How to Organize your Closet into Stories

In fashion retail it is common practice to display items in Stories – it is an ideal way of showing what goes with what…

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In the last few posts I’ve shown how I buy strategically for the season.  In this post I’d like to demonstrate how to organize your closet so that it is easy for you to see the range of options that you have to maximize the impact of your items.

I’m using a trick that I learned in the fashion retail sector which makes it easier to see at a glance what  you have in your closet, and how you can combine pieces together to achieve lots of different outfits.

You will see from these photos that I have placed sweaters, tops, jeans, tees, shoes and accessories together where their potential can be realized.  Best of all with this display method is that it’s difficult to forget pieces that are hidden away in drawers, or are distributed amongst other closets.

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Obviously you will be restricted by the closet space that you have, and by the configuaration of that space.  Here I’ve just used an old display rail to give you the idea – normally this lot will be housed in a section of hanging space with shoes below, bag hanging behind the door, sweaters, tees and jeans folded below the hanging rail and accessories interspersed between the clothes so I don’t forget that I have them!


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Almost all of these pieces are from previous seasons, as you will know if you’ve been following my styling tips and philosophy.  When I reorganized my closet for Spring I discovered several contenders for inclusion with my edit that I hadn’t included mentally.  Result!  More bang for my bucks ;D

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New pieces {so far} pink jeans from Zadig & Voltaire, exact here and similar here the much vaunted print blouse from Isabel Marant here and here tho they may be sold out…and a couple of pairs of what we Brits call Plimsoles here and here and here

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If you flip over to my Looks page you will see how I create different styles from these pieces.  Using separates in this way enables me to look fresh and interesting even tho I’m wearing pieces on repeat!

That’s it for now folks, thanks for stopping by, Sarah x


Strategic Buying ;)


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So when the sun comes out so does my softer boho side ;O I debuted this blouse on Instagram earlier this week with a pair of aqua jeans (very old) and a striped cardi-coat ditto.  The blouse is from Isabel Marant Etoile, exact here  or here and it is the most recent in a long line of summer blouses I have bought (one each year) from this label.  Why?

  • Because I like the designer’s boho, free-spirit look
  • I prefer natural fibers as they ‘breath’ and feel comfortable in the heat.
  • A soft cotton just keeps on getting better, the more you wash and wear the better it gets.

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Above I’m wearing ‘the’ blouse for a photo-shoot with my friend Iza.  This time I’m wearing it with white jeans (Last year’s from Zadig) exact here but cheaper ones would look fine here

The remainder of my outfit is several seasons old but looks fresh with the one new addition.  Similar aqua cardi here or this one would work here The long grey cardi was from American Vintage, another of my fav brands, no longer available but I loooove this one here 

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These sunnies are Rayban’s here and these ones are similar here

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The bag is Chloe, clearly an investment piece, but it is in its 3rd year now!  Exact here and a cheaper alternative, in my new obsession: tan here

My boots are more than a couple of years old too ;O similar here and here I really like these here and the color would look great with the pick tones (yes really) that will make up the remainder of my new season buys, (btw I love this more affordable cardi here  if I fail to get my hands on the divine Zadig cashmere :O here  that I’ve been obsession over ever since our photo-shoot in the Zadig & Voltaire shop)

…which takes me back to the versatility of that blouse!


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Back to strategic buying.  My approach is to review what I have and buy a few ‘perfect’ pieces to Gussie-up my existing closet.  I prefer to buy good quality pieces from my favorite brands and make them last.  Once I have exhausted the versatility of my clothes I resell them on sites like Vestiaire Collective.  I don’t like contributing to landfill and I feel guilty if I waste money.  That’s all for now folks…more on my wish list later.

As always thank you for stopping by, Sarah x

Dreaming of Spring…

Soo despite the pouring rain this blouse became my first purchase of the new season…

Isabel marant blouse

A pretty cotton blouse is a ‘must have’ for me to transition my harder edge Rock Chic winter persona into the softer Boho style that I favor in the summer months…This one is from Isabel Marant’s Etoile collection here another that I like is from River Island here I will wear this top, if it ever stops raining ;( with blue, here  or here  white here  or here  or pink jeans here here and here and tan accessories….er did I mention that I’m currently obsessed with tan or cognac color boots, bags and belts ;O…I think I might have 😉

see by chloe tan bag

On my Lust List I have this gorgeous number from See by Chloe, the more affordable little sister brand to Chloe but still an investment buy here others I like, this little boho fringed number here and this woven straw here The boots that I adore are these ones from Zadig (Ha ha no surprises then!) here but these more affordable ones would be acceptable here and here ;D and some belts that caught my eye (though I wouldn’t wear boots, belt and bag at the same time…too matchy, matchy for me) here or this rope and leather one is more affordable here

So now I’ve got that little obsession off my chest I think I need a lie down in a darkened room ;O!!!  Thanks for dropping by my friends, Sarah x

Spring in Black & White

Spring in Black & White

The Jetset Diaries white button blouse
€135 –

Rebecca Minkoff leather jacket
€640 –

Topshop cut off shorts
€37 –

Steve Madden black fringe boots
€140 –

Charlotte Russe black handbag
€17 –

Balenciaga bracelet
€265 –

Black shawl

Spring Trend – Ace Lace!

Spring Trend - Ace Lace!

Candela dress
€210 –

Sea New York tribal blouse
€280 –

Tory burch sandals
€185 –

Chanel genuine leather handbag
€2.360 –