I had the pleasure of spending last Friday afternoon with one of the nicest people I’ve met! Jaime is the sister of Riki, another amazingly nice woman I helped discover the joy of thrifting almost two years ago. Riki passed my name along to her sis quite some time ago, but I, being the technical wizard I am, had no idea a message was sitting there waiting for MONTHS! It’s testimony to her niceness that when I finally discovered it and responded, Jaime was still game to go! She wanted some help to her “shop her closet,” style some problem pieces and identify any gaps in her wardrobe. Sounded like the perfect Friday activity to me!
Like so many of us, Jaime put herself on the back-burner in the midst of taking care of her two young daughters. The youngest is almost two and Jaime finally has some time and energy to dedicate to taking care of herself! It was clear within moments of stepping into Jaime’s home, she has a joyful personality, joyful heart and a joyful sense of style that permeates her life and home! In fact, she has many “joyful” pieces already in her wardrobe and all that was missing was a few tips for wearing those pieces on an every day basis to bring joy to her everyday style! Here’s a photo diary of our process!
Phew! Jaime and I accomplished A LOT in a few short hours! Now, it’s a matter of Jaime taking the tips and applying them to other pieces in her wardrobe! She has plenty of options for everything from the stylish joyful grocery run to date night to church! However, there are a few pieces Jaime could consider adding to her wardrobe…
Delicate short length gold necklace
Basic black cardi
Plain black/white/grey/olive (any colours will do) tees
Small silver hoop earrings
Classic denim jacket
Coloured ballet flats
More skinny jeans in different washes since they look good with everything!
I would LOVE to take Jaime thrifting – I think she would have a blast discovering all the statement pieces that thrift stores have to offer! However, it can be a waiting game to find a good-quality basic tee when thrifting, so instead, I suggested to Jaime that she look for an ethical sustainable option for buying some basic tees, like Winterberry Apparel locally or online options like Everlane. There are plenty of local jewelry designers, and she can thrift the other pieces or look for brands made in Canada or the US, like my personal favourite, J Brand. Just look at the labels, Jaime! We discussed fast fashion a bit and I recommended that Jaime watch The True Cost on Netflix as a starting point for understanding fast fashion. Oh, and of course, avoid known fast fashion retailers like Gap, H&M and the like. Luckily, Jaime clearly has very good taste and is drawn to quality pieces that are less likely to be fast fashion. By shopping sustainably, Jaime can join the growing movement of conscientiousness consumers and #purchasewithpurpose!
We didn’t get to play with all Jaime’s clothes, but I hope she feels empowered to try the tips, look to Pinterest for styling inspiration and above else, go forth with attitude – no matter what you wear, a confident, joyful attitude is what makes you look great! Jaime, you are a beautiful person inside and out – thanks for inviting me into your closet!