WARDROBE STORAGE HACKS

 

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In light of the Siberian flashes we’ve been exposed to of late, it might seem untimely to start packing away your winter time woollens, but there are tormenting signs that reasonable weather does indeed linger on the horizon and with it, a return to weather normality. With this change in seasons comes the unavoidable need to changeround your wardrobe plans. What do you do with all those heavy overcoats and fisherman knits now the mercury is on the up? Donald Anthony is here to give you some pointers on how to get your wardrobe set for the months ahead. 

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INVEST IN PROPER HANGERS

We’re often flogged the virtues of stocking up on wooden hangers, which beautifully are a significant step up from those flimsy wire things from your dry cleaner, but there’s a useful point, too. As they are tougher than the plastic kind, you can hang more than one jacket or coat on a wood hanger. A single hanger can also take around 100 ties, so they really help save space. We would also propose going for thicker hangers for tailoring. The wider shape will benefit the shoulders of tailored items and keep them in good shape when they’re out of action for several months.

 

KEEP THE MOTHS AT BAY

 

Discovering that a rogue wool-moth caterpillar has eaten your favourite cashmere roll neck when you come back to it in the autumn is an all too familiar situation, but it can simply be dodged with a few simple safeguards. Shelter your venerable wool and cashmere pieces with an air-tight garment bag to keep the moths at bay. With knitwear, which shouldn’t be hung, but folded, otherwise, it will stretch out of shape, seal each one separately in a garment bag, and then place moth-repellent sachets on top, on the outside. This way, your knitwear won’t take on the scent of moth-repellent. It is likely to find decent-smelling repellent nowadays that are a far cry from the musty, mid-century mothballs your grandmother was so keen on.

 


NEWSPAPER IS YOUR FRIEND

 

We all recognise that leather shoes should be stowed with wooden shoe trees to keep them in shape when you’re not wearing them, but what do you do with your casual footwear when it’s on a break? With sneakers and sportier shoes, stuff newspaper inside them, then pop them inside dust bags. This way, you can stack them on top of each other and they won’t lose their shape. It’s far more space-effective than holding them in their boxes. Not all your winter footwear needs to be banished from your shoe rack. A hard pair of hiking or military boots is still worth a second look. Around this time, we get the most rain, so keeping your boots out is always a good idea in order to tackle the damp terrain. Team them with a tweed jacket, turtleneck and jeans and then switch the tweed jacket for something lighter like a cotton military jacket on better days. By changing just one item, you can take your look from sporty to casual and the boots still remain an important element.

 

 

ORDER BY COLOUR

 

There are many tried and tested arrangements of wardrobe organisation that the sartorially persuaded swear by. We support a system ordered by colour. Arrange all the plain colours, the whites, the blues the pinks, followed by checks and other patterns in separate groups. It’s often the approach of men to go for the first thing they think of when dressing. If you think you want to wear a blue blazer and have all your blues gathered together, whether that’s in plain, checks or tweed fabrics, it’s much easier for you to pick another choice and give your items a proper rotation. We also find this helps you put together an outfit hurriedly. You want to get dressed as fast as possible in the morning. It just makes your life easier. In the long run, this will also help you weed out what you haven’t worn in past year so you can decide what to cull in a clear-out.

 

 

RESTOCK WITH VERSATILE ITEMS 

 

Whenever you’ve made some space, its human nature to want to fill it. Your wardrobe is no compromise. At this time of year, investing in something that can adapt to differing spells of weather is key. Rubinacci high-waisted Manny trousers, for example, are made from a brushed-cotton flannel, which is a great fabric for the variable weather because it’s breathable. You can wear them with a T-shirt for a sporty look in the summer or with a blue blazer and shirt in cooler weather. They’re a great all-rounder. You might not be able to get away with swanning around in a tee and shorts for the entire season and something a little smarter might be necessary. Due to its open weave, a hopsack jacket is comfy and airy to wear in warmer climes and looks both sporty and elegant. The texture of the weave also makes the cloth wrinkle-resistant, so it’s perfect for packing for your summer getaways.

 

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