Until recently no one has ever been quite so candid with me regarding the emotions they might experience at the thought of someone seeing the contents of their closet.
This revelation came about when a friend inquired about my consulting process. I described the usual first step as a wardrobe review. When she realized this meant I would spend a few hours in her closet, looking at her wardrobe, she was horrified! She said, “I would rather have a root canal”! I was literally quite stunned. No one had ever been quite so honest with me. Could it really be that painful? She said, “I couldn’t let anyone even peek inside my closet”. She didn’t want to reveal the “mess and lack of organization”.
She would have to clean and organize her bedroom and work areas before I could even get to the closet. I appreciated her honesty. It gave me a greater understanding of how intimidating this part of a wardrobe review could be. So I suggested that instead of working at her home we could do the consultation via SKYPE.
I suggested that she sort her clothes in advance and that I could do the review OUT of the closet. She began to warm up and was excited to do the consultation.We decided that she would first bring her favorite pieces into the living room. After we sorted through these, I had her bring me items in question because of fit, color, or condition, but where she still had some attachment. I offered my opinion on these. This process allowed me to go through the closet to see her current style, get a sense of needs and create a direction for moving forward.
There are so many ways for us to do a consultation, via SKYPE, meeting at your home, a store, your office or mine. We can do whatever is comfortable for you. Recently, I met with a client who arranged all of the clothes she wanted me to go over with her into the living room. We had a great afternoon, eliminated what no longer worked, put together new combinations with things she loved, created a wardrobe plan and made a shopping date. The new purchases expanded the use for what she already owned and added a dash of style that she knew was missing but didn’t know how to put together. I appreciated my friend being so straightforward about her feelings. It helped me understand some of the reasons for the hesitancy when women express the desire for us to work together, but can’t seem to commit.
So don’t let your closet intimidate you. Be assured that we can always find a way to work together that feels comfortable to you. The goal is to get you on your way to your personal style signature that makes you feel and look wonderful.