Go a few rounds with your lycra and enjoy a more sorted sportswear storage system with these 5 expert tips to try at home.
If you’re anything like me, your gym gear resides in a limp, unloved lump in your laundry basket or a sweaty ball under your bed, rarely to see the light of day. But a recent discovery has shamed and motivated me to go a few rounds with my forlorn Lorna Jane’s, and afford them the storage space they deserve.
One peek into the truly epic and impeccably organised fitness closet of one Khloe Kardashian has convinced me my lycra needs love. While we might not all have access to the cash and contacts required to install a 150-square-foot workout closet – complete with mini-fridge, and suede-lined, light-up shelves – according to Perth-based stylist Elizabeth Clarke, we mere mortals can, and should, steal a few of her tracksuit sorting tricks.
“Colour coding looks fabulous and is the height of organisation and efficiency,” says Elizabeth. But a word of warning: “this is a storage method only for the highly-organised. It needs to be maintained to the hilt to be effective.”
“I am obsessed with using just three types of hangers – wooden for shirting, silver clip for trousers and skirts, and moulded plastic for jackets and dresses. They make your wardrobe look 5-star and keep your clothes in their best shape possible. To maintain your clothing and ensure they don’t stretch out of shape or slip off the hanger, always hang your trousers by their ankles, button-up your jackets and shirting, and ensure they hang flat against each other in the wardrobe. Hang up according to the type of garment and in length.”
“Folding is an easy storage method, but high maintenance to maintain. It takes just one unfolded or stuffed in item to disassemble your entire drawer! You have to keep on top of it. To maximise space and prevent creasing, try rolling your workout tees and tights and pack tightly into your drawer.”
“Khloe’s shoe rail is my dream! Floor-to-ceiling, well-lit and spaced-out. She knows exactly what trainers she has and what state they are in. Shoes kept in boxes or under clothing rails get dusty and forgotten about.” Ditch the cardboard boxes, and invest in smart shoe storage. At the very least consider transparent shoe boxes so you can see what’s inside for easy access.
OK, this one might be for the more well-heeled among us, but if you’re renovating your dressing room, it’s worth getting a quote of some glass cabinet work like Khloe’s. “An ingenious way to keep smaller items neat and safe and the perfect way to store your jewellery,” says Elizabeth.
Tempted to sort out your shizzle like a Kardashian sister? Here’s our top pick of the pieces to work your wardrobe around. Mini fridges not included:
Active Motif High Waisted Briefs, $25.20 – available at Missguided.
Active Printed Zip Front Sports Bra, $25.20 – available at Missguided.
The Upside Candice Printed Midriff Crop, $64.50 – available at David Jones.
Running Bare High-Rise Fashionista 3/4 Tights, $89.95 – available at The Iconic.
Fila 3/4 Sleeve Leotard Body With Front Logo, $74 – available at ASOS.
Voyage Half Sleeve Top, $69.99 – available at Lorna Jane.
Billabong Stay True Women’s Crew, $69.99 – available at SurfStitch.
ASOS Sweatshirt With Metallic Element Print, $58 – available at ASOS.
Leopard Camo Print Jacket by Adidas StellaSport, approx. $140 – available at Topshop.
Nike Women’s Nike Roshe One Print Premium, $130 – available at The Iconic.
DOLCE & GABBANA Patchwork Leather Trainers, $742 – available at Matches Fashion.
Billabong Spring Break Cap, $19.99 – available at SurfStitch.
MOSCHINO Quilted Logo Cap, $496.32 – available at Farfetch.
Jungle Fever Exercise Mat, $99.99 – available at Lorna Jane.