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Women have been asking me for the same thing for over twenty years, to help them look and feel put-together. I’ve seen it time and time again. When dressed in clothes that make you feel confident, your inner light can’t be extinguished. The world is your oyster.

Whether working from home or in the office, there is a direct connection from our wardrobes to our self-esteem. When we show up in the world the way we want to be perceived, we are unstoppable.

I’ve poured my 20+ years of personal styling and image consulting experience into the Wear Your Power e-Course.  This is an easy-to-access, step-by-step course that will enable you to conquer your closet and wear your power in 4 short weeks!

I’m so excited to be offering this on demand e-Course. I want every woman to emerge from her coronavirus cocoon a stylish butterfly, with a week’s worth of perfect work outfits and time to spend on everything but her wardrobe.

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 wants to invest the time and money into their own luxury 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.

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Why should you conquer your closet now? (a.k.a. Why bother when no one sees you except your family and your dog?)

You see you. Every time you pass a mirror or stare into a Zoom window, unhappy with your less-than-optimal wardrobe, your self-confidence takes a hit. What if, instead of chipping away at your self-esteem, every Zoom call or walk past the mirror gave you more self-confidence?

Feeling good about how you show up for yourself and others allows you the freedom to concentrate on the important things: your family, your work, and supporting your community. You can Wear Your Power in 4 short weeks.

This is your chance to finally put in the time to conquer your closet!

Is this the right e-course for me?

Whether your office (yes, we mean your home office too!) dress code is business casual, business formal, or whatever goes, the highly flexible Wear Your Power e-Course is appropriate for you. Get the experience of working with a luxury personal stylist for only $197.

During the 4 weeks of lessons (2 new lessons per week), I’ll help you:

Take stock of your fashion journey.

Edit your wardrobe.

Define your style type.

Find your Power Color.

Shop for the must-have pieces for your work wardrobe.

Put it together with outfit guidelines and styling tips.

By the end of the course, you’ll have:

5 go-to outfits for every day

Clarity in your style

An easy-to-navigate closet filled only with clothes you love

“Lani Inlander, the DC-based stylist and founder of consulting company Real Life Style, has a suggestion for women during the current stay-at-home order: Conquer your closet.”

How long will it take to complete the e-course?

“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? You will get the time and energy back in spades!

During the four-week course, you’ll get two new lessons and prompts each week. Work at your own pace or do the lessons as they come. Your choice. We can all use as much flexibility as we can get right now.

When you are done with the course, you have the option to upgrade to a 30-minute Zoom call to get your remaining personal style questions answered and personal online shopping recommendations.

What makes this e-course different from other online courses?

You can start at the right time for YOU.

No portal to sign into. The course comes right to your inbox!

What others have to say about the Wear Your Power e-course:

I now have the foundation for a polished wardrobe. I’m going to feel more confident on my daily video calls for work, and on the rare occasions I’m socializing, whether virtually or in person. Just as important, I’ll be eager to select my outfits each morning, instead of semi-dreading it.

-Kara, WYP Course Participant

This course was amazing and so much more than I thought I would get.  I feel much better about my closet now. Thanks for the personal recommendation on navy.  I needed a new suit and normally would have bought grey or black – but I bought navy and I LOVE it!

Anonymous, WYP Course Participant

After taking all of Lani’s suggestions from our call, my closet really came together so much better. And when I open up my closet it actually looks fun and makes me happy and excited to pick out an outfit. While there are a few pieces I could still purchase, I was happy to discover that I had plenty of options to choose from. 

Molly, WYP Course Participant

Thank you again for the helpful class and especially the call – such helpful guidance and motivation, and I’m so grateful!

-Anonymous, WYP Course Participant

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When can I start the course?

The next course begins whenever you want. Wind up busy or fall behind? Don’t worry. Once you are registered you will have access to the course material even after the course has ended.

Most online courses have limited enrollment periods so that potential clients have a reason to pull the trigger. I don’t want to play those games with you. I trust you to know when you are ready to take control of your closet and wear your power.

Looking forward to helping you wear your power, butterflies!

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Kara contacted me in the fall of 2020 to discuss gifting her sister Molly the RLS Wear Your Power e-Course. Molly has worked from home for 17 years and lost over 100 lbs since 2015. Kara thought the e-course could help her rebuild her wardrobe.

I assured Kara that the course is appropriate for someone working from home. Then, knowing Kara was a journalist, I made my big ask. If I gifted the two of them the four week, on-demand course, would they be willing to write about it for my readers? Not only did they each write their stories for the RLS blog in January 2021, they were lovely enough to write incredible updates one year later! Keep reading to learn about the impact learning how to wear their power had on Molly and Kara.  

Molly’s Story

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Molly in 2015/Molly in December 2020

COVID be damned, I’ve used the past seven months to take control of my health in a way I hadn’t ever been able to before. With limited (read: no) social options, all work travel grounded and a reduction in going out to eat by 95%- I’ve lost 55 lbs over the past seven months. This brings my total weight loss to just over 100 pounds since 2015.

As someone who works from home (and has for the past 17 years), I’m not looking to round out my work wardrobe as I don’t have a need for that. [Lani: See if she changes her mind about dressing up for work by the end of the course!] But as someone who is redefining and discovering her style, this course has come at exactly the right time as I look to get rid of all the clothes that don’t fit me (which is basically everything but socks) and build up my closet with clothes that make me look as fabulous as I feel.

Lesson 1: The Style Questionnaire

Today’s questionnaire took less than 10 minutes and got me thinking about my wardrobe. Easy enough!

What I learned about myself:

  • As much as I love them, I look forward to changing my daily uniform from workout clothes.
  • My favorite question to answer was: What do you want your “look” to communicate to others? My response = happy, proud, confident and fun!

Lesson 2: Define Your Style Type

I can honestly say I’ve never given thought to my style type. Spending the better part of the past two decades struggling with my weight meant that I mostly resigned myself to not having any style and pretty much living in workout clothes with a lot of give in them. But on the other side of a 100+ pound weight loss, I now have options. I’m no longer forced into an elastic waistband or something that will grow with my weight changes.

As I considered the five style type options, I really liked the shopping suggestions included to give me more ideas of where I can shop as I create my new wardrobe. While I think my style is a cross between Classic and Chic, I find myself more drawn to Classic. But I wouldn’t be surprised if, as I get more comfortable in this new body of mine, I skew more towards Chic.

Lesson 3: How to Edit Your Wardrobe Like a Professional

Truth be told, this lesson took me way longer than the three to four hours it was suggested I set aside. It took more like three to four weeks because I had such a huge task ahead of me. And I forgot to take a before photo of my closet. I did, however, take a photo of the pile of clothes I set aside to donate and resell. I learned a lot during this lesson. For starters, the importance of hangers and the different kinds I should add to my closet.

Armed with the right hangers and the other tools I needed to gather (namely, a full-length mirror), I went to town pulling everything out of my closet to see what I had. Because this was my first real edit since my big weight loss, I had a lot I needed to sort through.

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Molly’s First Edit

Going through this process was so helpful. Asking myself if each item fit/flattered my body, gave me the freedom to not hold onto things that I had spent a decent amount of money on and only wore a few times. I didn’t work this hard to lose weight only to wear clothes that didn’t hit in all the right places.

I felt lighter and enlightened by the process. A few weeks after I completed the edit, I revisited my closet and found even more things to edit.

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Molly’s Second Edit

Lesson 4: Gathering Information from Your Wardrobe Edit

Figuring out what items should be on my “fill-in list” was helpful in identifying what was missing from my wardrobe. It was also an accurate reflection of adapting to my new body. I liked thinking about what I needed to complete my ideal wardrobe.

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Molly’s Edited Closet

Lesson 5: Finding Your Power Color

Red. Hands down, red is my power color. [Lani: Interestingly enough, her sister Kara’s power color is also red, but a different shade.]

I also like green and blue when I want to feel my most confident and powerful. The examples of power colors and how to wear them from the lesson packet helped me realize that I need to invest in some red heels! I hadn’t considered my foot choice to be factored into the power color equation. But of course it should be.

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A Close-Up of Molly’s Edited and Organized Closet

Lesson 6: Five Must-Have Pieces for Your Work Wardrobe

The line “It is better to have one perfect pair of trousers than five mediocre pairs” has been so helpful to me as I invest in pants. Before the course I didn’t have a single pair of trousers and now I have three. I am lacking a dress shoe I can walk in, so I’ll be spending more time on the blog figuring out some good options.

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Molly’s 5 Optimal Outfits

Power Lesson 7: Putting It All Together, The Seven Ingredients of a Good Outfit

I’ve spent decades having limited options of where I shop and what I could wear. Clothing shopping, trying things on, looking in a mirror…none of that stuff appealed to me. But now, more than 100 pounds lighter from my heaviest weight, I’m standing in front of a closet filled with clothes that make me feel fabulous. More than that, they are a reflection of the work I’ve been putting in over the past five years, but most especially since March of 2020. So this assignment to pull five outfits together is actually FUN! I’ve been building back my wardrobe since the summer taking advantage of various sales. I’ve ditched the wardrobe that’s predominately made up of workout clothes. It’s not just a closet filled with black clothes. While I still find it sort of painful to have to part with clothes I spent a lot of money on and only got a few uses out of, I’m determined to not wear blousy or baggy clothes.

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The New Molly

While there are a few pieces I could still purchase, I was happy to discover that I had plenty of options to choose from. All the shopping I’ve been doing made it possible. And organizing my closet per previous lessons, meant it was easy to see everything at a glance and mix and match the outfits together.

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The New Molly

Lesson 8: Keep up with the Trends and Ask Me Anything!

What “aha!” moments did I have? Organizing my clothes was a game changer for me. Implementing Lani’s organization method truly does make it easier to choose what to wear. Using the different types of hangers was helpful to better capitalize on the space in my small closet.

In my consultation with Lani she pointed out that even though I work from home, I can and should take the time to dress up. Feeling good and powerful makes work better, so I’m going to incorporate that into my work week.

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The New Molly

When you sign up for the e-course, the confirmation email says: “Regardless of what life or fashion stage you’re in, our goal is to help you feel and look put-together and powerful, use style as a tool for enhanced presence and self-confidence, and have one fewer thing to worry about.” I can honestly say that my expectations were exceeded! I truly feel put-together and powerful. After feeling like I was hiding for so long, I’m grateful to the Wear Your Power e-Course for getting me on the right path as I rebuild my closet and wardrobe better than ever.

After taking all of Lani’s suggestions from our call, my closet really came together so much better. And when I open up my closet it actually looks fun and makes me happy and excited to pick out an outfit. So thank you for that.

One Year Update

About a year ago, I wrote this blog post about my closet and wardrobe makeover, thanks to taking part in Lani’s Wear Your Power e-Course. It was a thoughtful birthday present from my sister Kara. She gifted me this much needed course after a COVID-inspired (major) weight loss.

I’m happy to share that with about an eight pound swing in either direction, I’ve kept the weight off and I have also managed to maintain, and even build upon, the lessons I learned from Wear Your Power. I’d say, a year later, my biggest challenge is that I may need a bigger closet!

Over the course of the past year, I’ve added some staples (hello black pants and knee-length black boots). I’ve grown my sweater collection (I just can’t seem to help myself). My power color (RED!) seems to have gained prominence in my clothing selection. I’ve taken more chances (finally purchased those red heels I talked about in my last blog post). I’ve fully embraced WEARING DRESSES (an entirely new concept for me!). And I’ve settled into feeling confident in my not-so-new-body. So much of this has to do with the contents of my dresser and my closet—both the clothing inside them and the way in which it’s all presented to me each day as I open those drawers and that door.

And I have Lani’s Wear Your Power e-Course to thank. I’m so grateful that I took the time to edit my closet, learn what staples I should have, and determine my style and power color. I filled my wardrobe with all those things and then some. I’m even more grateful that more than a year later, it’s stuck!

Here are a few more photos that show how my wardrobe and confidence have changed and grown in 2021:

In February of 2021, I finally put to use that camelhair jacket I bought at a Banana Republic outlet store in northern New Hampshire. Paired with jeans and brown boots from Madewell, I love how simple and classic the look comes together and how confident it makes me feel. 

In April, I got together with girlfriends I’ve known for 20 years (with my twin sister). They’ve seen me through so many changes.  Here I am wearing my power color, feeling happy to be with those who have been with me through some serious weight and fashion ups and downs.

In May I finally purchased those red heels I was determined to get in 2020. While I’ve got some practicing to do walking confidently in them, I really love the way they fancy up the J Crew dress that I fell in love with. Which…also looks good paired with my red Converse! 

In June I stepped WAY OUT OF MY COMFORT ZONE for a wedding I attended with a bunch of co-workers. They hadn’t seen me in over a year and a half, and typically see me in my on-event wardrobe of workout pants, sneakers and short sleeve staff tech shirt! I was wearing a sleeveless halter sequin dress from Banana Republic (which I got for roughly $40 on major sale). I love this dress and look forward to more opportunities to wear it. Also, check out those heels! 

One of the highlights of my year (and honestly, my life!) was in August when I was finally able to go back home to Ireland—a place I’ve gone to 20 times since 2000—for the first time since the pandemic began. I loved showing off the new and improved me and…I bought my FIRST IRISH TWEED JACKET! 

September in Los Angeles is nice and warm with summer-like weather lingering. It also found me enjoying some time outside, drinking beer with a friend while wearing my strapless H&M dress in butter yellow. I wore that dress so much this summer! 

In October, at my first work dinner in nearly two years, I spiced it up a bit with some animal print! 

And here I am, toasting to the end of another weird but fabulous year in a button split neck tweed shift dress from Talbots. Paired with some tall brown boots, it was the perfect outfit to wear for my Christmas dinner. Feeling comfortable and classic—the perfect combination! 

I spent nearly my entire adult life shying away from buying clothes and looking in a mirror. While I may still struggle a bit with body issues and self-confidence, I can look back on the past year and feel so much gratitude for the ways in which I’ve grown and changed. And I can honestly say that a HUGE part of that has to do with learning how to wear my power and putting that into practice every single day.

Lani said at the beginning of my blog post nearly a year ago, “My wish for all of you this year is to learn how to wear your power!” And a year later, I so fully and emphatically endorse this. I can tell you from personal experience that learning how to wear your power truly improves how you see yourself! I hope you can tell from how happy and comfortable I look in all the photos I’ve shared from the past year!

Kara’s Story

While the idea of “fashion” has always intimidated me, I like to think I can be stylish. But I never really knew what my style was, or whether I was presenting myself in the best possible light. With this 8-part e-course, which I could take at my own pace, I wanted to identify my style and figure out what basic rules I wasn’t following (or wasn’t aware of), and bring some new perfect-for-me pieces into my wardrobe. Here’s how it unfolded.

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Kara’s Before Look

Lesson 1: The Style Questionnaire

As the first step, I filled out Lani’s Style Questionnaire, with questions like “What words describe how you feel when you open your closet?” (uninspired) and “What do you want your look to communicate to others?” I had never given that much thought, but came up with “Maybe just ‘I love what she’s wearing’?” Lani also asked which celebrities’ style I admire. I came up with two people whose body types couldn’t possibly be more different than mine, but when I think of women who look fantastic in everything and anything, I see Kate Middleton and Gwyneth Paltrow. [Lani: I should probably change the prompt to, “Who besides Kate Middleton is your style icon? Everyone—okay, nearly everyone—picks Kate!]

Lesson 2: Define Your Style Type

For this lesson, we were asked to determine our style, choosing from five basic types: Classic, Chic, Whimsical, Avant-Garde, and Bohemian. I think of my taste as veering toward “classic with a twist.” I like traditional items that have an unexpected element, like my Lilly Pulitzer navy v-neck cotton tank with mini pom-poms at the neckline. Navy tank: boring, mini pom-poms: fun, maybe even whimsical. I felt validated to see that the very first example of a celeb with a classic style was… Kate Middleton. At the very least, I know what I like when I see it.

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Kara’s Unedited Summer Closet

Lesson 3: How to Edit Your Wardrobe Like a Professional

Lani explained that this would be the most time-consuming lesson, requiring between two and four hours, not including how long it would take to gather the supplies needed to have a truly organized closet. I needed to get my hangers in order.

Then came the hard—but also kind of fun—part: going through each part of my wardrobe, category by category. As I went through my closet, I tried to be ruthless. If I didn’t love it, I put it aside.

If it didn’t fit me anymore, I put it aside. If the only thing it had going for it was that it fit me, I put it aside. There was one item I wasn’t sure about: a deep purple velvet blazer. (See before picture.) I loved the color, but it wasn’t that flattering, especially when I buttoned it. I decided to wait and check with Lani during our 30-minute conversation at the end of the course.

I was moving along at a pretty fast clip. The pile of clothes I would not be keeping grew larger. Then I got to an Ann Taylor button-down oxford that I’ve had for 18 years. That sounds crazy, but the cut and color (a sort of light cornflower blue) flattered me, and it was made of some kind of magic anti-wrinkling fabric. These days it was a little more snug than I’d like, but to solve that, I figured I’d wear it under a crewneck sweater.

So I tried it on… and hated how it felt. The buttons in the bust were straining to do their job, and my biceps made me feel like The Incredible Hulk. It’s over, I decided. We had a good run there, but this top no longer made me happy. I put it in the donate pile. But I had mixed emotions. Part of me was glad I faced reality and another part felt like I was giving up.

No joke, the very next morning I got an email from Shutterfly: “Your memories from this week ten years ago…” I opened it up to find a picture of me and my younger daughter, then two years old. I was sitting on the floor, she was on my lap, and I was dressed for work—in The Oxford. In this shot, the shirt doesn’t only fit me—it’s almost baggy. The arms are loose.

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The Infamous Oxford Shirt Picture

Is it overly dramatic to say I felt like l’d been slapped? I was stunned to see how much better I looked back when I was a harried mom of two kids under five, commuting four hours a day for a demanding job. Today, I’m permanently anxious because I’m trapped at home with those kids, now 15 and 12. In theory I have more control of my diet than ever before, since we have so few obligations and zero work events or social gatherings to derail me. So why is it so hard to get my weight under control?

All I know is I felt compelled to run down to the basement, tear through the Donate bags, and yank out that Ann Taylor oxford. I made a vow: By the time my birthday rolls around at the end of March, it will fit me—maybe not the way it used to, but at least the way it’s supposed to. [Lani: Keeping a piece to gauge your size is OK!]

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Another Angle of Kara’s Unedited Summer Closet

Lesson 4: Gathering Information from Your Wardrobe Edit

The goal of this lesson was to take what I’d learned from my wardrobe edit and create a Style Report, which would serve as the blueprint for a wardrobe I’d love. I printed out the questionnaire and was stumped by Lani’s first question: Do you think you have cool or warm coloring? I like silver (cool) and gold (warm) jewelry, and I’m not sure which one looks better on me. Does bright white flatter me more than ivory? 🤷‍♀️ I love yellow (warm) and pink (cool)—so what does that mean? Another question for my call with Lani at the end of the course.

What are your best necklines? That one was easy. V-neck, boatneck and sometimes even halter. What necklines should you stay away from? I’ll pass on cowlnecks.

What items do you need to complete your ideal wardrobe? I had never sat down and mapped it out before like this. I realized I need more basics than I’d thought—specifically, a good crisp white button-down; a black blazer; a navy blazer; a simple crewneck sweater to wear with oxfords; a jumpsuit; perfect black pants.

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Kara’s Organized and Edited Fall Closet

Lesson 5: Finding Your Power Color

As a faithful reader of Lani’s blog, I had been turned on earlier in the year to the concept of a power color, which is a strong shade that makes you feel confident and powerful. I’d decided mine was yellow. Yellow makes me happy and it pops. In warmer months I’m a big fan of every shade of pink, so I considered that another power color. I’d thought red too predictable as a power color, but during my edit I’d come to realize I have several cherry-red tops. I made a note to ask Lani whether the color was as flattering as I seemed to think it was.

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Kara’s Power Color Pieces

Lesson 6: Five Must-Have Pieces for Your Work Wardrobe

It was time to make sure I had the five essentials. For the ones I was missing, Lani provided links to her tried-and-true picks.

Lesson 7: Putting It All Together, The Seven Ingredients of a Good Outfit

The assignment for this lesson was to curate five outfits that encompass the basic elements, as outlined by Lani. These include well-fitting pieces, a modern shoe, and an interesting or personal detail. She also emphasized the importance of “the third piece,” whether that’s a blazer, cardigan, vest, or scarf. I’m low on blazers but high on scarves, so I’d like to have another jacket or two. (I’ve since added a second M.M. LaFleur jacket to my closet thanks to a flash sale.) Once I’d put the outfits together, I took pictures on my phone for easy reference.

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Kara’s After Look

Lesson 8: Keep up with the Trends and Ask Me Anything!

It was time to take advantage of my 30-minute call with Lani. I had my questions ready, starting with: Am I warm or cool? Based on my coloring, my hair color (blond, albeit chemically) and my preferences, Lani determined that I was a “Sun,” a subset of warm. She also suggested that in order to come up with a customized palette for myself, I keep a running list of the colors that look good on me. I asked what she thought of my plethora of red tops, and she approved. I guess red is one of my power colors after all.

Lani also gave recommendations for some of the holes I learned were in my wardrobe back in Lesson 4. Where could I get a flattering jumpsuit, something I’ve never owned as an adult? As it turns out, Lani had dedicated an entire blog post to the very Everlane jumpsuit she’d recommend for me. And when I asked about a perfectly crisp white dress shirt, she thought for a second and all but snapped her fingers: “The Shirt!” There is actually a site called, and its calling card is “No-Gape Button Technology,” which should prevent the issue I had with my formerly perfect oxford (wearing the proper size will help, too). I can see myself getting a white shirt as well as this amazing rich orange one.

Lastly, I asked about my purple blazer. As soon as Lani saw it on me, she nailed the three reasons it wasn’t working: “It’s a little snug, plus it’s too short, and the sleeves are too long.” Now it’s in the Donate pile, and I’m in the market for a different purple jacket.

But in the meantime, I now have the foundation for a polished wardrobe. I understand the value of adding a third piece to outfits, and I’m going to feel more confident on my daily video calls for work, and on the rare occasions I’m socializing, whether virtually or in person. Just as important, I’ll be eager to select my outfits each morning, instead of semi-dreading it. And one day in 2021, I will stroll back into my office, feeling secure in and excited about what I’m wearing.

Kara’s Story: One Year Later

Not long after I completed my Wear Your Power e-course with Lani last January, I hit my highest non-pregnancy weight ever.

By Christmas, I was at my lowest weight in 20 years.

So 2021 was the year my wardrobe seesawed, too. I went from most of my clothes being too snug (I’m being kind) to donating nearly all of my work pants because they were too big to be tailored.

Here are some of my fashion highlights of the year, all of which connect to what I learned from the Wear Your Power course or from Lani’s blog, which I read faithfully every week.

In late 2020, with Lani’s guidance, I ditched a bulky velvet blazer that, despite the gorgeous deep purple color, was just plain old ill-fitting. (You’ll see it in the original blog. It makes me cringe now!) I replaced it with this lighter-weight plum jacket that works nearly all year round. In this photo, they’re paired with jeans that represent a fashion first for me: In October I read a rave review from Lani of the Madewell Perfect Vintage Jean, clicked right through and bought them, and they actually fit me. There was no gaping in the waist. The thighs weren’t too tight. I didn’t need to have them hemmed. It was surreal.

Kara wearing her Madewell Perfect Vintage Jeans with her new plum blazer

During our post-course consultation, Lani recommended The Shirt as my go-to oxford, a staple I somehow didn’t have. I decided to forego basic white and get it in fuchsia instead, which makes way more of an impact when I’m on camera for work.

This time last year, I couldn’t bear to part with a 20 (!)-year-old Ann Taylor oxford that had once been among my most flattering work tops, even though I could barely button it anymore and, as I described in the blog, the arms made me feel like The Hulk. I was determined to fit into it again. Nine months later, mission accomplished:

1. Kara’s beloved oxford that was rescued from her donate pile
2. Kara’s memory that made her want to save the blouse!

Last year my “After” outfit for the blog included a M.M.LaFleur Woolf Jardigan, a shell in yellow (my power color), black jeggings, and black suede Blondo booties. Here’s how it looks this year. Same jacket, same shell, new Pull-On Straight Pants in Ponte by Loft, yet another Lani recommendation:

1. The 2021 “After” Outfit
2. The 2022 Version
3. The 2022 Version, sans jardigan

I had been thinking about upgrading my workout wear and ditching my uniform of t-shirts paired with oversized wide-leg yoga pants when Lani blogged about All Day Alba’s mega sale. She wasn’t kidding about the deep discounts (still in effect, by the way). I bought leggings, tops and a jacket that would’ve totaled $530 full price but came to $106 on sale. When my haul arrived, I was so thrilled with it that I quickly placed another order. All told, $1,210 worth of All Day Alba gear has cost me $310. Beyond being thrilled with the relative bargain, I’m excited to wear silhouettes and fabrics (like velour) that had always felt off-limits to me.

Kara wearing her All The Time sweater

Speaking of new silhouettes, I loved what I wore on Thanksgiving—this persimmony M.M.LaFleur Nejvi Top featuring draping that’s both flattering and forgiving:

The Nejvi top worn for Thanksgiving

I’m only bummed by this part of last January’s recap: “And one day in 2021, I will stroll back into my office, feeling secure in and excited by what I’m wearing.” Well, I’ve yet to return to my office—the latest projection is April 2022—but whenever I finally do, I will be far more excited than I was when I wrote that line. While a year ago I knew my wardrobe was as coordinated and stylish as it had ever been, I certainly wasn’t happy with the way I looked in it. That’s the big change this time: I’ve got the updated figure to match the updated clothing, as well as the insight into how to achieve flattering, fashion-forward looks. Bring on 2022!