Daily Archives: February 13, 2013

The Ins and Outs of a Closet Consultation

You Pick Wednesday

When I mentioned a few Saturdays ago that I was doing a closet consultation  I got several questions about what exactly I do as part of one.  So, until I start getting more reader style questions for You Pick Wednesday (hint, hint), I thought I’d take this Wednesday to tell you a bit more about the consultation process.

As you can read on the Closet Consultations page my specialty is showing you how to wear items you already have in your closet.  The first step is pulling out all the items you own but never wear.

Yes, you will end up with a pile of clothes on your bed.   Which means that if your closet isn’t pristine that’s okay.   We’re going to make a mess anyway.

I’ll also ask you a series of questions so that I can figure out what type of environment you work in (casual, corporate, etc), what you usually wear, and if you have any dress code restrictions.  This helps me put together outfits that fit your needs.

Next, I’ll start looking through the items you’ve pulled out and sometimes I can make outfits just from those pieces!


Two pieces from Emily’s closet

Of course, we won’t stop there.  Nope.   I’ll either start looking through your closet myself or, if you’re not comfortable with that, I’ll ask you if you have certain items or colors that will go with the pieces you’re struggling with.  And, if you don’t, that can be the start of a list of items that you might need to get to fill in holes in your closet.  Putting colors and textures and patterns next to one another, layering different items to see if they work, asking how you normally wear an item and then pairing it with something different entirely.  Those are my methods.

Closet Consultation

Kelly’s orphan sweater finds a friend

We’ll go over what pieces of jewelry you own that you can get the most mileage out of (so don’t worry if you only own a few items) and how you can change up blazers, skirts or dresses so that you’re more comfortable in them or so they fit your lifestyle better.  Whether that’s figuring out how to wear a blazer so you don’t feel so stuffy or what length that skirt should be so that it flatters you I want to make sure that I’m giving you outfit ideas you’ll actually wear.

You can either try on the outfits so we get an instantaneous idea of how they’re working or you can take pictures of just the clothes laid out together.  I’ve had people do it both ways.  Whichever way you chose, though, I highly recommend taking pictures so you have them for a future reference point.

Kim dresses down a blazer she’d never worn Kelly learns how to wear prints

If you have questions about whether or not something is flattering, out of style, or just doesn’t work anymore I can also help you address those.  Having an objective person who will break it to you gently is a definite plus!

And the results of the closet consultation?  Hopefully you can see your closet in a new light and break out of the routine of feeling like you have nothing to wear because you’re always wearing the same thing.  Or, if your goal is to feel more “polished” you will have a better idea how to do that.  At least two of the women who I’ve helped have told me that they feel so much more put-together and their husbands even noticed how nicely they were dressed after the consultation.

So, if you’re in the Chicago area, what are you waiting for?  Contact me at looplooks at gmail dot com to set something up! It’s free (although I do work for wine and snacks). Or, if you’re not in the Chicago area, try some of these methods in your own closet.  Pull out those pieces you never wear and then pull out the ones you do.  Try mixing and matching.  I promise you’ll find at least one new way to wear something you already have.