Now that it’s officially fall and our weather here in Philly is actually cooperating this year, I finally got my closet switched over for the season. I always get questions about it, so I took some pictures to share with you.
I try to keep my closet well-edited at all times by pruning out clothing I no longer wear throughout the season, so I didn’t have to do a major closet purge. This was more about taking the summer clothes out and moving in the rest of my fall stuff in.
Yes, I’m one of those women who keeps only clothing for the current season in my closet. I only want to see my viable options when I go to get dressed in the morning.
In fact, I would go a step further and say that I only keep clothes that I am currently wearing in my closet, because I don’t keep anything that doesn’t fit my current body or my current lifestyle in there.
That’s the difference between your closet and your wardrobe.
Your closet may house out of season clothes, or clothes that don’t fit, or clothes that belong to a lifestyle you wish you had or think you might return to, or clothes that look dated but might come back in style some day, and basically any clothes you don’t really love so you never reach for.
Your wardrobe is comprised of the clothing that you currently wear. This is an important distinction because it’s so much easier to put outfits together when you keep only what you are currently wearing in your closet.
To that end, I keep out of season clothes, clothes I love that don’t fit, and anything I think I might want in the future but not right now in plastic bins in the basement. I donate or sell everything else, and things I purchase for the blog that I don’t intend to keep (or I’m not sure about) are kept on a rolling rack in my bedroom.
How My Closet Looks Today
For this post, I’m sharing my personal wardrobe for the fall season. Because of my job as a fashion blogger/influencer or whatever we’re calling it this month, my wardrobe is never static. I’m always cycling things through, but this is currently what you see when you walk into my closet.
I don’t have a huge closet, but it’s all mine. (Paul has one on the other side.) We had Closets By Design do our closets right after we moved to this house a little over 4 years ago. Also, my walls are not yellow. I don’t know why they photographed that way. They’re Benjamin Moore Edgecomb Gray, just like our master bedroom.
The drawers in the center house my undergarments, socks, pajamas, and workout tops and shorts; and the bottom one is a laundry hamper. The shelves above them are mostly sweaters, but I have some jean shorts (in case it gets warm again) and activewear tucked in there. I’ll remove those to make room for more sweaters when winter weather sets in. (Most of my sweaters from past years are still in the basement.)
That center section is flanked on either side by hanging space for tops and pants. I hang my jeans and pants on top and shirts and jackets on the bottom. This configuration makes it easy to see what I have because the pants don’t stick out as far as the tops do.
My blue jeans are on the top left. I used to arrange them from dark to light, but now I have them grouped by style. It makes it easier to find what I’m looking for and remember what I have.
My tops are on the bottom left, and I also have them arranged by style and formality rather than color. It doesn’t look as pinterest perfect, but it makes it easier to put outfits together.
The wall adjacent to the jeans and tops is where I keep my shoes and booties. I went back to organizing my shoes by style this season. You may remember, I tried doing them all by color for spring/summer, and it looked pretty, but it wasn’t very practical.
I plan to adjust my shelves so all the booties are together, but I didn’t have time to move them around before I took these pictures.
I hang my pants and non-blue jeans on the top right, and my jackets are on the bottom right. I could probably weed out some of the jackets, but I’m still waiting to see which ones I don’t reach for now that the weather has cooled off.
Over on the right wall, I have two shelves where I keep some of my handbags. The rest are downstairs in my office. These are the shelf dividers I’m using up there.
Then I have longer hanging space below that. That’s where my dresses and jumpsuits go. And because I don’t keep a lot of dresses, I’ve also hung some of my workout jackets and long sleeve workout shirts there for easy access.
So yeah, that’s about it! I have a dresser in my bedroom where I keep some of my out of season clothes, as well as items I don’t wear much — like extra pajamas and workout gear, shapewear and strapless bras, bathing suits, etc. But everything I wear on a regular basis goes in my closet. It’s so much easier to figure out what to wear when it’s all together in one place.
And I always get asked about my hangers. They’re wood-look plastic coat hangers, and I love them, but they were discontinued and I can’t find anything else quite like them. I only have a set amount, and when they get full, I start removing things from my closet that I don’t love anymore.
I think I’m the only person who doesn’t care for the velvet hangers. I feel like my clothes stick to them and don’t slide easily on and off. And I don’t want to hang things that close together anyway. I like some space between my hangers. It’s easier to see what I have, and it makes the closet space look nicer.
Shop My Closet
This isn’t everything in my closet, but it’s a pretty good representation of what I have and the pieces I would replace if I had to start over right now. Unfortunately a lot of my favorites are no longer available, but this is my personal closet so that’s just how it goes.
Tops & Sweaters
This is quite a mix, with some short sleeves and tanks alongside cozy sweaters. It’s still transition season here in Philly, so this section will evolve quite a bit over the next few months.
I like to have a good variety of lightweight jackets in the fall because the weather is so variable. I usually wear these over t-shirts and or floral tops.
Jeans & Pants
I pretty much live in jeans, so I have quite a few, but there’s quite a variety of style and colors in here. By the way, a lot of these are 25% off right now because both Saks and Neiman’s are doing a Friends & Family Sale. Note the Vince Crop Leggings are 25% off! I wear the medium, for reference.
I don’t wear a lot of dresses, so I don’t keep many either. I do have a couple of sweater dresses in the basement that I should bring up, but most of these are my year ’round classic dresses that I keep in case an unexpected event crops up. Some I’ve had for years, so I try them on every so often to make sure they still fit.
Shoes & Boots
As you can see, I’m still in transition mode over here. There are some sandals in here that I’ll move out when the weather turns cold for good. I also have more wintry styles in the basement that I haven’t brought up yet.
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