Shopping is pretty much my sport. I tend to be swooned by a visually beautiful stores that are well organized and stocked and really lay out a lifestyle. I think this is because I have worked in retail in both management and merchandising. So during these years I began implementing these store floor set plans to my own closet. The same preparation taken to shift an entire store was applied to my tiny walk in. Luckily, my pile of clothes was much much smaller and I was able to create quick wardrobe looks and cut down on my time of getting ready.
Racks of clothes that are already styled for you by mixing tops, bottoms, jackets, sweaters in the complimentary color story help you gain the confidence that you are shopping from a collection of complimentary pieces. It removes the guessing of trying to match or pair an item with another.
Why don’t we ‘merchandise’ our wardrobes at home instead of simply hanging everything up all together? I have some tips to share on how you can convert a typical closet into a ‘visually merchandised’ styled wardrobe. It’s so worth it, I promise.
- organized by color- all your blue, black, gray, red and white separated
- mix of everything, colors, styles, seasons.
- Nothing to wear despite the abundance of options
- Shopping for more pieces to fill these gaps of wardrobe needs
- retiring an out of season item that is reserved for colder/warmer weather.
We can eliminate a few of the worries above by simply curating your wardrobe with what you already own by taking these few simple steps!
- combine your solid neutral colors and tones – pieces that are gray, navy, black, cream and chambray are always complimentary. Sifting through these relatable colors remove the doubt that something doesn’t necessarily go together. Hello, gray on gray, gray on navy, cream on black, all work together and all seriously chic. Also throw in your favorite print items like plaids, florals, stripes into the mix.
2. Initial Separation:
- pull the tops and bottoms into separate sections. All your tanks, blouses, button downs and sweaters go into one pile and all bottoms including trousers, all denim and skirts in another.
3. Mix it:
- Mix it real good! Start a hanging thread this way:
cami + blouse + cardigan + button down + pullover + jeans + coat= styled look
Smaller batches of outfits in color stories allow you to create a functional wardrobe with the looks already outlined for you and entirely by you. Inject what you already own into this formula and add or eliminate pieces as you go. This is also a great way to see what needs are missing from your wardrobe. Which in return can curb your shopping impulses to add on without a cause.
I will be adding a video showing you these easy steps in action! Stay tuned, mamas!