New York City equals worst closet space ever! (Unless you are Sex and The City's Carrie Bradshaw, of course.) At the beginning of each season, I find myself in clean-up mode. It used to be that I needed to streamline my wardrobe to comfortably fit in my closet, but now I actually want to go through my closet and see what I no longer wear. My mom always said that if you didn't wear the item last year, it's unlikely you will this year. Of course that saying applied prior to vintage clothing becoming so chic. She only wished that her mother, my grandmother, didn't discard that amazing Pucci dress collection. I find that the older I get, the less I find items in my closet that I don't wear, which means I have matured as a shopper. Nevertheless, I always feel like I need trendy additions -- be it the new Mary Jane python platforms from Nine West, forest green J Brand cords, or the warm and comfy Topshop tights. By the way, an amazing bargain at $12 a pair, and they actually look and feel like opaque Wolfords without the sticker-shock price!
Students usually find themselves on a tight budget. A great way of sticking to your budget while adding some new pieces to your wardrobe is to check out the consignment stores. I don't mean as a customer, but as a consignee. It is amazing how you can make money by cleaning up your closet and giving away the pieces you're so over with to a consignment shop. A haute consignment store that I especially love is Second Time Around. There are five locations around New York City, but they are not limited to here. There are locations in Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhoda Island, Vermont, and Washington DC. Unlike the consignment shops that want the old Chanel, Second Time Around caters to a younger crowd and are looking for reasonably current, good brands (i.e. Tory Burch, Tucker, Theory, Alice and Olivia, etc)
After going through my closet, I make an appointment to drop off my pieces -- one time I saw one of my jackets in the window, which was quite funny. I ended up receiving a nice check at the end of the month, giving me enough money to buy some of my season's must-haves.
This is a great way for me to get in the habit of organizing and rearranging, since college days are very close, and that dorm closet (if I even have one) is likely to be even smaller than my closets at home in New York City.