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Fashion, Fashion & Beauty

Closet tour: Take a peek inside my wardrobe

9th October, 2019
One of the things that I truly believe makes styling a look easier is to embrace a little wardrobe organisation.

In this month’s issue of Elle Magazine, I’m excited to be opening the doors to my closet and taking readers on a little tour of how I keep things organised and also a few of my favourite pieces.

As I reveal in the magazine, I’ve actually converted a spare bedroom at home into an office/dressing room so I’m able to have a dedicated space to do fittings and also to work on my blog. I’m really lucky to be able to have the space to do this and it’s without a doubt, it’s one of my favourite spaces, and a sanctuary in my house.

I’m often asked about how I keep my clothes organised so I decided to do a slightly more in depth look here; namely to share some of my favourite wardrobe organisation tips plus give you an insight into the pieces that I wear all the time.

Scroll down for a peek into my closet…

There’s nothing more important than an organised closet so I had a few custom built-ins put in at home to help make it easier. I like having a place for everything, but most importantly being able to see what I own at a glance. I’ve found that’s really important when it comes to avoiding wardrobe dilemmas.
Shoes are my number one splurge. I’d rather direct my fashion budget to shoes more than anything else. I get so much wear out of them so I figure it’s worth investing in beautiful pieces that are made to last.
Accessories are king in my closet. I’ll all about sunglasses, shoes and bags. I’ve got a number of sunnies in my collection and I wear them all the time. They’re a great finishing touch to any look.
A few of my current favourites. Without a doubt my go-to brands are Chanel, Gucci and Dior when it comes to shoes. They all do such classic, well-crafted and on point pieces.
It’s great sitting amongst the things that inspire me when I’m working—my favourite books, the closet pieces that I love and a few decorative touches that make me smile.
I spend a lot of time doing fittings so I wanted a dedicated space to make it a fun experience. All my looks, whether it be a big glam event or a racing event such as Melbourne Cup, all come together here.
I treated myself to these boots recently. I love them because they’re so versatile but still a lot of fun and such a statement item.
Lining things up on racks is always handy when I’m trying to style several different looks and want to see my options at a glance. If you’ve got the patience to do it, it’s also a great way to organise your looks for the week.
Some old and new favourites. I wore the Gucci heels and headband to the races a few years back and still love them. The Chanel backpack and oversized Louis Vuitton scarf are both must-haves when I’m travelling.
I think it’s important to have everything neatly laid out and organised into categories. I often group coats with coats, bags with bags, t-shirts with t-shirts and so forth so I don’t waste time having to look for certain pieces. It’s all there at my fingertips.
Fashion

What to spring clean from your wardrobe

3rd October, 2018

Now that spring is here there’s no better excuse to do a big wardrobe clean out. I always like to do one at this time of year to ensure that I’m utilising my closet space with pieces that I truly love and use often—otherwise I’m just losing precious real estate that could otherwise be occupied by new purchases! That said, it’s also great to take stock of everything to see what gaps I currently have and what I’ve got way too much of so I know what to look for when I’m shopping. Also, it reminds me of old favourites that I can incorporate into my fashion repertoire.

If you’re about to embark on a clear out, take the opportunity to weed out the below items from your wardrobe and donate them to charity so someone else can make better use of them. After this process I guarantee you’ll rediscover clothes that you’d forgotten about and in turn create some fresh looks that will make everything you own feel new again.

“Someday” clothes

You know what I’m talking about—these are the clothes that you’re saving for “someday”. So whether you’re bookmarking something for that time when you reach your ideal weight or are hanging onto an old dress in the hopes you may wear it to an event down the track (even though you’ve been to multiple occasions and didn’t even think to pull it out) then it’s time to be brutal and say goodbye.

Ill-fitting pieces

If something is a bit loose you can either get rid of it or if you think you’d actually get a lot of wear out of it if only it fit, then make the effort to get it tailored. If the problem is that it’s too tight then it’s time to bid it adieu. You want your clothes to sit well and flatter your shape not look like you’re squeezing yourself into something that just doesn’t work.

Anything you haven’t worn in a year

There are some things that obviously don’t fall into this category such as a wedding dress, but generally if you’ve managed to get through four seasons without once reaching for a particular garment then it’s a good sign that you can live without it.

Irreparable garments

There are some things that you may be keeping in your closet as they need a few repairs. Pull all these items out and take the pieces that you actually want to keep and wear to a tailor to see what can be done. For anything that’s not able to be fixed, instead of binning it, try recycling it. There are certain organisations that take clothes that are in poor condition and recycle them into things like rags, insulation or stuffing. Do a quick Google search to find a place near you.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

Closet goals: how to have an organised wardrobe this year

8th January, 2018

An organised closet really is a sight to behold. When shoes are all neatly lined up, shirts folded and divided into neat piles, everything from blouses and dresses all perfectly hung up into distinct categories it brings a noticeable feeling of satisfaction. It also makes getting dressed SO much easier. I’ve tried to implement an organisation system in my own wardrobe for this very reason. And whilst it admittedly does take a little daily tidying up, it also means I don’t have to do a huge clean up a few weeks down the track when all my clothes are threatening to take over our entire bedroom. If you want to make things stress-free on the sartorial front for the rest of the year, take advantage of all that New Year energy to do an overhaul of your wardrobe and turn it into a space that’s Pinterest-worthy and one that you’ll be happy to stare into every single day.

Here are some great ways to start…

Colour code everything

Grouping like with like is a great system to employ when it comes to your wardrobe. It makes locating everything at a glance a simple process and let’s face it, it looks really nice too.

Sub-divide into categories

Whilst colour coding is extremely handy as a sorting tool you could also try another method which is to divide everything into different categories. This means grouping all your skirts together, your t-shirts together, your jeans together and so forth. With a closet divided into distinct areas you’ll find it easier to find what you’re looking for.

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Organise jeans from light to dark

If you own multiple pairs of jeans it can be hard to keep track of them all so this year, organise them from lightest wash to darkest wash. If you’ve got the space, hang them up so you can avoid wrinkling them and thus have them ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Fold garments like a boutique

You could just throw everything into your wardrobe and hope for the best or you could take a few minutes to fold your clothes and put them away in perfect piles like a boutique would. By categorising into piles you make things doubly easier for yourself as you can immediately see what you’re looking for. Also this is the best way to store things that stretch such as woollen jumpers and tees which make stretch if hung up.

Label everything

Earn double organisation points by labelling everything. Yes, you may already know where everything is but visually it helps to have a clear idea of what you’re looking it.

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Arrange bags vertically

By lining up bags vertically as opposed to sitting them all on top of each other you not only help protect their shape but reduce the time it takes to track down a particular clutch or tote.

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Get matching hangers

Nothing says you’ve got your style sorted like staring into a wardrobe with matching hangers. Bin the old mismatched hangers you may have been using (wire especially as they can ruin the shape of clothes) and get wooden or slim velvet ones. The former looks amazing all lined up and is gentle on clothes whilst the latter allows you to fit more into your wardrobe as they take up less space, plus it has a bit of grip so you avoid things like silk blouses slipping off constantly.

Put things away in drawers vertically

If you store most of your things in drawers, instead of piling them up on top of each other, put them away vertically so you can see everything as opposed to just what’s on top. You’ll be amazed at how much more wear you’ll get out of everything simply by being able to see what you own.

How do you keep your wardrobe organised?