Building a wardrobe that works everyday, weekday and weekend, and that works for all occasions, dress up and dress down, is hard to accomplish. I’ve written about this subject here and here but try as I may, I still have days where I get to work and think, “Maddie, what the hell are you wearing?”
The last time I wrote about this subject, a reader suggested that I make my clothes more visible. It was a good point that I never considered before. Although my blouses and dresses are fully visible hanging in my closet, my pants, knits, and sweaters are folded into drawers or stuffed into various cubbies around my apartment (because knits and sweaters should not be hung – they will grow). A lot of times, a pair of pants, a t-shirt, or a sweater gets lost in the piles of clothing and is forgotten until I spring, summer, fall, and winter clean.
So I decided to give her (the reader’s) tip a try, I decided to make my clothes more visible. Over Memorial Day weekend, I salvaged a wooden plant rack and folded my pants, knits, and sweaters onto the rack’s three shelves. My pants, knits, and sweaters are out and visible, I can see every piece, and are no longer hidden in drawers or cubbies. And it has helped a lot! Even though I have made some other changes to the way I get dressed – I plan my outfit for the following day the night before and I organize my closet at the beginning of each season – this is another tool to help me be a better (and chicer) dresser everyday.