My first meeting with a fashion consultant can be found here.
After all the fun we had doing window-shopping and discussing my style, it was time to look at my closet. We went through every single item.
Things I am not allowed to buy more of:
- Black Dresses (7!)
- Plaid Shirts (3)
- Black Skirts (5)
- Black footwear (9)
When you have a minimalist capsule wardrobe like I do, these are actually really high numbers! I can hardly believe how many black dresses I have (I went and counted them twice because I was in such disbelief), and while they’re all quite different from each other, it’s still a little ridiculous when you compare it to some of the capsule wardrobes out there.
I learned some cool tips:
- Collared long-sleeved shirts can be worn open and like a jacket, or buttoned-up and underneath a sweater or a structured dress.
- You can use scarves as belts!
- Some tops look better when worn backwards (what!? But it’s true!).
- When wearing a top with a jacket or cardigan, make them different lengths from each other to avoid looking like you’re wearing a sweater set.
We didn’t get rid of much because I was already rocking a minimalist wardrobe. A few items were set aside to be altered, like my lace Aritzia top that has the world’s tiniest arm holes (I’m just going to cut them bigger and sew the seams). I let go of a few items that felt too young for me; my consultant emphasized that she doesn’t believe in dressing for an age and that you can wear whatever you want, but my personal comfort level is that if it feels “young” then it’s not what I want to wear.
I added a few more things to the “donate” pile, but for me it’s really a “clothing swap” pile! I hosted a clothing swap the very next day, and I’ll detail that in a future post.
All in all, it was very valuable to look at my closet with S. It is really useful to have an outside eye take a look at your closet. I was talking with my friends and we agreed that this would be useful if ANYONE looked at your closet with you! An objective viewpoint might be just what you need to see your clothing in a new way. Try it with your friends! Let me know how it goes.
Yesterday I tried something new. I met with a fashion consultant.
This has been a dream of mine ever since I realized how transformative fashion can be. It can give confidence and power when done well, and it can leave you with shame or doubt when done poorly. We try to pretend like what we wear doesn’t matter, and deep down it doesn’t. But the image we project is a part of our introduction. It makes a first impression and gives clues to who we are. It is important to dress well.
Step 1: Meeting
I went to a cafe at the mall to meet with a stylist. I had won her services at a charity auction for about 15% of her normal rates. WOW. Talk about a dream come true! I will call her “S”. She was in a really fun but professional outfit: long blush dress with a fun collar, two necklaces, fun boots, and platinum blonde hair framing a pixie face. Quite the striking figure! I was excited but nervous. S put me at ease by offering to get me a drink from the cafe where we participated in some easy banter before delving into fashion.
Step 2: Interview
This is the first time someone has ever asked me so many questions about my clothes. It was really fun and introspective! She asked questions like,
- Who do you dress for? Myself, and for work (I have a dress code).
- How do you want to feel in your clothes? Comfortable! If it’s not comfortable, I won’t wear it.
- What do you want people to know about you by seeing your clothes? It is very important to me that I look approachable. I would also like to look polished.
- Tell me about your favourite clothing item that you own. My favourite item is a new dress that I got for $120. It’s a black Carven dress that was $240 at the consignment shop, but I got it for $120 because they were having a 50% off sale! S told me that this was an incredible deal because those dresses can cost up into the thousands. Yesssss!!!!
- Tell me about a clothing item you own but hate. All of my pants. They’re too long or too short or too tight or too loose. Bad fit.
- How would you describe your style? Audrey Hepburn meets Punk Rock!
I really enjoyed discussing these details and I think it took my fashion education in a totally new direction!
Step 3: Window Shopping
We then ran around the mall for half an hour, looking at things in a variety of stores. S gave me great tips like, “Buy off-season for good deals!”. She pointed out pieces that would suit my body type, and I gave her feedback (as per her instruction) about whether or not I actually liked the garmet she had pointed out. I learned a lot about which clothing might suit me, but we didn’t try anything on. It was just browsing.
Step 4: Wardrobe Audit
Our next step will be to take a look at the clothing I own and to remove the items that don’t work well on me. Then, she will help me identify gaps in my wardrobe so we can round out my daily options. I think she will be quite intrigued by my minimalist selection! I am constantly paring down the items that I own.
All in all it’s off to a great start and I can’t wait to do Step 4 with her! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Would you ever hire a fashion consultant?