You may assume, that from all the recent posting to my Instagram feed of my outfits, that I am particularly confident and happy with my style and clothes. You would actually be very much mistaken though. Because, even though I have found an absolute love for everything style once more, (and am starting to find my way again), I still feel as though I have no idea what to wear from my wardrobe.
This was not the story 5 years ago. I’d stride into work every day – high heels, suit and sleek hair. I had a wardrobe bursting with clothes and I absolutely loved shopping; it was a huge part of my life and took up a lot of my salary. But two kids, a home and a job working from home later…and I feel, well, a little lost when it comes to style.
I am now stuck in a massive style rut and have had no idea where to turn. Here have been my main problems:
- I gave birth to twins and my shape has changed.
- I haven’t had the cash to be able to update my wardrobe with the latest trends and fashions. I want to spend any extra money on the children.
- I need to be dressed practical most days.
- Some days I only leave the house to do the school run. I work from home and it is TOO easy to be causal.
- I love grey.
- I am 37 (and therefore not 20).
- I don’t want to look like I am trying too hard (i.e. mutton).
Step in Lisa, from The Wardrober (phew!).
Lisa, who started her own business, The Wardrober, is a qualified personal stylist, shopper & colour consultant. She has worked in fashion for over 15 years, in both London & New York, gaining experience in buying, sales and styling with all kinds of brands, such as Donna Karen, Oasis, Wallis, Mothercare and QVC. She is also a Mummy to two beautiful little boys and therefore totally ‘gets’ where I am coming from – in fact, a lot of her clients are Mums.
First we started with colour; Lisa held some swatches to my skin. She concluded that I was Autumn and that I should seek out such colours – i.e. warmer tones such as teal, burgundy, navy etc. She gave me a handy little swatch of colours which I can carry in my handbag when shopping. It is good to know this because some colours can ‘wash you out’ or help you to project a certain image.
Then we went through my wardrobe and I tried on clothes that I wasn’t sure about; Lisa told me whether I suited the item or not. We threw a few things into a ‘no’ pile (wrong colours or shapes etc) but we did keep a lot of my clothes which really surprised me…as I thought my whole wardrobe was awful!
Sorting clothes to keep
One thing I did learn on the day was that I have a lot of tops and hardly any bottoms – I think that is why I have been struggling so much with finding outfits to wear. I have a few pairs of skinny jeans and yet hardly any trousers or skirts. I therefore definitely need to shop for some more basic items in order to make it into more of a capsule wardrobe (such as black jeans, black trousers, skirts etc). Then I can wear my tops and mix & match them with different looks.
Then she put a few items of my wardrobe together to make outfits! Here are a couple below:
The most important aspect about seeing Lisa is that she has given me back a lot of confidence. After she left I was bursting to wear new things and I felt good about myself. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut with clothes and not experiment with new outfits but this has boosted my self-esteem. I am also definitely going to shop smarter now and look out for key trends and stay in fashion.
After chatting to Lisa about where to shop I am going to try different brands too; I will aim to get some key pieces from more luxury brands. I can’t wait to try some new styles!
If you’re interested in personal styling then Lisa charges from £150 for a wardrobe edit. She also offers personal shopping, as well as other services. You can find more on her website, as well as on Instagram and Facebook.
Love, Jess x