Thursday, March 1, 2012


I'm thrilled that Dawn from The Alternative Wife agreed to participate in our Closet Confidential series today. One of my favorite daily reads, Dawn brings a discerning eye for fashion and trends coupled with the most captivating images and prose--a delicious daily indulgence!  A fellow Manhattanite, we haven't met in person yet...but I plan to remedy that soon, perhaps an Friday night bellini? 

Let's see what's behind Dawn's closet doors...

closet confidential
What are the 5 essential clothing items in your closet?
It changes seasonally but I'll go with fall/winter.  Black tanks {I wear them almost everyday, year round actually}, sweaters, boots, skirts, tights.
The one thing in my closet that I should get rid of but just can part with:
Black patent leather pointy flats that I've owned for 10 years.  They're the most fabulous, comfortable shoes ever so I just keep getting them re-soled.
Describe your perfect outfit:
Long fur vest layered over a black jacket or sweater, scarf, leggings and over the knee boots.
There’s always room in my closet for:
More scarves
My dream closet would include:
First and foremost is SPACE, lots of room for shoes and boots preferably with built ins, shelves for bags, drawers for jewelry organization and lingerie, a chandelier, sitting area with a gorgeous chair, settee or ottoman, and a fabulous rug.

I’ve kept_________hoping (it would fit, it would come back in style, sentimental):
Leather pants
I never have enough:
Again scarves.  I buy them constantly.  It could be considered a problem. But if I had to pick something else, I'd go with other accessories, clutches, shoes, cocktail rings, bangles.  Anything to transform a basic look.  That way you can work with your staples.

Designer closet envy would be:
Georgina Chapman

Neat or messy?
My latest addition to my closet is:
Camel off the shoulder sweater and black flat over the knee riding boots
The last thing I got rid of was:
Summer dresses
Extra shelves or extra hangers?
You would be surprised I have/don’t have:
Many pants.  I'm a skirt and dress girl at heart.
I have an extensive collection of:
Your organizational motto is:
Tops to bottoms by color.  
What do you like about your closet?
It's a walk-in
What would you change?
More shelves and better lighting
Best closet tip for organization:
Velvet hangers
Right now your closet is in a state of:
A bit of clutter.  Time to purge some more!
Thank you for guest posting today Dawn. I loved learning about your stylish (and very neat) closet!


jeanette from everton terrace said...

I'm wearing a black tank right now! A staple for me as well. This is reminding me to get out my scarves, I never remember to wear them. Our weather here in Phoenix doesn't require lots of layering :)


Thank you so much for having me today, Barbara! And I'm down for that bellini anytime. :) xoxo

Acquired Objects said...

Tanks are always a staple under clothing any time of the year! I love these closets.

Suburban Princess said...

Great post! These closets are envy inducing!

I Dream Of said...

How fun to peak into Dawn's closet - she's making me want to get organized! I'm a skirt and dress girl too, but think I might also be guilty of hanging on to a leather pants - perhaps it's time for them to go!
Happy Thursday to you both!

Leslie said...

Sounds perfect and I love the layers! Black tanks, scarfs, cashmere tights, and boots are essential here in WA state - woke up to snow and rain mix again..

rolala said...

I'm not surprised that dawn's closet sounds as fabulous as she is! I organize by color as well.
rolala loves

Karena said...

I also have tanks as a staple, usually black. Scarves are my addiction as I wear one in some way every day! Loved Dawn's closet interview!

Art by Karena

Splendid Sass said...

Such a beautiful post, Barbara. I am headed over to visit Dawn's blog now.
Thank you for the introduction and have a great Thursday.

Val said...

Dawn is amazing and so is this wonderful post!!!

red ticking said...

working on my sisters closet plans now... thank you for this amazing post! xoxo

classic • casual • home said...

Wouldn't it be great to have that mirrored vanity in your closet/dressing room?

TheWhitList said...

Dawn, I would have answered exactly the same way to about 95% of those questions!

Sunny & Star said...

Black tanks are a staple for me too. I wear them several times a week.

navy and orange said...

great post! love and want it all!

xoxo navy & orange

classiq said...

So you're a clutch girl too, Dawn. :) It was lovely to peak into your wardrobe. :)

Anonymous said...

Love Dawn! She's such a glamour girl. This series is so much fun. xo

The Dainty Dolls House said...

She's marvelous!! These are fantastic ideas!! xx

Martina said...

Dawn's always a stle inspiration - such a fun to read interview! Reminds me to better organize my things ;)

Elle Sees said...

YES to the velvet hangers.

Karen said...

I love this series. Every time I read it I want to go home and organize my closet! This is good, maybe it will keep me in step with the essentials for fashion. :-)

Punctuation Mark said...

i love this girl... we met last time i was in NY and will try to meet again on my upcoming trip... Great post!

toi said...

i love dawn's sense of fashion and style. i am into scarves just like her :)

pretty pink tulips said...

I'm with Dawn --- I'm much more comfortable in skirts and dresses than pants. Though I realize that I'm in leggings/boots as I write!!

Dawn is a daily stop for me, so love learning more about her and her closet style!!

xo Elizabeth

A BRIT GREEK said...

I am all about the black tank, a longer line one that you can layer up!

Georgina's closet would be amazeballs!

zanetastyle said...

LOVE LOVE your closet stories! REally cool to peek in other great women's opinions and wishes when it comes to closets and wardrobe(: It is a constant evolution for all of us and Georgina's husband is just not as sexy as mine(((((: so I will be happy with a smaller closet...instead!

xo Z

T&C said...

The new Theodora and Callum store in East Hampton has the perfect scarves for either dressing up an outfit or wearing to the beach! You can never to many scarves :)

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