All posts filed under: Wardrobe Editing

Fall/Winter Wardrobe: Living in…

Earlier this week on a visit to North Georgia I went to sleep with a bedroom window open and woke up to find the season’s first frost had settled overnight. I couldn’t help but jump out of bed and scurry around the crisp grass, gulping up big deep breaths that fogged up every exhale. I love everything about fall, from brisk morning walks over scalding coffee and crunching leaves in riding boots, to long campfire nights spent over red wine and under big woolly blankets.

How to Match Your Clothing: 4 Tips with EF Magazine

Simple styling tips to help you make the most of your wardrobe This week I have a special treat for you: Rose & Fig’s very first guest post! Fellow blogger and steadfast Skype friend Malorie Bertrand is a communications professional by day and a freelance blogger and stylist by night, focusing her efforts on promoting sustainable fashion. She’s founder of the fab EF Magazine (which you may know from this post) and is currently working on launching an online boutique that will sell Canadian-made sustainable fashion and accessories. Here are a few of her oh-so-easy tips for making the most of your wardrobe pairings. The fall is the best time to clean out your closet. It gives you the chance to stow away your spring/summer pieces, bring out your sweaters from the basement, and assess your threads. There are a gazillion blog posts about how to clean out your closet, but what about after the purge? How do you actually put outfits together? My clients often say that the hardest part for them is figuring …

A Year Without Retail Fashion: The Nothing New Challenge

September marks three-quarters through my Nothing New project! This week I’m talking shop with BodhiLuxe Magazine about how I’ve nearly gone a year away from retail fashion, along with some tips to jump start your own shopping fast: NOTHING NEW: A YEAR AWAY FROM FASHION RETAIL Via BodhiLuxe: Could you go a full year without buying brand new clothes? Queen of dressing Jess Hunt set herself this very challenge at the start of the year. Read on to find out what sparked the idea, how she’s getting on, and how to get started if you want to give it a go yourself! The ‘nothing new’ idea sprang up this April when I realised I’d already gone since New Year’s Eve without making a single retail clothing purchase… It was tax season, and my finances illustrated just how much of of my annual budget I’d spent on clothes the year before. I’d also been editing my wardrobe and defining my personal style, and I noticed a lot of newer purchases ended up in a donation bin because I was buying …

Clean Your Closet: 5 Steps to a Better Wardrobe

2017 update: I’ve made big changes to the R&F guide to cleaning out your closet and building a better wardrobe. You can find the new version here!     A year after first documenting my wardrobe editing process and lessons learned, I’ve just finished a fresh all-seasons closet clean out. And since making a concerted effort to identify my style, create ‘uniforms’ that work well together for cold weather and the warmer months of spring and summer, and be more honest about so-so purchases and bad shopping habits, every cull goes by a little bit quicker, and letting go and shopping smarter has become second nature. If you’re also whittling, grab a cup of coffee and start your own round of super duper strength, five step wardrobe editing with me?

How to French Cuff your Jeans

Last week I thought I was onto something new when I hurriedly cuffed my jeans, accidentally tucking in one of the sides on the way. It suddenly looked très chic, tailored, as if Emmanuelle Alt had shared a single French It Girl secret with my right leg. I’ve since learned that French cuffing, or peg rolling, has been around at least since this August 1985 issue of Seventeen Magazine. Look at all that glorious denim. Then enjoy some free, noncommital tailoring that shows off your shoes: WEARING: J BRAND STRAIGHT WHITE JEANS On sale at Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Amazon. MY VERY FAVORITE WHITE JEANS: PAIGE DENIM ‘SKYLINE’ CROP SKINNY Nordstrom, Saks, Amazon. Also love Paige Verdugos in all rinses! And if you’re curious why cuffed pants exist, Wikipedia does not disappoint: The main reason for cuffs is to add weight to the bottom of the leg to help the drape of the trousers. Parents use cuffs to extend the life of children’s clothes by cuffing pants that are too long and unrolling as the child …

Laundry: How to fix a shrunken sweater

I think it’s inevitable that eventually a stray wool sweater (which is usually also your favorite one) finds its way into the dryer. Said sweater tumbles out so adorably, three sizes too small, and suitable only for your dog to wear, forever. I enjoy when this happens to my better half (free boyfriend sweaters miniaturized to my size!) but until last week thought it meant forever parting with my own merino jumpers. Enter hair conditioner. Fill up a big mixing bowl with lukewarm water, add a couple tablespoons’ worth of conditioner (three if it’s a tighter knit wool), stir it around, turn your sweater inside out, and drop it in. Swish the sweater around to work the conditioner into the wool, and let the whole thing sit for half an hour. Then lift the sweater out, and press it against itself (without wringing) so it’s no longer dripping wet. Gently stretch the sweater horizontally, then vertically, little by little, until it’s resized a tiny bit bigger than your ideal size. Remember to stretch the sleeves, …