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My first jobs were all in boutiques where I worked as a shop assistant and visual merchandiser. The thing I liked the most about it was creating little arrangements with the clothes and putting together sets of outfits on the racks. I didn’t mind rainy days when few customers would come in because it would mean there was time to rearrange the collection and create new stories.
A big part of why I want to wear and buy clothes in stores is because of their context and the way they are presented. Strangely at home, most of us don’t put in much effort into the look of our wardrobe and end up only piling up or dumping in a drawer the clothes that we once coveted so much. What has helped me avoid those ‘I hate my closet’ or ‘I have nothing to wear’ moments, is just treating my closet like a boutique and selling my own clothes to myself. So here’s what I do;
/ Sorting by season
Put winter coats out of sight in summer, the same goes for your swimwear and sandals in winter. It will visually limit options and give the wardrobe a clearer mood.
Save one (part of) a rack for your current favorites. Instead of aligning all your jackets on the rack, put different kinds of pieces together ( tops, shorts, sweatshirts, even a beautiful bra on a hanger ) that can be mixed up into outfits for the coming week(s).
No need to separate accessories, shoes and bags from your clothes. Hang a bag on your current favorites rack, put shoes underneath and add a little tray of selected pieces of jewelry. Also, only have a selection of accessories and shoes in sight at the same time. Every now and then put them away and swap them for ‘something new’. It can be as simple as having a white box with jewelry, taking out one ring and putting it on top of the box.
/ Hangers and containers
Invest in beautiful hangers. Having uniform hangers throughout your closet instantly makes it look organized and makes your clothes look like valuable items. Look for trays for presenting jewelry and accessories and different ones for storing them.
Wardrobe related do it yourself projects
/ DIY branch clothing rack
/ DIY floating Rack
/ DIY upside down hanger
/ DIY tripod coat rack
/ DIY plumbing tubes wall rack
/ DIY mini front facing clothing rail
/ DIY Pyramid storage bags
/ DIY mini display column
/ DIY Multiple way clothing rack