January 21, 2013 - Easy Outfits, Style

A Week and a Peek

A Week of Real Outfits and a Peek Into My Closet

Outfit posts are fun and all but let’s face it, I work from home and I’m just not making that much effort on a daily basis.  So I decided to document my real outfits for a week to give everyone a peek into how I actually dress.

Monday (Casual Dinner Out)

Tuesday (It snowed!)

Wednesday (Bad hair day)

Thursday (No Makeup!)

Friday (Lunch with Coworkers)

Even though I am full on obsessed with my new Frye Riding Boots (above), you’ll notice from the other days of the week that my go-to faves are still my trusty old Uggs.  Just can’t beat the comfort of these things! They don’t sell that exact boot anymore but this is a pretty similar style.

[UGG – Brooks Leather Boot]

These outfits also feature a lot of my other go-to favorite pieces.  Like dark wash skinnies, leggings and some of my favorite accessories.  Here are some inspiration pieces.

And now for a peek into my closet.

Dream Closet

Oh wait, that’s not my closet!  That’s actually the closet of my dreams.  Sigh…

Here’s a glimpse into my real, FAR less impressive closet.

It ain’t pretty but it works!

I’ve seen a lot of people posting pictures of their closet makeovers lately.  My closet is far from the poster child for organization but at least I know where to find everything.  There’s a reason for that – I clean it out four times a year.  Yes, four.  Once per season.  I call it the quarterly closet cleanse.

Here are my top five ways to keep my closet organized.

1.  Rotate clothes seasonally – Only keep in there what you are using right now.  Everything else goes in storage.

2.  Clear out as you go – Every season when you are pulling things out, make three boxes labeled CASH, STASH and TRASH.  Throw anything in one of these that you haven’t worn in a year or longer.  Either sell or donate them, stash them if you just can’t part with them yet or trash them if they’re unwearable.

3.  Group items by style – My closet is grouped according to the style of the item.  Tanks, short sleeves, long sleeves, cardigans, dark denim, colored denim, etc.  This makes putting outfits together a breeze.  Sometimes I will grab one piece that I love and build an outfit around it.

4.  Use shoe racks – I have four shoe racks in my closet that hold everything from flip flops to boots.  I recently heard a statistic that women who own shoe racks are more punctual.  Hmm…must be something to that.  I guess we aren’t digging around looking for our shoe’s mates in the morning.

5.  Buy organizers for accessories (scarves and belts) – I recently bought both a scarf and belt organizer.  Why didn’t I do this years ago?  It’s so much less painful to pull one out now.

It’s Your Turn:  What are your top tips for keeping your closet in ship shape?  Share them with me in the comments!


Alright, pretties.  We are in the home stretch!  Voting closes on Thursday and then I will never bug you about this again.  BUT – until then, can I count on you to vote every day this week?  It just takes two clicks.  Thanks so much!

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  • This is why I like your blog. You are real! You even posted a pic with no make up. That rocks! I clean out my closet about 4 times a year. It’s organized by category (pants, skirts, etc.). I tried to do it by color, but it didn’t last for very long, lol! Heather

  • Charity

    You totally inspired me to get my yoga pants and fleece pullover off and don some black skinnies and a fun necklace. I’m a S-A-H-M, and sometimes feel like, why get dressed if I’m just gonna be home all day. But your at home looks were so darn cute, that I had to go get my pretty on too. Thanks!

    • Alison

      Aww, thanks Charity! That’s what I really hope for, not just to post my outfits but to inspire others too! Thanks for stopping by!

  • I showed my new organization on my blog today… I too go through the closet seasonably and rotate things around and put my hands on everything which forces me to edit…
    Love your outfits for the week, very appropriate for the weather!

  • Kristie

    Love Monday and Thursday. Those are outfits I can totally do!
    Thanks for sharing this.
    And thanks for the tips on the closet cleaning, and storage. Guess this is the motivation I need to work on my closet!

  • Love your Friday outfit, that coat is darling!!

  • I’m so in love with your smile Alison…..your outfits bring out the pretty in you a lot!!!


  • First off, I love ALL your outfits!!! Even in everyday life you have the cutest style! I have to say that I’m in love with those teal pants and your trench coat. Super adorable. But all your outfits are wonderful! Second, what awesome ideas! Before I got pregnant I would clean out my closet at least twice a year and it felt so good to free up space. And I love the idea of CASH, STASH or TRASH! I’m seriously going to incorporate this! Course I don’t feel like I can go through my closet until the baby is here because I don’t know how my body is going to change. But love these ideas!!! And I NEED to invest in a scarf/accessories holder.

    happy Monday!

    Redheaded Daybook

  • Love all your outfits! Great style!

    Rachel Ashley

  • Great post! You dress like a real person, but with terrific style and confidence. And you do have a terrific closet too. Thanks for sharing all the tips with Visible Monday!

  • My heart skipped a beat when I saw “your” closet! I was about to drive to your house and see it it person! Then you had to show me that your closet looks just like mine! Hahah! Here’s to dreaming!

  • I seriously just about died at “your closet pic”. I was INSANELY jealous! Sure, a little bit happy for you..but also insanely jealous!!!!!

  • Great closet tips! It’s a nice way to make the most of your closet. 🙂

  • My secret tip for closet honesty is this – at the beginning of the season, put all your clothes in with the hangers backwards. As you use and clean a garment, you will put it back with the hanger forwards, like normal. At the end of the month and season, you’ll be able to instantly tell which items were never used – they will still be hanging on backwards hangers.

    • Alison

      What a great tip, Kathleen! I love this.

  • love all of these looks! You’ve mastered the phone/mirror pic 🙂

    C’s Evolution of Style

  • Hahah! You kill me… I was like “wHaT!? That is you closet!?!” Was jealous there for a bit. LOL. Love the looks Lady!

    Nike O.

  • CC

    Girl, I love your casual comfy style! And you about gave me a heart attack with that closet. I was feeling a little green. 🙂 However your real closet is great too. 🙂 And I usually clear out twice a year, although if I notice that something is just taking up space, I will pull it out and stash it until clean out time. I did a post on part of my closet organization last year sometime, but haven’t updated it. 😉

  • Love your bad hair day hats! And I’m super impressed that you clean out your closet 4x/year – I’m more of a warm weather/cold weather organizer – when the temps change I go thru everything. But I would so love a closet makeover!

  • Alison,
    You’re just too cute! Your smile lights up every photo. Love your everyday looks. You really do love your boots, don’t you?!
    As for organizing my closet, I swap out twice a year…spring & fall. I put my clothing by colors more so than the type. It’s still a mess but it’s my organized mess. 🙂
    You got my vote!

  • Hahaha… you totally got me with that closet pic! :p And, I love your “real outfits”, especially #2 and #5.

  • I just recently organized both of my closets by color. It’s been a HUGE help. I used to think it was dumb and thought it couldn’t possibly help but now that I’ve done it makes grabbing something much easier.

  • christine

    I made an entire wall of pegboard to hold and display all of my jewelry and belts. It’s the most awesome thing EVER!

  • Can’t get all fired up about organizing, but glad you do since you look so amazing every single post. Really, just a pop of color or two with a flattering silhouette defines effortless dressing, and you do it like no one else.
    (Can’t come out and play for VM as I am changing over tech tools and loading new toys, but will catch up soon!)
    Yay, you!

  • Love all the outfits Ali! The boots are great and they are pretty much what I wear most days (when I’m not at work).

    xo Lulu

  • Love how you hid your bad hair day with a cute hat!