A while back I was caught yelling at my TV (which I NEVER do…double-pinky swear) as I watched a personal stylist tell a national morning news anchor, Lynn Berry what to keep and get rid of in her closet. It was so exasperating to watch item after item kept or tossed because the stylist saw it one of two ways: “on trend” or “6-8 months old.”
Really? Why toss something that is 6-8 months old?? It's SPRING here in the western hemisphere last time I checked. What kind of RULE is that?
And why keep something that is “on trend” if it doesn't flatter the owner's coloring or style or body type? Oh…that's right…we must always be fashion-forward as stylists and never consider our client. <that was sarcasm>
The icing on the cake was that while the “expert” was giving advice on what to keep and not keep, she completely ignored the obvious, something that all viewers could see: the anchor's closet was a complete mess with garments jumbled and disorganized.
To help out, here's some sane advice to follow.
[icon_list] Organize your closet by color, then style. This will help you so much when you are getting ready in the morning. Put your black tops next to your black knits and jackets and organize by sleeve length, then move on to gray, white, and all the colors.
Keep anything that looks great on you…even if it is 6-8 months old. (I'm pretty sure that cute Old Navy wrap dress the anchor kept in the program was from over 8 months ago)
Know what colors make people go WOW when they see you, what neutrals you should have to build your wardrobe on, and what colors convey your true ESSENCE
Know your body type and what styles and designers look good on you. Just because someone says to have a white button-down doesn't mean it's right for your body type.
Don't just buy a black dress to have a LDB in your closet because some expert said so. Maybe heathered gray is your “black.”
Refer to my more in-depth article on Why We Never Wear Our Good Clothes here for more tips [/icon_list]
What's been the best – or ugliest – advice you've received?