The hustle and bustle of kids arriving back on campus and school buses traveling the roads of our neighborhoods not only signals that fall is just around the corner, but that with fall comes the duty of “changing out your clothes” or as I call it “switching out my clothes.” Most people do this “switching out” in the spring and in the fall. I always do this, but not necessarily in a timely “fashion.”
Lots of Luxe prides ourselves on the fact that we do more than “sell clothes.” We provide services that we know set us apart from other retailers “selling you clothes.” One of the our services is helping our clients organize their closets when seasons change or when one decides they need to purge and get organized. Mary Allen, an associate with Lots of Luxe is our #1 go-to -gal when offering this service to our clients. Mary has performed this service for many years; you can read about her on our “About Us” page at LUXENC.COM.
CHANGING OUT YOUR CLOSET:
TIME TO SAY GOODBYE TO THE WHITES AND BRIGHTS…. BUT ALWAYS KEEP YOUR THREE-SEASON PIECES AT HAND.
As most any fashion consultant will tell you, the old rules about only wearing white between Memorial Day and Labor Day do not hold true today. However, I find that wearing optic white in the fall/winter is hard for me. What I recommend is a winter white for fall and the winter seasons and not bright or optic white. After I’ve been wearing my white shorts, pants, and dresses for 5-6 months I’m ready to take a break from white and transition into newer looks with more winter/off-white pieces. Plus, once the weather turns cooler, are you really going to want to wear a white sundress? In particular, I’ll be storing away my white cotton blend Carlisle ankle pants from summer 2014 and replacing them with the winter white Carlisle BLIZZARD ankle pants shown here from our holiday CARLISLE WHITE LABEL COLLECTION
So the first thing I do when switching out my closet is to put away the bright whites…either in the back of the closet, in a bottom drawer, under a bed in a shallow plastic tub, or a combination of these. Try to pack your pieces with as few folds as possible to avoid having to iron your items when it is time to pull them out again. The same concept works for bright or pastel cotton and linen based items in your wardrobe. Move them out of your prime real estate and make room for fall items.
Perfect transition piece from ETCETERA FALL – VARSITY dress shown here.
BEFORE YOU STORE, CLEAN AND CONSIDER
As you are storing away your items, make sure they are in clean, wearable condition. You will thank yourself next spring when you pull out your favorite white jeans and they are fresh and ready to go. Sew on missing buttons, fix falling hemlines and repair any damaged seams before you put the items away. If you feel you don’t have the time, most every dry cleaner will do this for you – of course for a small fee but it may be worth it.
As you are storing your items, consider how much you actually wore them in the spring and summer seasons. If they no longer fit your body or your lifestyle, it is probably time to say goodbye to them permanently — no use storing something you won’t actually wear again. Consider donating the item to a worthy charity or giving it to a friend. Lots of Luxe supports Dress for Success and we are a drop-off location for any of those gently used items that fall into this category of your closet. Most consignment stores only take “in season” merchandise, so you might have to wait to consign some of your off season items. Store them separately to make it easier to gather them up and take them to your favorite “repeat boutique” next year. If you’re like me, you will not want to hang on to consignment store items until the next season so consider donating them to a worthy cause. You’ll get a tax receipt as well as helping the organization.
INVENTORY YOUR CLOSET
You may laugh and say…”yeah right,” but it works As you pull out your items and store them, keep a list of what you have. This can be done using the basic legal pad or those of you who are tech savvy and have the smartphone, use it to list the items you are storing. It is not always easy to see everything in your closet or drawers at first glance but by keeping your list handy and at your fingertips you can avoid buying multiple items of the same piece of clothing because you forgot you already owned it. Arrange items in groups (jackets, blouse, top, pant, etc.) and by color & keep the list handy. It will really help you next season.
Here is an example of a list I am talking about:
SPRING/SUMMER ITEMS IN STORAGE
Red and white LADYBUG sweater set- ETCETERA
White cotton cardigan-ETCETERA
Yellow FAWN cardigan- CARLISLE
Coral ROSETTA cropped pants ETCETERA
Aquamarine BAYOU ankle pants- ETCETERA
Lilac DAPHNEY jeans – CARLISLE
Jackets / Sweaters / Tops and so on.
This is not rocket science, maintaining a list like this will also help when you come to our first CARLISLE and/or ETCETERA showings of the next season. You’ll be able to just consult your list that’s right there on your phone to see what you need, or uhm, don’t need. Remember, we don’t sell to the needy.
Another list that’s very helpful to create and have on-hand at all times is a “replace or must have” list. This list helps when you’re on vacation or hopefully coming to Lots of Luxe to shop. Here again, another idea to help you avoid buying unnecessary clothing & shoes and it helps you build your wardrobe in a methodical, reasonable, and efficient manner saving you time and money.
Here is the beginning of ETCETERA’s Fall “must have items” that would be perfect add-ons to your wardrobe:
FALL ETCETERA ITEMS
Ivory TIBET sweater with cable detailing on center front is a perfect ¾ length sleeve piece made of cotton/viscose therefore 3-season. TIBET is shown below with COFFEEBAR pant the perfect neutral color and looks great alone or under tunics as a legging.
GREYMIST tunic top is a wear now uber soft piece shown below with ETCETERA’s PITCH jacket. This jacket is a perfect weight and length for southeast US winters. And the ETCETERA PROWL jean shown is 3-season and fun.
Carlisle Transition Pieces
Skirt- Poly Viscose Blend SAVVY skirt wear now with our white or black ¾ sleeve top from our ESSENTIALS collection. Pair SAVVY with Carlisle’s long-sleeve UNIVERSE turtleneck cotton/viscose blend with popcorn detailing on the sleeve (shown below) or Per Se’s sleeveless cashmere/silk blend ARIA top (shown below).
This methodical approach to “Switching Out” your closet for clothes works well for shoes too.
I hope these suggestions have helped you gear up for the big “Season Switchover”. It’s always fun to rediscover the looks that have been hibernating in your closet or under your bed! And of course, purging and organizing your closet is always a refreshing sense of accomplishment. Adding to your collection can also be the most fun of all!
Bring on FALL!
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