When I work with clients I always think of several things as I shop for them, as an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist. In most cases, when it’s time to shop for them I have already done a color analysis; therefore, I know the best colors for them. I have analyzed their shape and can indicate the best cuts, shapes, and garments for them. Finally, at some point have analyzed their style and their lifestyle, which is equally important. Why it is so important? It is important to know what clothing someone feels comfortable in and the clothes that they will wear. For example, I just met with a woman whose shape is an inverted triangle (bigger on the top than the bottom). She has a Natural Sporty-Classic style and doesn’t like patterns, romantic, frilly pieces. She buys clothing at places like Athletica, but she wants to appear much more put-together and stylish.
An Indiana Wardrobe Stylist Approach to Shopping
So how do I approach shopping for this client? First, clothing has to be the right color. Even if it fits perfectly, the wrong color can make people look older and more tired. So I will focus on stores that have more of the styles I think my client will like. I try to limit my shopping to three stores, otherwise, it’s exhausting.
As an Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, I try to think of a couple of complete outfits where everything tends to coordinate, so there are many outfit options. We’d start with some great-fitting jeans and pants. This is sometimes the hardest part for all clients. For the inverted triangle shape, I’d recommend straight to wider-leg pants to add with the other lower body, especially since we wouldn’t waste time on skinny jeans. Some brands I really like, depending on the budget are Joe’s Jeans, Good American, Madewell, Banana Republic, JCrew, and WHBM. Usually, in one of these stores, we can find what we need. I like to buy plenty of neutral colors so they can make many outfits.
Next, we think about some great tops for the pants. These depend heavily on style and what shapes the client likes and even more important looks better in. This year, knitwear is big. If I have a client that is slimmer and can rock it, I will suggest some great quality polo sweaters, turtlenecks, cardigans, and oversize sweaters for leggings. I also like to include some short sleeve and sleeveless tops and shells that layer well, since the next big item is the third layer. I am always preaching the importance of third layers, and fall is the perfect time to wear them. This year, third layers will be plaid blazers, perhaps longer than hip length; always leather motto; shackets in plaid or leather; blazers in knit or structured fabric; denim jackets; trench coats (really in this year); vests (popular this year and last); and finally cardigans. I, your Indiana Wardrobe Stylist, favor jackets over cardigans since they last longer. In all these categories, I like to look for a few statement pieces. Clothing that stands out all on its own. We all need to stand out sometime, right?
In an upcoming blog, I will talk about shoes, dresses, and jewelry geared to specific outfits. Reach out to Beth to learn more today!
Keep it sassy, Indy.
Beth Divine, MA, AICI-CIC
Indiana Wardrobe Stylist