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MaryAnn’s Wardrobe Makeover

I did my first virtual wardrobe consultation for my friend, MA. She lost weight recently (go, MA!) and wanted to replace some of the basics in her wardrobe as well as buy new pieces for her work as a pastor and writer and her home life as a busy wife and mother of 3 children. She had black and khaki cropped pants, black and khaki slacks, a flared black skirt, a black blazer, and some new black riding boots. I recommended buying a pair of trouser jeans and a black pencil skirt, and I focused on adding tops, sweaters, and dresses to create a variety of casual and professional outfits.

MA’s style is classic, tailored, and unfussy, so I wanted to inject a bit of color, pattern, and modernity into her wardrobe. She will be able to mix and match the separates, depending on her activity (leading worship, facilitating a meeting, presenting at a conference, working at home, or shuttling children to lessons and playdates.) Knowing MA, she does not want to spend a lot of time figuring out what to wear each day, but I want her to look polished and feel confident when she walks out the door.

The basic formula is this:

  • 1 bottom (skirt or pants)  + 1 top (tank or printed blouse) + 1 layer (sweater or jacket) = an outfit
  • Add shoes (boots, pumps, or flats) and accessories (I couldn’t resist sneaking some Stella & Dot in!) and you have an effortless look!
  • dress functions as a top and bottom; wear alone or with a sweater or blazer.
  • Remix and rotate the pieces as often as you like!
With this wardrobe, MA can easily go from cold or chilly weather to warm weather – she can wear a light cardigan and flats in lieu of a heavy sweater and boots, and when it gets really hot, she can wear the middle layers (tanks, blouses, dresses) without something over them. I’m happy with my first virtual wardrobe consultation, but I wish I could shop with MA in person!

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