Hiring a Stylist for an Update for your Closet
I bet hiring a stylist isn’t on your radar. Yet, having another pair of eyes can be beneficial for almost everything in life. While we didn’t “hire” a stylist per se, it was definitely an eye opening experience to have the three of us pick out outfits for each other.
Quote of the day: “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” William Faulkner
This quote made me think of the fact that we hire other people to perform duties they are better at than we are. For instance we hire someone to prepare our taxes, paint our house among many other jobs. Why wouldn’t we hire a stylist to help with closets?
I came up with this idea to style each other when I saw a funny Tik Tok video where the kids had styled the parents. And since we had plenty of time on our hands, we took 3 days to go to each of our closets and pretend to hire a stylist. Make sure to see how we styled Lesley and how they styled me too!
Lesley decided that the stylists should be in all black or all white, so we took turns with those “uniforms” below. The photo shows where we are ready to go into “our clients” house! FYI, this could be a wonderful activity for you and your bestie too!
Why You Should Do This
Like I said, this all started as fun and games. And it was definitely fun. But thinking about it afterwards made me realize how beneficial it can be. So let me expound on the reasons why you should try this exercise with either a “real stylist” (you know, by hiring a stylist) or with a good friend.
1-First, they are all your clothes, so the result shouldn’t be too “out there”
2-You will see how a different set of eyes puts outfits together (make sure to question why she puts this with that)
3-Color pairings may pop up that you never considered
4-Different ways to wear a piece may surprise you (wait until you see the necklace my mom had me wear during my style session).
5-It’s very fun and a good way to get you out of your normal clothing style habits.
Insider tip: To make this truly beneficial with a friend, I would suggest spending about an hour doing this. Take photos of all the outfits after you try them on, and then treat your friend to lunch!
Hiring a Stylist-Lesley
So here is the outfit Lesley put together with Charlotte’s clothes. Lesley first saw the seersucker pants hanging in mom’s closet and was inspired by the Kentucky Derby.
I didn’t realize it, but seersucker suits are a stylish thing to wear at a Kentucky Derby Party for men.
FYI, these seersucker pants are too big on my mom, so we pinned them to fit.
Insider tip: Put all the items that need altering in a bag to take to get fixed next time you’re out. For me, I keep a coat rack next to my sewing machine and put things there when they need resizing.
Otherwise it’s too annoying to reach for something and not have it fit correctly.
And then Lesley wanted to throw in some print mixing by adding in this leopard vest. You can see how my mom has worn this vest before, and it wasn’t with her seersucker pants, LOL!
My mom actually made this vest, and she bought the material to make book covers for my dad. Then she decided that he would never like the leopard print, so she made it into this instead!
My mom has quite a bit of pink in her closet since it looks good with her complexion, so the pink top was added in.
The shoes, purse and accessories all came to play at the end.
Hiring a Stylist-Jodie
I want to interject that my mom has always been so stylish and inspirational. So my thought is I want to to keep her looking modern and wonderful. There are enough older people in our retirement community that don’t care how they look.
I realize that some women worry about dressing too young for their age. As much as I understand that worry, I think it’s just as bad to become invisible or look like an “old lady”. Sure, your age may be classified as an old lady, but you don’t have to look like one!
I started styling Charlotte’s outfit with these pink jeans. My mom had purchased them online and told me she received them but hadn’t worn them yet. I know at first, she was worried they were too tight, and we talked about wearing them more as leggings.
However, one of the points when picking out jeans is if there is spandex in them, they will stretch out during the day. And there’s nothing worse than a baggy butt.
Insider tip: When I spoke to my Fashom stylist, Elena (who is a “real” stylist by the way), she recommended sizing down in most jeans. You don’t wash them every time you wear them, so they will stretch out.
BTW…if you want to try out Fashom, use my link to get $20 off. See my comparison of online clothing boxes here.
Then I found our graphic tee in mom’s closet. Do you recognize us? That’s me on the left, Nancy in the middle and mom on the right! (You can see Nancy in her t-shirt here)
My mom rarely wears short sleeve tops anymore because of the changes in her body. I realize it’s hard to see these changes and our first response is to cover them up. Yet that’s a little sad for 2 reasons:
1-It limits our choices on the clothing we can wear.
2-I’m hoping we can be an inspiration for the younger generation. Not by covering up, but to embrace the changes.
Insider tip: Embracing our changing bodies all starts with ourselves and how we think and talk to ourselves. Don’t you look at a Shar Pei puppy and think he’s so cute with all his wrinkles? Then why wouldn’t we be cute with wrinkles?
Same holds true how we think a baby with chubby thighs is adorable. Then by the same thinking, our chubby thighs should be adorable also.
A denim vest is a great way to elevate a t-shirt and jeans outfit. Along with the fact that I threw in some print mixing with the sneakers.
Insider tip: It can be good to look in other sizes especially when thrifting. This vest is an XL….and I bet you it’s a child size XL.
First off, let me just say that Lesley and I didn’t both plan to put my mom into pink and blue. Or for each of us to put her in a vest. We just started looking around her closet and each focused on the pieces that caught our eyes.
As for how my mom felt about this experiment of hiring a stylist. She was a trooper and didn’t even give me the eye roll (of course that was a condition when we started….NO eye rolls. Haha) She did say it was fun and interesting to see the different combinations we chose for her.
Photo credit: Rob Filogomo
Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what other’s think.
My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?
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