How is your closet organized? Personally, mine features one section of slacks, another of blouses, dresses, skirts, jackets/blazers and finally suits. According to Maggie and Jennifer Gelber, style experts and owners of Chicago’s Fix Boutique, separating your separates isn’t the most effective way to organize your ensembles. Last week Fix Boutique hosted the event “Get That Out of Your Closet”, a chance for Chicagoans to learn how to organize the clothing they had, donate clothing they didn’t need and buy items that can fit those gaps within their existing wardrobe!
Upon entering into the boutique, a clothing rack was displayed with a sign pointing to that evening’s selection of donated clothing. All clothes would be donated to non-profit agency Sarah’s Circle. And all clothing still boasting a price tag resulted in the owner receiving 20% off his or her purchases of the evening! Guests could also request services from the Fix Boutique owners on suggestions of how to re-work their closets back at home. Another clothing rack provided customers examples of how the two owners would suggest displaying one’s closet. The concept: Organize by outfit, not separates. It’s amazing to me that I didn’t think of organizing my closet by outfits before as I usually assemble them haphazardly ever morning. Wouldn’t it be easier to have it ready to go and avoid the stress of early-morning decision making?
While pondering on how I could rework my own wardrobe when I returned home, I was able to nosh on some delicious shrimp and guacamole-stuffed tomatoes in Fix’s VIP fitting room on the lower level. And what better way to compliment the goodies than with a glass of cider? This was my introduction to Crispin Cider specifically, and I usually steer clear of cider, but luckily the representative talked me into trying just one glass and now I am admittedly hooked.
After the donations, browsing, nibbling and sipping, I walked away with a new favorite drink, a serving idea of guacamole stuffed into cherry tomatoes with cilantro (catering was offered by another Gelber sister as a matter of fact), and a new pair of slacks that turned out to be the first item in my closet to be paired next to ideal tops to complete its look as an outfit. And what did I do but wear the featured outfit the very next day without so much as a second thought or minute of contemplation. I am happy to say that the Fix Boutique event last week not only fixed my concept of closet organization, it also fixed my morning wardrobe dilemmas.
Photos: Skirt PR and Rachel Yeomans