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.

29 replies on “The Ins and Outs of a Closet Consultation

  1. kelsey

    This made me really excited for our closet consultation!I of course haven’t cleaned my closet yet but now that I know we take everything out….. I may just not clean it….

  2. Maggie

    Who are these women with only a “few” pieces of jewelry? Or does Target/H&M/Forever 21 cheap stuff not count??? I had to update to a jewelry bureau years ago … I blame my mom, she not only has a jewelry bureau (larger than mine) but also 1-2 drawers in her dresser for even more jewelry. Actually, I blame my mom for my entire gigantic cheap wardrobe.

      1. Maggie

        I … can’t even wrap my mind around that. However, I have waaaaay too much stuff. I really need to do a good thinning out of everything. Eventually, I’m going to have to move it all again, so need to get a head start now.

  3. Katie of Alaskan Weredork

    I was hoping that you would be able to do a post on your closet consultation, it sounded like fun. That’s sort of overwhelming to go through your entire closet like that but it looks like you were really able to help her find some adorable stuff and I love how you found ways for her to wear items that were “orphans.” (The olive scarf is really pretty and sort of unexpected with the light striped sweater.) I’m really impressed at what a good job you did, you have really sound advice for “everyday” women that doesn’t involved skintight skirts and neon skinnies, everything really works on each lady and looks practical for their lives. You might be missing your true calling here. 🙂

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I’d love to spend my time helping women get the most mileage out of what they already own! Sadly, I think I lack the entrepreneurial gene to start my own business.

  4. Kandi

    This is awesome. If I lived in Chicago I would schedule one with you but I’d also be super nervous you’d tell me all my stuff is awful. Ha! Maybe I should spend a couple hours taking things out of my closet and looking at them and see what I come up with. I’ll let you know if I do.

      1. Kandi

        I’m sure you are. I wasn’t trying to imply you’d actually tell me all my stuff is awful… just that it probably is. 🙂

  5. kilax

    Ooo! I am happy you posted that pic of me. I need outfit ideas for NYC. Maybe I will bring that. LOL!

    I loved my closet consultation! I hope more people sign up! I might like another one again 🙂

        1. Kandi

          My casual wardrobe needs help too. I don’t think I mentioned it on the survey but adding some (more) casual outfit ideas here would be awesome!!

  6. Laura @ Laura Wears

    Thanks for sharing this post – a closet consultation sounds fun for all parties involved. I would love someone to go through my closet and say “what the eff were you thinking when you bought this” (to help me weed out the unnecessary) and halp me come up with unique pairings for work, play, etc. On the other hand, it must be so creatively rewarding to put outfits together for other people 🙂 Like I said – sounds fun all around!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Having that objective person really helps! I’m sure if someone went through my closet they’d find some of those “what were you thinking??” items, too. It’s very fulfilling to help out other people, though.

  7. Diana @ VeggieNextDoor

    This is such a great idea, Erin – and so generous of you to do it for free! My closet is in such bad shape. I’m pretty sure about 50% of my clothes would wind up in a give-away bag like what happens on “What Not to Wear”. I find it so hard to part with clothes that no longer fit well 🙁 When I get the courage to clean-house in my closet I will definitely give you a call!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      My day job isn’t always fulfilling so I don’t mind doing things for free that make me feel good!

      Have you checked out any of the consignment shops in OP? Maybe you can take your clothes there and make a few dollars and not feel so bad about getting rid of them.

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