Indiana Wardrobe Stylist Warns of Wardrobe Mistakes to Avoid!

As an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, I have seen it all when it comes to closets and fashion. When my clients ask me for help the closet is usually where we start. Here are some common wardrobe/style mistakes we all make and how to avoid them…

  • A closet full of clothes we don’t wear or like. Sounds like a serial shopper here…someone who buys constantly without a plan or pieces to coordinate with the new additions. Something has caught our eye; we have to have it, and we buy it. But then if we don’t know how to wear it, even a good buy is not a bargain anymore. We have all done it. If you are constantly buying pieces, I encourage you to make a list of your purchases for one month. If the amount seems high, stop buying pieces, and save that money and buy one nicer, better quality piece you will wear and wear: a light-colored leather jacket or a blazer in a neutral ($400-$500).
  • Wearing shoes that don’t work with my outfit. Let’s face it: Some of our pants and dresses require shoes we don’t have. Example: If you buy the popular midi dress we all have with some ruffles, tiers, etc., and don’t have a boot with a higher heel or even a wedge sandal, your outfit will look off. For instance, during my time as an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, have seen women wear boho-style midi dresses with a flat boot and hose that cut off their legs. The result: Your leg looks heavy, even if’s not. New behavior: Leave room in your budget for a pair of shoes with that special outfit that looks coordinated. Or don’t buy the dress in the first place.
  • Another shape that can be hard to style is a shorter, ankle pant. This can be a challenge, and it also depends upon your shape. If you have heavier ankles, avoid this shape. A longer, leaner silhouette will always flatter you more. If your ankles are slim you can wear an ankle bootie, some mules can work, or a wedge heel. New behavior: When buying ankle pants, consider the shoes you have and the shoes you will need. Many times a loafer will not work with a casual ankle pant. Every situation is different.
  • Blazers are still in, and ladies still buy them. I love a blazer almost as much as a leather jacket. But when I buy them online and they don’t fit perfectly or need extensive alterations, I pass. You should, too. Or if the jacket just needs sleeve shortening, that is not a major alteration, and if you love the piece I would alter it. Many women will not want to spend the money on simple alterations that make a huge difference. Don’t be one of them. Fit is one of the most important parts of your wardrobe. New behaviors: When you are buying a nicer basic such as a leather jacket or blazer, try it on in person. Access what’s needed. If there is a simple alteration such as sleeve length, do it. Also, make sure the fit is perfect, or pass it up. Think of all the alterations men get on a suit! We should treat ourselves the same way, ladies.

If you are looking for help with your closet, contact your favorite Indiana Wardrobe Stylist today to schedule your appointment.

Keep it sassy,

Beth Divine, MA, AIICI-CIC

Personal Image Consultant