An organised wardrobe can make the search for the right outfit a whole lot easier. Take some tips from the stars who have the ultimate in closets.
How to organise your wardrobe like a star
We’ve all seen those pictures of amazing A-lister “wardrobes”. Actually, they can more accurately be described as dressing rooms as many stars take over one or more bedrooms to house their extravagant collections of clothes, shoes and accessories.
Many favour having everything on display as they have so much gear they can’t remember exactly what choices they have when it comes to putting together an outfit. Organised by category—jeans, pants, tops, skirts, dresses, etc—with a sub genre of colour, the wardrobes look like the show rooms of an upmarket fashion store.
Most of the closets have a special area for make-up with a vanity, mirror and appropriate lighting, plus storage space for all the hair gear needed to create the perfect do.
The décor of star closets is as luxe as their contents with antique furniture, marble columns, grand lighting treatments, expensive wall finishes and classy carpets. Many star wardrobes are a destination in themselves with bars, flat screen TVs, sound systems and cosy seating making them a total girlie hang out.
Organise like a pro
Even if most of us don’t have the clothes racks of A-listers, let alone the space to showcase them, there are a few tips we can take from their amazing wardrobe spaces when it comes to organising our own:
- Create zones. Organise your clothes according to type, then break that down into colours and seasons. If you have limited space, go for a change out and store clothes when they are not in season.
- Invest in plenty of shelving. It’s so much easier to make decisions when you can quickly review your choices.
- Display your shoes in racks. Another space saver is to keep your best shoes in their original boxes. They can be stacked and easily identified by the branding on the box.
- Lie your jewellery out in a dresser drawer. Keep earrings together in a jewellery box and store necklaces in trays.
- Colour code your tops. A drawer each for black tops, white T-shirts, warm cardigans, shrugs and boleros, etc, will make searching for the right garment a cinch.
- Last but not least, invest in some quality wooden hangers. Your clothes will love you for it. And don’t forget to have the hanger hooks facing the same way to make sorting through your closet a breeze.
Shoes tend to get preferential treatment with some stars devoting a whole room to showcasing their collection.
Christina Aguilera is a two-closet girl and her shoes are displayed in floor-to-ceiling shelves. She groups the shoes according to the brand – YSL, Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, McQueen, and a ladder gives her easy access to her array of boots that take up the top few levels.
Singer Maria Carey’s huge dressing room is climate controlled and with more than 1000 pairs of shoes not everything is on display and pairs are juggled according to the season. As well as organising her clothes by colour and textiles she takes the “what will I wear?” moment out of the mix by having “event specific” zones of clothes.
Accessories take centre stage
Most A-listers give handbags and clutches the same treatment as their shoes with everything laid out on display in shelves and grouped by designer, style, colour or occasion. Kardashian-momager Kris Jenner is the ultimate example of this trend. She recently showed off a custom closet she had created specifically to house her million dollar collection of the Hermès tote bags.
A favourite design feature of many of these upmarket closets is to house accessories in a central island of shelves and drawers. Sunglasses and belts are lined up in drawers and jewellery is often set out in glass topped display cases. Elton John’s impressive collection of sunglasses is displayed in a floor to ceiling shelving that has been built into the attic eaves of his English estate.
Actress Eva Longoria’s jeans are impeccably organised by colour.
Singer Maria Carey’s huge dressing room is climate controlled and houses more than 1000 pairs of shoes.
Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner had a custom closet made to house her collection Hermès totes.
Jessica Alba cleverly uses extra wall space to display her hat collection.
Who other than Elton John would have such an impressive collection of sunglasses?
Christina Aguilera’s shoes are grouped according to the brand – YSL, Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, McQueen, and a ladder gives her easy access to her array of boots.
What looks like a well organised closet is actually just the ‘active-wear’ section of Khloe Kardashian’s wardrobe.
Actress Olivia Wilde’s walk-in closet is a destination in itself with a 19th-century mirrored vanity and plush rug from Cantoni.
Fashion designer Monique Lhuillier’s closet comes complete with crystal chandelier, three-way mirror and fabulous ottomans by artist Azadeh Shladovsky.
Shoes tend to get preferential treatment with some stars devoting a whole room to showcasing their collection, just like talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump follows a favourite design trend of the stars by displaying her accessories on a central island.
Design icon Kelly Wearstler stores her jewellery in these cool drawers, making accessorising a breeze.
Hills star and lifestyle guru Lauren Conrad’s closet style is as luxe as her clothes.
Words by: Sarah Beresford.