winter

5 WAYS TO WINTER-PROOF YOUR CLOSET

Shop Haven’s new-season style picks and storage hacks. Trust us, your wardrobe will thank you for it!

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As we write it’s a bright, chilly morning in Greenwich, CT – and it’s about time. The fashion industry may have been showcasing new-season trends since early September, but who wants to stash their summer clothes or shop for chunky knits when it’s 70 degrees outside? A shift in season combines our two favorite things: fashion and organizing. Shop our favorites right off the page (there’s something for every budget!), then read on to discover the best ways to work them into your closet.

Before you start…

Already swapped out your summer clothes for winter? Skip to the next step (and pat yourself on the back for being so damn organized).

If you haven’t, set aside a few hours to review your closet. It sounds obvious but make sure you wash or dry-clean the items you’re storing (no one wants to unpack musty clothes in spring). Stash them in under-bed containers or transparent bins, and carefully label each one.

Now, onto your winter wardrobe. Fun fact: the average person wears 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. Which means you probably have waaaay too many clothes. Before placing each item in your closet take a moment to reassess. We always follow the 3F rule.

 

Does each item:

Fit?

If not, either schedule an appointment with a tailor, or donate/consign.

Flatter?

Life’s too short for clothes that make you feel anything other than your best self.

 

Function?

Can you create at least three looks with this item? While this rule doesn’t apply to your closet’s standout items (like cocktail dresses), you don’t want a wardrobe full of one-hit wonders.

 
 

If you’re struggling to part with certain items, we recommend the hanger test. Turn all the metal-hook part of your hangers to face you. Each time you wear an item, turn the hook to face the other way. After a month, check in to see how many hangers are still facing the original direction. Those are the clothes you need to have a long, hard think about.


Done? Great! Let’s crack on with HAVEN’s winter picks…


 
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Floral maxi dress

The lowdown

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This season the runways were in full bloom! So, it’s official: you don’t have to live in pants all winter long. A great maxi-dress is so versatile. Wear with heels or long boots for a polished look, or with sneakers and a belted cardigan for a low-key take. The higher your budget the more luxe the fabric (think silk and velvet). But knock-off versions are gorgeous, too, if you know where to look.

Oscar de la Renta (photo credit: vogue.com)


HAVEN hack

You’ll need to maximize the space in your closet. Use our favorite huggable hangers to create extra room. Depending on the fabric, you might get away with folding the dress in half and draping over the hanger. We also recommend keeping a portable steamer handy to iron out any creases.

Shop the look

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Luxe:

Veronica Beard, $795

 
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Less:

Zara $69.90


 
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Belt bag

The lowdown

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An unexpected addition but bear with us. A belt bag instantly updates any look. If you tire of wearing it around your waist, sling it over your head and voila! A mini cross-body bag. Two for the price of one (we told you to bear with us!)

Givenchy (photo credit vogue.com)

 

HAVEN hack

We love to make a visual statement with bags: not only does it pretty up a closet, but you’re far more likely to use what you can see. Shelf dividers keep smaller bags, like satchels and clutches, neatly lined up (pad them out with a dustbag or a bag shaper. HAVEN also loves accessory hooks . Clip them to your hanging rail for an easy, space-saving way to store bags (plus they’re great for belts, scarves and umbrellas, too).

 


Shop the look

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Luxe:

Yves Saint Laurent, $950

 
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Less:

Madewell, $60


 
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Knee length boots

The lowdown

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Straight or slouchy, classic or animal print, over pants or under a dress, a tall boot elevates any look. Our go-to? The block heel. It’s stylish and comfortable. Trust us when we say you’ll wear them forever.

Chanel (photo: vogue.com)

 

HAVEN hack

Depending on closet space we highly recommend these space-saving boot stackers. They keep tall boots in shape and prevent them wobbling over (our major bugbear – yes, the struggle is real). Also allow us to introduce you to cedar blocks – slot them into boots to keep them fresh and mildew-free.

 

Shop the look

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Luxe:

Altuzurra, $1495

 

 
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Statement jewelry

The lowdown

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Easily the quickest way to update your winter wardrobe. Chunky, sculptural accessories add a fresh take to any winter look. Wear either alone or layered with your favorite pieces.

Chloe (photo credit: vogue.com)

 

HAVEN hack

While we love necklaces, we loathe untangling them. Save yourself the hassle and invest in some good storage. We are huge fans of customizable Stackers jewelry trays. But if you’re short on surface space, go for a hanging option. And keep a jewelry polishing cloth nearby to buff up your bling.

 

Shop the look:

 

Luxe:

Chloe, $550

 
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Less:

Baublebar, $22


 
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The new knit

The lowdown

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The boy-meets-girl vibe dominated the fall/winter runways. Think feminine dresses
teamed with chunky fair isle sweaters (Erdem) and baggy grey knits sprinkled with rhinestone (Christopher Kane). At Tory Burch, a graphic knit and floral combo proved a major hit with the front row.

Tory Burch (photo vogue.com)

 

HAVEN hack

First, decide whether you’re Team Hang or Team Fold. If you’re the former, make sure you have the right hanger. Go for either padded or wooden and use our trick: fold the sweater in half lengthwise, position the hanger so the hook is facing the armpit then fold over the sides. You should end up with a perfectly hung sweater. If you have the space to fold (and we suggest no more than five sweaters in each pile otherwise they start to topple), a folding board is your new best friend. And we always stash a fabric defuzzer in the closet to take care of any pilling knitwear.

 

Shop the look

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Luxe:

Vince, $385

 
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Less:

Zara, $49.90


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Corrie & Jennifer