Hey, there! I’m so glad you’re here today because today’s post is a good one! We are chatting all about my recent closet clean out! This past week I did something I have never done before – I had a wardrobe stylist, a professional, assist me in a closet clean out. For years I have done it on my own (semi-successfully), but I always keep more than I should. I was excited to see a wardrobe stylist work her magic and help me clean things out!
Closet Clean Out with a Wardrobe Stylist
Lauren Frank, a Dallas-based wardrobe stylist (and a dear friend!) worked with me last week to help me pare down my closet, style new looks from existing clothes, and feel inspired with the wardrobe I already have. The task felt daunting to me, but Lauren knows what she is doing and made it simple, refreshing, and fun!
How Does A Closet Clean Out Work?
It’s actually much easier than you think! Instead of tackling it all at once, Lauren takes your wardrobe out section by section. This method helps to make the task feel less daunting. So, we started with sections of my closet and talked through each piece. Once we had pared down my closet (we gave away 6 bags full of clothing!), she added my clothes back in, section by section.
How Do You Determine What To Keep Or Toss?
This was the piece I was the most curious about. Lauren never forced me to get rid of something and never made me feel like my clothing purchases weren’t of value. Instead, we talked through each piece to determine their value in my closet. What she looked for was how well a piece fit my body type, if I had duplicate of something, if a piece was worn, or if a piece was outdated. She made her suggestions, but if there was something really sentimental or of value to me, we kept it! I honestly thought we might butt heads a lot, but I was shocked at how easy it was to let go of pieces I no longer wear or pieces that have served their purpose in my closet. It was incredibly refreshing!
What Is The Biggest Difference of a Closet Clean Out with a Professional Versus Doing It Yourself?
For me, I think the biggest difference was the sheer volume of things I was able to part with. As I stated before, I’ve tried to pare down my closet by myself and have to a degree. However, having a wardrobe stylist there with me, helping me think critically about each piece, I was able to part ways with a lot more. There were pieces I had in my closet for years that I hadn’t even touched. Heck, there were pieces in my closet I forgot I had simply because I had so many clothes crammed in there I couldn’t ever see them.
What Is The Biggest Benefit of Using a Wardrobe Stylist for a Closet Clean Out?
The biggest benefit from purging your closet with a wardrobe stylist has to be the ability to see and access all of my clothes. In turn, I will be able to style and wear everything in my closet as opposed to just grabbing the same few pieces every time.
When my closet was crammed with clothes, it felt overwhelming. I ended up wearing the same few things over and over. Now that I can see and easily access everything in my closet, I will have so much more fun styling new looks! I also think it will make me think twice before buying new pieces for my wardrobe. I’ll be able to think more critically about how something fits and if it adds value to my wardrobe.
I can honestly say that I walked away from this experience feeling refreshed and excited! And bonus, my husband was equally as excited to see so much go!
during – creating “keep” piles and eliminating
we got ride of 6 bags of clothes!
And because I know so many of you will have questions about what a wardrobe stylist is and what services are available, I am including commonly asked questions below. After my closet clean out, I sat down with Lauren and asked her questions I thought you might like to know! If there is something we didn’t cover, please feel free to email her (firstname.lastname@example.org) and check out her instagram for more inspiration!
Wardrobe Stylist Interview with Lauren Frank
1. What services do you offer?
2. Who is your typical client?
3. What is your styling philosophy?
4. What is your styling process?
5. Do you offer on-going services?
6. Why would women benefit from this service?
7. What is your rate?
Rates vary based on the service, so please send all price-related questions directly to Lauren Frank at email@example.com.
8. How can you tell someone’s personal style?
9. Do you or can you help tailor someone’s closet to their personal style and life stage?
100% yes! One of my favorite challenges is helping a new mom or mom of young children re-discover their unique sense of style after kids (or in the midst of growing their family). Style is something we get to have that belongs to just us – and in a lifestage where there is not a lot that is just ours, I love to be able to help with that. I like moms to feel like they can get on the floor with littles or pull up to carpool while feeling like a BOSS (and looking like one too). Functional, but put together. Being a mom of two little ones myself creates a soft spot for the mom struggling with her personal style while raising her family (aka: the hardest job on the planet) and navigating body change. I’ve been there!