Style consultants are a thang ya’ll.
And they are not just for celebrities or politicians.
I hired a Style Coach (aka a style consultant or stylist) this week and it is one of the best things I have done for myself in a long time. I can’t wait to share with you all I learned. #lifechanging
First, let’s get the obvious out of the way.
Why would I have someone help me with my clothes?
The main reason I was so interested in having someone help me is because I am in a weird season in my life. I was pregnant all of 2014. I was losing weight and nursing all of 2015. I have not purchased a lot of clothes in the past two years.
I worked in banking for 15 years and the transition from the corporate world to swimming in the self employment pond left me purging a ton of suits. I don’t know what to do with all of this casual wear I own without looking like a hobo.
Plus, as a mini-van driving mom. I don’t even know what is cool anymore. Every time I watch an awards show I am all “Who are these people???”. When I hear a song on the radio I have no idea who sings it.
I was happy I received cotton panties that fully cover my bottom for Christmas.
HAPPY ABOUT IT.
I can’t tell you the last time I wore one.
Plus, I have a ton of clothes in my closest that I never ever wear.
I needed HELP.
It was time.
I met Patty Rankin #TheOkcStyleCoach at church. She recently joined the corporate drop-outs club and left her job to pursue her style coaching business full-time. I was so curious about how Style Coaching worked. I remember 6 years ago when I started teaching furniture painting workshops I constantly had to explain it to people. I think Style Coaching is the same type of thing- a totally new concept to most people.
Patty shared with me how it works. She has a whole menu of services (that you can see here) she can help anyone, even a girl on a budget.
Plus, she uses clothes you ALREADY own to create looks you can wear everyday.
No shopping. No shaming me on my extensive t-shirt collection. She assured me she could work with what I have.
I was doubtful I owned much that could be styled with but I went ahead and booked her for a Wardrobe and Closet Sweep Session and a Lookbook Creation.
I think someone coming into your closet is a really personal thing. Only your family and closest friends ever go in this space. I had to warn Patty I have the smallest closet EVER. I have complete closet envy. It is my most hated area of our house and I have been tempted to sell our home more than once over this closet.
Even though my closet sucks in a major way I am still going to show it to you.
I don’t know why I pretend to have boundaries with you guys. Over the years I have discussed breastfeeding resentment, poop, and depression so why I feel bashful about sharing my closet with you is beyond absurd.
Maybe it’s because I just realized I have bras hanging on the doorknob.
Patty sent me a questionnaire before my session where I expressed what I wanted to accomplish during our time together.
I confessed my insecurities about being so basic.
You know those girls that they make fun of on Buzzfeed.
Yeah. That’s me. Ugg boots and all.
She made me feel so comfortable and non-judgemental about the whole process.
I showed her around my tiny closet and she got right to work purging. From 11am – 3pm she hustled in there. She purged everything that she thought was either out of date, unflattering on my body type, or not going to work in my season of life. Note: her pile of purged items was much neater than this and in a clothes basket. I threw them all on the chair like this in a mad dash to get some laundry done.
PS: I had already ordered a Clean Out Bag from Thred Up so I was ready to get some cash for my discarded items.
Patty went over the style profile she created for me. She explained I was Indie meets Modern. Think Reality Bites meets New Girl.
I was that person.
I couldn’t believe it.
She created 27 looks all from the clothes I already owned!
What the what? I was already cool and I had no idea. She even took pictures of all of the looks and emailed me a link to my custom lookbook right then.
You can see my entire lookbook here.
I learned I was so much more stylish than I was giving myself credit for.
She mixed items I had never thought to pair together. And almost every look included items I had bought from the Thrift Store (she didn’t know that) or were items I loved but had never worn because I struggled styling them.
For example: the below plaid shirt is from Goodwill for $3.
I loved that she only recommended a few items to buy to complete my wardrobe. It felt good to know I didn’t have to overhaul my entire closet or spend a ton of money to expand on what I already owned. I scored a cute floral skirt at the Thrift Store the next day, ordered some graphic t-shirts from Target.com, and a floral denim vest and jeans from Thred Up for less than $12.00 each.
UPDATE: Many people have been asking me about these black faux leather slip on tennis shoes. They are from H&M and I wear them all the time! You can buy them here: http://bit.ly/1LVRfwD
She reorganized my entire closet and suggested to arrange clothes by color – not by type i.e; sweaters, t-shirts, short sleeved, etc.
Organizing items this way will help you to wear your clothes more instead of gravitating to your old favorites.
Patty even purged my shoes and suggested I store shoes in bins vertically so I could see all of my options.
She arranged my shoes on the shelf back-to-front so I could store more on each shelf.
Shelves are prime real estate in my teeny tiny closet so I was grateful for the tip.
Patty loves to mix prints and she coupled items I had never even considered. Apparently you are allowed to mix prints – as long as it’s the same color scheme.
I looked at my clothes in a whole new way. I mean, look at ’em!
Only two pieces were from Stitch Fix. The rest were mainly Target or Thrifted. I can’t get over it.
The next day I took my kiddos to Chicfila and a COLLEGE GIRL complimented me on my outfit.
Day 2 of being styled I got even more compliments dropping Shepherd off at Mother’s Day Out.
Being style is already paying off.
I booked Patty because I felt like I was in a rut and I wanted to support another boss babe. It has really lifted my whole attitude not schlepping on painting clothes everyday.
Patty is giving RMJ readers 25% off style coaching sessions until NOVEMBER 2016. Make sure you go check out her website and her blog has tons of great styling tips. Just make sure you mention my blog when you book her. It will seriously be the best thing you do for yourself all year. I promise.
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So what do you think about using a Style Coaching Service? Did you think it was only for the fancy?