OWN IT 2018


Laura Hart  |  lhstylecoach.com

photo of Laura Hart organizing a closet full of clothes on hangers  

Small closets are everywhere downtown, from old century homes to brand new condos. Style coach Laura Hart shares how to revise your wardrobe to fit your closet and, most importantly, your #DTKSTYLE. 


Do you have a closet full of clothes but still feel like you have nothing to wear? Or maybe you have clothes you haven't worn in a long time? It may be time to think about editing your closet.


No matter who you are - male, female, old, or young - the advice is the same. A good closet edit is the key to success when getting dressed everyday, and it's certainly something you can complete on your own:


Tip #1: Empty 

One of the things I hear my clients say most during closet edit sessions is that they've found things they didn't even know they had or pieces they had been looking for. The first tip is to take all of your clothes out of your closet/drawers and lay them out so you can see them clearly. It can feel overwhelming; breathe new life into things you forgot you had, or remember why these pieces have been lost for so long.  

Tip #2: Separate 

Separate your clothes into four piles: a "keep" pile for pieces that you love and wear, a "not sure" pile for the pieces you haven't worn in a while, but you're not ready to let go of yet, a  "donate" pile for the things you know you don't want, but are still good quality; and the "throw out" pile for the pieces no one should ever wear again.


Tip #3: Try On 

Try on each piece from the "not sure" pile and think about how it fits you and how it fits in with the rest of the pieces in your "keep" pile. Outfitting is an important consideration when editing, so be honest with yourself. Don't be afraid to let go of that graphic tee you bought in university - just because it fits, doesn't mean it deserves to stay in your closet.


Tip #4: Be Real 

We all have those articles of clothing that we loved at one point, but have slowly stopped wearing over time. Often, we've formed emotional ties that we're probably not even aware of, which makes it really difficult to part ways. You should never force yourself to get rid of something you really love, even if you aren't wearing it anymore: that's what storage is for. 


However, knowing when to let go can be very freeing, so keep in mind the six month rule. Keep all of the things you are unsure of that still fit and feel good for another six months (or two seasons of dressing). During your next closet edit (you should be aiming to do this twice per year), if you haven't worn those items, it's time to donate. 


Tip #5: What's Missing? 

Once all clothes have been sorted, try to look for holes in your wardrobe. Look at what you have kept, put outfits together that fit the needs of your day-to-day life, and think about what classic pieces may be missing. These pieces will become your "to buy" list, keeping future shopping trips focussed because you'll know exactly what you're looking for. 


Editing your own closet is not an easy task. If it were, everyone would do it religiously, there would be no need for this article, and I wouldn't have any customers. I get it. It can feel overwhelming and stressful, especially when you don't know where to start. 


I've just provided you with the tools to get started. Now what're you waiting for?


Laura Hart  |  lhstylecoach.com

Photography: Nicole Beno  |  nicolebeno.com


clothing items in a closet



Laura organizing a closet



 a close-up of some stylized clothing items with a black purse



clothes hanging in a stylish room