I've been anticipating writing this post for a month! I'm so excited to finally introduce my new friend, Kim and tell you about our arrangement! It's awesome! First, though, let me backup and explain: I never thought I'd be saying meet my personal shopper, cause I never thought I'd have one! But, when Kim came to my house for a free closet clean-out, one thing became very clear -- I needed a personal shopper. Bad.
What the closet clean-out revealed:
-I don't take very good care of my clothes; almost everything hanging was inside out!
-I don't like my clothes (I sent Kim out with 2 full trash bags); and
-I'm completely overwhelmed when it comes to shopping and dealing with my wardrobe.
When Kim arrived, I started pulling clothes out out of my closet, sharing where each piece came from, and how I felt about it. The process further revealed:
-I don't buy quality clothes; I go for the cheapest pieces I can find.
-Most of the quality clothes I do own are gifts from someone else.
-I don't always wear the quality pieces I've been gifted because I don't know how to style them. Case in point - I got a really nice fur vest last Christmas and have never. worn. it.
-I do have a few quality pieces but only because I bought them for upcoming event; they're mostly dresses.
-I don't have basics, i.e. solid colored tops, white tees, or camisoles.
-And according to Kim, my shoe collection is lacking! She kept asking, "Where are all your shoes??"
In my own defense, I don't think I lack fashion sense because I can put an outfit together, but the real issue is that I don't like shopping and never do it. It may sound weird to some of you, but I don't like the mall -- the crowds and all the walking! I'm also very indecisive and often feel overwhelmed by all the choices.
When I do happen to shop, it's difficult to commit to buying anything. I'm notorious for taking pictures of outfits or pieces I like but walking out empty-handed. So crazy!
Budgeting for Clothes:
I also realized clothes are not part of my budget. I don't intentinally set aside money for clothes or really worry about it much. I might buy something if I happen to be at the mall, but chances are, I'll take a picture of it and plan to go back, "when I have money." (I never make it back because I never set aside money!)
So, just like that, I spilled the beans to Kim sharing one revelation after another and let me tell ya, it felt great! It was so therapeutic and enlightening... it felt really good to finally acknowledge these issues!
When Kim offered to do some shopping for me, I figured "Why not! I'll give it a try." Obviously, what I had been buying (or not buying) wasn't working.
Then, Kim actually cleaned out my closet - organizing my shoes and purses, and turning my clothes from inside out. She did an amazing job and offered organizational tips along the way. Her biggest pet peeve - wire hangers! "No wire hangers," she told me!
She also suggested I fold my cardigans so that I don't distort their shape with hangers... Smart girl! None of this had occurred to me prior.
As soon as Kim left, I hopped on Pinterest and created a shared board, which I titled Notes to My Personal Shopper. I was really excited to pin things and share with her what I like and the way I want to dress (versus the way I actually do).
Within minutes, Kim was pinning, too and commenting on my picks. It was seriously the funnest night ever, dreaming up my new, sophisticated style!
The board description is appropraitely named: Operation Sara Needs Style! Let's do this! Haha.
Next week I'll tell you how Kim brought Pinterest to my closet and all that I've learned from her already! Later this month I'll also share a few of my new outfits!
What would your closet clean-out reveal?
Do you have questions about what it's like to have a personal shopper? I'll try to answer them in upcoming posts!
*Kim is owner of Catch 22 Boutique online and currently lives in Washington, DC. Her and co-founder, Lauren, are a team specializing in luxury consignment, closet clean-outs and organization, personal shopping, wardrobe styling, and interior design. Her website is launching later this month, but if you're interested in any of her services, reach out to her via email firstname.lastname@example.org.