Fashion How-To

How to Give Your Closet A Facelift

Craving a change, but not sure where to start? Spring fever will soon be in full swing, and what better way to ditch the winter blues than to ditch all your old, warn out clothes? New season, new you! To kick start your closet overhaul, follow these few simple steps.

Step 1: Make Room.

To prepare for a successful closet overhaul, be sure and clean out a space to work in before beginning. Designate an area or container for each of these categories: donate, toss, needs repairs/tailoring, and sellable items (yard sales or consignment shops are always good bets). Having a clean, specified area will help keep your overhaul easy and organized.

Step 2: Think objectively.

Go through each article in your closet, one by one, starting with hanging items first (don’t worry, we’ll get to shoes later.) When looking at each item, be realistic with yourself: are you really going to wear that green, oversized poncho from a few years back? Probably not. For items with less clear cut answers, ask yourself if you have (honestly) worn the item in the last six months. Yes? Hang it back up. If the answer is no, toss it and make room for a future fabulous replacement.

But what about those items that kind of fit, the items you keep around ‘just in case’, or the ones you are convinced might come back in style…someday? You should keep them around, right? Not a chance. Toss ‘em. All of ‘em. Having a clean slate will allow you to go out and get things that fit you better and represent you and your personal style now. Let this closet overhaul be the first step to a whole new you.

For quick reference, check out our list of surefire items to keep….or not.


–        Ponchos

–        Poncho pants

–        Clunky shape up shoes

–        Ripped jeans

–        Shirts with holes and/ or stains (duh)

–        Gigantic purses

–        Baseball/trucker hats

Once you’ve tossed all the no-brainer items, look to keep classic staples that will never go out of style. Your little black dress (LBD), any accessories that sparkle, and classic nude colored heels can all stay. And speaking of shoes, cleaning out the ‘foot’ of your closet is the next step on your closet makeover.

Step 3: Shoes.

When going through shoes, the same six month rule applies, with one exception- special occasion shoes. Fancy heels you keep around for weddings and special events are definite keepers. The same goes for out of season shoes you regularly wear, such as dressy summer sandals and tall winter boots. If any shoes don’t fit, however, get rid of them. Let’s be honest with ourselves- those shoes that almost fit will end up right where we found them; in the back of the closet, taking up room where your would-be new stilettos could be.

Step 4: Clean out the clutter.

Now that you’ve done the hard part, it’s time for the last finishing touches on your closet makeover- going through the odds and ends. You never mean to, but over time, the pile of miscellaneous items gets bigger and bigger. Take this time to go through all of the mess and get it taken care of once and for all.

You’re done! So now what? We’ve saved the best part for last- with so much newfound space in your closet, it’s time to go shopping. While you’re out, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some of the hottest trends right now:

–        Off the shoulder tops

–        Over the knee boots

–        Chunky accessories (size does matter!)

–        Feathers

–        Loose shirts paired with leggings

–        Bold hair accessories

–        Unusual nail polish colors (green, blue, gray)

–        Anything gold

–        Cross body purses

Happy overhauling!

-Stephanie Keltner

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