The Richmond Register

February 19, 2013

How to ‘shop your closet’

By Gina Noe
Extension Agent

RICHMOND — Have you ever thrown open your closet doors and exclaimed, “I have nothing to wear!” – although your closet may be stuffed to capacity and all your dresser drawers are full?

A good wardrobe includes clothes that are functional, that fit, look good on you, and make you feel good wearing them.

It takes time to build a functional working wardrobe. But what about all the clothes and accessories you currently have that are not worn and are over flowing from drawers, boxes and closet shelves?

What are the current trends in clothing, and how can you make your wardrobe more wearable?

Don’t get rid of the clothes you already have, but find a way to make them wearable in the life you live now. This may not be possible with everything, but you will get lots of good tips for shopping from your closet on Monday, Feb. 25, at the extension center.

Liz Kingsland, Bourbon County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, will explain and demonstrate a few basic ways to update your wardrobe without breaking your budget.

The process begins by taking an inventory of what you have. You should try on everything and determine if it fits into one of three categories:

• Not wearable because it does not fit you or your lifestyle.

• Clothing that fits, but may need repair or a change.

• Clothing that fits and you wear.

As you separate your clothing, you are going to have items you don’t wear for whatever reason. Those clothes may have potential if they could be altered by simple sewing. Of course, this creates an additional expense if you do not sew, but a viable alternative if you do.

Those clothes might also become a part of your wearable wardrobe with the addition of a scarf, belt, jewelry or other trendy accessory.

This lesson will cover proportion and fit, investment shopping, color selection, tips for redesign, fashion trends, scarf tying and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to de-clutter your closet and update the wardrobe you have. The class will be conducted at 1 p.m. at the Madison County Extension Education Center, 230 Duncannon Lane. There is no charge for the class, but seating is limited. Call to register by Thursday, Feb. 21, so we will have handouts and examples for everyone.

Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national origin.