Surviving the Wild: A Common Flaw in Your Wardrobe and How to Fix it

Happy November! I can't believe the holidays are almost here, and it's finally cooling down in Austin [insert happy dance]. I absolutely love sweater weather because it's the perfect time to style some of my favorite layered combinations in my closet and my clients' closets. 

My clients are my greatest inspiration. When I see and hear their style struggles, it only makes sense to write about the answers. This week, I'm tackling a big mistake I often see. And this one is so important because it stops women from reaching their goal and my goal for them: the ability to wear 100% of their wardrobe. 

 This big mistake is...

not being able to see everything in your closet. 

 

Now yes, in states where there are four seasons, it's difficult to squeeze in all the cold weather gear alongside the sundresses and summer essentials. It's often necessary to have more than one closet. You need too many winter items and too many summer items to keep them all in one closet. 

In a more temperate climate like Austin, you can use the same type of items any time of the year. You should be able to see every single thing in one closet.

If this suddenly made you think about those tops shoved up in a corner somewhere or a box of miscellaneous items under the bed, here's three things you can do to bring your wardrobe front and center for you to see. 

1. Roaming the Plains

Bring everything out in the open. All of pieces that are stashed all over the house — in the top corner of your closet, behind the luggage, mixed in with the kids' laundry — bring them out. Take a good long look at them, so you can see what you have. 

Raquel Greer Gordian offers a look into her own wardrobe organization.
Raquel Greer Gordian displays a closet inspiration picture from Pinterest.

2. Stick to the Pack 

Arrange everything in the way that's most logical: with the things like it. Jackets with jackets, sweaters with sweaters, maxi dresses with maxi dresses. 

3. Survival of the Fittest

We are all guilty of holding on to things, but it's time to let go. Apply this rule to the basics, not everything of course! Pieces that are one-of-a-kind are lucky. They are the lone wolf. They can automatically stay. 

With items like black flats, white shirts, grey pants, tan cardigans, think this: There can only be one.

Style should not be a distraction, it's the physical manifestation of who you are. The more clear and direct you are with your style, the easier it is for other people to understand you. Only the things you really love can make up a wardrobe you love to live in. 

Want help with the big task of cleaning out your closet and styling your wardrobe? Schedule an Image Breakthrough Session to see how Greer Image Consulting can help you build a wardrobe that is uniquely and beautifully you. 

Now I would love to hear from you! Were you inspired by these tips and tricks? Let me know in the comments below what your personal experience is with this common problem!

Interview with Elaine Wiart: Plus Size Image Consultant and Model

From having no choice but to wear mens’ jeans once upon a time to becoming a model and role model to plus-size women, Elaine Wiart has been through it all in the world of plus-size fashion. As a Montreal based consultant, Elaine founded CurvesnStyle to challenge and redefine the world’s perception of beauty. She is incredibly talented, driven, and stylish, and continues to impart her knowledge of plus-size fashion on everyone that comes across her path. 

R: Define plus size vs. straight size.

E: Straight sizing is up to 12. Most stores that are plus size are going to carry 12+, but I like that designers now are doing clothes up to a size 16, 18.

R: So tell me a little bit about transitioning from working as a plus size model to working as a consultant to plus size women?

E: Being a model was good for me. I found it was possible to be plus size and fashionable, but it just was not enough. I wanted to help other plus size women, but I didn’t have the science behind me to help other people get dressed. That’s when I started studying image consulting. I went to Dominique [Isbecque] and FIT.

 

 

R: Would you say there’s anything different about dressing plus size women as opposed to straight sizing?

E: No, the principles are still the same. You are still going to be dressing a body shape, highlighting the assets, trying to not call attention to what you don’t want to show. 

R: What would you say your biggest challenge is in doing plus size consulting?

E: It’s the lack of options. It’s much better than when I was 18.  I had to buy mens’ jeans. Now they do have a lot of options of jeans, but it can improve a lot.

R: Your favorite plus size designers?

E: Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, those are my favorite.

Those three are doing really well and have lines that are really affordable. There are other specialty stores like Lane Bryant too.

R: How do you manage your wardrobe in your daily routine?

E: When you organize your wardrobe with things that fit well, the process is really quick. I’m just going to dress based on the location and situation I’m attending.

R: What would be some tips you could give to plus size women?

E: First, try on, especially if you have no idea what you’re doing or what your body shape is.

Second, accessorize. Accessories are such an important thing.

Third, don’t hide. Plus size women try to hide their bodies and that makes them look older and bigger.

You don’t have to try to fit in the same thing that a skinny friend does. You need a bigger print, more proportional to your body. The little dots, little flowers don’t work. It’s going to make you look bigger.

R: What do you love about working with your clients?

E: It’s very rewarding when you find somebody who feels good about themselves when they wear the right clothes. Maybe months later you see someone in a grocery store, and the person looks much better. You see they’re paying attention to details you pointed out.

 

*Answers edited for clarity and content 

Now, I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment below to tell me about your personal experiences or ask us any questions!