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Choose Your Own Adventure: 3 Ways to Get Your Wardrobe Together in 2020

This is the time of year for New Year’s resolutions, or at the very least, consideration of how we would like to make ourselves better next year. This being a shopping and wardrobe blog, we are going to tackle the part of your life we can help you control, your wardrobe. I’ve been getting emails with inquiries like, “I’m a working mom looking to refresh my wardrobe this year,” for a week and it isn’t even New Year’s Eve yet!

If you are already a RLS client, pat yourself on the back for taking control of your wardrobe in 2019, but keep reading in case there is information in this blog that would be good for you to pass onto a good friend or family member.

The three ways to get your wardrobe together in 2020 are: 1.) hire a personal stylist, 2.) take our e-course, or 3.) make an appointment with a personal shopper at a department store. Each method has it’s advantages and disadvantages. Let’s review them in detail!

Adventure 1: Hire A Personal Stylist

Why should you hire a personal stylist? As I like to say, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. If you really want to overhaul your wardrobe and style in a timely, enjoyable fashion, hiring a professional to hold your hand through the process is going to get the fastest, most effective result. We have three levels of service, all meant to take the burden off our clients, enabling them to concentrate on what they do best, whether that is taking care of their family or kicking butt at the law firm, or both simultaneously, as is the case with many of our clients. How long does the process take? About a day and a half total with us for the average size wardrobe to go from “I have nothing to wear” to a perfectly organized closet full of ready-made outfits that make you feel fabulous.

The advantage of using a Personal Stylist is that the service is 100 percent tailored to you, every one of your questions gets answered, and even the manual labor of taking the clothes away from your house for donation and selling is handled by someone else. RLS even goes to the tailor and shoe repair for you. The only cons are that you will have to face your closet demons in the presence of others who will (gently) ask you to edit the clothes that don’t belong there, and this is the most expensive of the three options. I would argue that the cost is more reasonable than most people would think, as one ends up saving the amount of money spent on a stylist by not making purchasing mistakes and getting more wear out of the clothes they do buy, in just a few shopping trips.

You can read more about our services, and read what other satisfied clients have to say. If you are interested in a complimentary 30 minute consultation to discuss which of our services might be right for you, please email Lani to schedule a call.

Adventure 2: Take The Wear Your Power E-Course

In collaboration with Mindful Return, I’ve adapted my popular Wear Your Power style seminar to an online format specifically for mothers looking to refresh their wardrobe. After years of fielding requests from blog readers and others who weren’t quite ready to make the leap of hiring their own personal stylist, I finally developed a program with the advantages of a less-expensive, work-at-your-own-pace option. We are now in our second year of offering the Wear Your Power E-Course through Mindful Return, one of the best resources for working mothers out there.

In my dream world, I’d be able to help every one of you create your ideal wardrobe in person. I would edit your closet, take you shopping, and create perfect outfits for you. Of course, not everyone can afford the luxury of their own personal stylist. However, I’m still here to help you end the madness!

There is a sane, organized way to approach rebuilding your wardrobe that will give you both self-confidence and style. I will lead you step by step through building a new wardrobe for the new you.

“I’m tired, I have no time,” you say.

What if you could have a blueprint to your new wardrobe in one month? What’s four weeks after all the time you have spent feeling badly about your wardrobe?

During the four-week course, you’ll get two new lessons and prompts each week (plenty of time to do your homework between lessons!) And you’ll receive feedback directly from me, a personal stylist with over 20 years of experience, and from the other mamas in the course. No shame, no blame.

Everyone will be there for the same thing: to get her style straight and her fashion groove back!

During the 4 weeks of lessons (2 new lessons per week), you’ll learn how to:

  • Take stock of your fashion journey
  • Edit your wardrobe
  • Define your style type
  • Find your Power Color
  • Shop for the 5 must-have pieces for your work wardrobe
  • Put it all together with outfit guidelines and styling tips

The next course begins January 27, 2020. Wind up busy then or fall behind? Don’t worry. Once you are registered you will have access to the course lessons even after the live course has ended. I will be with you the whole time, reviewing your style questionnaires, answering your questions, and providing feedback.

ACT FAST BONUS: The first 5 Mamas to sign up for the course will also get a free 30-minute phone consultation with me (a $200 value)!

Adventure 3: Make An Appointment with a Personal Shopper at a Department Store or Boutique

Do you have the discipline to clean out your own closet and the style chops to figure out what your wardrobe is missing? Then a personal shopper at a department store or boutique could be the answer for you. Do you know that this service is complimentary? The personal shopper earns commission on your purchases. Some of our favorite personal shoppers in the DC area are Lena Burns at Macy’s Tysons Corner, Mary Murdoch at Nordstrom Tysons Corner, and Jan Batch at Neiman Marcus Tysons Galleria. Please email me for their direct contact information. If you are looking for a boutique experience, Lisa and Emilie at Betsy Fisher in Dupont Circle are fantastic, as is Ella at Tuckernuck in Georgetown.

The advantage of a personal shopper at a store is that they will make the shopping process efficient and much less overwhelming for you, and you only pay the cost of the clothes your purchase. The disadvantages are that they are limited to shopping at the store in which they work and they usually can’t come into your closet to help you clean it out before you shop.

Which Wardrobe Adventure is Right for You?

Choose Adventure 1: Hire a Personal Stylist if you are overwhelmed by the idea of tackling your closet and wardrobe on your own, are looking for a fresh perspective on your style, regularly hire services such as a personal organizer or interior designer, and have a really tight schedule. You can put it on the calendar and have a personalized, streamlined wardrobe and a major confidence boost in 1-2 days.

Choose Adventure 2: Take the Wear Your Power E-Course if you would like an exact blueprint to editing your own closet, defining your style type, shopping for the 5 must-haves for your work wardrobe, and putting it all together into a week’s worth of complete work outfits. An added element of fun is that you will be taking the course not just with me, but among a community of women, everyone learning together and cheering each other on. The course starts January 27th, 2020 so register soon!

Choose Adventure 3: Make an appointment with a personal shopper at a department store or boutique if you have the motivation and skill to review your closet on your own, understand your personal style type, and are clear on what you need to purchase. This means clearing out your closet of all that no longer fits or flatters, figuring out what needs replacing, and contacting a personal shopper at a store that best matches your style and budget. The shopper can take your list, pull together a rack of clothing in your size and style, and have it all waiting for you to try on. No need to take the time browsing racks, finding sizes, or trying to find someone to help you.

Still not sure which adventure is right for you? Email me at and I will be happy to walk you through the options! Have a fashionable 2020!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and serve clients nationwide. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

Once in a while, you can find Lani Inlander and Real Life Style on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Mostly, they are happily busy serving their fabulous clients, not hanging out online!

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