Wardobe Edit: Part One

Kaarin and I have gotten to spend a LOT of time together lately between the swap, shopping, the photo shoot, and then again last night!

Sarah and Melissa, both with Washingtonian Magazine, came over last night while Kaarin did a wardrobe edit of my entire closet.

Melissa, on the left, did all the video footage, while Sarah, on the right, is the writer covering this whole style story for the magazine.

We (I use the term loosely) literally took every last item out of my closet and tried it on, and then asked three questions:

Do I love it?

Is it flattering?

Does it represent me?

If the item met all three criteria, it was a keeper. If not, we divided it up into piles of “Mend” (for clothes with stains or that had a loose button etc), “Donate,” “Consign,” “Trash” and “Swap.”

Now I have done a LOT of wardrobe downsizing over the last several months/two years while I was losing weight, so I didn’t end up having to get rid of too too much, but it was really awesome to get some input from a stylist and to hear her ideas about how to wear things differently than I ever would have thought to.

After we had gone through every item in my closet, I had three bags ready to get rid of.

Donate. Swap. Consign. I never even THOUGHT to go to consignment stores with any of my clothes, but Kaarin gave me a list of all the consignments/vintage stores in the DC area, and it is TWELVE pages. Twelve!

After all the clothes were gone through, Sarah asked us each to talk a little bit to the camera. She asked me a lot of questions about the whole styling experience, what I learned, what my favorite asset of my body is now, and how this experience has changed me. It’s a lot to get into for this post, so I’ll do a separate post about everything I learned about myself and fashion once the whole process is done. Next week she’s coming over to do part two of the wardrobe edit, which involves making lots of different outfits with what I have and taking pictures of them so she can put together an album for me. I’m so excited for that part, too!

The biggest tip I got last night? If you have any two piece suits, put each piece on a separate hanger so you can start to think about wearing each piece separately to mix it up and get more with less.

The other thing I learned? Even if you think it’s a good idea to chop up some cucumber really quick before your stylist and film crew come over, it’s not.

Hopefully you can’t see the bandaid too much in the footage! =)

If you could use one or two words to describe your style, what would you say?

Before this whole experience, I would have used the words Boring and Plain, but now I’m moving towards Classic and Bold.

21 Comments on Wardobe Edit: Part One

  1. Victoria (District Chocoholic)
    July 26, 2011 at 8:50 am (9 years ago)

    Is “workout spandex” a style? What about “my entire closet is black-purple-gray-teal” so that it all matches and I don’t have to think? Because that’s all I’ve got. I agree with “classic and bold” for you – but I really don’t think you were boring before! Your clothes always look super-cute on the blog!

    P.S. Did your blog just get a makeover, too?

  2. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    July 26, 2011 at 8:53 am (9 years ago)

    Beth I would love to have someone come and help me with my clothes. I’d have to use words like “simple” and “utilitarian” — because clothes have always just been that for me. Clothes. Nothing special. But I’d love to put more time into what I buy and what I wear.

    I like the new site!

  3. Michel
    July 26, 2011 at 8:57 am (9 years ago)

    * snort * I was going to say what Victoria said but I’ll word mine as “elastic pants and loose shirts” One good pair of jeans and capris and a mishmosh of nothing fancy. 🙁

  4. AbbieBabble
    July 26, 2011 at 9:28 am (9 years ago)

    I am still figuring out how to describe my style, but I have to say, going through my closet and getting rid of things that are too big is quite a liberating experience- though I’m jealous of your expert guidance!

  5. ashleigh
    July 26, 2011 at 9:50 am (9 years ago)

    I have to get rid of a bunch of clothes too… I don’t really get how consignment shops work. Does it have to be really nice clothing? For me, it’s clear what goes to good will but some of the stuff I own is nice but not WICKED nice so I never know if it’s consignment worthy.

  6. Liz
    July 26, 2011 at 10:00 am (9 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see the video!
    I think my style varies a lot depending on work or the weekend. I wish I could wear weekend clothes all the time.

    • Beth
      July 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm (9 years ago)

      I’ll let you know as soon as its up!

    • Beth
      July 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm (9 years ago)

      ME too! That is the part I am most excited about. Probably next week!

  7. wendy
    July 26, 2011 at 10:20 am (9 years ago)

    love the new design!

    • Beth
      July 26, 2011 at 12:30 pm (9 years ago)

      thank you!!

  8. Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    July 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm (9 years ago)

    Twice a year I do a real in-depth cleaning out of my clothes. It feels great to get rid of old clothes that are just taking up space in my closet and shelves. My style is very comfort-oriented. I’m a very jeans and a t-shirt type of girl. Oh and I practically live in running shorts…if that’s a style. 😉

    • Beth
      July 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm (9 years ago)

      Thats a good idea to do once or twice a year. Now that I’m at a stable size, that’s probably what I’ll do.

  9. Roz
    July 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth, love the new layout!!! Can’t wait to see the outfits. Have a great day.

    • Beth
      July 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Roz!! Still working out the kinks/colors, but I’m now self hosted so am excited about where I can go with it!

  10. Amber from Girl with the Red Hair
    July 26, 2011 at 5:20 pm (9 years ago)

    Omg I LOVE those questions they asked you about your wardrobe. What a great idea! I am so using those the next time I clean out my closet.

    PS: New blog looks really good!

  11. cindylu
    July 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm (9 years ago)

    FYI, sometimes your external links don’t come out okay. For example, the link to Kaarin’s website starts off with your website. Seems like you forgot to close your tags or something.

  12. Chetney
    July 26, 2011 at 9:17 pm (9 years ago)

    Ahhh Beth!!! This is so exciting!

  13. Madeline - Greens and Jeans
    July 27, 2011 at 7:15 am (9 years ago)

    I love the new layout Beth! I try to go through my closet twice a year (mostly because I don’t have enough space in my closet for all my clothes so I switch them depending on the seasons). I’d describe my style as classic with a twist.

  14. Cassie
    July 27, 2011 at 8:50 am (9 years ago)

    I love the new layout, but I have to say I hate hate hate blogs that make you click on every single entry to read it in full. It’s not to get ad revenue is it? If not, could you maybe switch it to have your most recent 1-2 entries entirely visible and then click links for the older entries? I think KERF and Carrots n’ Cake have sites like that. I know it’s silly, but I won’t read blogs where I have to click to open every entry, and I doubt I’m the only one – I would hate for you to lose readers!


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