Have you ever wished you had a style team to take care of your outfits, hair and makeup? Even with years of fashion experience, there have been times when I’ve desperately wanted help (especially during the mad dash between mom-life and a formal event.) I haven’t figured out how to afford a style team that shows up at my house, but I do have some people I rely on to help me look my best. Here’s what I mean…
Even though fashion brands are offering more sizes than ever before, many of us need to having our clothing tailored for a perfect fit. Think about a friend who wears the same size as you. Is she exactly the same height or shape? Chances are, the same outfit will fit her differently from how it fits you.
If you need a simple alteration, check if the retailer will do it for free. Some stores, like Lululemon, will do basic hemming on any of their pants and tops at no cost. (Ask a salesperson at their store, or check their website for details.) Other stores, like Banana Republic and J.Crew offer free basic alterations for card holders, on regular priced items.
For more complex alterations taking in a waist that is too big, you’ll need to find a tailor. If you’re cringing over the extra expense of alterations, consider this: you’ll feel better wearing one perfect jacket, than owning two ill-fitting ones that sit in the back of your closet.
Check your local Nordstrom for their tailoring services. They offer online appointments and one-hour hemming.
I bought this eyelet skirt last year, but didn’t wear it at all, because none of my tops looked right with it. I finally realized that I needed a cropped top that ended at just the right spot, so I bought this tank from Ann Taylor and had it shortened by 3″. It’s now one of my favorite outfits.
A Hair Stylist
I used to get my hair cut once or twice a year. I would let it air dry, twist it into a bun, and call it a day. Then someone said, “your hair is the accessory, you always carry.” I realized that despite the effort I put into picking out and accessorizing an outfit, I always looked a little unpolished with my flyaway hair.
I’ll talk more about my current haircare and styling routine, in my next post, but for now let’s talk about finding the right stylist. These are the tips that helped me:
- Find a salon that you don’t want to leave. If you feel instantly comfortable, the chances are that there’s a stylist there with a similar “vibe” to yours.
- Pick someone who listens. No matter how gorgeous a cut looks, if it’s not what you want, it’s not what you want.
- Ask your stylist to teach you how to style your hair. If you don’t have the resources or skill to maintain your hair, you’ll likely need to return to the salon sooner than you would like.
My lovely stylist knows, that I like a low-maintenance cut with very little product in my hair. Even when I have just walked out of the salon (picture below), I still have a natural look.
The Outer Critic
It’s easy to find inspiration these days, especially on social media. You may even have real life muses like your stylish boss or your avant-garde friend. It’s tougher to find a style critic, someone who is bold enough to tell you that your favorite jeans are too tight on you. Note, that I said outer critic as our inner critics are often too harsh.
I’ve had a few friends in my life who have filled the role of outer critic. But, lately it seems like my husband and daughter have taken over. Neither are fashion experts, but both know me well enough to point out what I wear out of insecurity. How do you find your outer critic? Ask a few of your friends or family. You’ll know, from the answers they give (or don’t give).
Who’s On Your Style Team?
Does your style team look a little different? Maybe you have a favorite beauty consultant, a virtual personal stylist or a personal trainer who helps you look your best. Let me know in the comments below who’s on your style team!