Inside My Closet



What do you do during the day?
If I am not chasing after my kiddos (5 and 1), I am either managing my styling business, trying to meet a writing deadline or doing research for my blog, melanieknopke.com.

I sort of love the unpredictability of my job; one day I might be organizing someone’s closet and the next day I might be styling a fashion segment on the local news. I feel like I get the best of both worlds being a stay-at-home/work-from-home mom.

Who are your fashion icons?
I relate to Gwyneth Paltrow and her sophisticated, easygoing style. But I am most inspired by fashion blogger Blair Eadie (Atlantic-Pacific.com), who puts together some of the most unique, yet wearable looks, as well as the Olsen twins for their quirky and unique style.

What are you wearing?
I found this dress by Felicity & Coco on Nordstrom.com while shopping for a client (one of the perks of my job). I saw the color and knew it had to be mine. Accessories are one of my favorite things about getting dressed each day. I am wearing my favorite gold necklaces by Golden Thread (goldenthreadshop.com) and turquoise earrings by Kendra Scott (kendrascott.com). I am a huge fan of bracelets. The more the better! I wear everything from H&M to David Yurman (Tivol), vintage and Alex + Ani (Standard Style).

Why do you love this outfit?
I always feel more comfortable in a dress. There is something about it that is so feminine and it truly makes you feel like a million bucks. This is one of my favorite colors, and I was excited to find it in such a comfortable and pretty silhouette. The best part is the price — it was only $78! I am the queen of bargain hunting, so this dress was a win-win for me.

What are some of your favorite summer go-to pieces?
Dressing for summer is the best! I live in sundresses and skirts, mainly just to stay cool. I have found some darling sundresses this year at Old Navy. Again, great bargains to be had there. I have four pairs of white jeans, which I pair with all the fun-colored and printed tops of the season. I always go to J. Crew Factory for basic tees and tanks in an array of colors and stripes — they look great with skirts, shorts or denim.

What tips can you offer others when it comes to organizing a fabulous closet?
Since closet organizing is my job, I am very particular. I am a strong believer in getting rid of what you don’t wear; de-cluttering is half the battle! I always suggest investing in velvet hangers. They will lengthen the life of your clothing and maximize space as well. I also like finding unique ways to store and display jewelry and accessories. I have pieces from estate sales mixed in with items from Home Goods. You don’t have to spend a lot to make your closet look amazing.

Why do you love living in Johnson County?
I live in old Leawood and I adore our neighborhood. There is nothing cookie-cutter about it — right down to the residents. We have such an eclectic mix of people around us and I love that.

photos Kyndall Durkee & Mackenzie Eveland