It feels really funny to say this, but yes, I have a personal stylist.

That’s for celebrities and rich people, right? I assure you, I’m far from being either famous or rich. But an acquaintance of mine started this business called Mindful Closet. Reading Dacy's blog made me think about how much I’d come to hate shopping. I didn’t like most of the clothes in my closet-even the new stuff. I often went out in outfits that I felt were boring, inappropriate for the event or my personality, or just less than great. And I was worried I was slipping into that no-man's land where a person is still wearing styles from decades ago-usually from when that person was in her early 20’s. If I could buy a few hours and get some objective advice, then I’d likely stop wasting money on clothes I didn’t like. Maybe I could have an easier time picking outfits for going out. Maybe I could enjoy shopping for me again. Suddenly, hiring her seemed like a good idea-a really good idea. 

 

So that was the start of our relationship. She doesn’t pick out my outfits every week or anything like that. She just came over and helped me get a better idea of what my style was, who might be good style icons for me, and what I could buy to build a wardrobe I’d love. I’m still working on all of the above, but feeling better about my outfits and clothing purchases. Someone even called me "stylish" recently! I’m looking forward to not being pregnant so I can start building the wardrobe of my dreams in earnest.

 

Everything she brought-roughly $110 worth of clothing from Goodwill.

Everything she brought-roughly $110 worth of clothing from Goodwill.

Recently, we added another element to my services. I had her shop for my kids. Spending money on kids’ clothes is like getting kicked in the gut when you remember that they’re going to wear them for 6 months or less. $26 for a pair of pants for a six-month old? Get lost, Gap. I love second hand shopping, but don’t invest enough time into it to do it well. So I had Dacy do it for me. I gave her an idea of sizes I needed, styles I liked/didn’t like, a budget, and asked that it be all or mostly from thrift shops. This was the first time she actually did the shopping for me.

 

I now see that the shopping I’ve been doing all my life fits squarely in the amateur leagues. Dacy did more with two hours and $100 than I could have done with two weeks and $200. She filled my couch with clothes for me to look through. Then she showed me each piece and I picked what I liked and wanted to keep. I felt no pressure to take items I didn’t want. In fact, SHE returned the things I didn’t want. Her visit lasted approximately 45 minutes.

 

The clothes I kept.

The clothes I kept.

Even when the cost of her services was included, the cost of each piece averaged to under $6. Included in the haul was a snow suit, a jacket, and several other pieces that I would have counted myself lucky to have found for $10. Additionally, many of the pieces still had original price tags. And I can’t forget the amount of time and frustration she saved me. I didn’t have to worry about nap-time or getting my toddler in and out of the car several times. Overall, I won the battle of me vs acquiring kids clothes. Hands down. I’ll happily be doing this again.