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Fresh! Chases Away the Winter Blues

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STOP! It’s Time To Re-Fresh! Your Closet

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While we prepare for snow, we dream of spring!  And what better way to spend a snow day than to attack your closet (which, admit it, is probably a mess of salt covered boots and sloppily piled sweaters)?  Fashionista and stylist Heidi Slacum, owner of the recently relocated Fresh! Boutique (it’s now in the Festival at Woodholme) gives us all a lesson in closet organization — and gets us pondering our spring purchases — and keeps it fun.  Spring’s right around the corner (promise!). Take a few pointers from a pro.

While going through my closet to pack for an upcoming trip, I realized my personal fashion portfolio needs some “refreshing.”  Working in the fashion industry, you can imagine the accumulation of clothing that I end up with: never worn or worn once clothes, all stuffed to the back of the closet for another day.  I decided to take my own organizational advice and take a “spring fling” with my closet!

If you find yourself overwhelmed by your array of apparel and in need of 1) space 2) organization and 3) new looks for the upcoming season, take these steps to free you from clutter and renew your faith in fashion!

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Step 1: Edit
  • Store – Slip fall and winter (past season) clothing in acid-free boxes or airtight bins. Before storing make sure each piece is clean, repaired, if necessary, and folded. Use small bins for gloves, hats and scarves. Use larger bins for coats. If you’re storing a fur coat, check with a reputable furrier such as Mano Swartz for complete storing and care. For boots, store a few pair in long bins that will fit under the bed and put the rest in larger bins in a storage unit or hallway closet.
  • Sort – Pull everything out of the closet entirely and organize into groups: trousers, skirts, tops/blouses, blazers/jackets, short day dresses, short evening dresses, long formal dresses, hats & scarves; divide purses into two groups – handbags and clutches.
  • Stash/Trash – Stash items you either wear regularly or those worn for a very special occasion like that long sequined ball gown. Trash all items that have stains, pilling, or have stretched or torn beyond repair. (Consignment stores won’t take these worn items either.) You can donate what you don’t want to keep for a write-off to the Goodwill or The Salvation Army. Remaining items you haven’t worn in the last six months — or same season last year — should be tried on. Afterward, edit!! Decide if you still “love” it, if it’s flattering to your current shape, if you have other clothes to go with it, and, if necessary, if you have the time or energy to “fix” it to make it wearable again. If you have gently worn clothes that you are merely “over” consider donating them to non-profits that supply at-risk or under-served job seekers with interview outfits and work attire such as or Dressed for Success or House of Ruth.  You also may consider donating items such as designer gowns or cocktail dresses you’ve worn a few times to luxury consignment stores such as Love Me Two Times or taking them to a specialty store like Octavia II where you will receive a credit toward a new purchase. For all of you fashionistas who dream of your own boutique and want to have control over your recyclables and make some money from your “trash,” create your own site on Poshmark.com!!

Rick Dempsey Makes Orange Wednesday Easy

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Orioles Hall-of-Famer Rick Dempsey has teamed up with Fashion Hall-of-Famer Christopher Schafer – the Baltimore custom clothier – to create theRick Dempsey Tie collection.  If your man’s a fan of  baseball, sports, or natty neckwear, he’ll appreciate one of these special ties.  American-made, by hand, and in array of glorious colors, the ties have been made with silk Mr. Dempsey personally selected and convey the baseball superstar’s knack for mixing a traditional look with a dose of personality. The 1983 World Series MVP’s new career as a sportscaster has put his focus on fashion, where he has proven to have stand-out style!  See what he has to say about his newfound fashion philosophy below.

Bonus: By purchasing one of the ties you’ll benefit Mr. Dempsey’s charity, Cool Kids CampaignClick here to order online.

Check out more details about the Rick Dempsey Tie Line here:  Rick Dempsey Ties at Christopher Schafer Clothier

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Christopher Schafer Clothier is located at 1400 Aliceanna Street.

For more information, visit www.Christopherschaferclothier.com

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