So I was visiting my friends the other day… having some day-wine, chit-chatting about our lives and work, throwing some snacks to the horde of children we’ve collectively amassed in hopes they’d leave us alone to visit (if that sounds crass to you, you’re in the wrong place), when Jodi said to me, “Can you look in my closet and tell me what I need to buy for Fall?” Let me see here… great friends, great conversation, wine, occupied children and a closet edit??! YES PLEASE.
Let me tell you a bit about Jodi. She’s the best. I met her in 2002 at my first “real” job as an Occupational Therapist where she was working as a Speech Language Pathologist. Looking back, I cannot believe the luck I had in working with her right off the bat because Jodi showed me what hustle and passion look like.
So if you think I’m too passionate and “spirited” sometimes, blame Jodi! She moved on from that job and started her own company, From Play to Words, which is thriving and providing amazing services to kids throughout Edmonton and area. Jodi also had three kids of her own along the way… she has moved houses few times, she travels for work and play, she teaches courses internationally and juggles the solo-parenting gig when her hubby is out of town. Maybe if I was as busy as Jodi, I’d have a mostly black wardrobe too… (insert straight face smiley)
Don’t get me wrong, she looks great in black but she’s so vibrant, I was expecting more colour. It’s okay though, I survived a 10-item wardrobe so I knew there was plenty to work with!
The first thing I spotted in Jodi’s closet was a chambray shirt with the tags still on. It looked so sad and forlorn. Jodi bought it because of how I rave about chambrays but didn’t know what to do with it.
I could have kept going with the chambray all day long. Jodi, there you have FIVE examples of how to wear your chambray and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If you run out of ideas, have you ever heard of Pinterest? I hear there are a few pins of chambray shirts there.
Next I spotted another piece with the tag still on, a pretty little pencil skirt begging for me to notice her.
Jodi, a small print functions like a neutral which means you can wear this skirt with ANYTHING.
There was only one problem. I think that was Jodi’s only striped top. Sometimes it’s hard to believe we’re friends.
I wanted to show Jodi a couple other style tricks…
I would have added accessories to all these outfits except…
Er, Jodi, you know that huge blank wall in your closet? Put something there to hang your accessories. Here’s a link to a few ideas. If you can see them, you will use them! If you have to dig, you won’t. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Accessories help you to achieve the “rule of 3” in an outfit – you need a minimum 3 layers or 3 notable elements for an outfit to look and feel complete. And Jodi, while you’re thrifting for something to hang your necklaces, for the love of God, get some scarves.
In the end, I’m not sure Jodi *needs* any new pieces for Fall! She has a ton of outfit options just by shopping her closet and doing a little mix and match, trying some new combinations! We did weed out a couple outdated pieces that are older than our friendship and I made a list of things to keep an eye out for:
- mustard, cobalt
orand other colourful shoes
- more striped tops
- skinny black denim or skinny ankle-crop black dress pants
- a slightly longer true pencil skirt
- classic black blazer
- classic white button-up top (which can do everything your chambray can do)
- interesting colourful prints with some black
- BELTS – especially a wide black and wide brown belt
- something to hang necklaces – do it quick before I come over and use tacks
I bet Jodi could find ALL of the above at a thrift store for less than $100 and that would exponentially increase the value of her wardrobe! In fact, Jodi, we should probably go shopping!