Closet Clean Out 101: Top Tips from Stylists

Since January is known for so many things; clean eating, getting back to a routine of exercise, simplifying your life from the overindulgent months that are known as the holidays, why not add cleaning out your closet (that so many of us spend a good amount of money and time on!)? January is a great time to filter through your stuff, figure out what worked and what didn’t, and move on. (This is the #Consign part of the #ShopConsignRepeat campaign so you can #Shop come Spring!)



Owning a consignment store definitely has its perks (first dibs, anyone?) but really the best part is the network of amazing stylists that we get to work with. Working with them so closely has opened my eyes that no, I do not know everything, and yes, there is so much to absorb and learn from these amazing women. And, as the saying goes, as we age, our style evolves. What’s great about working with stylists is that they are experts in this arena of “finding clothing that works for your lifestyle” evolution. They help make these decisions to make your life easier. So why not turn to them for some tips on cleaning out that closet.

I asked a few of my favorite local stylists for their number one tip/ trick while I started to clean out my own closet and loved the variety of answers. Hopefully sharing their tips will inspire you to find the time to clean out your own closet and share the #ShopConsignRepeat love with us here at Mint Condition and 529 Kids Consign. (Let’s not forget the kiddos since we all know we are the only ones going into their closets!)


Marisa Gonzalez of AMG Style

Use coordinating hangers! Nothing screams closet chaos like a collection of mismatched wire and plastic hangers trying to coexist alongside one another. Limit the visual clutter, add space, and give your closet a streamlined look by using matching hangers for your clothes. My favorite hangers are the Joy Mangano flocked huggable hangers. The velvet texture grips onto your clothes and don’t let the thin shape fool you; these hangers are sturdier than others I’ve used.”






Ali Hellmuth of ALH Style

My number one closet edit tip is to identify the positive and negative color stories and silhouettes within your current wardrobe. This sets the stage for what you should and should not shop for. You’ll also have a lot of fun organizing your closet based on this framework!”






Alicia McCaslin of Tullebox

My number one tip for a closet cleanse – edit embellished clothing sooner rather than later. Pay attention to the “extra” embellishments on clothing. Bows, laces, buttons, zippers – these are the elements of clothing that will date your clothing quickly. The collars of blouses and jackets fall into this category as well. My years of being a buyer have given me a keen eye on being able to identify clothing that is past its prime. Start coming to terms with how long you expect to wear your purchases with these extra embellishments and then apply a “one in – one out” rule. A healthy turnover of this category of clothing is necessary to keep your style interesting and pertinent.“


To kick start that closet cleanse, we hope you can join us for the New Year/New You Event and Give Away on Thursday, January 23, 6 pm – 9pm at The Shoe Hive. Megan and I will be on hand to collect ten consignment items from you and set-up new accounts if you don’t have one already. Angela from Bellacara will be there to show everyone how to use Westman Atelier, the best clean makeup out there, and Ali of ALH style will be giving us even more scoop on editing your wardrobe. Plus there are over $900 worth of prizes to be won! An event not to miss 🙂

#newyearnewyou #shopconsignrepeat #lovelocalOT


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Co-Owner Katie Coslov bought Mint Condition with her sister-in-law Megan Podolsky in August of 2019. Previously Katie was the Director of Operations at The Shoe Hive and had fallen in love with Old Town’s charming little city, where you walk down the street and greet people by their first names. Coming from numerous other big named retailers, and graduating from The University of Arizona with a Retailing and Consumer Sciences Degree, owning her own store had been on her bucket list! Check Check. Katie and her husband Ryan moved to the Alexandria area in 2016 with their two dogs and now have two little ones also.

Mint Condition stocks an ever-changing inventory of current women’s clothing, handbags, shoes and jewelry by top designers – all in a fresh boutique atmosphere. Come see why we've been named the DC Metro’s Best Consignment Store by Washingtonian, Northern Virginia, Virginia Living Magazines and the Washington Post Express and featured in Southern Living Magazine as one of Old Town's best boutiques. 

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