Amanda Brooks may be exiting her role as vice president and fashion director of Barneys New York—a job she accepted only slightly over a year ago—but there’s no question the fashion fixture will continue to inspire the way we dress. Brooks’ wardrobe, which wavers between Palm-Beach-preppy and ’70s-bohemian, has spawned tons of fans and made her a bona fide street style star. But as it turns out, she’s got a specific routine to keeping her overflowing closet in check.
"I have a main closet built into my bedroom that is my current clothing," Brooks told Annabel Tollman of online mag The Aesthete. "At the end of the season, if I haven’t worn something for a while, I have a secondary closet in my bathroom [that holds] off-season on one side and then purgatory on the other. If things are in purgatory for a year or two and haven’t been worn, then pieces go to the basement which is the equivalent of hell, or they get given away."
We figured there might be a method to this style savant’s madness. And we tend to agree with Brooks’ approach—the "out of sight, out of mind" trick is indeed a good way to check whether or not a piece that’s been hanging out in your closet is actually worth the space. For more on Brooks’ style (plus some pretty pictures), check out her whole feature at Theaesthete.com.
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