Personal Styling, Stella & Dot, Style

Holly’s Work Capsule Wardrobe from Talbots

My client, Holly, needed a complete wardrobe overhaul. She works for a company that does non-profit fundraising consulting. Her business attire varies; the office is business casual, but she wears suits when she meets with executive boards. We went through her existing wardrobe and got rid of a lot of things that weren’t working for her. We identified the gaps in her wardrobe, made a shopping list, and set up a time to go shopping together.

Holly wanted a wardrobe that conveyed trust, authority, and credibility while allowing her fun, warm, approachable personality to shine through. I took her to Talbots because they have classic suit options, sweaters, and tops she can mix and match to create a polished, professional capsule wardrobe.

The Clothes

Holly has medium skin, blue eyes, and brown hair; she looks best in colors with cool/blue undertones. We found a black suit, a floral skirt, and a pretty blue sweater set that brings out her eye color. Although most people with cool undertones look better in white, we added an ivory jacket and a couple of ivory tops for variety.

Jackets: Seasonless Wool Blazer/Emerson Knit Jacket

Sweater Sets: Charming Cardigan/Charming Shell

Tops: Pintucked Silk Shell/Ruffled Morning Glory Shell/Dots & Stripes Shell

Seasonless Wool Skirt/Seasonless Wool Trousers/Flower Bouquet Pencil Skirt

The Accessories

Holly didn’t buy shoes and accessories on our shopping trip, but these are the items I would recommend for her capsule wardrobe. The jewelry is from Stella & Dot. I like the mixed metal necklace because it can be worn three different ways; the pendant is bold and elegant; and the earrings are simple and work-appropriate. The handbag is classic and will be in style for many years, and the shoes are dressy but comfortable and will look great with the pants and skirts. The handbag and shoes are from Talbots.

Tilley Studs/Sparkle Studs

Setta Medallion Necklace/Tala Necklace

Tasseled Kitten Heel Pumps/Croc-Embossed Wedge Heels

Quilted Leather Satchel

The Outfits

Using the twelve pieces of clothing, I created thirty-eight outfits Holly can wear to work. The black jacket, pants, and skirt are classic and will last several years. Holly can update her look each season with a few tops and some new jewelry. She travels for work occasionally, and she can pack a mini-capsule wardrobe that will take her from board meetings to client dinners with just a few changes. She will look stylish and sophisticated and project confidence while she leads her clients to new fundraising heights!

Floral Skirt Outfits

Black Skirt Outfits

Black Pants Outfits

The black pants are paired with the same tops, sweaters, and jackets from the black skirt outfits. It’s nice to have the option of pants or a skirt, depending on the setting.

Holly had this to say about her experience:

Working with Kelly has been a true joy! From our initial consultation, she set me at ease and made me feel like we were long-time, trusted friends. She helped me define a personal style (something I never even contemplated before) and patiently walked me through choosing wardrobe pieces that make sense for my style, body shape, and personality. Kelly strikes the perfect balance of listening to my ideas and providing her own guidance with confidence. Now when I walk into my closet, the feeling is no longer, “Ugh, what do I wear today?” but “I love every one of these options!”

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