Today is the day you get to reward yourself and finally donate to Dress For Success at Vincent from 10am -6pm. It has been 30 days that we have been reorganizing your space and your mind! Hopefully by the end of today, you will feel lighter, warm hearted, and utter happiness as you just bought something that made your heart skip. For those of you in a hurry to get your closet cleansed to donate here is a recap written by Mary Ciancibello- A wardrobe consultant who understands that a working mother with children has little time for herself! We are SO proud of your efforts this last month and can't wait to reward you for it! See you at the shop! ACx2

Your closet - it's time to get real

by Mary Ciancibello

It's probably the most dreaded job when it comes to our love for fashion - cleaning out our closets.  Yet if we want to get the most out of our wardrobe (and why shouldn't we, we paid our hard earned time and money for it?) then we need to get real about a closet cleanse.

If your closet can get anything like mine, then it's hard to know where to begin. The best advice is to take everything out, and go through each piece one by one. This is not a task that can be rushed, so make sure to carve out some precious time (I know, who has precious time? But trust me, if you do this right, you will feel so good about the end result).

As you go through the garments, follow my guidelines for the best results:


When it comes to our own wardrobes, we all have a love/hate relationship. We love to look great in our clothing, but we hate getting rid of the pieces that may not work for us anymore.  I hear excuses like this all the time: "I bought those pants for when I lose the last 10 pounds" (2 years ago), or "thats the dress I wore when I met my husband" (15 years ago), or "that's my favourite sweatshirt, I only wear it around the house" (it has 6 holes in it and was worn yesterday to the dentist office)", or "My mother bought it for my birthday" (it has sat at the back of the closet for the last 3 years).

The truth is most of us only wear 20% of what's in our closet. You owe it to yourself to get the most out of your wardrobe. Practice tough love and get rid of what has been unnecessarily taking up precious real-estate in your closet.


You'll need to make a pile for donations (or consignment, but that's a whole other blog), a pile for the seamstress, and a pile to hang back up.

As you consider which pile each garment belongs, ask yourself the following:

  • Does it fit AND flatter?
  • Have you worn the garment in the last year?
  • Does it look worn?
  • If you saw the same garment today, would you buy it?

If the answer to any of these questions is no, then it does not belong back in your closet. Be honest with your answers…and always revert back to rule #1.


When you are ready to start placing the garments back in your closet, arrange them by type, not function. Organizing your closet by function (i.e. career wear, week end wear, evening wear, etc) limits the use and full potential of the garments.  A blouse that you may have considered "career wear" by wearing it under a fitted suit can also be worn with jeans and a pair of flats for a casual look.  Arrange your pieces by type to get the most use out of them - pants with pants, tops with tops, jackets with jackets, etc.


It never ceases to amaze me how we can spend so much on something, only to throw it at the back of our closets in a crumpled ball.  Take care of your pieces, launder them as per instructed, hang or fold them nicely, and place them in your closet in a way that is visually appealing.  Arrange your closet so that it looks like the visual displays in stores.  You are more likely to wear them that way, will get more inspired to create new outfits, and will feel like you are wearing something new everyday.

Take care and pride in your closet. If you need more information or help, contact me. I'd love to help you make your closet the best it can be.

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