It’s been real, summer, but the time has come to send you and your nautical-loving wardrobe on its way. I’m talking out with old and breezy and in with the new and cozy. Although a solid turnover will probably take you a whole day, it doesn’t have to be a headache. The key is to keep at it. Don’t get distracted by having your own fashion show in front of the mirror (though if you do, no judgments here). Now that you’re prepped, let’s get into the nitty gritty:
Step 1: Laundry
This is a no-brainer. You may not realize how much summer stuff you have nestled in that laundry pile. Get it all clean and hung up so everything is easy to see.
Step 2: Purge & Sort
This is by far the hardest part of the process. And the most important. Make a few different piles – keep, sell, donate, etc. – and dive in. As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn something within the last year, it goes in the give-away pile. No excuses. If you tend to be one of those hoarder types (guilty), use these tips to help you narrow down that maybe pile. On second thought, do away with maybe piles entirely. Either keep or send on to its next owner.
Step 3: Repairs
Once you’ve sorted through the closet, bureau, accessories, shoes, and jewelry and picked pieces to keep, take inventory. Some of these items you’re packing for next year may need a little TLC first. Get those strappy stilettos re-heeled. Send that nautical watch off to get a new battery. Be sure to take care of these things now, so come next year, your summer wardrobe will be ready to go.
Step 4: Sell, Give Away, & Donate
If your items are in good condition, you may be able to get back some money by selling to a consignment shop. That French Connection button-front you wore maybe twice? There are places like Buffalo Exchange where you can get some serious cash for your unwanted threads. For those pieces that aren’t worthy of a resell, organize a Stuff Swap with your friends, then send the leftovers to a nearby Goodwill.
Step 5: Unpack & Pack Up
Now’s the fun part. Take all those cozy sweaters, scarves, peacoats, and riding boots out of hiding and fill in the racks and shelves. Bear in mind this is your one chance to set up your closet exactly how you want it. So figure out your closet personality and get organizing. At the end it’s like Santa dropped off a whole new wardrobe. In August. (Thanks, Big Guy.) Just remember to keep those few transitional pieces out for layering as the weather cools. After you’ve unpacked, repack those bins with your summer keepers. Take the time to fold or roll with care – you’ll thank yourself come next May.
Step 6: SHOP
This is my favorite step. Obviously. We’re kicking off a whole new season here, people, and there are some staples that you need to have on hand. Like a pair of light-wash jeans (promised to be fall’s must-have denim), a flashy leather jacket, and come on, every guy needs a sharp suit. What are you waiting for?
By Abigail Kuzia, Editor
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