"(Re) - Merchandise you own wardrobe"
11th June, 2012
Here I start getting visual and I am going to show you how my personal wardrobe(s) look like these days.
You will realise that all my closets are now divided by category (shirts, denim, trousers, outerwear, knitwear). But don’t be scared: you don’t need a whole wardrobe for each category (well, at least depending on what your possessions are… ).
You just need to "tidy it up" a bit.
Put the same garments together, phase and order them by colour (from white to dark, to black) and then by type (different collars, different fit), but check always a fundamental thing: that you are able to see all of them, as they are disposed, as soon as you open the closet.
Because remember what you don’t see, you won’t remember you have and you won’t wear it.
So, what you did is simply to "merchandise" your own wardrobe.
It is almost like you owned a store and you had to put together the clothes in some rails to make them visible to all the customers arriving to buy your garments.
They have to see them in order to buy them.
And, of course, if you put them in a nice and gradual order, they might waste less time in going through all your garments in trying to find the right colour and the right type of garment they had the intention to buy when they got in the store.
Or, if you are one of these guys who does not like talking about clothes all the time, think about a car store.
You would prefer to see all the Ferraris, then the Mercedes, then the BMWs, all displayed in order, maybe differentiated in colour (red Ferrari first, then grey ones, then other colours), and not mixed up with the Fiat Puntos or some pink Hyundays. Don’t you think?
Try to do this in your own wardrobe.
And then you will realise how cool and easy it will be to get dressed and ready for any occasion daily.
And also you will get some kind of personal satisfaction in doing a job you never thought you could manage to do in such a short time.
But, stop talking and let me show some “real life” examples from my wardrobe.
And let’s start from the category most of us, A-Men, love and hate at the same time. And that we tend to use more than any other clothing category.
I am talking about SHIRTS.
Take a look at the first two pictures here below.
The first one is an overall look at my "Tops" wardrobe (meaning shirts and casual jumpers mainly).
The second one is a snapshot of one of my shirts' rails.
(To all the professional photographers reading: please, don't criticise my photography skills... For easiness, I just took quickly these pictures without checking the intensity of the light in the room...)
Ok… Here is a visual example of how (part of) my wardrobe looks like after I “merchandised” it.
You can see some of the main Male’s clothing ctaegories in here.
You have shirts hanging at the top, all ordered by colour, starting from the right with all the white shirts, followed by the ones with stripes on a light blue or white base, then followed by light blue and blue shirts, and then all the other darker colours up to my black shirts.
Below shirts, you see three shelves ordered as follows.
On top, you have some of my main light pullovers and sweatshirts, all allocated in a way I can see easily their colour and choose them already from the position I took this picture from.
In the middle, you have different items, all allocated in 4 piles.
First two piles represent my light folded shirts, the ones I usually use in special occasions such as evenings in Ibiza, nights out during the summer, etc.
The third pile is my collection of Polo shirts from different brands (here I actually ordered the polo T-shirts not by colour, but by type, so that I can easily see and recognise them from far away). Indeed, if they were ordered by colour, I would probably miss one or two of them mixed up with some other polo shirts of the same colour.
The fourt pile represents my collection of long-sleeved polo shirts and T-shirts, ordered mainly by type than colour, so I can easily recognise them, as per above.
On the lowest shelf, you have my collection of V-neck and round collar T-shirts, also divided in 4 piles.
The first pile is dedicated to the gym and easy going T-shirts (basically, the ones you use at home, or to go to the gym, or just when you go out to the supermarket).
The second and third piles are for my “going out” T-shirts (both round collar and V-neck) that I use mainly during the weekend to hang out with friends or for cool evenings at trendy bars or restaurants or, finally, for some club nights, when I wan to be uber-cool or simply trendy. It is a nice mixture indeed, and I like to divide them by “occasion”.
The fourt pile (actually) is for the “cool” shirts, aka the ones you can put for REALLY special occasion and you know they are specific for certain peridos (so that means they might be good for one season, and out of fashion for the next one… but one of the main suggestion I have for you here is to keep always these garments in one corner of your wardrobe… Just because fashion “comes back” at certain point of time and you want to be always prepared and take out again those garments you thought you would not have put again anymore but for which you spent quite some money…)
Speculatively, and in order not to waste any space (which is SO important these days in London...), I have used also the two main doors of this wardrobe for some specific and usually “very-difficult-to-be-displayed” items.
The left side is dedicated to my different belts. The right side is dedicated exclusively to my extensive collection of ties and bow-ties.
I created both these spaces by myself: I simply added two mini-ropes and attached them to each door with some strong pins in order to maintain the weight of all these items when hanging like this.
So, here follows a couple of pictures related to all the sections I described above.
I left out from this post my "denim" mini-closet, my "outerwear" and my "suits and jackets" wardrobe, and all the shelves dedicated to my knitwear. Also, you won't see here my two chests of drawers dedicated to underwear, socks, swimwear, pajamas, etc. (maybe I will post these in a following post, if readers are very interested in those as well...).
I really hope you can find some inspiration from them.
Trust me… You just need a bit of time to re-merchandise your own wardrobe and then you will notice how cooler and quicker your way of dressing up for different occasions will be.
And let me know how it goes.