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Closet Consultations

Recently Lia, the community manager for the new LocalLux marketplace, contacted me to ask if I would do a closet consultation for her friend Staci. Well, of course!

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Staci works in HR for a large corporation and her dress code is very similar to mine before I left my last job. The other thing we had in common? She LOVES The Limited! In fact, I would say 90% of her closet is made up of items from there. A girl after my own heart, for sure.

Like a lot of women, Staci buys items that she loves on the hanger but when she gets them into her closet she gets in a rut of wearing them the same way over and over again or, in some cases, isn’t sure how to wear them at all.

For example, this beautiful and unique patterned blazer.

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Staci had always worn it with black until I pointed out that there are so many other colors in the jacket: magenta, pink, gray and even yellow!

Then there was the navy gingham blazer that she just wasn’t sure how to wear.

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This is just a sampling of the outfits we put together with this blazer. She loved the pink and gingham so much that I got a text later that week that she wore it to work and got a ton of compliments!

We also addressed a polka dot skirt she’d recently purchased from Banana Republic.

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Finding items to pair from her closet was easy because she almost literally has something in every color under the sun. Yet, she was stuck in a rut of thinking that colors had to match exactly in order to be worn together. I helped her see that colors can be in the same family and still look good together.

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Then there was the question of pattern versus texture. At first she was hesitant to mix patterns with textures but we quickly vaulted that hurdle.

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Next, we tackled pairing neutrals with other neutrals and pairing yellow with color.

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Finally, the outfit that made her giddy was, appropriately, when I paired her pink blazer with her beautiful slate gray polka dot dress.

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Staci was so excited to see her wardrobe in a new light. Because she shops at the same few stores it was actually very easy to pair pieces together. Stores and designers tend to create pieces that can be mixed and matched easily. Although they put outfits together on the mannequins that doesn’t mean they need to be worn exactly that way. Which I think we proved here in Staci’s closet consultation.

Oh, and after I left Lia texted me to say they’d color coded Staci’s closet so she could more easily find pieces to pair with one another.

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Overall it was a very successful closet consultation! And if you want one of your own, you know where to reach me!

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The Ins and Outs of a Closet Consultation

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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!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kim: A Closet Consultation Come to Life

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Meet my friend Kim (on the right in the photo above).  We’ve been friends for a few years but last month she asked me for help in figuring out how to take her wardrobe up a notch.

I spent a Sunday at her house doing a Closet Consultation by helping her put together some outfits out of things she already owned.

But the best part was yet to come. Not only did she come away from that experience with a bevvy of new looks without spending a dime, she also got some tips on how to put together outfits on her own.

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In this outfit she’s following my “rule of three” suggestion.

Wear at least three pieces.  Skirt, top and scarf.  Jeans, top and blazer.  Pants, top and statement necklace.  Mix and match but always have at least three things.

On Wednesday she came to my office for lunch wearing another fabulous outfit.

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Here’s she’s keeping the color palate similar (red, off-whites, black & grays) but using the black belt to make her waist stand out.  That’s my other rule.

Use a belt to accentuate your waist, bring attention up from your hips, and show off your figure.

In this case the outfit without the cardigan was also cute but the belt just takes it up a notch and gives it a little bit more polish.  By the way, I’m partial to wider belts as opposed to skinny belts.

Wearing waist-flattering belts and leg-flattering pencil skirts weren’t always Kim’s style.  This is her using my tips, breaking out of her style rut, and showing us her own fabulous Loop Looks creations!

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