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It's that time y'all.. You know the one between seasons and you're probably making a face sort of like the one above. It's that time where you have all your warmer items and probably have either dug out your cooler items or been shopping for them and its just piling up. If you find yourself getting anxious just by walking to your wardrobe and feeling discouraged (horrible way to start the day) than keep reading because I'm going to go over 3 simple steps to automatically lift some weight off your shoulders.
STEP 1: This is probably going to be the easiest and the longest at the same time. I want you to take all your clothes and hang them on a hanger. Now, if you're thinking "Umm.. I fold my clothes, I'm not doing that" just hear me out. You don't have to invest in a million hangers you can unhang and rehang items are we go. Any who, I want you to hang items and inspect them. What I mean by inspecting them is looking for any damages like holes, or stains. Can the stain be removed? If not, why are you keeping it? Can the hole be repaired, patched or is it even worth repairing? If you answered, no, again, why are you keeping it?
Lets now create three piles. Keep, Toss, Repair.
STEP 2: Okay now that we have have a few piles started now (Keep, Toss, Repair) we are going to take them down even more and add a fourth called maybe. We're going to start with the keep pile. Are you keeping it because you actually wear it, or you keeping it because you just cant say goodbye? If you can't remember the last time you wore it, why are you keeping it? I know.. at this point you're probably hating me but I promise at the end you'll be thanking me later #ThanksDecember. Now take this piece that you can't remember when you wore it and start a fourth pile. We'll call this the maybe pile. A few items that you can exclude from this are items like wedding gowns or your heavy winter coats. You have my permission to keep those in the keep pile even if its been awhile.
STEP 3: By now you should have between three and four piles happening (Keep, Toss, Repair + Maybe).
Starting with the keep pile, we're going to decide if it needs to really be kept out. If you're looking at a winter coat and it's a solid 98* outside, you need to ask yourself why is it still in the closet? Now, I know that space can be an issue. I actually cannot stash mine anywhere, we don't have an attic and we don't have a basement. If interior space is an issue my suggestion is purchase a nice Rubbermaid tub and stick in the garage somewhere or invest in a under the bed box or bag. If push comes to shove maybe ask a family member to borrow a few square feet in their home basement or attic for any of seasonal items. PLEASE DO NOT just toss in there though, you need to label it. I personally like to sort of put a deadline on it (F/W open August 28th ect...) and make yourself an reminder on your phone.
Now on to the toss pile. This can be a little hard because I know that our world is suffering like crazy from landfill issues and that fast fashion has done some serious damage to third world countries so let's think about up-cycling first before we just toss in the trash. If it doesn't have stains or holes, consider donating it or listing on resale site. One of my favorite is Poshmark (use code STRAWBABYKISSES when you join to snag $5 off your first purchase). If it does have stains or holes ask yourself can you cut it up for wash rags or cleaning cloths? Is it denim? Ask yourself can you cut into shorts or better yet, you can send it here to be made into amazing jewelry.
And now to the repair pile. Give yourself a time frame to get these things done. Lets say two weeks because well.. life happens. If your task and repairs aren't done withing that time frame, chances are they aren't doing to get done.
And lastly, our maybe pile. You need to TRY THESE ON! Have fun with it. Do you feel drab or fab in it?
Round of applause. You have taken the first few steps to de-clutter and get your closet back into shape. Now if you need additional tips/tricks or help we do offer two amazing services here at the boutique and you can find more information about those here.
It’s time to shop for school clothes.
Shopping for school clothes with your daughter (or son!) doesn’t have to be a frustrating experience.
Don’t dread this activity you can turn it into a fun experience you’ll remember from years to come.
Three rules for you … the parent ~
1) Pick your battles. Some things are just not worth arguing over. I like to use this rule all the way around.
2) Don’t force your daughter into your style. We know it’s difficult but you should also not be trying your daughter’s style on you!
3) Be present. Put the phone away! Plan for a full day of dedication to your kids and shopping!
Start planning your shopping trip ~
#1 HELP HER START PLANNING
- Evaluate and clean out her closet – Evaluate your daughter’s closet with her, and determine what she’ll need for the school year. This is a great moment to help her learn this important skill.
- Start an idea board – Now that she knows what she needs, have your daughter start looking through magazines or on Pinterest, and start putting together ideas or styles that she likes.
#2 SET GROUND RULES
- Establish a budget – It’s never too early to learn to be responsible with finances. So, give your daughter a budget beforehand so she can start getting an idea of what she should buy to maximize her budget.
- Establish a dress code – Your daughter’s school likely has a dress code, and you may have certain expectations based on your family’s values. Make sure you address these with your daughter before your shopping trip.
#3 MAKE IT SPECIAL
This is by far the most important step. Show your daughter that this shopping trip is important to you, and make it into a fun day out with each other.
- Set a date – Pick a day where you’ll both have plenty of time to shop without being rushed.
- Add an activity – There’s no reason to limit this trip to just shopping. Make it a date and go see a movie or sit down for lunch or dinner at her favorite restaurant.
- Give her a special piece of jewelry – Make her feel special by giving her a necklace with her initials, or a piece that reminds you of her. Make sure to tell her why you chose what you did.
#4 HELP HER PICK OUT HER CLOTHES
Time for the big day! As you shop, be helpful to her, and keep the following things in mind.
- Let her be herself – The more she feels like she is expressing herself, the happier she will be about what she is wearing.
- Let her make mistakes – If she’s insistent about buying something that you know she won’t wear/will regret, you may want to let her make that mistake (as long as it’s within the bounds you’ve set) and learn from it.
- Find teaching moments – As she’s making decisions, find moments to teach about how to shop (i.e., make sure she has her wardrobe staples, make sure she buys clothes that are good quality and will last, etc.)
#5 HELP HER ACCESSORIZE
This is a big one! Unlike clothes, jewelry can truly last a lifetime, so be sure to help her make good choices for her accessories.
- Teach her the importance of basics – Make sure she has pieces that she can wear every day that go with most of her wardrobe.
- Help her complete the look – Teach her how to use a piece of jewelry to tie an outfit together (this is especially helpful for you if you aren’t loving the outfit, and can help it with an accessory).
We’ve all been there before: You have tons of clothes, but you don’t feel like you have anything to wear! In the spirit of spring-cleaning, use these helpful tips to part ways with some of your oldies but not-so-goodies!
- Ask questions / Grade your closet
- Think about your current style and ask yourself, “Is this even ‘me’ anymore?” If you are classic and preppy, it might be time to trade in your alma mater hoodies for a more polished look.
- The first step toward a clutter-free closet filled with clothes you love is to try everything on. This will help you analyze how you look in the garment, not just how it looks on the hanger. Do the color, fabric and cut express your style or if it’s a trendy piece does it just really need to go?
- Make a Rule / Store Sentimental Items / Determine what should Go
- If you haven’t worn something in two or three years, make the rule and get rid of it! Unless it is a wedding dress, a black-tie gown or your most favorite leather coat it needs to find a new home.
- If it’s an heirloom piece with sentimental value that you feel could be passed down, keep it but take it out of your closet and place it in a storage bin somewhere safe.
- If it’s ‘pilling’, worn, torn, missing buttons or broken zippers and you haven’t made effort to repair it then it’s time to let it go.
- Also, if it still has tags on it and you’ve never worn it, you never will!
- At this point, you’ll know which items you wear most often and feel confident in.
- Arrange with ease / Place like with like / Clean with a friend
- Now that you know which types of clothing flatter you and make you feel your best, it’s time to take inventory of exactly what you have. Placing like with like items. For instance, put all pants together, all tops together, all dresses together, and then in order of color, light to dark.
- Organizing will add structure and ultimately will help you build your outfits when its time to dress.
- Then, create best-of lists for each category of clothing. Pick your top 10 of each item—pants, tops, skirts, and dresses. Most likely if it’s not a top pick, you’ll probably never wear the rest. Let them go.
- There’s nothing like third-party perspective to shed light on the cleaning process. Plus, a good friend will be brutally honest.
- See What you Wear / Shop Your Closet
- Some people really may not have an afternoon to go through the purging process so I recommend: Flip all of your hangers one direction and as you wear pieces, turn the hanger around. At the end of 30 days, remove pieces that are facing the original direction.
- As you categorize your clothing options take time to discover new possibilities. Check that you have a top that goes with each of your basic bottoms, in terms of color, pattern, sleeve length, and fabric weight. Pants and skirts that have up to five or six top options are giving you the best bang for the buck. Look for new ways to match your items and make what you already have, look new and fresh.
- If you notice you’re lacking some staples—like button-down shirts or basic tees—make a list of what you need more of to complete your wardrobe. More on this later!
- Reap your Profits
- And now it’s time to see if you can cash in on all your hard work. For pricey, barely worn or vintage pieces, selling on consignment is a great way to earn some income for your discards. “To maximize your earnings, items should be like new, still in style or a classic style, and clothing should be clean and pressed on hangers. Don’t get attached to dollar signs or question “How much am I going to get?” These are clothes that are just hanging around or you will never wear again. Don’t think about how much you paid but rather be open to the fact that you’re going to get something for them.
- There are tons of online sites to list your gently worn items. Klury.com, an online store for designer duds, is great because they send prepaid shipping labels and pay quickly. Swapstyle.com is a site where you can trade with other users. For lesser know designer brands, you may list them on Poshmark.com, Threadflip.com, and Vinted.com and you’ll get about 80% of the sale price. My daughter’s favorite is Poshmark. She literally has her entire closet listed at any given time. She sells one or two items a week and now shops consignment shops for those lesser know designer labels that she can wear a few times while they are listed and actually make some nice profits!
- Lastly, donate, donate, donate! We have a terrific organization in Dayton called “Clothes That Work”. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are also great causes to donate your gently worn items. And be sure to gather those receipts for tax purposes and you may be able to cash in during tax season.
- Restock Only What You Need / Improve Your Quality / Raise You Bar
- Now that your spring-cleaning is done, don’t fall into the same traps of re-cluttering your space. Once you’ve pared down your closet to your most-perfect pieces, the biggest temptation is to run out and spend a ton to fill the holes you’ve created. Instead, its time to get more organized before you buy. Make a conscious list of what you need and not what you find on sale. Sale items aren’t much of a sale if you never wear them.
- But remember, there can be too much of a good thing: We all tend to buy “That One Thing That Looks Good on Us” over and over again. Avoid this by keeping a solid list of the items you may have abundance of, such as black dresses or white shirts, so you’ll stop buying repeats of what you already own.
- Remember the more organized you are the more likely you can justify those “investment” pieces in your wardrobe. You can then purchase the more expensive black pumps or maybe splurge on a designer winter coat.
- Upgrade to wooden or cloths hangers. They are gentler on your garments and while you’re trading out your old wire ones, you can really see exactly what you have!
- Now that you’ve uncluttered, it’s time to restructure your closet to maximize the space. One way is by simply raising your clothing rod (and, thus, your clothing) higher so you have more room on the floor for a dresser, or adding a second rod to create double the hanging space.
- Ask questions / Grade your closet