Lovely October is here and it's feeling little cooler here in Northern California!! I have actually begun thinking about fall clothing and shopping.
I have a weakness for tweed jackets and distressed jeans and this combo at J.Crew got me excited! I bought both since they were my style and I know I'll wear them for years. Jacket is no longer online, but you can catch it in stores on sale now I believe.
These necklaces were lovely and on sale.
I am also crazy about these these D'Orsay suede flats in this grey taupe. I could see them going with almost everything and dressed up or down. I'm hoping to add them to my fall shoes this year.
After purging and making a list of what I could add, I purposely rearranged the closet to seem more like a boutique.
First, you'll notice this closet TINY. It's not a big walk-in like most Californians have. When we moved closer to town, we gave up our big master bedroom for this older ranch home and now have a small master. This closer was nicely done with a organizer, so I made it work and downsized what I owned which was actually a good thing.
Now I try to treat it like a small jewel box and have all my prettiest things out where I can see them and wear them. I added a few photos, jewelry, some good smelling lavender sachets from France and even a fun rug. You can do the same and it will inspire you to keep the closet neater as well.
On top I have my blouses, which are some of my best pieces (yes I do like prints), and those are all on wood hangers. I try to organize by tones- navy, blues, pinks, blacks, browns and warmer colors. It's nice having your newest pieces out in front so you will see them.
Right now I have just put away many of my sandals and have my fall and winter shoes out.
I used some of my birthday money to buy this amazingly soft sweater and Toile sweatpants. I put them out on a shelf, so I can see them and think about ways to wear them.
Being a Californian, jeans are what I wear the most and they take up less space folded. I have two stacks- light and dark. This little bowl with a few green bracelets reminds me to wear them and the dog holds some of my other favorite pieces. I always love the pretty bowls Anthro has for bracelets and odd bits.
Then I have fall dresses and sweaters and jackets.
This bottom row hold casual tops like denim, button-ups and Ts.
Other shelves hold my lace tops that are too old and fragile to hang, more handbags (I keep them forever) and my treasured Panama hat from Montecristi Hat Company. I did find this fun Garcons-Filles sweater at Madewell on sale. Super cute and soft.
Coats and Jackets are up higher and in front now that it's getting cooler.
It looks like I have a lot of clothes, but I honestly have a lot I have saved over the years. I try my best to buy quality things and love nothing better than taking old pieces out and wearing them in new ways. Some of my things are 30 years old! I keep though only things I do wear. If I don't wear it, it goes no matter how nice it is, or how much it cost originally. I just don't want an archive, nor do I have the space.
I still had a a plethora of scarves collected over many years as well as jewelry and so I decided to use our armoire that previously held a television. It also has had incarnations as a chest for my linens.
I added a small cork board to the back to make an inspiration board for the season. I thought it might be fun to see and get ideas when getting dressed. I tore some of my favorites I saved.
Hmm, looking at this I'm all over the place, but basically I was going for a hippie bohemian feel with a little Ralph Lauren thrown in. That sounds contradictory, but what can I say? It's me and I'm eclectic? :D
I used an old glass pedestal dish for my wood and leather pieces. That turtle I treasure. I bought it on the street in Fiji almost 20 years ago and wear it on a cord.
I'm also wearing a lot of bangles in gold right now. There's a very old Dior piece, Alex and Ani bangles from a dear friend, and collected bits from here and there. These earrings were also a gift and my favorites as well as the tennis pendant, Harlow star necklace and the gold J. Crew necklace -a recent find on sale here. I thought the warm chestnut color of the alternating stones would be a good compliment to my new jacket and other autumn shades.
This old silver candy dish of my grandmother's holds my silver bits. In here is a glass cameo from another grandmother that I treasure. I like the tarnish on this dish and do not polish it.
Scarves are so addicting!! I need to see what I have so I do not buy more!
It takes some time to make your closet pretty, but once you start treating it like a boutique you will look forward to shopping your closet each morning. Some people even have the space to paper their walls and add chandeliers! How lovely would that be?
One thing that I did not mention is that my husband does not occupy this space. When I saw how tiny this was, I kicked him out to another closet in our spare room and he was kind enough to acquiesce. If your are able to do so, it's nice to have your own little world in some part of the home. I live with three men, so this is my little luxury since they take over the rest of the home!
I know Jenna Lyons and many others even have turned rooms into closets...(Hey a good thing about empty nesting?!) Pottery Barn knew this and now sells the goods to create such a fabulous space! Ahh, a girl can dream!!
With wardrobes in mind, I've gotta share my latest read, I'll Drink to That, a wonderful bio of 86 year old Betty Halbreich, Bergdorf Goodmans' personal shopper for 40 years. It takes you from her meticulous childhood closets filled with stacks of ribbon tied, fresh white nightgowns, to her life's therapy -creating wardrobes for the famous and often crazy clients. Loads of fun and it gets you thinking about clothing and how what you choose to wear changes your outlook on life and so much else.
Wardrobe thoughts?? Any strategies you use to organize your closet for seasons?
I hope this inspires you a little to create a pretty and inspiring environment for your wardrobe!