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I am returning to more regular work after a hiatus of a few
years. My wardrobe consists mostly of sweatpants and tshirts,
and my old work clothes don't fit anymore. I am not a good
shopper and tend to buy things that seem good at the time but
then hang in my closet for years without much use. I'm not good
at pulling it all together. I like comfortable, not too
fancy/trendy clothes and would enjoy a basic uniform for work. I
need suggestions of how to build a wardrobe from the odds and
ends in my closet and buying some new stuff. Is it worth it to
hire someone? Is there anyone out there who enjoys this kind of
stuff and could help me?
You may want to check out Elena Aronson. She is a personal
shopper. I have heard great things about her helping out women
in transitions. Her # is 773-726-4310 or
www.elenararonson.com Good luck
Believe it or not, I actually enjoy this kind of thing and go
shopping with my working-mom friend once a year to help update her
work wardrobe. I'd be happy to help you out if you live close by -
my kids are in school during the a.m. hours. If it's not too
strange to have someone you've never met help go through your
closets for free, feel free to contact me! email@example.com
happy to help
Macy's has a personal shopping service-if you tell them you
have XXX amount of money to spend they will try to stick to it.
I used it many years ago (corte Madera location) and was very
I've actually had decent luck at some of the goodwill stores.
The stuff is organized by color so it's kind of easy to go
through things. The prices sure are right. It's good to get
you over the hump. One other thing I like are LL Beans Perfect
Fit Pants. They feel like sweats butyou can dress them up.
I am a stay home mother myself right now. And I understand how
you feel. I worked in human resources in ''my other life''. I also
had a part-time job working at Ann Taylor for few years back. I
would be happy to help you if you are interested. Thanks!
Limor Inbar is an amazing shopper-helper. She can totally shop on a budget and help
you figure out how to look best with versatile items.
I highly recommend her!
Limor Inbar firstname.lastname@example.org
In your shoes I would pick out a few things I really love and
that are easy to mix and match. Get quality and make sure it
Grey suit would work with a lot and it looks different if worn
with the blazer, or a sweater, or a top or a top with a vest.
Ann Taylor loft often has good deals, or you can try Nordstrom
Rack, Zara (one of my favs for good pricing).
Wool Pencil Skirt
Nice pair of good quality slacks
Comfortable work appropriate dress(nice when you don't feel like
putting together an outfit)
Pair of tall boots
A few scarves and you are good to go.... mix and match each week
I have a solution! Elena Aronson is a personal shopper and she
does great work. I too am a working mom and was bored with my
wardrobe and thought I was going to have to shell out big money
for a wardrobe update. Instead, I called Elena. She came to my
home and helped me with a complete overhaul of my closet. She
helped me organize my clothes in a way that is both visually
pleasing and time efficient. With Elena's help, I got rid of
ill-fitting clothes I thought still looked good. She also helped
me come up with new wardrobe combinations that I would never have
thought of. In addition, she can go shopping with you and teach
you about what things will and won't work for your frame, style
and budget. I highly recommend her. Shopping Made Simple:
www.elenararonson.com or 773-726-4310.
I will be starting a new job that will require me to be in the
public eye sometimes and to represent my instituition to donors
and the community. Up to this point, my jobs haven't required
me to dress any particular way, or I've been in school and home
with my daughter. Jeans and a t-shirt are no longer
appropriate, but I have no idea what would be appropriate now.
My awareness of fashion waned after my 20s, and now I'm not
sure how a woman in her mid 30s should dress for this type of
position. I like strong colors (I have dark hair and olive
skin so I can get away with bright red) and ''funky'' clothing
(think Molly B), yet I was also raised very conservative and so
I default to classic, albeit boring clothes (think Talbots).
Plus, I'm petite (barely 5'2) and my hips and behind have gone
through a major expansion since the birth of my daughter. Add
to this, I have very little money to devote to building my
wardrobe. Are there current books or websites devoted to
this? Books I've seen at the library are dated. Are there
affordable ''wardrobe consultants'' that I can get help from?
Unprepared in Jeans and a T shirt
I'm probably the last person to advise on what you need to wear since I'm deep in
the tee-shirt and jeans phase of parenting. But how to do this on a budget I can
help with. It is really worth while hitting the thrift stores -- Goodwill, Salvation
Army, or my own favorite Thrift Town.
You can't necessarily plan to find a particular thing. I'm still looking for the
size small black dress shirt for my daughter's band performances, but you are
always likely to be able to turn up some useful basics. -- I recently got a good black
blazer, an off-white cloth jacket and some grey tailored-looking pants, all at around
$3.00 each. This would leave you a little more to spend on harder to find specific
Well, I managed to find the number of my wardrobe consultant, just for you!
Francesca Gentile is a WONDERFUL style consultant, enthusastic, warm, and
gifted. She knows the BEST places to get great deals on clothes, and can help
you dress for any circumstance/environment/event. She's very good at helping
you to choose styles that are appropriate, but also that suit YOU personally.
She loves to shop, so if you want some one to actually go with you, she's happy
to do so. I cannot recommend her highly enough, she is such fun to work with!
The phone number I have for her is: 510-759-3839.
Best of luck!
Love My Duds
One book that I've found really useful is What Not to Wear by Trinny Woodall and
Susannah Constantine (they have a TV show of the same name). It's very up-to-date
and gives good advice on what clothes work best for different body types and parts. I
think Nordstrom and some other major department stores also have personal
shopping services that may be free. (Of course, the clothing will be pricey, though.)
You may want to check them out and see what's available.
You may want to check out www.missussmartypants.com.
Iím really tired of looking like a schlep! Can someone please
recommend a good wardrobe/style consultant? I need someone to
help me figure out what I need to get rid of; to be honest,
someone patient enough to hold my hand while I go through my
closet and go shopping. I also have no idea what to buy, what
would look good on me (at my age!) or whatís even in style.
Someone who will go shopping with me would be great. Sense of
humor a must! Help!
-Overworked and Out of Fashion.
I know JUST the person you need. Run--don't walk--to your phone and call
Francesca Gentile - 510-759-3839. This is a woman with style that won't quit,
and she's an *excellent* wardrobe/style consultant. She will work with you--
compassionately and enthusiastically-- to help you figure out what style works
for YOU. She loves to shop, so if you need some one to go with you, she is just
the person. She knows the best places to go, and her guidance is gentle,
intuitive, supportive and FUN!! To top it all off, her rates are really reasonable
(too reasonable, probably).
You'll be so glad you hired her!
Style Challenged No More
Anthea Tolomei works out of the Claremont and has a lot of
satisfied clients. Her Web site is www.tolomeiandassociates.com
I highly recommend Tanya Roth to help with your wardrobe needs. I started
working with her when I was finishing grad school, on a tight budget, and needing a
complete wardrobe overhaul. I have continued to work with her on and off for the
past 3 years for both casual and professional advice. She does everything from
cleaning out your closet to shopping with you. Tanya has a great eye and has
helped me identify my own sense of style. I often get compliments on things we've
bought together. Other friends (with different styles) have used her and rave about
her abilities as well. Her number is (415)307-7646.
Micki Turner came to my home a year or so ago and hosted a
wardrobing event. She brought clothes to teach us how to mix
and match without having TONS of stuff. She will come and edit
your closet, show you how to coordinate outfits with what you
have or tell you what filler pieces you might need. She is very
pleasant and very low key. She will take you shopping or just
suggest where you can go to get the pieces you need. Micki can
be contacted at 510-287-9110 micki at mickiturner.com
I've used Bonnie Carpenter for years as a tailor/seamstress and she's been great.
She recently started doing closet/wardrobe consultation. While I haven't used those
services yet, (it's only a matter of time!) I'm sure she'd be great. Here's her contact
Bonnie Carpenter-Fine Clothing
4412 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA 94611
Kathleen Chenard is the most fun person I know. She's also mature and I trust her
guidance. She's practical, grounded, intuitive and thoughtful. She's got a whole
room of clothes at her beautiful home for you to try on and figure out what looks
good. She used to sell insurance and wear her cowboy boots on the weekends. So
she understands work / weekends / and travel.
I need someone who will help go through my several closets of
clothes, and help me decide what I should wear, what I
shouldn't wear, and what pieces I need to make other pieces
complete - all keeping to my style which ranges the gambit of
preppy, sporty, elegant, and classic - and quality.
There are personal shoppers, but that is not what I need.
There are people trying to jazz me up past what is comfortable,
and what is my style, and that is not what I need. I already
own a lot of stuff that just doesn't fit my stlye, and I need
help ferreting it all out,
Once these decisions have been made, I want to organize and
list everything that should go together, and how it should go
together, and take pictures.
Is there such a person?
Thanks for your help.
There is such a person! Francesca Gentile (pronounced jhen-tee-lay) is a wonderful wardrobe coach. She possesses amazing style and creativity, but is also extremely intuitive and sensitive to what works for YOU. She may give suggestions, but these will be based on *your* personal style, not just her own. You can reach her at (510) 759-3839.
She is WONDERFUL to work with, and has been very helpful and inspiring to me, personally!
Unrepentant Clothes Horse
Micki Turner came to my home a year or so ago and hosted a wardrobing event. She brought clothes to teach us how to mix and match without having TONS of stuff. She will come and edit your closet, show you how to coordinate outfits with what you have or tell you what filler pieces you might need. She is very pleasant and very low key. She will take you shopping or just suggest where you can go to get the pieces you need. Micki can be contacted at 510-287-9110 micki at mickiturner.com Karen
You just described EXACTLY my friend's business! She was the personal shopper at Macy's in Corte Madera for years and now has her own consulting business doing closet grooming.
Here is the process in her own words: ''First, we empty the closet entirely. Next, I meet her ''friends'': pieces of clothing or accessories that are NOT to be discarded under any circumstance (i.e., the dress she wore when proposed to, never to fit into or wear again). Then we go through each item remaining and try bunches on, creating massive piles: alterations and dry cleaning, donations and/or resale potential, keepers, etc. We talk about lifestyle, needs, social events and so on. Then I organize and put everything back, creating a new wardrobe, wearable, affordable and accessible. I take photographs and will make lists and suggest outfits (things the person hiring me never would have thought of themselves). Everyone I have ever done this for says it's fun, painless and ultimately saves them money. I charge a fee of $100 an hour, portal to portal. As you know, I love helping people get the most out of what they have and building on that.'' Contact Marsha Silberstein of 'Style Smart Fashion Services''
Have you seen that TV show on BBC America called ''What Not To
Wear''? The episodes I've watched involved style consultants
helping a tired mom re-vamp her wardrobe and her whole sense of
style. I need this. Do you know of anyone in the Bay Area
that does this? I know Nordstrom has a personal shopper - but
I need more help than that. I need someone to come to my
house, look at me in my clothes and tell me what to toss and
what to buy next time. Thanks in advance.
I know a great Personal Shopper. She does just what you asked for and has a
wonderful website which describes her services and provides contact
information. Her name is Micki Turner and her website is:
I have a friend who has been doing fashion consulting for her
friends for awhile and is now branching out to other clients. I
asked her about your post, and she said she would love to help.
Her name is Lisa Lamoureaux and her e-mail is:
Lisalamoureux at earthlink.net
I can't recommend my friend, Tracy Miller, highly enough. She is
incredibly gifted at helping people find new clothes that fit their own style
at their own budget - and she's great at going through people's closets
to help them find new ways of using their existing wardrobe. As she
puts it, you'd be surpised by your own treasures. She's helped me (so I
can speak from experience) as well as countless other women. You'll
be sooo happy after working with her - she's a great wardrobe
consultant/buyer and she's also fun, funny and nice to boot!
Feel free to e-mail me for more information - or just e-mail her directly.
Tracy Miller - tlmiller00 at yahoo.com
How fun for you - I'm jealous...
You can meet with a personal shopper for free at the big dep't stores (I
liked the one at Nordstrom's--no sales pressure) and while they won't look
through your closets :) you can get ideas on what looks good and if you
bring in items that you want to find something to go with, they can help
with that. Deborah
I have used Brenda Kinsel for style consultation, closet cleanout, and
She is based in Marin but makes housecalls to the East Bay. She's very
warm and friendly
to work with and has a sharp eye that helped a great deal when I was trying
to hone my
clothing style. She charges by the hour and, though it does add up, my
been that it's well worth it, especially when cleaning the closet out for
time in many years. Her number is (415) 456-3332.
I have spoken with a friend of mine about your request, and I gave her your
e-mail address. But I know her e-mail connection can be tentative at
times, so I thought I'd give you her info as well. Her name is Francesca
Gentille, and she's a very good personal style and wardrobe consultant. I
owe a lot of my own style to her coaching many years ago. And she's very
good at style on a budget as well, so you needn't worry about her
recommending that you start over and buy only things from Gumps, for
instance! She has built her own excellent wardrobe with very little cash
outlay, usually purchasing things on sale and at Thrift stores and the
like. Additionally, she's fun and personable, and I think you'll find her
easy to work with. Her phone number is 465-2320, and her e-mail (though
less reliable) is mfgds at yahoo.com.
Hope this is helpful!
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