In Person Styling and Personal Shopping
Last week I went to Pennsylvania for a marathon personal styling day with the funniest client yet: Shaunie. We spent the day together, and we cracked each other up!
I had no idea that one person could have so many versions of the same necklace! And she had no idea that I would suggest that she wear more than one shade of blue! We were quite the pair, I tell ya! Here are a few tips from our time together (in her closet and also out shopping at the mall) that I thought might be useful to you, too.
Pull Out the Clothes You Think Belong Only to One Season
Find a Shape that Works-And Repeat It.
Shaunie doesn't usually belt her pants, but it really shows off her waist to do it! It also helped her feel more comfortable with a textured black pant to have a belt tie it into the top half of her outfit. Just because one combination doesn't feel quite right, keep trying until one does!
Consider Colored Pants
Bring Accessories into the Fitting Room with YouFor example, bring belts (that you already own or from the store) into the fitting room with you and try them on with simpler styles and colors. A great belt can make all the difference! These two were at Ann Taylor Loft, and they turned a nice dress into a great dress. Plus, the more ways I realize that I can wear a belt, the better its cost per wear and the more likely I am to get a lot of use out of it.
this incredible pink one, also Loft. I love it!
Try a Dress in the Shape that Works for You from Above
Take Cues from Something You Like and Use it to Mix ColorHere, she took a great Gap scarf and mimicked the pink and blue from it throughout her outfit. If you love the colors in a piece of clothing, why not follow along?
Here, earlier in the day at her house, we found a shirt that she had in a bright pattern, and I picked a cardigan and pants to build on those bright colors. She had a few thin scarves that we replaced with thicker ones (she does live in the north east, after all), but I still love the concept!
Echo a Color from Your Outfit in Your Lip ColorThis one killed me: she said "I have red lipstick, I just never wear it." Well, why not?! The black and white and red pattern loves those lips-it would be a pity to miss out on them.
Thanks for sending along these last few pictures, Shaunie! I'm loving seeing the outfits you're putting together! Want more of Shaunie's modern, feminine, New England style? Here is the Pinterest board we've been adding to ever since!
And quick tip: Banana Republic has some incredible, bright blazers these days! Many on sale.