There’s something soothing about peering into celebrity closets. Rows of dresses, sweaters, and skirts hang neatly, a rainbow of silk and cashmere, all in glittering rooms frankly bigger than many of our apartments. But while our closets may not be quite the same scale, there’s something to be learned from those color-coded closets, especially since we’re betting stars had some expert assistance setting them up.
We turned to organizational expert Lili Pettit to find out exactly why sorting closets by color works. Thanks to her expert advice, you may just be convinced to let ROYGBIV dictate where everything goes in your own wardrobe. Check out her tips below, and shop a few of our favorite pieces, sorted by color, of course.
WHO WHAT WEAR: What makes organizing by color so effective?
LILI PETTIT: Organizing by color is aesthetically soothing to the eye, creating a calmness that helps take some of the stress out of searching for an outfit in the morning. When a closet lacks organization and color coding, it poses an overwhelming sight that can redirect your mind and leave you feeling frazzled. Many cases of tardiness have resulted from the infamous problem; “I have nothing to wear!” Yet, when your clothes are color-coded, you instantly know where everything is with one quick glance. This opens up the mental energy you need to efficiently get dressed for the day.
WWW: Is there a reason so many celebrities seem to organize by color?
LP: Color-coding is ideal for celebrities because they tend to have very large wardrobes. Imagine searching for your favorite black blouse in a walk-in closet containing 150 other blouses in no specific order. Needless to say, that could take a while. The larger your inventory of clothes, the more difficult it becomes to navigate an unorganized closet.
Additionally, many celebrities have stylists who come to their houses on a regular basis to put together outfits. In order for the stylist to perform to their highest potential, it is essential that they are able to easily locate all options and save time. The fact that organizing by color photographs well is an eye-pleasing bonus.
WWW: Do you have any tips for sorting when doing it by color?
LP: My preferred sorting method is to follow the rainbow color scheme: ROYGBV (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet). Generally, the clothes should be arranged from light to dark. Whites and creams will lead into pinks and light reds, continuing through the rainbow and ending with black. Colors such as brown and gray tend to be integrated on a situational basis, depending on the gradient of the client’s wardrobe. For example, if someone has a lot of taupe, light brown, and brown, these colors would fit well after the whites and creams. If they only have a few darker browns, I would put them toward the end, just before black.