Happy Friday, Ladies!
I am wrapping up the year today, but before I log off for the holidays, a quick announcement:
Our FREE Four Week Wardrobe Challenge starts on Friday, January 8th!
Our Wardrobe Challenge has become the cornerstone of this site, creating a community of lovely women from all walks of life, bonded together by our love of classic style and our desire to look and feel our best.
The challenge is based entirely on the process I used to help my styling clients.
I break it down into a series of activities designed to help you
(1) define your personal style,
(2) edit and organize your wardrobe, and
(3) begin to build a wardrobe of clothes you love.
Follow this process seasonally. Each time you complete it, you’ll have made a discovery and gain further clarity around your personal style. AND, you’ll force yourself to tidy up your closet 🙂
The Well Dressed Life 2021 Wardrobe Challenge
Every year, I host three free Wardrobe Challenges, one in September, one in March, and our January session, to kick off the New Year.
Our 2021 New Year Wardrobe Challenge starts on Friday, January 8th.
See what some of our participants have said of their experience, taken directly from our Private Facebook Group:
THANK YOU for leading us through this exercise! I had let myself fall into a sad routine of wearing the same things every week instead of actually making outfits with my capsule and accessories. After taking a look at my wardrobe, I realize that I am actually in good shape!
This has been great. The big eye-opening moment was when I realized that my wardrobe didn’t look anything like my Pinterest boards. The result of shopping without a plan, looking to brighten myself up, and the dreaded “it will do” purchases. Time for the heavily patterned tops to go, and in comes the more classic neutrals as per my board.
Thank you for giving me a plan.
This process has been one worth doing. I feel like now that I am in my late 30’s and have two small children, I need to get rid of that dress I went dancing in when I was 21 and heels I can’t even walk in anymore and trade up for a pair of Spanx leather leggings and a cute top. I really appreciate your insight on how to pair items together and the links to purchase. Very helpful for the women who hates (and I mean HATES) to shop.
My aha! Was when I realized I had blouses from years past that I haven’t worn for ages. I kept them to wear with a pant style that has long since disappeared. I was keeping them just in case. Of what I don’t know, but there they were covering up items I wanted to wear and couldn’t find. I also found several short cap sleeve tees. They don’t look well on me. Time to pass them on!
How GREAT Does that Sound?
If you follow the process, by the end of the four weeks, you will:
- Clearly understand your personal style.
- Have a well-organized closet.
- Know precisely what you need to create new outfits.
- Receive TONS of personalized support in our Private Facebook Group.
Ready to get started?
Here’s How it Works:
The challenge starts on Friday, January 8th, and lasts for four weeks.
Every Friday, a new set of challenges will be posted right here, on The Well Dressed Life, and in our Private Facebook group. Within the post, you will find two style challenges to be completed before the next week.
Each week, we focus on a specific task:
Week 1: Define Your Personal Style
Week 2: Edit Your Wardrobe
Week 3: Get Organized
Week 4: Create New Outfits and Your Shopping List
We move fast on purpose. It keeps you engage and helps you make decisions quickly.
What You’ll Need
1. A Clothing Rack: I use this under $50 one from Amazon.
2. Slim Hangers: You may also consider picking up some new hangers, so you have them on hand when we start to clean up your closet. I recommend these flocked slim hangers are my favorite; you can get 100 for $40.
3. Sign up for our email. If you receive an email from The Well Dressed Life in your inbox every day, you’re all set. To get on the list, fill out this form here.
And remember, if you’ve already participated, do it again! You’ll be AMAZED by how much you learn each time. Many readers do it religiously every season!
A Little About Me (In Case You’re New!)
For the past 20 years, I’ve helped women get dressed for their real life, first as a retail buyer, then a personal stylist, and now as the founder of The Well Dressed Life.
After college, I started my retail career as a women’s clothing buyer for large chains and private boutiques. Before I started my first company, I was a buyer for the home-shopping powerhouse, QVC.
In 2007 I left that position to start Kristel Closets, Inc., an image consulting and private styling firm that operated three offices on the East Coast in Philadelphia, Northern New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
Our company quickly became a leader in the industry, serving busy women who wanted to look and feel their best.
While our clients wanted to look modern, classic and pulled together, they didn’t have the time or energy to do it themselves.
That’s where we stepped in.
I’ve personally helped thousands of women navigate the often overwhelming world of fashion and retail, working with all body types and budgets.
Three years ago, I stepped away from our 1:1 services to focus on building our online business. Connecting with other like-minded women has always been my absolute passion.
Today, running The Well Dressed Life is my full-time job. I’m so grateful I’ve been able to continue to provide expert advice and insights in our daily posts and through these challenges.
I do not represent a company and am not sponsored by any brand or business. All of my recommendations are solely based on my knowledge and experience.
I’m a working mom to three girls, ages 13, 10, and 2. I use my experience as a buyer, personal stylist, and busy modern woman to frame my advice and recommendations.
It’s About You
I encourage you to use the next four weeks to focus on YOU. Dive right in, ask questions, and get to know your fellow participates, who you’ll quickly discover are the friendliest and most supportive group of women.
My goal with this challenge is to give you a clear understanding of what you like and what will work for you so getting dressed becomes an expression of who you are and not a chore.
This challenge is designed for all women with all body types and budgets who appreciate modern, classic style and want a guide to get them there.
All I ask is that if you enjoy our content, please share it with your friends!
So, who is in?
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