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Personal Stylist Note for February

Personal Stylist Note for February

What I loved the most about working as a personal stylist was the relationships I developed with clients. It sounds silly in such a cynical world, but I sincerely mean this, I had so much affection for all of my ladies.

It’s hard not to bond when you’re standing in someone’s closet or a dressing room listening to their most personal insecurities – most of which I shared myself.

About three years ago, I knew it was time to scale. So I closed my styling business to focus entirely on creating an online community.

My idea was simple: provide the same level of advice and recommendations to a broader audience.

Often, when I write these posts, I imagine I’m standing in a dressing room with you, handing you things to try on, and explaining why I picked that particular piece – just like I did in appointments.

Over the last year, our readership and our social following have grown significantly, and thank goodness since reinventing a business at 38, while pregnant with my third was a disastrous idea to some;)

It’s also allowed me to reignite many of my relationships with clients and start new ones with readers.

Nothing makes me happier professionally than hearing from all of you.

I want you to know a few things. 

First, I try to get to know as many readers as possible so I can learn about the group as a whole. That’s one of the reasons I host our Free Wardrobe Challenge (a new one is just weeks away).

So I read and answer every comment made here and on social. If you are going to take the time to write to me, I am for sure going to take the time to write back. 

Second, everything I recommend I stand behind. Of course, not everything is going to work for everyone, but I genuinely like the pieces I promote. Many I own and wear myself (you can see that on Instagram and in the photos we publish here on the site.) 

Third, to the best of my abilities, everything will continue to be size-inclusive. I wish I could, but I can’t control what a retailer produces, so I do my best to find appropriate alternatives. If there is no suggestion in your size, it’s because I don’t like the available options. 

Finally, I’ll continue to be unsponsored. People think I am insane for leaving that kind of money on the table, and maybe I am, but it has taken me so long to build your trust, I don’t think it’s worth it.

I have much bigger plans for us as part of my long term strategy. 

A New Series

One of the things I use to do with clients is send out notes that said, “Hey, here are a few things you could use to get you through without me coming over.”  Because, after a while, I’d rather have them save my fee and pick up things they needed. 

It’s a wonder I ever made any money. 

So I thought it would be helpful to feature my top five picks each month. I share a lot of content in these pages, and sometimes it might be hard to see the really good stuff, the things that will build and expand your wardrobe, especially if those pieces are hidden in the text. 

Today I’m kicking it off. Look for my Top Five on the last Tuesday of every month. 

Let’s dive in. 

My Top Five of February

Megan's Top 5

Dress, $149  |  Zebra Top, $85  |  Booties, $60  |  Hoops, $55  |  Striped Top, $38 


Love, love, love this sweet dress from Ann Taylor.

Wear it now with black tights and boots, later with sandals or flats and a denim jacket.

Sizing is phenomenal. Available in petite, missy, and tall sizes. Tall goes up to an 18.

Zebra Top

When you need a simple top with a little more than the basics going on, this tie waist top from Banana Republic is idea. It’s what you grab and pair with your favorite black pants for a low key day at work. It also looks great with jeans. 

I’m featuring the zebra print (see two ways to wear it here), but there are five other colors to choice from. 


There’s not much I can say about these booties that I haven’t already said, and hundreds of you have picked them up. The Whiskey Leather is my top pick, since it goes with everything and adds a lovely richness to your look.  You can see me in them below from my Instagram: 



I’ve been wearing these hoops on repeat since I bought them a last month. It’s SO HARD to find affordable, yet high quality jewelry. These are $55, look super posh, are comfortable on your ear and go with everything. I worship the entire Gorjana line. 


Striped Top

I’ve never met a striped top I didn’t love. This one by Boden is one of my favorites. The ivory/black and ivory/navy combinations are timeless. I pair them with jeans and loafers in the spring, and with a crisp pair of shorts in the summer. 

Our readership inspires all of our posts and is not sponsored or paid for by brands or retailers. 

Recommendations are based on my experience as a personal stylist and wardrobe consultant for over a decade. I worked with busy, down-to-earth women who wanted to look chic and feel confident but were often confused by so much of retail. 

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Personal Stylist Note for February

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Tuesday 25th of February 2020

I really enjoy your posts! I own the Boden striped top but can’t figure out how to wear it: I’d love to see 3 or 4 outfits with it? Same with the black motorcycle jacket. I bought them both thinking “what great staple” but rarely wear them!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Thank you so much! You can wear them together with jeans ;) And yes, lots of requests for an outfit post for the Boden top today - stay tuned!


Tuesday 25th of February 2020

There isn't a feature you've introduced I haven't enjoyed, and this is no exception! It gives me confidence I'm on the right track when I already own one of the items you recommended today (the Boden striped breton). I've had my colors analyzed recently through House of Colour and I'm trying to use your recommendations to look for similar items that complement my seasonal coloring (I'm a Brown Summer). Thanks for sharing your styling expertise with us!

Holly Hammond

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

I loved the recommendation on the Sam Edelman Booties. I broke them in on a 3 day business trip to NYC and they were fabulous! Below are descriptions of my 3 business looks with the booties:

1. Black ankle pants, white silk shell, gray tweed moto jacket 2. Black pencil skirt, tights, navy blazer, gray cree neck, scarf to pull it all together 3. Skinny ankle jeans, black silk tie neck blouse, black blazer

All looks inspired by your posts! Thank you!

Lori Rariden

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Love the stripped top, but it is sold out--have you compared other brands? If so, which ones do you like? Also would love some tips as to how to style it more. Since so many women are wearing it I would like to make it look a little different. Thanks Megan

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

Oh no. Put your name on their waitlist - they restock quickly and that's a classic time for them. And YES! I'll do a post on how to wear it a few different ways :) Thanks!

Dalene Jacobs

Tuesday 25th of February 2020

LOVED this gorgeous zebra blouse from Banana Republic!! The weight of the fabric was just perfect (not too thin, and not too heavy). Sadly, the tie waist was a bit too "short-waisted" on me and I had to return but I desperately wanted to keep it - it was a perfect blouse! Highly recommend to try it.

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