The weather is finally cooling off a little here, and while I will certainly miss Summer, I’m looking forward to Fall (not that we really get much of a change here)! In preparation I’ve started pulling out my warmer clothes, and what I’ve found is I don’t have any room for them. I’m not sure how it all fit before, but it just doesn’t look like it’s going to happen this year. So, I’ve decided to do a little cleaning, or “closet editing” as my stylist friend, Cynthia Carr Gardner, calls it.
When I shared this idea with my daughter, she recommended I try Poshmark – a fashion app that allows women to buy and sell clothes/accessories to millions of online shoppers. You all know I’m not the most technologically savvy, but I’m trying … so I downloaded the app and gave it a try. And it really is pretty cool! There’s a simple sign-up process – in which you include your sizes and the brands you like – then the app curates a feed full of your favorites. In addition, you can set up a virtual closet where you can post and sell your own items. It’s such an great way to clean out your closet of the stuff you’re not wearing, as well as find great deals on the brands you love! And you just might make some money!
So following in Katie’s footsteps, I’ve now set up my own Poshmark closet (follow me at @marybethevans); and while I’ve only put up a handful of items so far, I have started going through my stuff to see what else can go. This is where I always run into trouble! I have clothes I almost never wear, but I’m reluctant to let them go because I never know when I might have the perfect occasion for them. With this challenge, I turned to my friend Cynthia for help, and she shared some great tips!
What are some guidelines we can use for closet editing? How do we know what to toss and what to keep?
Have the proper tools on hand: Hangers that are the same size (dress and pants; I like the thin, felted version); padded hangers for delicate sweaters and blouses; good shoe racks; a vacuum and bucket of cleaning product and sponge. Rule of thumb is to go about editing each season with patience. It’s when we dive into the project with little time that mistakes are made. In our haste to get it done, a piece that hasn’t been worn in a while is tossed … only to be regretted months later.
What are the basic wardrobe pieces we should all have?
- Perfectly fitted black pants
- White blouse (silk or cotton)
- Simple dress in beautiful fabric
- Updated shoe (of preferred heel height)
- Coat that can be worn day into night
- Mixing textures; leather/suede and soft, chunky knits
- Bohemian chic (unearth your 70s trunk)
- Luxe details; Fur accents, leather and beaded trim