Shop Your Closet

Shop Your Closet – Like A Stylist

Learn to shop your closet with professional styling and organizing tips. Manage your wardrobe like a personal stylist. Get the most out from the items you already have.

Last minute style panics, getting a sudden invitation to a big meeting, an ad-hoc job interview or a fun dinner after work with friends or colleagues will never be a fashion dilemma for you again after reading this.

You will always know you what to wear and you can fully concentrate on what matters the most to you.

What’s The Current State Of Your Closet?

First I would like you to answer this very short questionnaire to see if this method is relevant to you in the first place:

  1. Is your wardrobe bursting from it’s seams but still you have nothing to wear?
  2. Tired of buying new items only to find them unused in the back of your closet after several months?
  3. Fed up with wasting money on mediocre items that kind-of almost look okay but bring you no joy or increased confidence?
  4. Are you storing your clothes in multiple places because they no longer fit in your wardrobe?
  5. Do you have a hard time letting go of items?

If you answered YES to one or more questions it’s time to shop your closet with I on Image!

I on Image’s Wardrobe Editing Advice

Here at I on Image I use a simple 3-step method that you can easily copy into your own wardrobe maintenance routine.

You can of course do it on your own, but having someone else take a critical look at your wardrobe helps you keep your thoughts clear throughout the process.

Ask a stylish friend or invest in a personal wardrobe stylist. I recommend repeating the process 4 times a year. The best time is to do a closet detox when a new season starts.

It’s a mindful ritual to prepare yourself to the new season. Embrace and rediscover your style without buying new items. Make your wardrobe more sustainable in the process.

“Your wardrobe should work for you -and not the other way around.”

Jenni at I on Image
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STEP 1. PLAN Your Wardrobe

Well planned is half done. Set you style intention and define the key elements of your style. Start building outfits that reflect your personality and bring the best out in you.

You probably already know what looks good on you. My job is to make you aware of it. I want you to be intentional and consistent about your style.

The best dressed people always look like they just threw something fabulous on before heading out to do fabulous things. Spoiler alert: They did not.

Their wardrobe is carefully curated and outfits well planned by a professional personal stylist. Good news is that this luxury is no longer reserved for the rich and famous.

Here at I on Image we work with all budgets and of course with all sizes too.

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When the foundation of your wardrobe is built well you too can literally just throw something fabulous on without having to think about it twice.

Imagine how much easier your busy mornings will be when your personal style is in check!

STEP 2. PREPARE Your Wardrobe

We hold on to things for various reasons but having too much can cause stress and confusion. No wonder Marie Kondo became so popular.

We are literally drowning in stuff and clothes are no exception, in fact they are a huge waste problem in the world. Where do all those polyester party tops that you wore once -or gasp, not even once- go to retire?

Taking control of your wardrobe is good for your own clarity and time management but the planet will thank you too.

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Make some space for your real style and learn to let go of habits that are not contributing to your welbeing nor to your style.

Refrain from buying new items before your wardrobe has been sorted. Watch out for common culprits, such as discounts and comfort buying. With my advice you will learn to keep your cool in sales.

You will very soon notice that you don’t need to keep on buying more because you are in love what you already have!

STEP 3. STORE Your Clothes Right

After this final step there should be some breathing space in your closet. It will allow you to see what you have on just one glimpse.

All my clients love the simplicity and speed of choosing what to wear after my visit in their wardrobe.

Utilize your wardrobe space well and make conscious storage choices that improve your every day life. Instagram-worthy wardrobe are no longer the privilege of the rich and famous.

You too can have a closet full of “good friends” as my lovely client Susanne said it!

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Wardrobe Edits with I on Image

For a more in-depth approach I recommend booking I on Image’s Wardrobe Editing session. I give you tailored style advice, a handy shopping list (if even necessary!) and fresh suggestions on how to get the most out of your existing clothes.

I also offer online support if you prefer to do this wardrobe styling session remotely! This is an ideal solution for those who are short of time or temporarily tied at home. Whatever your situation is, I am there for you!

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Allow yourself to try on new and unexpected combinations. Fall in love with your existing clothes over and over again.

You will always know you what to wear and you can fully concentrate on what matters the most to you: family, friends, work, volunteering, studying, sports, personal development -or just hanging out!

This post was originally published on I on Image’s website on 6th June 2018 and edited on 16th March 2020.

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45 thoughts on “Shop Your Closet

  1. I on Image says:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed this Magdalene! Last minute is also ok if you feel confident about your choices and it doesn’t eat too much of your time. Keep on doing what works for you xxx

  2. Magdalene Omiojieahior says:

    Nice tips. I love this. I am a last minute person though. So I start planing what to wear on the spot

  3. I on Image says:

    Happy to hear that you found this post inspiring Madi! Decluttering is a great way to take control of your closet. I love to have a full overview of what I really have and what still works on me xx

  4. madidearson says:

    This post is fantastic – love these tips. My favorite part of handling my own wardrobe is decluttering it:) I love parting with items I no longer use – I give them away and get a two for 1 – make someone else happy and get a more orderly closet. I need to take up your advice about hanging full outfits together. thanks so much for these fantastic ideas.

  5. I on Image says:

    Oh that’s so nice to hear Teresa! I am always happy to help. I love that you are putting your outfits together in advance. It’s such a time-saver!

    A lot of people can’t go shopping now because they are in quarantine or they just don’t feel like it. This post will hopefully help them realize that their closets are already full of treasures just waiting to be rediscovered xx

  6. Blue to Bliss says:

    I am horrible at putting outfits together. I usually look in the closet and then just want to donate everything and start all over again. You have shared some really good tips that I will have to try out.

  7. I on Image says:

    Happy to hear that my tips are helpful Lori! Your wardrobe planning sounds great. Keep up the good work and let me know how you are getting on xx

  8. Lori says:

    Excellent tips! Right now I am paring down my wardrobe to the basics. Then, I intend to rebuild a small but high-quality mixable capsule based on the best of what I already have. Your tips are very helpful.

  9. I on Image says:

    Everything will fall into place when the time is right! Sometimes style doesn’t make the top 10 priorities and that’s perfectly fine. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading my blog xxx

  10. Thephatgirlblog says:

    As always great tips Jenni! I shall someday have a “grown up” wardrobe. Currently I own like 3 sweaters, 3 tshirts and a pair of jeans….. lol, most definitely not ideal.

  11. I on Image says:

    That’s wonderful Chelsea! You have mastered a daily uniform which is one of the most advanced levels of style. Very simple, time & money efficient and instantly recognizable as YOU. Keep it up xxx

  12. Chelsea Messina says:

    Something I’ve learned that works for me is keep it simple. I have yoga pants in a different variety of neutral colors, and similar neutral colors in t-shirts/long sleeve/sweatshirts. So it’s as easy as picking any pant/any shirt. SUPER time saver for me.

  13. Bexa says:

    These are great ideas! I love the suggestion of keeping a photo journal of your best looks, that way you will know what your style is and save yourself buying outfits that don’t suit you! Thanks for sharing, fab post! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

  14. I on Image says:

    Yes indeed! It’s the cheapest and the most creative way to update your style. My clients are always amazed when they see the new combinations I make for them. Love shopping in my own closet too xxx

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