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Effectively edit your wardrobe

A lot of audits have been happening these days with clients and I could not be MORE thrilled!  I was with a client this past weekend and she had been holding on to pieces she didn’t even know she had (a prom dress from 19 years ago). You read that correctly.

We all do it though. We hold on to items for sentimental reasons even though we KNOW we’ll never, ever wear it again.

I try to edit my wardrobe all the time and more than ever in the past year.  It helped when I began the Kind Closets project with non-profit, Bridge to Success.  Kind Closets is a resale opportunity for men and women looking to a) make money and b) give back in a kind way.

When the Kind Closets opportunity presented itself, it was a perfect time for me to get real with myself.  I took the coaching I give to my clients:  If a style was not right for my body, I let it go.  Same with the color.

Lighter wardrobe, refining my style and proceeds benefit one of my favorite non-profits. What’s not to love?!

1. Think about your favorite outfits and looks.  What were they and why do you think you liked them so much?

2. Organize your wardrobe by styles

  • Blazers/jackets
  • Tops
  • Bottoms
  • Dresses
  • skirts

3. Now organize the above styles by color.

4. Edit. Go through and automatically pull pieces you have not worn in a year. Really.  One day maybe’s don’t cut it.

5. If you are having a hard time letting go of expensive pieces or memory attached pieces- ask yourself:

  • How can I update this or alter it so it looks better on me and I LOVE it?
  • How would I FEEL if I let it go and knew it was making a difference for someone else? (AKA if you donated the item/items).

6.  Bring any donation bags or sell bags immediately to your car, don’t let them sit around, otherwise you will begin picking!

Are there 5 pieces in your wardrobe you can let go of today?  Happy editing!

Is your closet giving you anxiety? Get organized!

 

Can you imagine knowing where everything is in your closet?

Imagine you knew where your jewelry, those thin black socks, slips, tanks, hats. Shoes. Every item you have had it’s own very perfect place.

Talk about efficiency!  Knowing where all your pieces and clothes are can dramatically save you time getting ready in the morning and putting your pieces away.

Closet organization is one of my favorite services I offer because it really sets you up for a lifetime of getting dressed easily!

What closet organization looks like:

  • We have a 30 minute consult at your home looking at your current closet.  What is working? What does not work?
  • I suggest/research tools that will make a difference for you: (bins & acrylic trays-see above some of my favorite tools!)
  • Shop for the tools we have agreed on
  •  Meet you at your house to create an impeccably organized wardrobe.  We take everything out (and I mean everything; jewelry, belts, scarves, workout gear, any “wearables”)

You’ll most likely discover “new pieces” you forgot you had! 

Matching hangers are a must have to any organized closet. It creates a streamlined, clean closet.  My favorite?   I began with the Huggable Hangers from HSN. Then, Costco started carrying the same velvet thin hangers, 35 hangers for $10, can you believe that?  Love it!

I then organize your wardrobe by:

  • Sort.   We make piles  1)donate  2) sell through Kind Closets: Consign for a Cause  3) Re-purpose (hem, change color with dye, change style)
  • Season.   We box or put your other seasonal wardrobe out of your current closet/immediate space
  • Styles (short sleeve, long sleeves, dresses, going out clothes, work clothes, pants, skirts..)
  • Color.  Organizing by color truly helps getting dressed.  You often know what color you want to wear or avoid-  immediately streamlining the search, you go right to your color bunch.
  • Final hanger change (if need be)

Organized! Labels will be on bins. Everything will have a place.

 

You will now have an organized, effective closet to shop from; getting dressed for work, social or an event will no longer be a chore but be fun! 

What is a personal stylist? The step by step guide.

Many people ask what it is I actually “do.”  SO here it is. Step by step guide to how I work.  Next week I will cover film/print stylist and what that actually means.

As a personal stylist I help men and women refine their personal styles, wardrobes and I edit/organize closets and personal shop.  

Step by step it looks like this: (I am using one example of my service, closet audit/edit)

  1. Client reaches out to me and says they want help editing their closet (to decide what really is best for them)
  2. Client receives 5-6 questions about their current style, personality and what they want to reflect
  3. We meet, I see their closet. Take measurements of their body. See their coloring.   I also see their personality, their living space, who they are. What they do. Where is most of their wardrobe spent ( i.e. is it a work wardrobe 75% vs. casual)  Your closets says a lot about you. 
  4. I leave to re-process all the information. After the intake session I determine their body type by the calculations, their coloring (i.e are you a cool and soft? warm? deep?)  and the best plan of action for the closet audit.  If client does not have matching hangers and wants an organized closet I recommend matching hangers.
  5. We set time and date for closet audit/edit.  
  6. Meet.  Go through what works, what does not in their current wardrobe. We make piles a) donate b) alter/repurpose and c) keep d) sell.  
  7. After this process many clients choose to use my personal shopping service to fill in the gaps to purchase pieces that could pull the now edited wardrobe together.
  8. Personal shopping. I literally go shopping to stores I know would be best for you. I bring the clothes to clients house on a rolling rack and client shops the rack. I return what is not kept.  
Many people shop without plans.  You could avoid countless hours of time and money if you knew what to look for and what to avoid.  That’s where I come in. I am an editing machine.  I sift through all the crap to find the really good stuff for you. 

I know brands and stores that you may not know and therefore I shop those stores bringing only pieces that are best for YOU, your body type and COLOR. It’s how I shop.

Clients have a clear sense of their style, what shapes work and what colors work.  If you hate sifting, I am the person to make life easier and bring you what you want.

Next week!  What we do as a wardrobe stylist behind the scenes for an advertisement…