Yesterday I did something I’ve never done before – I hired a professional stylist to give my wardrobe a bump in style and fashion. Having a virtual practice has its benefit but having clothes to leave the house in isn’t one of them. HELLO #yogapantseveryday.
Now before you think me rich or pretentious there’s a catch….she is also a professional thrifter. She styles and shops for you at a local second hand store – so you get what is available at the time of your appointment. There are 2 benefits I see to this – environmentally friendly – recycling – green me, and saves you a lot of money.
Here’s how it works. You have a phone consultation where she gathers some basic information; what kinds of things you need, what you will be doing in the clothes, sizes, style preferences, etc.
Then you set a date.
On the determined day Kelly Anne goes to the agreed upon thrift store an hour before your appt and pulls a ton of items. And I mean a TON. When I arrived, she had us set up in the corner of the store with over 100 items – from shoes to coats and everything in-between.
You show up in black legging and a black tank top ….. cause there is NO TIME for dressings rooms. Then the fun begins.
She begins handing you items to try on. First a pair of pants then multiply tops and shoes for styling. You spend about 2 hours trying on clothes, styling them and weeding out things that are a no-go for you. I tried on stuff I would never had taken off the rack but once on and styled it was a different story.
At the conclusion of the appt. you determine what you will take home and what you leave behind. Your budget determines what you will leave with. I left with 30 items and most were well under $10.
Note: Kelly Anne messaged me to tell me that 5 of the items I purchased ($50 for me) 2nd hand would have cost me over $600 new.
I have a confession to make. I don’t buy my own clothes, I haven’t for over 15 years. My husband buys nearly everything for me. Yes, I know this is weird but after being in retail (my first career) for so long I just hate shopping. With this experience I was able to give control over to someone else while still making style choices for myself. It was a super fun evening. I revamped my entire closet for pennies. It would have taken me years to do this if I were buying everything new.
A couple things you have to get over:
- Trying on clothes in front of people walking around the store. Yes, I was wearing leggings and a tank top but it’s still a little strange.
- That you are trying on second hand clothes. I did come home and shower after the experience.
- If you like it and it doesn’t fit – there’s not another size. OR as Kelly Anne would say you weren’t meant to have it.
This was a form of self-care. If you follow me on social media (redeeming nutrition) then you know that I just did a huge closet purge. As I’m getting older my body is changing and I want to honor those changes not fight against them. Part of that for me is having outfits that feel age appropriate and comfortable.
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