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For a Closet of Keepers - Answer These Questions Truthfully


Everyone benefits from a well-edited closet.

How do you get one?

You try clothes on,stand in front of a full-length mirror and if you’re unsure about whether something should stay or go, you ask yourself some clarifying questions. By telling the truth, you’ll be able to move past mistakes, has-beens and clutter and end up with a wardrobe that suits you perfectly. Ready? Here are your questions for qualifying keepers.

Was this made for me or someone else?
When you try an item on, does it look like it’s just right for you? Some of your clothes may be better suited to your sister, your cousin, or your best friend. Recognize the distinction between “just right” and “just okay” and pass those items along.

Has it lost its luster?
It might be your favorite but too worn out to wear in public. Time to discard that one and
search for a replacement.

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Does it fit, NOW?
Tell the truth, will it take a six-month exercise diet plan before you fit into it? It may not
be in style by the time you lose the weight. Move out the things that don’t fit and free up

Does it flatter my figure?
Has your figure gone through some changes? Skirt lengths or jacket shapes that were
flattering ten years ago may be less than flattering now. Your body will look better in
new shapes and silhouettes. Donate the things that aren’t working.

Does it make me feel sexy, attractive or confident?
If yes, you’ve got a winner on your hands. Make sure it gets into constant rotation. If not
it’s time to get rid of it. Your clothes should enhance your image.

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Does it bring out my favorite qualities?
A ruffled blouse can bring out your femininity. An architecturally designed dress can say, “I’m edgy and modern.” If clothes in your closet represent an outdated image of you,they should go.

Is this the right piece for my current lifestyle?
Do you look at your clothes and see lots of choices for the type of events you used to go
to but don’t anymore? Recognize the past but plan your outfits for present time. Recycle
anything that doesn’t have a place in your lifestyle.

Would I buy it again?
If the answer is no, let it go. If the answer is yes and you love this piece but don’t
know how to wear it, it’s time to register for Marion Gellatly’s virtual style course
starting October 15. See what others have to say about Virtual Style School http://
. Now is the perfect time to gain control of your closet and feel great about working with your wardrobe every day.

Marion Gellatly, a certified image master, deals with these problems all the time in herwork with clients. She is the Style specialist that will help you see what is too hard todiscover on your own. Is the problem with your style, your clothes, your shopping habits,or your closet organization? The solutions are waiting for you in Virtual Style School.Marion headshot

Color In Closets


As a designer you could guess that I am all about color.

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With that said, you might also be surprised to find that I do not support painted or wall papered colors in closet areas where clothing is kept and selected.

I’m not surprised that most people think just the opposite.

Most people feel that it’s a closet, paint it a bold color.  It’s fun. And they often forget to consider that the paint color chosen for the walls of the closet will be reflected in the room and cast shades and shadows on your clothing. That can make it a little difficult to match your perfect whites and select your Sunday best. 

What I always recommend to my clients is keep the walls and ceiling light and bright. Save the impact for the closet system itself. Use the closet system as the focal point and select a great wood grain or striking combination of finishes. I personally love the Closet Works Cocoa finish with Cream accents. It’s a great transitional look.

Then consider adding stylish storage baskets and accessories to make your closet more personal and special. It will also help a little down the road when you realize that the avocado green that you loved last fall is no longer the color of choice this fall.


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Find Fall Fashion In Your Closet


The fall season brings on not only the excitement of new television programming - but - for many - the excitement of new fall fashion.

But what if a new wardrobe isn't in the budget right now? Or what if you just don't have the time to go scouting for the perfect pointy shoes or the latest, edgy "harness" belt (I don't even like the sound of that accessory!).

Then try "finding fall fashion" inside your own closet with these tips that tie in to the latest trends:

1. Earth tones - the colors of nature are big this fall and harmonious with the season. So, if you've got some favorite khaki pants or a camel hair blazer - bring them front and center and use them as anchor pieces for your fall ensembles.

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2.Leather - I'm guessing most of us come up short when searching our closets for leather garments like pants or blazers and shirts. But many of us have a leather coat stashed somewhere in the hall closet along with a belt or two that could fit the bill. Go get that coat and start wearing it again - it will update your look without spending a penny.

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3. Bright Red and Bright Orange Lip Color - for the ladies - this is an easy, inexpensive update that can be garnered from a discount store for under ten bucks. It allows you to be "on trend" without being too out of pocket. Take a stroll down the cosmetics aisle and find a bright shade that works for you.

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