Give Your Closet a New-Year Refresh

New year, new you…right? Well, that’s how the old maxim goes anyway, so start small when it comes to your New Year reinvention by clearing out your closet. Not only could you make some cash selling off your old stuff, but you’ll also start the year on a high note of productivity. Read on for our closet decluttering tips and tricks.

Empty your closet

Before you can give your closet a new year refresh, you need to empty that sucker out. You won’t make any progress when it comes to sorting your stuff unless you take stock of what you already have. So…tidy your room, make your bed and start hauling everything from the depths of your wardrobe. Yes, everything! You need to see exactly what space you’re working with. Allow yourself a good couple of hours for this step, because—depending how much stuff you own—it could take a while.

Organize and Categorize

Once you’ve emptied your closet, then it’s time to start sorting. You can approach the sorting step in several different ways. Perhaps you want to work by category (e.g. jeans, jackets, tops, trousers, etc.) or perhaps you’d rather go by ‘area’ of the closet, starting with stuff from the shelves, then clothes on the rack. Either way, choose an order of business and stick to it! You’ll need to separate everything into three piles: keep, donate, throw. Remember: be hard on yourself. If you really want to make an improvement in your closet situation, you have to rid yourself of the old.

Donate, throw away and craft

By now, you should have things organized into three categories: keep, donate, throw. Start with the throw pile, disposing of everything as ethically as possible and recycling where necessary. Then move onto the donate pile, and start taking your old clothes and accessories to neighbor charity shops or shelters.

Finally, it’s time to address the stuff you want to keep, including those old t-shirts that you can’t bear to part with but know you’ll never wear again. Instead of letting them clutter up your closet, consider getting crafty with them. Cut out the logos or designs into squares and sew them together to make a blanket or turn them into makeshift cushion covers. Basically, do something useful with the stuff you love but won’t wear!

Arrange by season

As for the non-crafty attire, it’s time to arrange by season. As we move out of winter fashion, start putting thick jumpers, long-sleeved shirts, and bulky coats into storage. You can use vacuum bags to shrink them down if you’re short on space, before tucking them away in some decorative storage bins until it’s time to get them out again. When fall fashion trends roll around, do it again with the summer wardrobe! This way, you’ll always have exactly what you most need front and center in your closet.

Color coordinate your stuff

You’ve now got just the clothes you want to keep and need for the season. But how should you arrange them? There are many schools of thought about just that. Some say you should separate your clothes into color groups, perhaps keeping red with red, grey with grey and white with white, for example. Of course, this only makes sense if you wear lots of colors!

You can also sort by category, keeping shirts and tees to the left of your closet rail, while shifting pants and trousers to the right. Or, put your longest items (dresses, trousers) to one side, and your shortest items (tops, tees) to the other.

Because we are talking about a complete closet refresh, now might be a good time to give your space a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint. When your clothes are hanging, and shelves are stacked high, it’s hard to dust and vacuum the whole space. After you clean it, consider a new paint job! FYI: Pantone’s color of the year is Living Coral.

Hire a professional to do it all for you

Are you exhausted just reading all this? Skip literally every aforementioned step—except, maybe, Step 2—and hire a professional organizer to do the hard work for you. Yes, closet organizers are a thing and they’ll have your space neat and tidy in no time! Of course, you’ll have to pay for this service, but if you’ve got some spare cash it might make for a worthwhile investment.

Replenish your closet with some on-trend items and classics

Your closet is tidier and full of opportunity, so it’s time to stock up on some new classics and trendy pieces that will tie your looks together. After all, you need to fill in the gaps left by everything you threw away and donated! You can never go wrong with a cute crossbody or a statement jacket.

Hopefully, you feel more confident to tackle that closet refresh you’ve been putting off for ages. It might seem like a mammoth task to start, but remember that there’s no time like the present to get your life—and closet—in order!

Photo credits: realsimple.com, The Container Store & ambinityblog.com

4 Fashion Trends Taking Charge in 2019

We know you were just getting into the swing of things with your winter wardrobe. That said, now that 2018 is behind us, it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming fashion trends taking charge in 2019. Don’t worry—spring isn’t quite here yet, so there are a couple of months to transition your wardrobe for the new season.

If you’re already feeling the pressure to immediately clean out your closet, we suggest a piecemeal approach. Purchase one thing at a time, stick to trends that work for you, and don’t feel like you need to completely revamp your look. Trends can be subtly woven in, in the ways that work for you and your budget. That’s what true style is all about.

Here’s what fashion trends you can expect as 2019 rolls on:

BIKE SHORTS 

While bike shorts are certainly an unexpected twist in fashion trends, they are an easy addition to your new wardrobe. You might be asking yourself, bike shorts are for the Tour de France, not Paris Fashion Week, right? Believe it or not, elevated bike shorts as a trend have been slowly creeping into the fashion world since 2018, when Off-White’s Spring runway collection prominently featured the look. They’ve since appeared in a number of Spring 2019 shows, and everyone – from Fashionista to Women’s Wear Daily – is forecasting them as one of the hottest trends of 2019.

Bike shorts are surprisingly versatile and easy to style. You can dress them up with a loose fitting blazer, pumps, and a chunky, top handle bag. Another one of our favorite looks is to wear them under your favorite slip dress that’s just a touch too short. They add a unique flare and are a great way to add a subtle splash of color to any look.

NEONS 

Remember neon? It seems like the last time we saw neon was sometime during the mid-aughts. Neon is one of those trends that comes to us in waves every couple of years and we are pleased to announce the look’s addition to 2019 fashion trends.

Neon is great because it can be bold subtle and bold. You can go with a luminous statement dress, or you can use it as an accent on a more down-to-earth look. in 2019, try to complement neon accents with more sober color palettes. One way to incorporate neon into your wardrobe is to wear a pair of neon earrings with a black dress, or pair neon stilettos with simple jeans and a cotton tee.

 

 

Neon is interesting because it pairs well with a larger profile of colors than you might expect it to. Whether you’re wearing neon with more neutral colors, jewel tones, or other neon, you’ll be impressed with how it livens up your look this year.

PVC AND LATEX

In 2018, PVC and latex were popular materials in accessories, and according to StyleCaster, they’re back in a big way in 2019. Expect to see PVC and latex coats, skirts, bags, shoes, dresses, and pants…everywhere. Although they’re fun, eye-catching, and definitely a breath of fresh air from the usual fashion fare, they’re not immediately intuitive materials to style. We recommend limiting how many PVC or latex pieces you include in a look because they can quickly become hot and uncomfortable.

 

In addition to that, it can be difficult to find a shape that works well with your body type. One easy work around for this is picking up a pair of PVC or latex leggings. They work well with most body shapes and you won’t get as overheated in them as you might in a full PVC or latex dress. When styling a full look, keep mind that the materials are best paired with light, simple embellishments, like this drum gold chain necklace.

FRINGE, FRINGE, FRINGE 

Fringing is all the rage right now, and it’s a trend that’s going international. One explanation for this might be the “modern hippie” renaissance that’s going on in the fashion world. We’re also seeing a resurgence of tie-dye, wider cut pants, feathers-as-accessories, and denim vests. Fringe is a great look on everything from dresses to blouses, but we love it most on purses.

We hope you’re as excited for the trends ahead as we are. So far, the 2019 trend forecast is fun, youthful, and most importantly, easy. The looks we’re seeing pop up across runway shows and on racks work for every body type and price point. If you’re feeling a little shy, our general recommendation is to test with accessories before committing to the full look. It’s one of the best ways to see if a look is working for you, without the hassle of having to dive into the deep end with something that might be less familiar.