Before we get started on this topic, I want to just share something.
None of the women in this post wanted to have their names shared. Even if they had a popular name like Kate or Sarah so it wouldn't be easily identifiable as them. The fear of being identified as that woman who had 23 pairs of jeans was too strong.
And you know what, I don't blame them. We humans are judgmental AF and can be nasty, mean and oh so critical.
So I get it. None of the women have names, just some descriptors to give you a way to relate to them.
Here's what some women have let go of in the last week from their Wardrobe Detox sessions with me. I'm sharing numbers and items because every woman I speak to seems to think she is THE WORST one who has THE MOST clothes and is a TERRIBLE person who WASTES money. You get the idea. But this is the norm. And I want to help change that.
A fabulous woman who loves to dress up for work but now is able to do complete most of her tasks from home - so ends up wearing overly casual items. She also holds onto clothes (even if not wearing them) because she feels so unsure about buying the right new items.
9 cocktail/special occasion dresses
3 cargo joggers
a collection of casual items (shorts, tees, singlets)
Total bags to donate: 6
Feelings afterwards: excitement, relief, relaxation
Goal: to embrace wearing more glam clothes at home (that still feel super comfy and are practical)
Actions: A strategic shopping session with me is booked in for March. After she has finished the last parts of her WD session (underwear, activewear, sleepwear and shoes).
A young mum who is stuck between old shape and new shape, and old life and new life. Plus hates to "ruin" clothes by wearing them around the kids. But also feels mumsy/frumpy/boring because she's always wearing cheap, ill-fitting clothing.
24 tight going out dresses (from 3-5 years ago)
15 pairs of shoes (heels are too high now)
11 pairs of jeans (all are too low and cut in on her hips)
10 jumpers (most are acrylic and itchy/cheap)
10 clutches (matched the dresses she let go of and she doesn't need as many)
9 cheap tshirts that were stained, ripped and badly fitting
9 singlets for layering that were old, faded, too loose
7 crop jackets
4 leggings (synthetic and caused her to sweat in the wrong places)
4 boots (again too high to wear comfortably)
3 bridesmaids dresses that she didn't even fit anymore
1 leather jacket (that was way too long and swamped her frame)
Total bags to donate: 11
Feelings afterwards: guilt then happiness, then more guilt then hysterical giggles
Goal: to create a small, manageable wardrobe of choices that fit her body AND her lifestyle
Actions: Support follow up skype session to go through the items she was unsure of, couldn't part with. Then in 12 months, she wants to book in for the full style transformation with new headshot photoshoot (as she's going back to work then)
A sassy woman who had completely lost her sense of self and style and had a wardrobe of clothes she didn't like, didn't wear and didn't want to keep. But couldn't do it until we'd booked in the style shop session as she was worried that she's have nothing left to wear (which was actually true).
12 random tops
4 long sleeve tops
2 sleeveless vests
2 dressing gowns
collection of sleepwear and activewear
Total bags to donate: 4
Feelings afterwards: joy, freedom, confidence
Goal: to find and buy the clothes that felt like "her" and to learn how to put lots of different outfits together from a small collection of items.
Actions: The full style transformation - wardrobe detox, strategic shop, outfit creation session and 6 weeks of support via phone/skype. Plus a style guide created exclusively for her life/body/budget.
And there were more. Quite a few more as I'm offering that super cheap Feb special for the Wardrobe Detox sessions.
But I don't know how many you can read about in one post. I feel like we all detox along with the women just by reading.
So let's just celebrate these three brave ladies who bit the bullet and decided that this was the year to let go of all the old clothing that doesn't work for them anymore. And, if you've ever tried to cull your clothes or move house or get rid of stuff - you KNOW how emotional, tiring, and annoying it is. No one wants to do this... but the benefits are just so darn satisfying.
I'm so proud of all the women I've met and helped over the last two weeks. And more to come over the next two.
This also connects back to the STYLED SECONDS event I'm running (date is about to be announced). Most of the women have donated their clothes to the event (and will receive credit to spend at the sale). So even though it doesn't equate to what they spent on the original pieces, it allows some of the intense guilt to be lifted. Some also chose to donate clothes to various charities too.
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And if you want to know what this photo is all about - it's me sitting outside after one of the detox sessions and feeling the sun on my face and the lightness of seeing my client's face after she let go of all those unwanted items. Was also feeling pretty in my pink top (to be perfectly honest!).
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