A great closet is a “shoppable” closet, one that moves you to have fun and does not stress you out–that is what this post is all about. A boutique wardrobe is one that inspires you, appeals to your senses and encourages you to enjoy what you already own. Read on to find out how easy it is to turn your closet into your favorite boutique.
THINK OUTSIDE THE DOORS
A well-made closet is one that allows you to see everything you own. It does not have dark, iaccessible corners or unused space. Instead, all of the space is used efficiently and none of it is wasted.
Let me give you an example…
In my old apartment, I had a huuuge closet but I HATED it. It had two doors that opened outward, but the inside of the closet was wider than the doors. This meant that, even with the closet doors opened, everything in the corners of the closet were invisible. The worst part? If I didn’t see it, I didn’t wear it. It was a huge closet, but a hugely inefficient closet.
In our current apartment, the only closet in the bedroom is very small, so my husband and I employ portable clothing racks for our clothing. I LOVE this setup because I can see everything I own. It’s clear where a hole exists or whether I have too much of the same thing.
Moral of the story? Create a closet that WORKS. If that means thinking outside of your closet doors–even better! You may even like it more!
CREATE YOUR OWN “RETAIL EXPERIENCE”
Visual merchandising is a HUGE part of the retail experience. It’s meant to inspire and encourage the shopper to want [and buy] the merchandise. That is exactly the concept you want to apply to your own closet. Your goal is to create a space that sparks your creativity. You’re not going to get there if your clothes are strewn across the floor or jammed into drawers.
Instead, you want to create your own “retail experience” by displaying your items as if they were in a boutique. That means keeping things organized and tidy. Think about stores you love to visit and what they look like inside. You want your closet to mimic that feel and trigger the same feeling of inspiration.
On the other hand, think of stores you despise shopping at. The first store that comes to my mind is Forever21. No matter how many cute things and great deals are in that store, I will pass by 99% of them every time. Why? The racks are jammed with far too many pieces, there are often clothes on the floor, and nothing is where I expect it to be. These are feelings you do not want your closet to invoke.
To create a closet that inspires, remember these tips:
- Give your clothes “breathing room” / do not overfill racks
- Organize items by style and then by color
- Arrange items in a way that inspires (i.e. work clothes together or shoes under your clothes)
PUT ACCESSORIES ON DISPLAY
Displaying your accessories is something I cannot overemphasize. It is far too easy to throw them in a drawer (think scarves, belts, and jewelry) and go on your way. But the minute you do that, you’re going to forget you even own them.
Remember: if you can’t see it, you won’t wear it.
The great news about this concept? It is SO easy and affordable to do. Walmart, Target, Home Depot and IKEA have an abundant supply of inexpensive solutions for storing your shoes and accessories. I’ve linked a few of them below, all of which are under $20.
Shoe shelves: WalMart, $17
Belt racks: WalMart, $8
Scarf hanger: IKEA, $8
USE MATCHING HANGERS
Using the same hangers is purely for aesthetics. A consistent hanger is easier on your brain, and creates a visually appealing look. A mismatch of sizes and colors of hangers creates a cluttered feel, and takes away from the overall attractiveness of the space.
Hangers: Only Hangers Juniors Hangers
ADD PERSONAL TOUCHES
Make the space your own! Add personal touches like a family heirloom, vase with flowers, some inspiring books or a few pictures. You want the space to be a reflection of you and a place that you enjoy going to. If you create a space that you love, you’ll want to maintain that space so that it remains a space that you love.
Bottom line: Your closet is for you. If you create a space that makes you feel happy and inspired, you’ll want to keep it that way.