I've never been one for watching the news often. But the last few days I have been watching CNN. And let me tell you, it's been impacting my sleep. The world is frightening right now. I don't know where you fall, politically. But I think we can all agree, things are scary.
The other day I was at RachelGrace’s Boutique (162 Main St., Wenham MA). A visitor came in to see me, after grabbing a smoothie from Grassy Roots. This is a great lady that I’ve known for about a year now. We’re not hugely intimate, but we’re friends. We started talking about scheduling a closet edit. And she told me something that I was not expecting to hear.
She said that she was afraid to have me come to her house for a closet edit.
I couldn’t believe that anyone would be afraid of me, or intimidated. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m the last person you’d be intimidated by. I’m really a pushover.
I get it, though. A closet edit requires me to come into your home, into your bedroom and your closet, which is an intimate experience. And there are a lot of reasons why you might be hesitant, even embarrassed of what's currently in your closet. That's because we hang on to things for a number of reasons. Many times, they're personal reasons.
Maybe you're in a period of transition, and you're unsure of where you want to go. You might find that your weight is fluctuating, and so you're hanging onto things in a spectrum of sizes.
You might even be asking yourself, "Why would I pay for someone to come perform a closet edit for me?"
There are many different questions that come up with the closet edit. And given the nature of my business, I find it difficult to give a two-minute elevator pitch. The personalization of each situation just doesn't lend itself to a quick explanation. That's why I wanted to take some time today to answer these questions for you.
If you’re considering a closet edit and you’re just not sure if it’s going to be what you need, I’d suggest checking out some of the testimonials I’ve posted. I’ve gotten a chance to work with some terrific women, who have been generous enough to allow me to take videos and pictures of their process. You can find these on my Facebook page, my Instagram feed and here on my blog.
Keep in mind, though, that I don't believe in a one size fits all approach. Every closet edit is personalized for my client's needs. It has to be.
In fact, if you’re looking at one of the testimonials and you think it would be helpful to you to speak to the client in question, please feel free to get in contact with me. I can get you in touch with someone who had similar wardrobe concerns as you. That way you can ask them what that experience was like.
In order to get your closet working for you, I am going to have to ask some hard questions. If the job’s going to get done at all, hard questions are going to have to be asked. That’s what I’m there for. But this is always done from a place of love and respect for the life that you lead.
Remember, getting your closet in order is supposed to be a fun process. We're going to find things you probably didn't even remember you had, and learn new ways to use the things you already own.
The closet edit is meant to do two things. It’s meant to save you time and money.
It saves you time by simplifying your closet. When we separate the seasons and tighten your wardrobe, you can walk into your closet in the morning and get ready pretty much on autopilot. We're going to set up outfits, including accessories, that you can throw on with no thought. We're going to utilize your smartphone, taking pictures of your clothes so that it's easier to select an outfit without shuffling through everything.
The closet edit also saves you money. As we build outfits, I'm going to show you how to use your accessories, your scarves, and jewelry, in new ways. You already have wonderful stuff; you're just not using it.
As we go through your closet, we’re going to make a list of gaps. This is a strategic list of things you actually need to buy or upgrade. With this list in hand, your shopping experiences are going to be more productive. You’ll be able to search for the things you know you’re missing and investment pieces, like a good wool coat, without being distracted by things you already have too much of.
If you feel that a closet edit isn't what you need, or if you're just not comfortable with that, I can still help you with your wardrobe. I'm here at RachelGrace's every Tuesday and Thursday to talk to you. You can bring in some older clothes and see how we can make them new. We can discuss accessory options to liven up your wardrobe. We can even plan a personal shopping trip if that's what you feel that you need.
Feel free to check out the services I offer on my website. Remember, they can be mixed and matched to fit your needs.
Remember, I’m here to help you. I started this business to help women find their authentic style. I want to help you figure out what you like, not what the fashion industry is telling you looks good. Don’t forget, it is an industry. And if we allow them, they will tell us what they’d like us to buy.
I love to teach young women to love their bodies just as they are. I also love to teach women in their forties, fifties and above, my contemporaries and peers. At this point, we should have arrived. We should be fully aware of our unique style and comfortable in ourselves.
Whatever age you are, I want to teach you to love your body right now. Not where you were when you were younger before your body changed. Not in the future when you've reached your weight goal. I want you to love who you are right this minute, and have a closet that helps you love you.
I also want to help women be more conscious buyers and avoid overconsumption. We can do so much good for ourselves and the world together.
If you're reading this post right now and we've worked together in the past, then I have a favor to ask you. Please take a moment and comment below about your experience. Let's start a dialogue and dispel this myth of scariness. Because there's enough scary stuff out there right now.
Hey ladies: I've started a fashion coaching group on Facebook! Come join us for discussion, tips, personalized feedback, and more. Email me to join and I'll add you.
Hey ladies—I'm now the featured stylist at Rachel Grace Boutique in Wenham! I'll be there Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10–5, and we're booking private parties in the evening. Stop by at 162 Main Street to say hello and get some fashion advice, or contact me at 209.789.5364 to book a fun ladies' night!