…that’s a whole different story!
Sarah is a working mother of three small children. So naturally she is busy. It’s weird that she and I are such good friends because she really is not into fashion…like, REALLY NOT! But I love her anyway and was a little surprised when she asked if I could help her with her wardrobe.
Sarah and I went out shopping together one afternoon. It wasn’t pretty. Poor love, just didn’t have the passion and I could tell she wasn’t enjoying herself. Where I could browse through every shop, content to not even purchase but wanting to see or touch everything, Sarah is a get in, get the outfit, and get out kind of girl. You know, what’s on the mannequin will do!
Even though I was a little nervous to begin with, it was still fun. I didn’t want to turn Sarah into a mini-me, after all, we lead different lives. She needs her own style. One that works for her. Not one packed full of me.
She can visualise a floor-plan scribbled on a napkin as a finished and decorated room but struggles to pull together a completed fashion “look”. Which meant, all was not lost and there was plenty of potential there! If I could get her to imagine herself as a room and her wardrobe as the furnishings and decor. Before we got started we talked a little about Sarah’s design vision and I tried to relate creating a look for an outfit to creating a look for a room.
We decided ahead of time to do two days a couple of weeks apart. First to go through her wardrobe, see what she has, and give her some options to work with what she has. In a couple of weeks we will go shopping and add to her wardrobe things that she will wear. Over the coming season she will keep track of what she wears by turning hangers around and whatever she doesn’t wear gets given away or tossed depending on its condition.
Sarah hates shopping, or is overwhelmed by it so much that most of what she has in her wardrobe has been handed down from another friend over the past 10 – 20 YEARS!!
After looking over Sarah’s wardrobe, finding out what pieces she loved and thinking to work with her colouring as well as what she already had, we decided on a basic colour palette. She had a lot of black, white, grey and tans/browns, some blue, greens and pinks with a smattering of miscellaneous colours. There were a pair of tan pants she loved, lots of denim and a couple of blingy items like a cool white dress and a sequined short cape-type piece. She didn’t have much in the way of jewelry but she had a pretty good collection of scarves that she never wears! I knew we could remedy that!
Sarah has fair hair and eyes with a yellow skin tone so I knew the pinks, brighter greens, paler blues and basic “spring” colours would be great for her so those went on the keep list. We also decided to stick with black, white, grey and tan/browns because they make good building blocks.
You can see a quilt on the bed that has the pinks and greens that would look great on Sarah, so she is already drawn to those colours.
We started with me asking Sarah to pull together a casual look for everyday or stopping at the pub for drinks. And a second look for going out to dinner with friends. I wanted to see where her head was and what was her “go-to” style. This is what she pulled together.
Her casual look wasn’t bad…it just wasn’t great. It was missing a bit of personality and pizzaz!
Sarah’s Going out to Dinner with Friends Look – nearly made me cry!
We had our work cut out for us!
Time to get started…
- Reinvent Your Wardrobe Basics (myp3r.wordpress.com)
- Wardrobe Magician Shops the Boticca Closet (boticca.com)
- Winter Trends – The Must Have List (katerinaa.com)
- Wardrobe Staples (beforeverlight.wordpress.com)
- Does your wardrobe fit your lifestyle? (into-mind.com)