How do you start your day?
Do you happily open your closet door and easily select the clothes you’ll put on? Do they make you smile as you get dressed and see yourself in the mirror? Do you feel comfortable in your own skin, knowing you look great and can handle what the day has in store for you?
If that describes your daily experience, congratulations! You’re among only about 4% of women worldwide.
Unfortunately, too many women start their day frustrated and unsure about what to wear, and unhappy about how they look.
Does this scene look familiar?
You try to put an outfit together that suits the occasion, and your mind races:
- Does this shirt match these slacks?
- Does this color wash me out?
- Should it be tucked in or left out?
- Does it make me look heavier than I am?
- Maybe a bit sloppy or frumpy?
- Maybe this belt will polish it off.
- Okay, maybe I should change the pants.
- No, this skirt is probably better.
- Oh, shoes!
- Are these too high for this skirt length?
- Are these too bulky?
- I guess these work, if I don’t have to walk too much.
- Should I wear a necklace? Let me try a short one… oops, no maybe a longer one.
- Which earrings will look good without detracting from the necklace?
- It might get chilly. Will this sweater look good? Or should I wear this jacket instead?
And finally an exclamation of distain, “I hate my clothes! I look awful! How can I show up like this?” Or maybe you say something to yourself that is even worse…
It all adds up
Of course this fiasco doesn’t always happen. You probably have things you wear over and over again because you know they look good. You feel good in them. Confident. Even beautiful.
We are creatures of habit. When we create an outfit, or buy one that is “supposed to be worn a certain way,” we repeat it. This is one reason the average woman’s closet contains so many items that never get worn.
Research shows that, if you are like most women, you only wear 20% of the clothes in your closet.
The remaining 80% of your clothes add frustration to your life. And can even discourage you from stepping out into the world with confidence.
So, what to do about this…
How we feel about how we look makes the biggest difference in how we present ourselves to the world and how the world responds to us.
I have a process that gets you to the point where you know how to look your best, love your reflection in the mirror, and feel great about yourself. You develop a new level of self-confidence. You become empowered to live life on your own terms. Here’s how it works:
Apps make the process easier
I use the app Hue and Stripe with my clients to create their Look Book. We photograph everything from their shoes, jewelry, scarves, belts, to pants, jackets, tops, skirts and dresses. We categorize each item into season and occasion. Next, we create Looks from each item, and most items get multiple Looks transcending seasons and occasions.
Like any organizational system, once it’s created it’s there for you. You don’t have to remember how you accessorized your favorite dress, or what shirt looked best with that power suit. Just look up any item and see all the possible ways we determined that piece could be worn.
We can even shop online in the app. When you purchase an item, the store’s image gets transferred into your virtual closet where it is filed into the right occasion and season and paired with other pieces to make new outfits.
It’s simple! It’s fun! It’s a time saver! It’s a morale booster!
This is a done-for-you approach: done by us for our clients. We do the whole process to make your style express your true and best self, and we create your Look Book to serve as your virtual stylist.
Do you prefer a DIY approach?
If so, here’s a list of free apps you might want to look into. You can even use Pinterest.
The main thing is photograph your wardrobe and keep your visuals organized.
Think about it
I bet you have systems for other things in your life. Why not for something as fundamental as getting dressed every day?
Of course organizing your wardrobe saves you time and money. It reduces frustration. More importantly, it empowers you with the knowledge of which items make you feel confident and ready to face the world. It creates the environment for you to you achieve Success thru Style.