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How to build a dream closet in 5 steps

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How to build a dream closet in 5 steps

An organized and beautiful closet will actually better your style. “If it’s just chaos, you’re going to put yourself together that way,” warns MT Meikle, founder and president of Toronto-based style consultancy La Closette. Here’s her life-bettering advice.

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1. Ditch the bulky wooden hangers.

Opt for thin felt ones to avoid damaging silk blouses and keep garments from slipping. Then arrange your hangables by colour for a Pinterest-worthy look.

2. Invest in a steamer.
It’s less bulky than an ironing board, and you can quickly turn it on in the morning. Because if you have to ask if that shirt is too wrinkled....

3. Put it on display.

Shelve your handbags and install a towel hook to hang your scarves, boutique-style. Stack bracelets around beautiful glass jars so they’re at eye level when you’re contemplating how to glam up an outfit.

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4. Create an ambience.
Instead of using potpourri—which can be overwhelming at first and fades quickly—keep your walk-in closet stocked with fresh-cut flowers or tuck soft-scented dryer sheets in with your delicates.

5. Make a mood board.

Ask a stylist or Cher Horowitz: Polaroids know best. Collect snaps of your favourite outfits, magazine tears and pictures of street-style stars and arrange them on a bulletin board as daily inspo.

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10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The statement coat

How to wear it: A statement coat in a bold colour and power makes an instant impact. Keep the rest of your outfit classic and streamlined. Miu Miu Leopard-print Shearling Coat ($5,630 USD), at net-a-porter.com. READ MORE: How to take care of your winter coat

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Miu Miu Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The black pump

How to wear it: A black pump is one of the most versatile items in your shoe arsenal. Wear it with practically anything! Michael Kors Avra Leather Pointy Toe Pump ($350), at theseptember.com. READ MORE: The ultimate investment fashion style guide

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Michael Kors Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The tailored blazer

How to wear it: The blazer is no longer confined to the boardroom. Pair it with cool leather leggings and a graphic tee. Pink Tartan Avery Jacket in Black ($495), at pinktartan.com. READ MORE: How to build a dream closet in 5 steps

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Pink Tartan Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The evening clutch

How to wear it: Every woman needs an evening clutch to match her black tie attire. Aldo Enroelid Evening Clutch ($50), at aldoshoes.com. READ MORE: 10 new fashion essentials

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Aldo Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The white tee

How to wear it: The perfect white tee can anchor down any look. From patterned bottoms to coloured denim, it goes with almost anything. Joe Fresh Oversized Tee ($14), at joefresh.com. READ MORE: How to find the perfect LBD for your body

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Joe Fresh Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The black tote

How to wear it: Round out your look with a bag that can be worn for day and night. Opt for a well structured bag with minimal embellishments. 3.1. Phillip Lim Pashli Tote ($1,149.40), at farfetch.com. READ MORE: How to take care of your designer handbag

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of 3.1. Phillip Lim Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The LBD

How to wear it: Classic and elegant, the little black dress is an iconic addition to your wardrobe. H&M Sleeveless Dress ($34.95), at hm.com. READ MORE: Editors' fall fashion upgrades

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of H&M Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The sunglasses

How to wear it: Choose a retro-inspired frame like the cat-eye for a chic vibe. Dolce & Gabbana Cat Eye Sunglasses ($320), at sunglasshut.com. READ MORE: How to buy boots you'll love forever

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The jeans

How to wear it: A great fitting pair of jeans is an essential for weekend and casual wear. Dress it up with a nice heel or dress it down with sandals or combat boots. J Brand 811 Mid-rise Skinny Jeans ($228.48), at mytheresa.com. READ MORE: How to buy a coat

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of J Brand Credits: ELLE Canada

10 fashion pieces every woman needs in her closet

Fashion pieces every woman needs: The flats

How to wear it: Wearing flats doesn't always have to be casual. A pointed tip and embellishement can make it incredibly wearable for every occasion. Wear it with jeans or with an LBD. Oscar de la Renta Judgie Printed Faille Point-toe Flats ($139 USD), at theoutnet.com. READ MORE: 7 tips to take care of your heels

By: Noah Lehava Source: Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta Credits: ELLE Canada

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