There’s no feeling quite as satisfying as the one you get when you’ve sorted out a chaotic wardrobe. Below, you’ll find the 5 steps (Click here to download the checklist summary to print) to get you on the road to closet organisation that will have you gloating like the Cheshire cat that just got the cream. Double. Whipped. Just in time for summer, here’s the ultimate spring clean to make getting dressed every morning a thousand times easier. Or a billion even.
Set the Scene and Prepare
Make Time. Set aside 4-6 hours for this project. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but your neat and tidy cupboard can be.
Label 4 refuse bags:
- STORAGE .
Print our Decision Guide card.
Fold it in half so it stands up nicely and place it somewhere you can see it while you work. You will refer to it every time you can’t decide what to do with an item.
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Enough matching hangers for everything in your wardrobe.
Uniformity in size and colour makes a huge difference to the final effect.
Empty, Partition, Categorise
Start small. Empty your drawers and categorise.
I recommend starting on a small area like your underwear or pyjamas as a sort of “practice” exercise for later. It’s much easier to get into the hang of things this way.
How you like things arranged is a personal choice. Some people (type A) love to see their bras lined up neatly, facing the same way and colour coded. For others (type Beebopaloobops), organised chaos is often the way to go, meaning you need to sort your “smalls” into categories and then aim to keep them clustered together.
Use drawer dividers or even empty shoe boxes to keep the categories separate: bras, panties, tights, leggings, vests, petticoats etc. Ruthlessly toss anything that doesn’t make the grade when you look at your Decision Guide. The only things that are going back in your wardrobe are those you are going to use and enjoy.
Don’t sweat the small stuff! Once your undies, PJ’s and small foldy things are easy to see in their categories, don’t get caught up in folding them neatly or colour coding perfectly. If you are particularly anal, you can do that another time.
Next, you are going to pick a much larger, more important area of your wardrobe to sort.
Pick a target. Bulldoze.
Start with the biggest problem area, and work your way down. Only empty one area at a time, so you don’t get overwhelmed.
Tackle “the worst” first. What’s the biggest problem in your wardrobe? Is it the folded stuff all jumbled together? Is it the hanging space that’s cluttered and completely deurmekaar? Whatever gives you nightmares, you are going to literally grab all that chaos, toss it on the bed! Empty the space completely. Sounds like a mission? You have to believe me, this really is the quickest way to tackle the beast.
Before anything goes back into your wardrobe, create smaller piles of clothing categories.
Dealing with folded items? Then sort piles into long sleeved tops, short sleeve tops, t-shirts, cardigans, jerseys etc.
Dealing with hanging items? Sort piles into dresses, skirts, blouses, jackets, etc.
If you’re going to be hanging, count the items in each pile so you can make sure you have enough hangers.
By now your room looks like a bomb has hit it. Don’t panic. You’re almost there!
Re-stock and Arrange
Pack your categorised clothes back into your wardrobe, keeping the Decision Guide in full view so that nothing goes back in that you won’t use and enjoy.
i. Hang all the hangers uniformly facing the same way.
ii. Colour coding is the best way to keep a sustainably organised wardrobe in the long run. I often use the rainbow colours first, then grey leading into black, browns, neutrals to white.
iii. Your organising rule is “category first, then colour”. For example, dresses hanging together, regardless of length, arranged in their colours.
Click here to download the checklist to print and get started.
Hire a Pro to Sort it Out
If this all seems like something you’d far rather just outsource, give us a call and we’ll come round and sort the whole thing out for you.
Our Vogue Fox ladies have many years experience reforming closets just like yours! We are, in fact, Wardrobe Gurus.
Call Kara today 073 032 1212 and get your stylish life together.
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Every now & then, someone writes to me with a great article and asks if they can publish it to my blog. Who am I to deny such pearls of wisdom to you, my dear reader? Below, behold – an offering from Jason Greenhalgh, a shoe-lovin’ manly man with many good tips to get us all well-shod!
Did you know that shoes are one of the very first things that people notice about your appearance?
If you are looking to make a great and lasting first impression, you must certainly include rethinking your footwear choices.
When it comes to great footwear choices, luxury designer shoes are never out of the picture. If there’s anything that makes paying a high price worth it, then it has to be for shoes. While money experts don’t entirely agree about expensive shoes as actual investments, purchasing them is like investing in yourself. They help bolster your image and boost your confidence as well.
That, to us, is as good as any sound investment.
As with any purchase that involves a great deal of money – any opportunity to save on the cost of expensive shoes is most welcome. And you have come to the right place.
Here are some very handy tips that can help you save money on your desired designer shoes:
1. Try vintage or second-hand shoes.
If you know where to find them and how to spot the genuines from the fakes, vintage and used shoes are a great alternative to buying brand new designer shoes. With proper care, this kind of luxury footwear will stay beautiful and wearable for a long time especially if they carry classic designs.
2. Know where to shop.
If you’re gunning for a brand new pair, make sure that you know where to get them. Don’t just go to a single store for your needs. Don’t go to places that sell them at suspiciously low prices either. Compare prices from among these stores and find out which ones give you the best deals.
3. Shop online.
Tons of deals are given away exclusively at online stores and you should not miss out. For instance, many brands and online luxury marketplaces offer their new online buyers a special code for downloading their app or simply for being new shoppers. Make sure to try out the style you want at a physical store before making the final purchase online to make sure you get it in the size that suits you perfectly. Also, you might want to try looking online for voucher codes which will get you a discount at places like Public Desire amongst others.
4. Shop off season.
Unless you’re a fashionista with the dying need to exclusively wear what’s in season, one of the best times to shop for shoes is to get them out of season. When there is hardly any demand for them, you can expect them to be a whole lot less expensive than they would be when they were in season. This is a perfect money-saving strategy if you’re looking for classic styles.
5. Ask directly.
It may seem intimidating to ask about existing discounts and promos in high-end boutiques but trust us – everybody does it. Don’t miss out on the many great possibilities just because you think it’s too embarrassing to ask. We’re pretty sure store clerks would be more than happy to let you know.
Here’s one thing to know about luxury shoes: they will never be cheap. But the quality that they come with can assure you that they will last you for years and years – ensuring you get your money’s worth out of them.
Thanks, Jason Greenhalgh for your tips!
How do you save money on designer shoes?
Nothing gets a gal’s blood racing faster than a well-turned out, well coordinated guy, who takes care of himself down to the subtlest detail while still appearing rugged and effortless.
A favourite men’s look? The matching watch-strap. The strap compliments your shoes, or your belt or both.
A Whole Load of Straps
Thus I was a bit eager and admittedly, uncool with excitement when I received an email from Daniel Wellington, asking if I would like to review their product on my blog. It was only just earlier that week when I discovered the Daniel Wellington collection. It was love at first sight. Interchangeable straps mean whatever the outfit, you’ll always look polished.
I love the classic men’s styles – so elegant!
The best news is, they make watches for us gals too!
Here are some of my favourites from this year’s collection:
You can also choose your metal. Rose gold for you? Or would you prefer silver? The ultimate customisable watch.
Bloggers Gawn Wiiiiild!
Such a clever marketing strategy. One of the early brands to understand the power of the fashion blogger on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and all the crazy relatives in the social media family. These watches are literally all over the net. And it’s not through sheer bribery, though admittedly that might have been the bait. The fact is, these uber-affordable watches are timeless, classic, elegant and beautiful. They’re lekker to wear and they’re more versatile than cream cheese.
My husband and I are fighting over the Classic Bristol I received. He does wear it very well…
Looks like I’m going to be needing to take a little squiz at their online store to get myself my own chic lil’ DW! (And you can too, with a 15% discount code “voguefox”)
Delivery was super fast and the watch is beautifully packaged. Christmas in July!
What do you think?
My colleague Melanie always looks chic, no matter how casual she is it just seems effortless. So who better to ask, when posing the question,
“how do I go to gym and look good while I train?”
This may not seem like a concern to many, but gym spots are renowned for meetups and chance encounters. Making an effort to look presentable could make all the difference in turning what would have been a cringe-worthy moment into a happy connection.
Here are Melanie’s tips:
How to look good at gym:
Looking great while working up a sweat is no easy task, it takes a lot of effort to look effortlessly good while working out. Here I have come up with a few tips to assist you in your search for easy gym style.[/fusion_text]
Choosing lightweight and breathable fabrics is the basic of any gym outfit, try avoid cotton as it will cling to your body and absorbs heat rather opting for polyester or spandex. Don’t make the mistake of wearing a light coloured or white T-shirt as this will easily show sweat marks, look for a darker solid colour instead.
It’s generally a good idea to stick to one solid dark coloured workout legging to provide a sleeker silhouette, who doesn’t need a bit of help creating a slimmer looking leg and booty while doing squats.
Add a bit of excitement and personality to your simple outfit with a fun coloured or unusual print workout shoe.
A well fitted sports bra is a must, not just to keep your breasts from bouncing all over but to prevent back and neck pain too.
Never wear a full face of make up to the gym, foundation and eye liner smearing all over your face is never a good look. Rather opt for a lightweight BB cream or tinted moisturiser, a bit of waterproof mascara and a tinted lip gloss to enhance your natural workout glow.
Ensure your hair is tied up, sweaty hair that sticks to your face is never going to be attractive. A chic topknot or elegant high ponytail are easy options.
Thanks Melanie. These tips should go a long way to helping us all feel a lot more confident appearing at the gym!
This morning, scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across this simple statement which embodies why it is I do what I do, and why I personally try to make a bit of an effort when I get ready every the morning.
Posted on Instagram by BigBadWolf
There is so much confusion and noise it seems, about fashion and feminism, empowering women and dressing to please others. The taboos of wearing make up and the taboos of not wearing make up. Heels are bad for you. Heels are sexist. Heels are gorgeous. Heels are compulsory. Never judge a book by its cover, beauty is only skin deep. Etcetera etcetera. I’m sure you have quite a number of your own to add to these cliches.
High Heels – Torture in The Office. The Week, June 2016
So to quieten the noise, today I’m zero-ing in on this one, simple idea: that to present yourself as well as you can, always, is to pay the utmost respect to yourself as well as the rest of humanity.
What do you think?
Capsule Collection Style for Women in the Courtroom – This week I was called upon to urgently put together a capsule collection for an already-chic, very busy law professional who needs to be in court for several days next week. Her body shape has changed since the last time she was called upon for this particular case, and she desperately needed some new, professional and WARM winter court clothes.
Since she’ll be traveling, it’s vital she not be weighed down by huge suitcases. We picked a few versatile options which can easily be mixed and matched to make completely new combinations.
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to Court We Go
Which look is your favourite?
*We can create a Capsule Wardrobe for you too. Call Kara (073)032-1212 if you’d like to book an appointment.
I spoke to Elana Afrika on the Expresso Morning Show last week about capsule wardrobes, storage and dressing solutions.
The station received loads of enquiries and calls after the slot for the “Image Makers” list, so here is is for you to download.
Your Secret Weapon
Print it out, stick it inside your wardrobe with a pencil, and keep track of the outfits you put together and wear so that on “rushed” days, you merely have to glance at a record of what’s worked for you before, without having to spend time trying to be creative.You saw it here first!
Rewind to 1995 – Cher Horowitz sits on the floor of her plush Beverly Hills bedroom, surrounded by clothes and with nothing to wear. She consults her handy computerised catalogue and finds the perfect outfit in minutes, inspiring awe and envy in the hearts of every 13 female the world over.
While not exactly as high-tech, we’ve come up with a way to give our clients personalised catalogues that will help them decide on perfect outfits when they’re feeling a little Clueless. The brainchild of expert stylist Stefanie Nothard, the process is simple:
Catalogue your Clothes?*
A Personal Clothing Catalogue
A great way to add interest to any outfit is by considering the different textures.
If you think about the run-of-the-mill, every-day outfits we see on most people, and perhaps wear ourselves, there are generally only two textures that have been used (excluding the shoes). The top, and the bottom.
Anything less than 3 different textures in an outfit just looks ordinary, not very interesting. So challenge yourself to wear at least 3 different textures in an outfit to make it a bit more glamorous.
A Variety of Textures
Tweed is so in at the moment, and will remain so into the coming winters. Not only will it keep you warm, it’s a fascinating texture to work with. It’s a rough, woollen fabric which originated in Scotland, and you can usually find 3 to 4 different colours in the weave.
Printed fabrics have a great way of adding the idea of another texture in your outfit. Try to stick to patterns which have a maximum of 4 main, bold colours to avoid looking overdecorated. And try not to mix more than 1 different printed item per outfit.
Soft, silky fabrics
Sheer fabrics that slither and slip are a great way to add some interest to outfits where more common fabrics like cotton and wool are the main event.
To stay warm this winter, chunky knits and layering are once again the way to go. You can make the knit the main focal texture of your outfit by toning down the texture of the other items in your ensemble, using simple cottons and smooth silks.
Ooh, topical question! I suppose the best way to answer this question is by asking one in return! If you bought a fake for any reason except for the price difference — what do you expect to get from the deal? Would you buy a fake for any other reason than price?
Thinking honestly — I can’t think of any reason other than ‘making a saving’ for buying a fake bag. After all, surely one of the biggest problems with buying a fake bag is the knowledge that it won’t be made of the same quality material or build? If it doesn’t fall apart within the first 4 — 6 weeks, then you’re lucky. I’d be awfully surprised to find your luck extending much beyond two to three months at most. Even if the bag doesn’t literally fall to pieces, the appearance of it will change hugely. Edges will fray and tear, stitches will pull and shred and the general appearance of the bag will dull, the leather losing it’s rigidity and ability to hold the shape it’s supposed to! So the bag that you bought for $150 as opposed to $600 has given you about three to four months use before it is starting to look embarrassing, quite frankly! Now, maybe you could buy three of the same bag, save $150 and have something you wouldn’t feel to ashamed to be seen with for up to a year. Just bin the old ruined one, change your bag for a new one each quarter and you’re away.
But that sort of puts you onto the timescale where the authentic designer handbag is just starting to be broken in. It’s gaining suppleness, the leather trims are starting to age and patina, going that gorgeous golden honey color that indicates quality leather.
The bag has a used and loved look about it without any of the nasty signs of wear and tear that an inferior version will have. And this is one of the biggest reasons for the price being what it is.
Quality of build and quality of materials used.
Authentic designer handbags are built to last — sometimes they’ll last a lifetime and beyond, making it a family heirloom that’s passed down from daughter to daughter. It is very common for Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags to be in a family for decades — being used and loved all the time.
Some of the newer Louis Vuitton lines, such as the Suhali, can be expected to outlast just about anything else. It’s the quality of the leather you see!
Another good reason for buying authentic and not a fake?
Yes — you! You’re important. You don’t think so? (Well, I think you are, even if no one else tells you so!) You deserve something to be proud of, something that stands you out in a crowd and says
“Hey — Look at me, I’ve got taste AND class!”
That’s what an authentic designer handbag will shout for you — no need for you to get a sore throat all the time.
I wonder what a fake shouts out about you?
Careful now – it might be rather rude!!!