Forget about spring-cleaning – we are in winter tidying mood! Now that 2015 has come and gone, we are saying, “Out with the old.” Let’s get that closet of yours organized and in order just in time for the New Year.
Don’t panic. We know this can seem like an overwhelming task at first, but trust us, once your closet is clutter free, you will breathe a sigh of relief. The Voge Boutique team is here to help you get through the chore with some expert advice and a simple step-by-step guide.
OUT WITH THE OLD
Steps to a Clutter-Free Closet
1. Get some new hangers.
Keep everything looking uniform and splurge on slim wooden hangers to get that boutique chic vibe. Velvet hangers are also a necessity – they are great to prevent clothes with smooth fabrics like silk from slipping. Pant and skirt hangers are must (we recommend the clip top hangers).
2. Take everything out.
This is going to allow you to completely restructure your closet and see just how many items you are working with. Each item should be evaluated for keep-worthiness.
3. Assess your pieces.
Ask yourself these questions about each piece of clothing. If the answer to one or more of these questions is no, get ready to throw it, sell it or donate it.
- Does this accurately represent my style?
- Is this flattering / do I feel confident when I wear this?
- Have I worn this in the last year?
- Is this the image I want to project?
- (If the item is damaged) Will I make an effort to repair this?
- Is there sentimental value?
4. Organize and color-code.
Once your ‘keep’ pile is complete, organize the pieces in a way that makes sense to you – usually by function or style. Then color code each section to make finding and assembling outfits way easier.
5. Sell, donate or toss?
Your ‘get rid of’ section should now be piled high and ready for sorting.
- Sell if it doesn’t fit, isn’t your style anymore, is slightly worn and was expensive.
- Donate if it’s slightly worn and inexpensive. Also donate any clothes that aren’t sold.
- Toss if it’s torn or broken or it’s underwear.
IN WITH THE NEW
Now that you have made room in your wardrobe by getting rid of all of those unneeded items, it’s time to stock up on some of this season’s newest looks. Swing by Voge Boutique or surf our site to snag some of the cutest pieces for 2016.
The countdown to the ball drop has begun – where are you planning to ring in the New Year? Whether you’re arranging a casual gathering of family and friends or formulating more formal festivities be sure you’re ready to dress the part. Check out some of these New Year’s partying possibilities and the perfect Voge ensembles to pair with each one. With all new arrivals 20% off until January 1, there's no reason to let the New Year go by without a fashionable new purchase.
Great Gatsby Greatness
Attending a party so fabulous it is basically fantastical fiction brought to life? Would F. Scott Fitzgerald be proud of this shindig? Don’t be afraid of the drama while ushering in the New Year with Valentino Kiss – a breathtaking printed flare dress with a detailed back to die for. Complete the look with a smoky eye, wing tip eyeliner and a neutral lip.
Yearning for more glitter? We got you. The Great Escape dress is a sequined open-back shift dress that is sure to keep all the eyes on you. Pair with black stilletos and a bold red lip.
If you are headed out to a performance or music venue on the last day of 2015, try this all black everything look – rock out in modern Morticia magnificence. You can’t go wrong with distressed jet-black denim, an oversized top and lengthy tassel.
We recommend checking out Lonely Horse’s final performance at HiTones if you happened to be in San Antonio. The two-man group’s gritty blue-infused indie rock has gotten much press over the past few years for their hypnotically catchy tunes.
Rooftop Jubilee: Ending On A High Note
Obviously the best place to view fireworks is atop anything elevated. Do your research. Where are the best bars and restaurants in your area that make use of their raised views? Once plans are set, dress the part. The exquisite detailing on the back of this fitted velvet mandala print dress is perfect for an evening of gazing and attention stealing.
Paramour Bar is a brand new and fabulously designed bar in San Antonio featuring rooftop views, plush patio furniture and a high-class crowd that appreciates style. The bar also happens to be offering a New Year’s Eve party package that includes a hotel room at Wyndham Garden, champagne, hors d’oeuvres and party entry.
With the fam still in town, keeping New Year’s celebrations low-key and home oriented can be preferable to venturing downtown or out to a crowded venue or bar. The chill atmosphere is perfect for a simplistic cute and classy look. Try this fit and flair Midnight Muse dress with a fun statement necklace for the perfect effortless ensemble.
Romp Out and About
Just about every hotel, restaurant and bar is welcoming 2016 with deals, offers and big bashes to boot. Get all gussied up in our Romp N Roll backless romper or Glimmer Of Hope metallic romper and head out to create a night to remember. Pair either of these looks with black tights and a black peacoat to transition from the frosty outdoors seamlessly.
In San Antonio, the glamorous Hotel Emma is throwing a legendary New Year’s party filled with historic merriment. Downtown, The Last Word (an author-themed gem) is hosting a lovely social gathering that will include champagne, a DJ, hand-crafted cocktails and small bites.
Browse online or swing by the store in person to create a flawless New Year’s outfit. Hurry! The clock is ticking and 2016 is almost here.
The New Year is the perfect opportunity to spruce up that closet – out with the old, we say! How do you conjure up inspiration for the whimsical outfits to come, you ask? Easy. Follow 2016’s fieriest fashion bloggers. Here is our breakdown of the selected six to stalk on social media this year.
Sydney blogger Nicole Warne has been featured on the cover of Lucky Magazine and has been mentioned in prestigious fashion magazines including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Glamour. Gary Pepper started as a small ebay store that specialized in vintage womenswear and accessories until Nicole began blogging fulltime in 2012. She hasn’t looked back since.
As the contributing editor at Marie Claire, Nicolette is, of course, all kinds of fabulous. Her blog is informative and creative and tons of fun to read. She includes personal style snapshots, travel info and more. She is most notable for using her blog as a platform to discuss larger social issues. Blogging with a purpose – we love it. You may have seen her work featured on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America,” The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vogue Italia and many more.
Like the title says, the blog focuses on petite women’s apparel – offering suggestions and solutions for the shorter-than-average lady. With a focus on professional attire, this Boston blogger is offering fantastic petite resources including brands that offer smaller options, affordable alterations and how to buy a petite suit.
What a fantastically genius title... because who among us hasn’t seen every episode of Sex and the City at least three times?
Kathleen is a southern belle who, after finishing college, was inspired by the working world and the knowledge that she quickly gained that “not even a fraction of the effortless, fun and fabulous life that Carrie led” was easily attained. Now living in Southern California, this style maven is blending her southern charm, love of glitter and evolving West Coast taste.
Pronounced bee-zoo, Bisous is a model, blogger and photographer based in London. We love the categorized layout of her blog including features like mostly leather ensembles, aphrodisiac (afro looks) and lipstick jungle picks. Bisous makes everything look just a bit more fabulous. She was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in South Africa, moved to Canada and now lives in Paris, so her taste is eclectic to say the least.
Highlighting feminine shapes, beauty finds and high-rise stilettoes, the glamorous Sandra Hagelstam hails from Finland by way of London where she studies fashion design at the London College of Fashion. She recently partnered with Nordstrom this year for a featured blog titled, “What to Wear in Milan, Paris, London and New York.”
Now that your fashion fantasies have been ignited by these breathtaking bloggers, stop by Voge and let’s make your dreams a reality.
BFF presents can be hard to find. At Voge Boutique, we know that you want to impress your bestie and gift her with a present of perfection. With so many options at your fingertips, the decision can be a bit much. Take a look at our list of the best of the best for this holiday season – these ideas are useful and adorable, so scroll on!
Give her something to hold onto, accent her unparalleled personality and add charm to any ensemble. Go playful and grab this Voge Boutique polka doted Susie Clutch. Hand crafted from the finest pony hair leather and adorned with a gold plated zipper pull, the clutch is the perfect accenting accessory.
Making A Statement
Your BFF deserves to be the center of attention, so what not pick up an outfit-defining piece as bold as she is? A statement necklace is a fabulously versatile choice – pair with a cocktail dress for a night out, a simple tank for a chic look or with a chambray shirt for the office. This Art Deco inspired necklace features intricate details and a beautiful light teal and green color combo.
The past few years have been incredible for female authors. We have seen groundbreaking fiction published as well as some incredibly witty and insightful memoirs. Pick up Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, Mindy Kailing’s Why Not Me or Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl.
Candles are perfect for soaking in a bubble bath, creating an intimate living room ambiance or simply filling a bedroom with a cheery aroma. This signature Capri Blue scent combines tropical fruits and sugared citrus for a bright, sweet scent. Grab a decorative basket and throw in some body lotion, perfume, nail polish and a few various scented candles for a gift of pure girly goodness.
“It’s always tea time,” said The Mad Hatter.
This blooming tea set serves a dual purpose – it allows for some relaxation time including delicious, soothing tea but also functions as a lovely conversation piece. The tea balls bloom into beautiful flowers as they steep into fragrant tea. This set comes with a 24-ounce glass teapot with stainless steel strainer and eight different tea balls.
Is your best friend’s mobile constantly at 10% or less? Is she continuously borrowing your car charger? Get her a much-needed gift this holiday season – a mobile charger. This pint-sized lifesaver is perfect for extended shopping trips, coffee dates or ensuring topical Instagram posts during ACL. The device charges the IPhone 5 up to 80%!
Dress It Up, Dress It Down
Dresses are fairly easy apparel gifts to give – thank goodness, because we love them. Dresses provide a bit of room for error in terms of sizing, so choose a simple shift dress or casual mini that your best friend can customize with accessories. The Kenny Swing dress is both romantic and casual with a girly flare and is flattering for every shape.
Voge Boutique offers a great selection of gifts for all of the ladies in your life. Look through our selection of clothing for all occasions, accessories and more – and don’t forget to pick up something for yourself while you’re here!