How To Create A Stylin Wardrobe On A Shoe String Budget
For years my husband shopped for my clothing. Yep, its true. He may not have had a lot of fashion sense back then, but he certainly had much more than I did. In this article I’m going to help you create a stylin wardrobe on a shoe string budget with a little help from my own thrifty stylist!
Like most of us who aren’t fashionista’s, clothing and accessories weren’t something I learned to put together growing up. While most high school girls were into fashion, I had other interests like sports and choosing a career path. So I didn’t know what my sense of “style” for fashion was, though I had always secretly wanted to figure it out.
I must say my husband did quite well for a number of years. It wasn’t until after my traumatic brain injury, in 2007, that I began thinking and acting differently, like most TBI survivors. Suddenly, style was very important to me. I still couldn’t put things together very well no matter how hard I tried, it just wasn’t something I had a knack for.
Nearly one year after my brain injury, I created a list of 101 things to do before I die. On that list, item #56, said, “Figure out my fashion sense and buy clothes to match”. Since it was in the middle of my list, it was going to take a long time to get there.
Several years later, I became a professional writer for spiritual women. I was invited to speak in public places, nice places, classy places, places where men wore tuxedos and women wore expensive lovely dresses. The trouble was, my closet still had clothes from decades ago and although I was grateful, I knew I needed something nicer to walk on stage with. How nice? I wasn’t sure.
Wherever I was invited to speak I constantly struggled to piece things together that looked good. “I’m just not a fashionista“, I would say in defense of my limited belief and unwillingness to ‘go there’. The funny thing is I never once called on the numerous stylists I knew who would have enjoyed getting their hands on my closet. This is the very thought that prevented me from calling them.
I would picture someone yanking out all my sport shorts and tank tops that I dearly loved. I imagined them dethroning my antique jackets and dresses and tossing everything in a pile in the middle of my floor. They would start telling me I have to rid myself of this look once and for all and I’d be melting above the pile like the wicked witch did on the Wizard of Oz.
Ironically, that’s exactly what I needed someone to do and I knew it.
Now we all know that 90% of the thoughts we think about are usually invalid, but that is exactly what made me decide to forgo what was potentially a life altering event, all because I had created a very scarey scenario in my mind.
Years later, and to my absolute delight, my lovely daughter Laci took it upon herself to arrange a wonderful surprise date of fashionistatizing (fashion-eesta-tizing) me. Laci is a professional photographer in Greenville, South Carolina, who silently cringes when she sees me walk out the door sometimes. Sorry Dawlin, as they say here in the South.
One morning she was looking for the hashtag of #SC to upload her pictures to. While doing a search she came across a South Carolina woman who had on a great beach outfit that she loved, and it looked great accessorized by a cute floppy hat. Laci, being like her mom in this aspect, boldly reached out to Lynsie and found out that she worked at a thrift store and uses Instagram to share her fashions. Laci also found out that she LOVES to help people create their fashion styles.
Upon hearing this Laci couldn’t wait to arrange a surprise fashionista day for her style-lacking, short ‘n t-shirt wearing mom.
She told me she wanted to give me a gift that could potentially last a lifetime. Although those weren’t her exact words, she certainly had my attention! She wasn’t sure I’d be willing to do it however. When she explained that she had arranged for a women to help me figure out my fashion style, I could see how excited she was about it. I was really touched by how much she cared, and how generous this act was by both of these women. They had collaborated to ‘dress’ me so I could finally feel confident on my own – no longer needing help to style myself.
Lynsie, being the professional stylist that she is, gave us guidelines days before meeting with her. They went something like this;
1. Send her a picture of an outfit from my own wardrobe that I liked (no shorts or t-shirts Laci said but I still don’t understand why)
2. We (Laci mostly) set to work on selecting photos of clothes from the web that might look good on me and she pinned them on pinterest. This was requested by Lynsie so she could see what I like. This was no small task when you are eclectic and only like shorts and t-shirts.
3. We (Laci) sent my sizes in pants, tops and dresses.
To say I was relaxed about doing this would be an understatement. I love, love, love being pampered. Its a rare occasion when mom’s or business women get pampered so I was really looking forward to seeing what these two lovely ladies would put together.
Off we went!
While I was relaxed, my daughter was nervous. She wasn’t sure what to expect, but I went thinking, “How cool is this that someone cares about making me look great!” Yes…it was a completely selfish time for me – but I somehow managed to get through it.
To say Lynsie was great would be an understatement. She was exceptional. She came to greet us as soon as we walked in the door, wearing a T-shirt that said, “30, Thrifty and Thriving!” with a bright blue skirt. Here I am thinking selfishly when that day was not only her day off, but also her birthday! She was radiant, quite tall (I’m wearing very high heels and she’s wearing flats in this photo) and she wore a smile that shined like the sun. I knew she would make those next few hours fun!
She already had several outfits picked out for me and waiting, many of them name brand items like Ann Taylor’s Loft, Old Navy, J. Crew, Charlotte Russe and more. I was completely shocked at the quality and even more so with her diligent effort to match the clothes that we sent to her on Pinterest.
To find out how many brand named outfits I purchased at thrift store prices, check out the other photos here on Lynsie’s website.
I not only walked away with more confidence in my style of clothing, but it also brought us all together as friends, who can meet for coffee. So ladies, if your husband is buying your clothing, or you feel better in shorts and t-shirts than in dressing up for business, maybe you need an hour with Lynsie too. 🙂
If you’re stuck in a rut and feel like you’re missing out on a world of amazing possibilities – maybe you need an hour with me. I can bring you out of “STUCKNESS” and into a world of total possibility with my one of a kind home study course. I make my living from helping people define their purpose in life while finding healing and restoration.
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