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July 28th, 2014

Inside DC Style Factory: Shopping Your Closet

Our  Shop Your Closet service is one of my personal favorites. It really gets my creative juices flowing. Plus, the excitement a client feels when she sees her “same old clothes” reinvented? Priceless.

When I do a Shop Your Closet session with a client, I am not going to find everything I need to make an outfit I have pictured in my head for that person. But you improvise. You make it work.  There is always something in your closet that can be transformed or reinvented.

Recently, I met with a client who had  no layering pieces OR jewelry OR really any accessories for that matter. As a nurse, her workwear was scrubs. She wanted to have outfits for semi- dressy happy hours hosted by her husband’s law firm. But all she had was a closet full of tops, bottoms and dresses.  She would be fine wearing a dress and shoes, but we wanted something just a bit more. 

If you have worked with me, you have heard my “think of three” mantra where you look at your outfit as more than just a top and a bottom, but one more piece to pull it  all together. That could be a great necklace, earrings, a blazer, a cardigan, a scarf…anything that makes what you are putting on a look.

Well,  what do you do when you have absolutely no “threes?”

This is what we did:

We took one of her light, drapey, cream buttondown tops that she always wore as a blouse…and made it a jacket (if you have worked with me you also know I love my white jackets). It transformed 75 percent of  her looks.


We made it work! And she worked it. Needless to say, I am still sending her out shopping for a new white blazer.

This post is part of the Inside DC Style Factory series, which highlights how we work and some of most popular services.

May 3rd, 2014

Shop-Your-Closet: Black Pants Reboot

We had a client this week who had lots of black pants.Lots and lots and lots and lots of black pants. Like as in she pretty much never wore anything BUT black pants. The goal eventually is to give her more options and break her out of that black-pants-only rut, but in the meantime (and since this was a Shop-Your-Closet appointment) we wanted to see if we could reinvigorate those dark trousers using what she already owned.

When we arrived


As a busy attorney, wife, and mother of two teens, she needed looks that remained classic but that had more style and felt more current. We used three techniques to do liven up her black trousers for work.


Pattern and Texture

We paired a striped cardigan with a black lace top.  The look is simple and clean, but the texture of the lace with the stripes adds depth and interest to her look.



Our client had color in her wardrobe, but was used to wearing only one color paired with all neutrals. We wanted to have some fun with color-blocking and give her something slightly unexpected but still very wearable and office-appropriate.



For our last look, we paired the black pants with a boxy, swingy jacket, which is very on-trend right now (she was happy to find out). The purple blouse underneath adds just a pop of color that draws your eye up and lets the jacket shape really stand out against the rest of the outfit.


*Note: Our client loves simple, simple (or no) accessories so we had her add a beautiful gold chain with a small coin pendant to each look.

What ways have you breathed new life into a basic?