I’ll wear that again someday…
Sure this shirt went with that specific pair of pants that I lost, but I’ll figure something out for it…
I never want to wear a suit again, but I spent so much money on these when I was working at my old job…
Recently, I outsourced a wardrobe overhaul. After I had my daughter, I quickly realized that as a working mom, my old 5-day a week work-outs were a thing of the past. My weight crept up slowly, but it sure did make its presence known. I got to a point where I was cycling through the same 2 pairs of pants and still sporting my nursing shirts, because nothing else in my closet fit me. And I had a lot of clothes, many of which catered to a prior (very formal dress-code) job and my 20-something bar-hopping on the weekend lifestyle. Mornings were depressing and I would feel defeated.
I decided to engage the services of a personal stylist for two things:
- Full closet overhaul
- New wardrobe to fit my current lifestyle and body
Before my stylist came over, I made a promise to myself that whatever decisions were made during the closet overhaul, were final. Putting that rule in place for myself made it easier for me to accept shedding all of the clothes that were part of my prior life. I figured that as a neutral and honest party, my stylist would be the voice of reason. Some items went to consignment and the rest were donated between two charities. I felt good after the clean-out and excited for my new wardrobe.
With the items that were left, we reviewed various looks and how to wear what I had in a new way so that I could accentuate my assets. These concepts were basic but never crossed my mind – hello to tucking in my shirts to create a waistline rather than trying to hide it under long tops, which made me look frumpy. I already felt reinvigorated and for some people, this step can be enough!
Unfortunately (or fortunately!) for me, I needed some additional clothing. I gave my stylist a budget and she helped me put together outfits that would fit my work and personal life seamlessly. Mornings were fun again! I felt confident in my new clothes and didn’t think twice about everything that had been shed from my closet. Overall, I found the experience liberating and I wish I had taken the step sooner. Additionally, I learned that clothes are just that, clothes. They are replaceable, re-fashionable, and most importantly, they shouldn’t make you feel bad about or for yourself. Make them work for you, so you can work it!