Monday, 25 January 2016
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Sarah Zengo

Winterize Your Closet

By Dressing Well Stylist Sarah Zengo

Winter seems never-ending when you’re smack in the middle of it. Our wardrobes are often on the frontlines of this unpredictable season, taking hit after hit from rain, snow, ice, slush, wind and often brutal temperatures. 

Given how long winter can actually last (April showers are often April ice and snow storms in many areas), it’s smart to take stock of your winter clothes, coats, accessories, footwear and even your winter PJs and then make a plan to keep them organized and looking good throughout the course of the season.

In this week’s blog, we share 5 proven techniques for successfully winterizing your closet.

#1 Stand Tall
Keep knee-high boots in upstanding condition by purchasing boot shapers specifically designed to support boots. You can use rolled-up magazines or cardboard tubes (paper towel rolls will do!) to get the job done too. We also love boot trays. They are an inexpensive way to create a tidy home for all types of boots and shoes during the snowy and rainy months.

1StandTall#2 There’s a Gadget for That
Gloves, scarves, tights, undergarments and sweaters are examples of winter wardrobe essentials that can become disorganized quickly. Vow to get these items under control by purchasing organizing products such as bins placed in and outside closets for certain types of sweaters, multi-pocket organizers hung on the doors of coat closets to store items you need as you head out the door, and space dividers for inside drawers to keep hosiery and undergarments together yet separate and therefore much easier to access.

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#3 Create a Winter Wardrobe Survival Kit
Static guard, lint brushes, instant shoe shiners and the like are easy to use when they are easy to locate. Place these items in a cosmetic bag or other zippered pouch that you can throw into work and travel totes so that you have them at home, at work and on the road. Extra tip: Use a cloth shoe tote to carry your dress shoes to and fro while your commuting shoes do the dirty work!


#4 Hangers Matter
We find that “huggable” hangers work wonders for delicate knits (their signature velvet-finish prevents slippage) and heavy coats hold their shape best with larger, sturdier hangers. Whether made of velvet, wood or plastic, everything stays more organized when you have a consistent hanging system for various categories of clothes and outerwear.


#5 Update Your PJs
5pjsFinally, lounging around in comfy PJs while you are cooped up inside is good for the soul. Having a few selections that match your style persona can further lift your mood. Give yourself permission to update this category of your wardrobe in a way that speaks to you. Place hooks in the bathroom, your bedroom and your closet to display PJs and robes you love while making it easy to reach for them at the end of a long day (or beginning of a long weekend!) at home. Kick your slippers up a notch while you are at it!

Last Word: Winter can be a bear, but with some preparation and thought to combat the winter blues, you’ll be stepping out (or staying in!) in style!

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Sarah Zengo

Sarah Zengo joined the Dressing Well team as a stylist in 2011.  Her diverse clientele includes a mix of professionals, stay-at-home parents, retirees and young people just starting their careers. An excellent sense of fashion combined with a strong work ethic and genuine interest in the people she serves, allows Sarah to transform the style of our clients rapidly and with excellent results.  Clients love Sarah and consistently book appointments with her each season, a true indicator that her advice is highly valued and very much appreciated.

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aimee 2016-01-26 10:40

I love this website and I have the book, but I was wondering if Mary Lou will be writing an updated book sometime, since the first book came out in 2004. The concepts are timeless, however, some of the specific clothing suggestions seem a little outdated. Also, could you recommend some other style books?

Sarah 2016-01-26 21:06

Thanks for your comment Aimee! I will ask Mary Lou. I have her book too (of course!) and I love reading it as a refresher from time to time. We love writing the blog because it gives us a timely way to share the latest fashion trends and advice in an ever-changing industry! Thanks for staying tuned into us!

Alexandra 2016-01-26 10:45

Great article. Where do you get that cool hangar for organizing scarfs?

Kat 2016-01-26 12:16

That's simply a wooden hanger that has shower curtain rings thrown on! I've made two for myself. Genius, right?!

Sarah 2016-01-26 21:01

Hi Alexandra! Yes, that is a suit hanger with with shower rings attached!
You can order a Scarf Organizer from the Container Store which does the trick too! I have one and I love it to tame my scarves in my closet.

veronica 2016-01-26 10:58

Thanks Mary Lou as always your tips are great and helpful. If you don't have place put scarfts and gloves use shoebox. Somestimes money can be tight so tight that you cant buy a storage box from the dollar store. Believe me when I left my abusive husband I had no funds. I didn't even had the 1.08 to get a storage box. That's when my create came into place. I was given toiletry box will soap and lotion and toothpasted from a church.The box was a shoe box they took wrapping paper and put in in the box. I took the box kept my scafts in it . It worked until I was able to get a job and start working able to buy stuff for myself.

Sarah 2016-01-26 21:57

Thanks Veronica for your comment! There are so many ways you can create space and storage solutions without spending a penny.

barbara 2016-01-26 22:34

Good for you for being creative (AND brave) and saving yourself from the bad situation. Good luck and God Bless you

Rosmarin 2016-01-28 07:40

Great blog and love the cool ideas. I just did a reorg in my little "dressing room". I installed pretty curtain rods on the wall to store and display my scarves . It worked so well I did another for my many necklaces. Organized and pretty! Have to thank Pinterest for the ideas.


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