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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Closet Overhaulin'

For some reason I was inclined to dig deep in the back of my closet a few days ago. I think I was inspired by watching a whole mess of goth band videos and reminiscing about all my twirly and swirly garments I cherish. Now don't get me wrong, I wear long skirts and lace for my daily wardrobe, yet my club clothing hemlines and style fluctuate depending on my mood. My point is, I hit a gold mine of items I totally forgot I had! Silly me, I need to stop proclaiming to my husband, "I have nothing to wear!", and do a closet overhaul.

If you're like me, I don't get out to the club every week. In Buffalo, we just don't have that luxury and being married and in my thirties, I enjoy quieter nights with a bottle of wine and a movie. I often forget what clothes I have as I reserve a special place in my closet for my 'special occasion' garments and they often get lost in (what I affectionately call) the black vortex. While digging around in the back and battling the 8 pounds of tulle and ruffles, I produced two vests I had forgotten about! I've been sorta D.I.Y-ing everything in sight, so I was happy to have two new canvas in which I can sew patches and other personal touches onto.
Closet discoveries!
Before you run screaming to the mall out of desperation, take a survey of your closet(s), storage bins and other hiding places for your clothing, accessories, shoes, etc. Take a look at what you have and make three piles:


Keep pile is anything you KNOW you will wear. If you haven't worn it in the past 5 years, get rid of it. Now, I'm not telling you to get rid of your wedding dress or Halloween costumes (that would be blasphemy!), but keep items you know you will occasionally wear in the right circumstances or event.

Donate pile is to go to charity or perhaps a friend who you know may enjoy the items. Do your friend a favor and if it's ugly or really worn, don't make them uncomfortable by giving them your used-up second hands. Also, if you choose to donate to charity make sure the items are not stained, stinky or in shreds.

Revamp pile is my personal favorite! Some items just have so much potential, whether it just needs to be paired up differently, or that with some TLC it can become a new wardrobe favorite. Put it to the side, think about its potential and then revamp, revamp, revamp!

Some tips to think about when revamping:

+New buttons can add new life to a garment
+Hemlines can be altered
+Adding details like lace, ribbon, patches, etc. can personalize and revitalize
+If you're ambitious, you can always dye or bleach certain fabrics, just remember to read all package instructions and wear the proper safety gear. I don't recommend dying clothes if you live in a communal dwelling with coin operated washing machines, dying and bleaching can get messy!

I like to think of this process as 'shopping in your closet', as it will help you rediscover what you really do have and if you are missing any basics. I am often guilty of shopping only when I need something or when I see something that I fall in love with, then I'm scrambling for basics and often feel frustrated. Yes, this is coming from a fashion stylist who knows better. *Wink*

Good luck diving into the unknown worlds that may be your closets, I hope you find some hidden treasures and diamonds in the rough!

XOXO-Meagan Kyla


  1. yep, good idea! i do this every december and it's so much fun :-D especially when you have some new space afterwards and spend another fortune on new clothes *cough*

    1. Agreed! I will never stop shopping ;)hehehe


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