Do You Have Closetitis?… 3 Tips to Fixing Your Closet

style consultant york regionIt’s one of the most common problems I hear about: Having a closet stuffed with clothes but only a handful of outfits that one feels okay about wearing out in public. How does this happen? How do clothes gather in a closet and never get worn? Is it a shopping problem? Is it a problem of not knowing what or where to buy, to get a proper fit? Maybe everyone is suffering from”closetitis.” Everything in the closet seems to be infected and the result is that nothing looks good. No matter what you put on, nothing works. Below are 3 tips to fixing what’s wrong in your closet.

Imagine life on another planet, where there is no closetitis. Here’s what things might look like on that planet. Instead of dreading the act of opening your closet doors every morning, you love it!
Instead of seeing four outfits you could wear, you can mix and match to have forty-four choices.
You are amazed at how everything flatters your body as if your clothes were all handmade just for you. You have clothes for every part of your lifestyle. You never complain about not having something to wear.

Does this sound too much like fantasy to you? It can be real… right in your own closet.

1. Stop Waiting

First you need to stop waiting to fit into those pieces that are waiting, holding up “someday” space. You know, “Someday when I lose 10 pounds I can wear this.” It’s time to clear those out right now! If you can’t bear to give them away, then store them in a bin somewhere else.

2. Lifestyle

Next, what clothes are in there that actually suit your lifestyle? Do you still have corporate clothes and you are now retired or have a more relaxed job? Or… do you have mainly jeans and sportswear and you are now wondering what to wear for networking or dealing with corporate clients?

3. Excess

How many old t-shirts for washing the car do you really need? Are there items you tend to buy over and over? How many old t-shirts or sweatshirts are you keeping around just in case? Let them go!

Once you remove clothes that no longer fit, don’t suit your lifestyle or that are duplicated over and over… you will be amazed at the space you have just created. But, before you even think of stepping into a store to fill up that empty space, spend some time trying on pieces you have and see what you can mix and match.

I am the Queen of mix and match. My favourite part of my business would be shopping in your closet, helping you create many new outfits from the investment pieces you already have. I would love to help you create space, and put an irresistible smile on your face because I have cured your closetitis. Are you ready?

Join me at the Bradford Leisure Centre on Thursday, January 29th at 7:30 pm for my presentation on “Making Sense in Your Closet“. Click here for more information.

I welcome your feedback. You can connect with me via telephone or email, leave a comment right here on the site, or click the contact tab at the bottom of the screen if you are reading this post on the website.

Until next time,

Karen

 

15 Ways to Show-up in 2015…What’s Your Fashion “F” Word… ?

image consultant York RegionHow will you show up in 2015? If you have followed my December Facebook Business page, you have seen 15 quotes and pictures to accompany fashion words that begin with ‘F‘. As I am reviewing them I can see how these words can apply in your business and in LIFE in general. What do you think?

1. Be Fearless: Be forward in your fashion thinking. Continue reading

10 Holiday Party Etiquette Tips… Do’s and Don’ts

holiday party etiquetteWe probably all have a party story to tell—one where things went very wrong because of something an invited guest did or did not do. Hopefully, you’ve never been in the role of the unthinking party guest! To get you ready for a season of festive gatherings, here is a list of 10 holiday party etiquette tips so you can be a great guest.

1. Do pace yourself with your alcohol consumption if you’re party hopping. You don’t want to be the guest spoken about the next day because of some avoidable antics that started with a little too much to drink at the first party, culminating in definitely too much to drink at the next one. In all the frivolity, it’s easy to lose track. Have a plan for moderation. Continue reading

7 Ways to Look Festive This Holiday Season Without Breaking the Bank

2014 holiday fashionThe 2014 holiday season is just around the corner. Not sure what to wear? Here are 7 ways to look festive without breaking the bank…

1. Wear a truly red lipstick and keep the rest of your makeup colours neutral. Wear a shade in “your” colour palette, so if you have a warm undertone, then try a brick red. If you have a cool undertone, wear a blue red.

2. Wear a large jeweled necklace as a statement collar against your crewneck sweater or top. You can find these at junior stores such as H&M, Forever XX1, and Zara or… visit your favourite Silpada or Lia Sophia jewelry representative for ideas. Continue reading

What’s Your 2014 Holiday Style?

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The 2014 holiday season will be upon us soon. I bet you have some holiday traditions you’re looking forward to reviving and maybe one or two that you’re ready to change. The same can be true about your attire during this time of year. You may have a section of your closet that holds your holiday-themed outfits. Take a minute to pause and rethink your choices. You don’t have to stick with what you’ve always done. Maybe this year you’ll be inspired to change it up.

As we get excited about decorating our homes, tabletops and packages, we can get excited about how we’ll adorn our bodies. This is the time of year when a little more is expected from your outfits. Don’t hesitate to create ensembles that are at least twenty-five percent more sparkly, colorful or luxurious than ones you normally wear. Continue reading

6 STYLE Personalities… Which Are You?

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What style does this woman have?
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Just as we have a personality of our own which shows itself in everything we do, we also have a STYLE personality that shines through in what we wear. So let’s look at the 6 basic style personality types. Which one are you?

1. Dramatic: The dramatic is fashionable and sophisticated.
Appearance is striking and exaggerated, can be severe.
Gives the impression of leadership, fashion forward, avant garde appearance. Continue reading

5 Transition Pieces to Live with All Year Long

cashmereWhen you’re transitioning between fashion seasons, there are some items that deserve to stay in your closet twelve months out of the year. Here is a list of keepers—those 5 special transition pieces that are flexible enough to stick with your wardrobe season after season.

1. Mid-calf boots or booties
When it’s colder, you can tuck long pants into mid-calf boots or ankle booties and your whole body will feel warmer.

When it’s warmer, wear them barelegged with a dress or a skirt. Continue reading

My 5 Top Picks for Fall/Winter Fashion 2014-2015

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Lots of items pass down the fashion runway but which looks make sense and which ones just make headlines? Don’t worry; you don’t have to figure it out alone. I’ve pulled out some great choices for you. Here are my top 5 picks for the fall/winter fashion season 2014-2015.

1. A quilted, hooded, leather car coat:
Why? This car coat works over slouchy trousers, or slim pants, and short to midi-skirts. It easily goes over a shift dress or jeans. This updated coat goes very casual to upscale and even covers the business casual category. This is the luxe version of the hoodie. Continue reading

3 Ways to Step into the 2014 Fall Fashion Trends

image consultant York RegionFall is approaching and weather can change from warm to cool quickly, which can make it challenging to look and feel comfortable and stylish. Some of the trends this fall make it easy to transition from warm weather clothing to cooler temps, and give some of your dresses and skirts longer wear-ability. But wait! Before you jump into the 2014 fall trend shopping, read this first. Here is a list of ways to step into 2014 Fall Fashion.

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1. This season features soft colours and the pleather “Moto” jackets are still a hit. Continue reading

2 More Panic Situations That Keep Women Caught In a Money Trap

wardrobe consultant York regionContinuing on from my last post, “4 Panic Situations that Keep Women Caught in a Money Trap“, here are panic situations 3 and 4. We all know occasions come up in our life that may throw us into a frenzy. What to wear can cause our heart to pound, head to ache and panic to set in. We rush out to buy something and still feel uncomfortable and thrown together. All that money for what? Another outfit to sit in your closet?

3. Panic Shopping Situation:

You have an event that requires you to wear an outfit that you don’t normally wear. If you’re scheduled to make a professional presentation and your home office work attire is yoga pants and a t-shirt, of course you’re panicked. Or you’re a city girl strutting confidently on hard pavement between tall buildings and you’ve been invited to a destination wedding that involves the sand and ocean. When faced with unusual-to-you clothing requirements, it’s easy to go into a store and quickly overspend to make up for your lack of confidence in this area. Continue reading