Happy November! I can't believe the holidays are almost here, and it's finally cooling down in Austin [insert happy dance]. I absolutely love sweater weather because it's the perfect time to style some of my favorite layered combinations in my closet and my clients' closets.
My clients are my greatest inspiration. When I see and hear their style struggles, it only makes sense to write about the answers. This week, I'm tackling a big mistake I often see. And this one is so important because it stops women from reaching their goal and my goal for them: the ability to wear 100% of their wardrobe.
This big mistake is...
not being able to see everything in your closet.
Now yes, in states where there are four seasons, it's difficult to squeeze in all the cold weather gear alongside the sundresses and summer essentials. It's often necessary to have more than one closet. You need too many winter items and too many summer items to keep them all in one closet.
In a more temperate climate like Austin, you can use the same type of items any time of the year. You should be able to see every single thing in one closet.
If this suddenly made you think about those tops shoved up in a corner somewhere or a box of miscellaneous items under the bed, here's three things you can do to bring your wardrobe front and center for you to see.
1. Roaming the Plains
Bring everything out in the open. All of pieces that are stashed all over the house — in the top corner of your closet, behind the luggage, mixed in with the kids' laundry — bring them out. Take a good long look at them, so you can see what you have.
2. Stick to the Pack
Arrange everything in the way that's most logical: with the things like it. Jackets with jackets, sweaters with sweaters, maxi dresses with maxi dresses.
3. Survival of the Fittest
We are all guilty of holding on to things, but it's time to let go. Apply this rule to the basics, not everything of course! Pieces that are one-of-a-kind are lucky. They are the lone wolf. They can automatically stay.
With items like black flats, white shirts, grey pants, tan cardigans, think this: There can only be one.
Style should not be a distraction, it's the physical manifestation of who you are. The more clear and direct you are with your style, the easier it is for other people to understand you. Only the things you really love can make up a wardrobe you love to live in.
Want help with the big task of cleaning out your closet and styling your wardrobe? Schedule an Image Breakthrough Session to see how Greer Image Consulting can help you build a wardrobe that is uniquely and beautifully you.
Now I would love to hear from you! Were you inspired by these tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments below what your personal experience is with this common problem!