Growing up the daughter of a Latin mother, fashion enthusiast, proved to be both challenging and rewarding. Whether it was the couture clothing as a child, radical hair styles or even just the daring experiment with an accessory, my mother always pushed me to express […]
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It’s a new year, which means it’s also time for a new you. Well, not a brand new you but at least a better-improved wardrobe. One of the best economical ways I find that works is by simply organizing your closet. We all have to admit that our closets have looked like a bomb went off at one time or another and its not always that we are messy, but we just don’t have time to fold shirts or put items neatly in the right place when we are in a hurry and then forget to put them back afterwards. At least that is the situation in my case and that is why I am making organizing and keeping my closet well-structured one of my new years resolution.
The New Year is a perfect time to making room for the new and out with the old. I find that when my closet is organized I am not only able to find things faster but also put together new outfits more easily. By following three easy steps you can successfully manage your closet and your wardrobe. The best way to start cleaning out is to form three piles while gathering all clothing.
Pile #1- The first pile of clothing should be the clothes that you are definitely throwing out. These garments will be the permanently stained and ripped clothes that are no longer wearable.
Pile #2- The second pile should be donations, this are items that don’t fit or that you know you won’t longer be wearing them. This may be a small pile since most of us have that strong unexplainable attachment to certain clothing that wont let us get rid that ‘so last season’ top or shoe.
Which brings me to the third pile.
Pile #3- This pile is the garment that we have not worn for a long time but the ones that we have such a hard time to get rid of. For these item I reserve special drawers for them because even though I know I will not wear them, there is still that voice inside my head saying “you might wear this some day again”. It is a weird attachment that I am sure we all share with certain pieces of clothing so when you are unsure you want to it give away just put it in a special place in your closet or drawers and if by six months you still haven’t worn it then it is time to donate it. This will be easier because with an organized closet you can keep better track of the things you wear and the ones that you don’t. Just remember that when you donate a piece of clothing there will be another person who will love just as much as you did once.
The clothing that you will definitely be keeping should be put aside and be hung or folded as you go. Another trick to finding pieces better is to organize by color and occasion, which is the next step after you are done with the piles. I always start with lightest color to the left and let it get darker so I finish with black to the right. For example I start with white tops, in front go the more casual shirts and toward the back of the white section tops are the more dressy white shirts. Continue with yellow, start with casual in front and finish with dressy yellow shirts and so on until you are at your darkest color. One side should be all your tops and the other all the dresses and skirts also following the same color and occasion rule.
Now for our favorite subject, shoes! For this next and final step I highly recommend that you invest in a shoe rack for you closet. This way you can have all your shoes stacked up and it will make less clutter. When your shoes are in rows on the floor it is easier to just kick them off and throw them in a pile on the floor. With a rack you will have to put the shoes back in their place and by the end of the day you will have a neatly organized shoe rack instead of a messy shoe pile on the floor. Put one shoe facing forward and the other back wards this way you can see the style and heel size at the same time allowing you to pick the perfect shoe for the occasion at the first try.
That is it ladies and gentlemen with these 3 simple steps you can have a better-organized closet. Not only will you be able to find items faster but it will also help you to put outfits together more easily. And of course if we are being realists our closet will get a little messy by the end of the month which is why it is important to not only start the new year cleaning out your closet but to maintain it at least once a month. Then every 6 months again make three piles for clothes that you are now throwing out, donating, and the ones you do not have the heart to get rid of just yet.
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It feels like every day I am introduced to someone and once they hear I am from Southern California, they ask me, “Why in the heck did you come to school in Ohio?” It’s a valid question to which I reply, “I was recruited to play softball.” Then they ask how I have adjusted to the weather and if I like it here and what my major is. Though it is my second year at school and I am away from home eight to nine months out of the year, I still find a way to keep my bright and vibrant personality seen through in what I wear.
I have to admit, being a student-athlete is hard work: juggling practice and classes, going off to work on homework and depending on your major, like mine, you have to drive around the city to observe classrooms for field experience. It’s a crazy and exhausting four years of your life. On days when you have everything going on at once, most of the time I would rather wear yoga pants and a sweatshirt and try to muster through the rest of the day; yet, I power through it and dress up nicely and accessorize.
I think the most important part of an outfit is an accessory. You can wear them all the time, with any type of outfit or mood you are in, and most importantly, it’s a way to express yourself even if you are dog tired. For me, I don’t have time after early morning practices to go back to my room and get ready for my first class. After freshening up a little, I put my hair up in a high pony tail or a bun and wear a brightly colored headband. That is enough to brighten your face, show that you have great energy, and look inviting to classmates and others.
With all the snow that falls in Northeast Ohio, you have to layer and bundle up to stay warm even if you are walking one hundred yards to go to your next class. In all honesty, most of the jackets on sale are not the most flattering or fashionable. And I, personally, will not spend hundreds of dollars for some designer winter jacket. My solution is to wear a scarf. It’s a great piece that makes a bold statement and benefits by keeping you warm and bringing color to your face.
On those rare nights (let’s be honest those nights were you aren’t in the mood to study and you don’t want to stay in) you decide to go out for girls night or if you have date night with your man, my advice is to always dress up and have fun. It doesn’t matter if you and your friends go out to a movie and your friends just wear a sweatshirt with some dreams, you should go out looking and feeling great. A fun top, brightly colored or sparkly, something that makes you stand out is great. Even if you wear it with jeans, a denim jacket or leather bomber with it doesn’t make it too over the top. The same outfit on date night is perfect, it’s just the right amount of casual, cute, and fun no matter what type of date it is, even if it is dinner or a night out bowling.
You don’t need to have the hottest brands or spend every dollar you have to make yourself look good. Knowing your style and what your feel comfortable and amazing is how you keep your confidence and have people discover the real you. In the end, that is all that truly matters.
We all like to believe we possess a way of dressing that’s all our own, one that makes a statement about who are as a person. Whether it be wearing a bold color, rare vintage jacket, retro jewelry, and the list goes on. While this can be achieved to an extent, we all tend to fall somewhere along a continuum that is deemed appropriate for the region we live in. Having lived in America my whole twenty-something years of existence, I’ve become accustomed to a certain kind of style somewhere close to the conventional norm. If I had to summarize it in words, it may be called “casual bohemian with a slightly offbeat flair.” In other words, I own a lot of jeans, flowy blouses, and the odd funky scarf, or two…or five. Nothing about my style is wild or intricate compared to most other Americans. Little did I know, arriving in London in August 2014 would open up my eyes (and wallet) to a lot of different styles. Londoners are stylish people. Dare I say, they are even years ahead of us in the world of fashion. This is why I thought it would be interesting to dedicate this post to all the differences I have noticed since beginning my journey in London. I’ll list them, as it is easier to follow and more fun to read. Really, who doesn’t love a good list?
1.) Shorts don’t exist. At least they are not worn in the way Americans wear them. On the rare occasion you will spot them, typically tights are worn underneath. August heat on sweltering central London streets be damned.
2.) You don’t have to be a goth to wear all black. If there was a universal Londoner uniform that everyone was required to wear, the color palette wouldn’t even be a question. When in doubt, wear black.
3.) Hipster shoes are more-or-less a requirement. And you don’t have to be one to wear them. But you can’t look like you’re trying either (cue the irony moan). So cut those tags from your Doc Martens, run through the city streets a few times, and they’ll be none the wiser.
4.) London ‘day casual’ is the equivalent of American going out attire. You can’t walk down any street in London at any hour without hearing the click of heeled boots or seeing people in brand new jeans with a coordinated leather bag or perfectly disheveled scarf.
5.) On the topic of disheveled, Londoners have it down to a science. The way they pair a slightly over-sized knit sweater (or jumper as it’s called) with a fleece scarf, rolled up— jeans, and sneakers (trainers) is a skill I have yet to master. Call it “Euro hipster” or “smart vintage,” whatever it is, no one does it quite like a Londoner can.
6.) Layering, layering, and more layering. And I’m pretty it isn’t even related to the damp London air that will send a chill through through anyone’s bones (that’s what mulled wine is for, yum!). I’ve learned that any plain-looking sweater can become a different shirt entirely when paired with a buttoned blouse or flannel underneath. The beauty in this is you can have fun with contrasting patterns and colors to create any style that suits you.
While this list isn’t nearly exhaustive, it gives a quick snapshot of some of the differences I’ve noticed between London and American fashion. It may not be accurate for everyone or even adhering to London as an entire city. However, you can be assured I’m an observant young woman in my twenties with reasonably good eyesight. I’m also open to incorporating new styles into my wardrobe and sharing this insight with others.