You dread your housebound fate during the winter white out that’s about to slam the Tennessee Valley and since you’re done stocking up on all that’s important to safely and comfortably ride out the storm (Doritos, toilet paper, wine . . .), here are a few suggestions for spending your sure to be idle hours without resorting to extremes.
It’s an ideal time to engage in a favorite past time of fashionable ladies (you know, the ones who look fabulous even at the grocery store?) What better time than now to review what’s in your closet.
Start with your clothes. What fits? Put it in one pile. What doesn’t? Put it in another. Now, what have you not worn in the last year? Separate those items into the pile with those that don’t fit. Do the same for any clothing that is irreparably damaged, threadbare or stained.
Now for the accessories, go through your jewelry box. If it’s broken and you know you won’t fix it, get rid of it. If you like it, keep it and fix it or have it fixed. If an item is special special and you like it, wear it. Flaunt trends and make yourself happy. Wear your jewelry. Try combining your bracelets in mismatched, thrown-together combinations—a very hot look for spring 2011. If you have large earrings that stand alone—wear them now. Statement-making earrings are all the rage and about the only thing anyone has a chance of seeing when you’re bundled from head to toe.
Now, the fun begins. Look at those piles of keepers and start creating ensembles. Look for bright, bold colors. Look for wide-leg jeans and palazzo pants from years past. Look for classic pencil skirts and quirky buys with interesting patterns. Look at your favorites and play with them. Review what is hot for 2011 and make outfits. Make ensembles for snow, for slushy rain and for chilly, blue-sky days. You’ll be prepared for whatever the weather sends your way in the weeks and months ahead and you’ll skip that part of the day when you stand in front of your closet in your stocking feet wondering “What do I wear?”
Enlist any other housebound souls to photograph said combinations while you wear them, so you’ll have a quick reference when you’re crunched for time.
While you’re trapped, DIY as much of your mending and button-replacing as you can. If you’re reading this, survival will not and is not a current issue—firewood and bottled water stockpile aside—so you can divert your energy to fixing your own clothes. Get to it—now—right now. What else are you going to do when you’re trapped inside for 48 hours?
That’s enough for this storm. If the task of your closet is just too overwhelming, call a professional when the snow melts. In Huntsville contact Lois Ann Marin of Personal Couture for wardrobe consultations and a professional closet edit. For help getting organized, contact Karen Wright of Your Life Simplified .
Be sure to donate gently used items, especially those that will keep someone who needs it warm, you can also consign items you no longer wear. Remember, one woman’s unwanted Diane Von Furstenburg dress is another girl’s rocking fashion statement.
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