From scientist to stylist...
If you've shown up to a meeting or an event and you don't feel right about yourself because of what you're wearing, you don't feel like you fit in, or if you have regular closet meltdowns because you have nothing to wear, I've been there.
I've worn the wrong thing, been made fun of for what I've worn, and had a closet meltdown (or two), and I've overcome it. I learned how to style myself, the terminology and essentials to good style, changed how I shop and continually refine my style, so it always matches who I am.
Sometimes the words “fashion” or “stylist” can be intimidating. I haven’t always been in fashion so I get it but style is all about you. What makes me different is that I don’t make you spend thousands of dollars on new clothes, stuff your closet with designer labels and definitely do not make you throw away all of your clothes only to buy more.
MY PERSONAL JOURNEY TO BECOMING A PERSONAL STYLIST STARTED WITH SHOPPING AT THRIFT STORES AND CONSIGNMENT STORES.
My style transformation started with shopping at thrift stores and consignment stores. I used to work in an area that had a lot of big box stores that were convenient to run to over lunch or after work. So I kept returning to these stores due to their proximity to my workplace and price point. Truthfully, nothing in these stores was inspiring, but it was easy. I was in a style and shopping rut. I knew I wasn’t happy with these clothes but didn’t really know what my options were until I happened into a thrift store.
During this time, I wandered into Goodwill. This started as affordable and guilt-free retail therapy and then completely changed how I shop for clothes and style myself. Over time secondhand clothing formed an entirely new professional wardrobe for me. After a few years of casually shopping secondhand, it became apparent the huge amount of surplus clothes and accessories that are available. It finally occurred to me that I never needed to shop retail again.
I also noticed that my style started to evolve and improve, as I wore the secondhand items to experiment and upgrade my look. The ah-ha moment came when I started to receive compliments on my outfits from strangers. The best part? Most of these clothes were from thrift stores. Yep, that entire outfit I'm wearing in the photo is from Goodwill!
Yes, I’m admitting to shopping at a thrift store. When I shop for my clients it’s always at consignment stores (instead of thrift stores). But here’s the deal, secondhand stores have better variety that isn’t trend focused, a better mix of brands, much better price points, and more size options than most if not all department stores.
My mission is to change how and where we shop for our clothes.
My Core Tenets of Sustainable Style
This might sound a bit radical but…
- We need to start owning our clothing rather than consuming our clothing. That means treating our clothes as investments and buying clothes that are meant to last. This means not treating our clothes as trash and throwing them away after six wears. This mean buying the highest quality you can afford.
- Buying more clothes to create style does not solve the problem.
- Where we spend our money matters and supporting local businesses is crucial to a sustainable economy.
- It's time to change the way we think about our clothes, where we buy them, and make more conscious shopping decisions.
Why does this matter? Read more about Sustainable Style.
More about me
What do I do when I am not styling? I am a cat lover, wine drinker, avid reader, jazz listener and travel enthusiast!! Some of my favorite places are Italy, New York City, Mexico, Santa Barbara and Paris. My other favorite place is hanging out by the pool with a good book. Originally from Pennsylvania, I now live in the valley of the sun with my husband and two cats.