It might sound like something straight out of "Downton Abbey"or "The Crown," but you need a clothes valet. No, it's not a butler you can tell your deepest secrets to as he fastens your cufflinks. But it is going to make getting dressed—and by extension, your mornings—a bit more luxurious and a lot more smooth.
A clothes valet is a tall piece of furniture, usually about the size of a full-length mirror, that holds your clothes for the next day. When you have a piece of furniture that beckons you to outfit-plan—makes it easy, even—you're eliminating the frenzied what do I wear moments that strike far to frequently in your morning equation.
With your outfit planned out, hung up, and ready to go, you allow yourself to sit and enjoy your morning ritual without the task hanging over your head. Some clothes valets even have spots for you to set out the shoes and accessories that go with each day's attire. The point is to eliminate a potentially draining decision, which often involves frustrated, frantic trying on and casting off and the ensuing stomach knots that none of us needs in our mornings. You can maintain morning peace and equilibrium for days and days to come.
Tip: If it has the room, you could even use your clothes valet to stash those "purgatory" clothes that have been worn but aren't yet dirty dirty—and say goodbye to your messy clothes chair in the process.
The clothes valet nods to days gone by when "dressing," at least through nostalgic rose-colored glasses, was more of an art than a chore. But the form of these, our favorite modern valets, is sleek, contemporary, and a perfect addition to any bedroom decor:
True to its commitment to space-saving, and in this case, multipurpose, design, IKEA's clothes valet, the KNAPPER ($59.99), combines a full-length mirror with a space to hang clothes and smaller hooks to hang jewelry or other accessories.
This CB2 clothes stand ($299) is a beautiful statement piece. Its airy design won't bulk up a small space, and its contrasting gold and dark mango wood finishes add subtle class. Perfect for a guest room or your own master, this valet allows you to hang your clothes, set out your shoes, and lay out belts, scarves, or other accessories.
If you're tight on floor space, this simple and super affordable wall-mounted valet ($14.99) from Amazon is the answer. Hang your fits on the slim hanging rod, then fold it back down when not in use.
This handmade clothes ladder ($359), from TidyboyBerlin on Etsy, stands unobtrusively against the wall and comes in a variety of finishes. It includes a hook for hanging a hanger, rungs for draping pants or other articles, and a few shelves for accessories or shoes.
With a built-in jacket hanger, a drawer, and a round mirror, this vintage-inspired valet stand ($74.99), from Bed Bath & Beyond, is ideal for hanging dressier clothes, stashing essentials that typically go in pockets (wallet, keys), and giving yourself a quick once-over.