THE TAILORY’S TAKE: Quarantine Spring Cleaning

We specialize in custom suiting, but we like to moonlight as fashion gurus. In a period of human history marked by homemade hand sanitizer and furtive attempts to wear sweatpants on your Zoom conference calls, we all need to listen to the voice of reason. 

Instead of losing our minds over what we can’t control, we recommend using this time in self-isolation to prepare for life after quarantine. And if you couldn’t tell from the budding blossoms and sprouting tree leaves outside your window, spring is officially upon us. Spring cleaning is intimidating because it forces us to confront the shortcomings of our current reality to embrace future fashion possibilities.

In the words of our beloved gay icon Cher: do you believe in life after self-isolation? There is no time like the present to start reconfiguring your closet for a more seamless transition into life post-quarantine. Here is our easy guide to decluttering and reorganizing your closet.


The average American only wears between 10 to 20% of the clothes they own. Create four piles of clothing:

  1. Frequently worn items
  2. Infrequently worn items
  3. Items you no longer wear in good condition
  4. Items you no longer wear in poor condition

Be realistic when sorting through your closet! Frequently worn items will serve as the foundation for your modular wardrobe. They should be organized by garment time (e.g. shirts, pants, suits) and seasonality at the front and center of your closet. Infrequently worn items you love should find a home in a secondary section of your closet for practicality.

Donate items in good condition you no longer wear or sell them on resale websites like eBay and Poshmark to put towards future purchases. As for the items in poor condition… there’s a special place in sartorial heaven for relics from past lives. Out with the old, in with the new.


Next, evaluate what your closet is missing. Identify your fashion needs and wants. In other words, think about which pieces can be integrated into your current collection of wardrobe staples to multiply your outfit possibilities, and acknowledge which pieces cover new ground

Items that fall into both categories should be at the top of your purchase list. Think items that can be worn for business and pleasure. Next, look into functional wardrobe staples. These might not be the most exciting or distinctive pieces of clothing, but they’re essential investments to make when working to create a fully modular wardrobe. Here are examples of pieces we think everyone should own:

  • At least two crisp white shirts: one tailored to perfection, the other more relaxed for more casual looks.
  • Quality denim trousers that go back to your wardrobe’s color palette.
  • A properly tailored suit in a timeless color or fabric. Think plain midnight blue or navy with a subtly contrasting glen check for something more adventurous.

Lastly, think about timeless statement pieces with limited wear. You’ve had your eye on these for a while, but couldn’t justify making the purchase before because your closet was filled to the brim with items you didn’t wear. Treat yourself by expanding your sartorial lexicon!

There is no better way to invest in your wardrobe than custom, which allows you to design every detail of a perfectly-fitting garment according to preference and functionality. Book an appointment today to revolutionize the way you think about shopping for clothes.

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