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Closet Showcase

Who says undersized closets have to be a nightmare? Here are some tips from three fashionistas who make the most out of their small spaces!

A few tips from Donae Cangelosi Chramosta (owner and curator of The Vintage Contessa):
  • You want to be able to see your handbags -- store them in a measured shelf case with clear doors
  • Add an island for extra storage -- you can put your shoes underneath
  • Build up! Add a pull down in your closet so you can save space
  • Use a narrow, empty wall to hang your necklaces
  • Store extra accessories in drawers
  • It's all about staging! Make sure your clothes and accessories are visible so you can plan your outfit ahead of time
Tips from Elaine Turner (handbag and shoe designer):
  • Lighting is important - spot lights, overhead lights, and lamps
  • It's a good idea to put Lucite jewelry organizers inside your drawers so you can see every accessory clearly
  • Add built-ins to make shoes and accessories more accessible
  • Organize your closet by style - ex: short dresses, long cardigans, jackets, etc.
  • Huggable hangers are your friends! Nothing falls off and you can fit twice as much in your closet
Tips from Kathy Bracewell (jewelry designer at Agate Ranch Marfa):
  • Use Grip Liner to organize your drawers
  • Don't be afraid to use things you already have on hand - like a bowl from your kitchen to hold jewelry
  • Mannequins are very helpful! You can see what the clothes or accessories look like together before you put them on
  • Vintage items are fun! I use a vintage wash stand as a centerpiece to bring out my accessories
  • Organize by sleeve length -- ex: tank top, short sleeve, three quarter, long
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