Long before there was Carrie Bradshaw, Fashion Week or Project Runway, the average American only had two outfits – one outfit that was used six days a week and another outfit reserved exclusively for Sundays. In fact, the term “Sunday Best” is derived from the fact that people wore their best outfit on Sunday, usually to attend church.
I like my money right where I can see it… Hanging in my closet. – Carrie Bradshaw of Sex in the City
Today, the fashion industry is a $250 billion dollar business in the U.S. alone. On a global level, we spend over $1 trillion dollars on clothing! We have gone from homemade to name brands to celebrity clothing lines, and the demand for couture fashion and accessories is not slowing down. Even those of us who are not celebrities own so much clothing that we don’t have enough room in our closets to store them. Clearly, we are a society that loves fashion.
We have come a long way from those days when the family matriarch was charged with making two outfits per household member. Nowadays, people can simply shop for clothes at the click of a button. This has lead to a need for more and more storage in the form of walk –in closets, custom closet systems and even dressing rooms.
A dressing room is way more than a walk-in closet. Essentially this room is dedicated to everything fashion related – clothing, shoes, hats, handbags, undergarments, accessories and more. A dressing room is a fashionista’s dream come true, a perfectly organized space replete with seating benches, sofas, islands and even chandeliers.
If you have so many clothes that you find yourself putting them into every available closet in your home, it may be time to consider using one of your rooms as a dressing room. Although the most ideal dressing rooms are built into a master bedroom suite, I have seen empty nesters convert an underutilized bedroom into a dressing room. For families who cannot afford to lose a bedroom, I recommend using rooms that are too small to serve as bedrooms like nurseries or offices. If you need some inspiration, here are some dressing rooms that would even make Carrie Bradshaw’s heart skip a beat.