- London Fashion Week runs 16-20 February 2018
- But how to organise all those new purchases?
- Award winning Alexander James Interior Design share top tips on how to achieve the ultimate dressing room at home
Yes! London Fashion Week is just around the corner, providing the perfect excuse for a complete wardrobe overhaul!
But after the shows, shopping and cocktails have finished and we’ve managed to lug all our bags across town, we still need to figure out where on earth to store it all once we’re back in our lair?
As any dedicated fashionista will tell you, it’s not just about having enough drawers, oh no.
What we want is to be able to admire the fruits of our labour and to display or collection of fashion forward picks to others. We want to have everything at our finger tips and in our line of sight to make getting ready quicker, easier and well, altogether more joyful.
“Having the ultimate dressing room can be a life-changing experience for those who love their clothes. Just because it’s a practical space doesn’t mean it can’t also be beautiful. The best dressing rooms should serve to inspire their users and celebrate all that is beautiful and fashionable each day.”
Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design
Here, Sibley shares her top tips on how to make the most of your dressing room to enjoy it at its best:
Start with a good sort through all your clothes, shoes, bags, jewellery and so on. You don’t want a space full of items you will never wear.
Next, think about what’s important to you. If you’re a shoe addict, think about how you would like them stored and displayed – do you want them on show or wrapped away for protection? Do you need lots of shelving for shoe boxes or do you prefer the shoes out of their boxes on display?
Have a think about lighting. Make sure the space is well lit, especially where you have the full-length mirror for trying outfits on. Using back-lit shelves can be a nice touch here, especially if you have a designer handbag collection or hats to display. Made to measure shelving can also work wonders for those items.
Then, give some thought to space allocation for clothes. Do you have more long dresses than separates? If so, you’ll need more full height hanging space. Be realistic about your level of tidiness as well. If you’re super neat, then open shelving and hanging space can work well, but if you lean towards the messy, then doors to hide away untidiness come highly recommended!
Decide on style. Do you want your dressing room to be glamorous and glitzy, sleek and cotemporary, or vintage inspired? Shape the space and the items on display to fit your preferred style.
Add some practical touches. Drawers can be a great help as underwear, ties and jewellery can all be neatly stored away, while a safe for expensive jewellery and watches may also be a good move. If space allows, a central island with further storage can also be very useful or can provide an area for sitting.
Finally, if you have oodles of space available, then a ‘his and hers’ dressing room is the ultimate luxury touch. With our side being ever-so-slightly bigger…of course!
For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.