How to Curate Your Closet


Alice Sydow of  the locally-based wardrobe consultancy, I’ve Got Your Style, offers tips on curating and making over your closet:

  • Organize hanging garments by type and color. This keeps outfit options clear.
  • Create a grab-and-go section. The foundation items (your favorite jeans, a white shirt) mix well with other pieces.
  • Separate novelty items. Prints, ruffles, and such add flair to your grab-and-go’s.
  • Supplement judiciously. For spring, try gunmetal or blush-tone items.  
  • Edit your wardrobe. Assess what you wear most, least, or not at all. Donate the clothing you haven’t worn in a year and anything that no longer fits.
  • Organize hanging garments by type and color. Blouses, for example, can be sorted first by sleeve length and then by shade. By keeping like with like, options for a given outfit are clear at a glance.
  • Create a grab-and-go section. These are the foundation items that you wear every day: your favorite jeans, a crisp white shirt. They’re classic and simple and mix and match well with everything else.
  • Separate novelty items. These are items that add flair to your grab-and-go garments—clothes with prints, patterns, beading, and other flourishes, such as a ruffled blouse or a bright, fitted jacket.
  • Selectively archive. Consider taking clothing you wear all the time out of rotation for a month, so you’ll be forced to revisit pieces you haven’t worn in a while. When you reintroduce the set-aside items a month later, they’ll feel like new—and you’ll have turned some once-forgotten garments into new favorites. Change this section every month.
  • Supplement judiciously. Sydow’s top three fashion trends this spring are fringe, metallics, and the color blush pink. Try a pair of gunmetal or silver sandals or peep-toe pumps, a fringe top, or items in shades of blush or violet.