Erin’s closet is full of cute separates from Calvin Klein, Ann Taylor LOFT, Gap and Banana Republic. The majority of them are in the neutral colors – brown, black, khaki, grey and off white. She told me she likes and incorporates some jewel tones, which look fantastic on her.
At first glance, Erin’s “Before” picture (above, left) is solid. She has a ruffled shell on and a colored top layer. It’s a good basics outfit but can quickly turn into a uniform, swapping out colored sweaters and different shades of neutral pants.
By simply adding the black and white necklace (above, center), she instantly adds some attitude and personality.
The “After” picture (above, right) is a more styled version of basics because we mixed a variety of details – appliques on the tee-shirt, stripes on the pants, colored shoes and a cargo jacket.
As we worked, we addresses some of Erin’s key challenges:
- I agree that if there are obvious silver (or gold) details on one piece, metals should match. I typically make an exception with buttons but I tend to look for gold vs. silver.
- For work, I would recommend a longer cropped pant vs. a shorter capri. Even though a capri shows less leg than a skirt or dress, capris are very casual.
- Generally, if you’re no longer drawn to wearing something, it’s probably time to recycle it.
- Prints and chunky jewelry on a petite frame should be done with care. For Erin’s 5′ height and slender frame, small prints will work best and she should stay away from huge beads or medallions.
- I recommend top layers for anyone…a jacket or a sweater go a long way in terms of making an outfit more complete.
- Belts should be worn at the smallest part of your waist. If you’re self-conscious about the tummy area, try a camisole underneath to smooth things out.
- Colored shoes can be neutral. I think purple and yellow are extremely versatile and add a lot of personality – especially if you tend to dress in basics.
On the left, the lightweight blue sweater is a great top layer for summer. It is paired with the same ruffled shirt she’s wearing above and a pair of brown pants with a faint blue pinstripe. I picked out a simple, multi-layered gold necklace and this could be paired with her purple slingbacks, black peep toe wedges or a cute pair of metallic sandals.
On the right, we took a jacket from one of her suits and paired it with this printed dress. The top layer neutralizes the print – which is helpful for someone who doesn’t wear a lot of prints. We paired the chunky necklace with this outfit and a black peep toe wedge.
After working with Erin, I recommended several packages she may be interested in down the road:
- Online shopping – I pick out pieces for you to buy on your own or engage me to buy and return for you
- In-store shopping – I meet you at a location with a list of items or types of outfits and an itinerary
- Inventory – I do a detailed inventory of what you have, what goes together and what you need
- Look book – this can be added on to any service and is a personalized digital PDF of outfit photos for you to keep
Is your closet full but you feel like you don’t have anything to wear? Fabuliss can help! Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free 30-minute in-person consultation in May 2010…I will answer your style questions and we can talk about what would be best for your needs.