Here’s something you should know: friends don’t let friends have overwhelmed closets. The remedy? Switching out a manic Monday for a day of sartorial success. Now that you have an idea of what my day was like today, keep reading to find out how I turned a friend’s closet from “wild” to “styled” in a day!
In all the chaos of graduating and celebrating summer and job searching and the holidays, who has time to sort through the pieces in their closets they really don’t wear? The answer, very few people. As was the case with my very dear friend Grace…
Now some of you may think that consulting a friend on their fashion choices would be a catwalk but to be honest, I was a little nervous. I’m no Stacy London and I have a hard time showing tough love with people when it comes to fashion because it is such an integral part of self-expression. As it turns out, all Grace really needed was to weed out some of her younger-looking pieces and add some more basics to update her look.
We started with dresses, ended with belts and touched on every type of garment in between. I had a blast learning that Grace is a secret keeper of some very chic Harness Frye knock-off boots, fabulous hats and a wide array of some of the most cheerful and colorful jeans. Her goal was to develop a closet for a professional, young twenty-something that could be versatile enough for day-to-night transitions. After a few hours of careful selection, we managed to sort out a significant number of tanks, skirts and tops that just weren’t cutting it anymore. What resulted was something like this:
After a brief lunch at a local cafe, Grace and I made a quick stop at a TJ Maxx for some style inspiration. We perused the racks for dresses, blazers and sweaters that would transition easily for a twenty-something young professional. One hundred and thirty four dollars later, Grace had a brand new blazer, a boyfriend cardigan, a black cardigan with a black lace inset, a royal blue pencil skirt and a black pencil skirt with silver plaid detailing. (That’s five items, $134…around $27 a piece!)
These pieces allow for pairing with everything from sleek white pants to little black dresses and can be worn almost all year round! While Grace still could use a few more staples (like a simple black blazer or a Men’s White shirt), her wardrobe is prepared for her first 9 to 5…and beyond! I am so glad to have been able to work with Grace and hope that she had as much fun as I did!
Stay tuned for more adventures in styling!
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