I offered closet consultations and personal shopping services for nearly eight years. Know how many clients hired me to do personal shopping only? Less than 20. Know why? Because I insisted on doing the closet consult first, and every single closet consult client I’ve worked with has finished up with more than a dozen complete outfits, many of which incorporate underutilized pieces, closet orphans, and long-forgotten items. I adore shopping, and my personal shopping excursions were a BLAST. But I believe quite firmly that before you buy anything new, you should be certain you’re making the most of your existing wardrobe.
Originally posted 2012-10-18 06:18:13.
It’s been many years since I first posted about my trusty outfit list. Much has stayed the same over time. I still spend a big chunk of time – three or four hours – every couple of months going through my closet and assembling outfits. Shoes, tights, bottom, top, and some larger accessories if I can think of them at the time. And I still feel that this practice helps me to utilize, appreciate, and be more creative with the contents of my wardrobe. My visual style journal has more or less been replaced by my Pinterest account, where I add visually inspired outfits to my various boards.
Originally posted 2012-06-25 06:04:00.
A few requests have come in for folding, storage, and clothing care best practices. And honestly? I had to scrape the bottom of the brain-barrel for a few because – like most of you – I’ve got limited space and employ many makeshift solutions. In an ideal world, our sweaters wouldn’t get rumpled because we’d all have stadium-sized walk-in closets populated by sweater-fluffing robots who kept everything looking pristine and smelling of lavender. In the real world, we may fold them neatly but then cram them into overflowing dresser drawers, which undoes all the folding-related goodness almost instantly.
Originally posted 2012-04-27 06:26:37.