or cedar wood blocks.
12. Put all of your daily wear and shoes in your closet
Everything else, with the exception of bulky winter coats, rain boots, and gym footwear, should be stored in your closet for quick access.
13. Everything in your closet, including your jeans, must be visible and accessible
I advocate hanging your jeans because if you can’t see what you have, you’re more likely to forget about it.
14. Keep clothing that needs to be steamed or fitted in a different section of your closet. Plan to drop these garments off at a tailor and steam them once a week. Never put items back into your closet in their dry cleaning bags, since this might cause the fabric to break down over time. The same is true for garments that are still wrinkled because they will not be ready to wear when you reach for them. Only hang goods that are ready to wear in your closet with your usual clothing.
15. Do you want your clothes to last a long time?
Instead of using the dryer, invest in a decent drying rack. I also recommend hanging “excellent” tees, pants, and other clothing items to dry rather than putting them in the dryer.
16. Organize your closet by item types first
Sort your clothes into shirts, bottoms, dresses, and coats. Once divided by kind, classify each division by sleeve length from short to long, by colour from light to dark, and by casual to dressy. “With an organised closet, you’ll approach your closet with a good attitude and excitement,” says Stylishly Me.
17. Recycle your garments to make the most of them. When your t-shirts, joggers, and cardigans are worn out, transform them into loungewear and pyjamas.
18. Drape a leather jacket
Blazer, or faux fur coat as a cape over a dress. Wear it as a contemporary shawl.
19. Reuse old fashion magazines by wrapping them up and slipping them into your tall boots to maintain their shape.
20. Select one piece from your outfit to be the star of the show
It could be a bright top, statement earrings, or a patterned skirt. Too many comments overpower your appearance. Keep the remainder of your clothing simple and neutral.