There is a blog posting that has started to float around Facebook…there have been others, and there will be others. I’d like to share with you why I don’t take fashion advice from non-fashionistas, and why you shouldn’t either. Just like I trust my house purchase to a professional, and my hair with a stylist (she’s amazeballs, btw). While you CAN weed out your closet on your own (and I teach the tips and tricks of how to do this), you shouldn’t feel limited to what someone else says you should have. My needs may be different than yours, and why should I have 5 pairs of pants, because you do?
What I saw with the 2 closets were ‘safe colors’: brown, beige, and blue. No fun colors. Perhaps she doesn’t know what colors look best on her…
So, here’s what my closet looks like. I’m a jacket/cardigan hoarder, and a no-apologies scarf monger. These (in addition to shoes, which I am more limited on) will define your wardrobe. I think you’ll agree that I have a tiny closet. I don’t have a dresser. I prefer to hang my clothes (but with this closet it’s not as possible. DO invest in a clothes steamer. You can get them at Costco for a very good price, and it’ll remove the wrinkles in 2 minutes at the most!!! Then you don’t have to worry about wrinkled clothes). I do have a load of darks and lights to do, that aren’t photographed, but I’m clothed, and it makes sense to rotate (by rotate I mean wear some and wash some) some clothes, right!?!?! My portion of the closet extends a few inches to the right, but not by much.
Not everything in your wardrobe has to be worn EVERYDAY. I have a shrug that is completely ridiculous and over the top in the most amazing way…and you never know when you might need an over the top shrug. I have some cocktail dresses that I wear once a year, but I’m not going to donate them, then stress out about not having an outfit.
My question to the 2 gals in the blog: how do they know that they made good choices in their purge? It’s lovely that they have artwork in their closet, but I’d much rather have a strategically planned closet with items that are best for me, and make ME look awesome, than have a bare bones wardrobe with items I hope work for me.
The other thing I noticed, this gal’s uber tiny mix and match wardrobe is extremely limited in style. EVERYTHING is super casual. What is she going to wear on a fancy date? Why is she limiting herself to skinny jeans? Is she REALLY going to wear the same top 6 times in a month? 12 outfits?! How often is she going to be doing laundry?!?! Lastly, Tevas are not style. Those are semi functional for hiking (I don’t hike in sandals…I hike in sturdy shoes…with laces). I’m ALL about comfort, ladies, (I wear Danskos almost everyday, but when it comes to dressing up, or shoes for an outfit, I have shoes that fit the part).
Rather than taking advice from a mom-blogger, please take advice from a mom-stylist who really does care about YOU! Here’s why I care so deeply: When you learn how to love yourself any YOUR body, you treat yourself with love and respect, which teaches your family and friends to treat you the same way…and you have the confidence to tackle the world, and change it for the better. I NEVER feel that I’m selling a shirt. I have always felt that I’m helping women CHANGE THE WORLD. Whether your world is your kids, or your world is the board room, I care deeply.
Ok. I think I’m off my soap box…at least for a few minutes.
I have a wardrobe workshop coming up in a few weeks that will teach you what to keep and what to purge, as well as learning what your body shape is, and how to dress it!! I hope you’ll be able to come! https://squareup.com/market/spirit-love/wardrobe-workshop