It’s not necessary to start from scratch to build a fantastic fall and winter wardrobe; odds are you already have a great base to start from. It’s likely that you just need some help sorting, organizing, tailoring or repairing, and filling in with a few pieces. Below are some tips to help you get started.
- If you haven’t already done so, store away all your spring and summer items, making sure they are washed or dry cleaned first and hung or folded properly. Store garments in something breathable, not in plastic bags. Finally, be sure the storage area is cool, dry, and free of direct sunlight. If you are short on space, you can always store your out-of-season garments at Shores.
- Sort through your fall and winter clothing, and place items in one of three piles: donate, keep, and alter or repair.
- As you sort through the keep pile, try on items to make sure they still fit properly. If not, consider placing the item in the alter or donate pile. Remember, if the fit is uncomfortable, you will feel uncomfortable and likely self-conscious the entire time you are wearing it.
- Examine items as you go through the keep pile for missing or loose buttons, sagging hem lines, and dated pieces. Instead of replacing those items, consider alterations or tailoring. It’s more economical, plus if you really love a garment and it’s a bit dated, consider turning it into something else or adding new buttons or embellishments to give it a fresh look.
- As you are going through your keep pile, mix and match pieces to create outfits. Doing this will help you figure out where you might need to purchase a few additional pieces. Make a list so that shopping will be quick and efficient.
- For your alteration and repair pieces, make notes on what needs to be done, and pin the notes to the garment. This will help explain your desires to your seamstress or tailor. If you don’t have a seamstress or tailor, Shores has one on site and can help.
- Package up the donate pile and drop off at a local charity. Something you no longer want, or wear can make such an impact on someone in need.
- Don't forget to inspect your shoes and boots. Have heels and soles replaced as necessary. Remember that ill-fitting shoes can cause misery for your feet and entire body.
As you put items back into your closet and dresser drawers, place lavender sachets or cedar blocks inside. Not only will they keep your clothes smelling fresh, but they will also help keep moths away.