How to: define your style & build a wardrobe

Every so often I work with women that have not quite defined their style.   And while you don’t have to have one set style (most of us have one dominant and two sub-sets) it’s good to know when you’re in the process of building and investing in a wardrobe.  Your wardrobe should reflect YOU.  I know some work settings can limit your style or personality but try to infuse some of you in your every day look.

Which style are you?   If you have a core piece or two that you’ve invested money in and it isn’t quite you (so you don’t want to let it go) Ask yourself: How can I make this piece more me?  Belt it, add a brooch, tailor it (cut off the sleeves as I did with a Chanel blazer to make it a vest)!

I am counting down the days until my favorite month of LOVE (February) so get ready for a really fun month of great date looks and more!


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!