Imagine yourself with a well-organized closet and an array of chic outfits styled using clothes in your own closet. For most busy moms, this sounds too good to be true. But, it’s actually possible with the help of stylist Robin Saperstein of High Heel in a Haystack.
Robin is the go-to stylist for celebrities (actress/moms Denise Richards and Ali Landry are clients) and several well-known mom bloggers. You may have seen her makeover of MomsLA contributor, Andrea Fellman, of Savvy Sassy Moms. Jennifer Levinson of Jen’s List posted her closet makeover on her blog. Jennifer Brandt of Perfectly Disheveled and Robin create great video segments to help moms like me figure out how to wear this season’s big trends like bright colored denim.
My wardrobe makeover was long overdue. After a corporate career, time off as a stay-at-home-mom and now as a work-at-home mom, I needed some style advice. I also urgently needed to clean up my overflowing closet. Thanks to online shopping, my closet was so packed with mismatched, old, unworn and brand new tags-still-on, items that I literally had no idea what was in there. I gave up trying to put together outfits from the mess I’d see whenever I opened the door.
To end the frustrating cycle of a closet stuffed with clothes, but nothing to wear, I called Robin. It was time for me to move out of my comfort zone of jeans and tees and venture into a more polished look—a style appropriate for a 40-something mom.
Right away, all sorts of negative body image issues surfaced as I contemplated having a professional stylist watch me try on clothes I’d purchased.
“I’m sure I’ll look awful trying on my old clothes,” I thought.
My mind raced, “I know she’ll think I’m a fat, tacky mess!”
Just the mere thought of trying on five year-old jeans and those hideous, unworn purchases made under pressure from pushy salespeople, made me shudder.
Of course, I shouldn’t have worried. Robin arrived at my house, rolling rack in hand, ready to get to work. She’s friendly, fun and professional so right away I felt comfortable having her help me fix the mess of my closet to refresh my look.
Like many moms who’ve had two kids, I’ve got my share of body image insecurities. I wondered if I’d be able to let Robin style me without having an anxiety-fueled, tearful breakdown. I worried about looking enormous in everything.
Robin’s first priority was to help me put together practical, cute outfits I could wear when I’m with my kids, at school events, attending work meetings and going to evening events. I needed to be able to get dressed quickly, without leaving a huge heap of clothes strewn on the bed and floor, unable to find something to wear after an hour of trying. Needless to say, my attempts to get ready often put me in a terrible mood. I felt demoralized about my body and rarely felt good in my clothes.
Robin had me try on shirts, jeans, jackets, shoes and other pieces. She recommended what to donate, toss and keep. I learned that I had too many printed pieces, many of which didn’t flatter my body type. At least 10 bags of clothes were donated. A few handbags went to friends. We watched It’s A Brad, Brad World as we worked.
Then, came the fun part. Robin shopped my closet and selected a few basic pieces to create some of my favorite outfits, which I’ve worn many times in a few short months. Black blazers, skinny jeans, silk tops, jewelry and sandals or boots formed the foundation of my new look. From there, Robin skillfully used each piece to create different looks, sometimes using the same top or pants to create multiple looks. I felt so fabulous! My new wardrobe is chic, yet extremely practical. The best news? I have worn every outfit Robin styled at least once.
After four hours, I was tired, but thrilled with my new outfits. Robin photographed each look and the accompanying jewelry to remind me what each one looks like. Trust me, after trying on so many clothes, you don’t remember whether your leather jacket works with the blue top or the white one. It all becomes a blur.
My first session with Robin was so helpful, I asked her to come back to help me create a few more outfits and do some online shopping to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe with new items.
From the second session, I got eight great outfits with clothes from my own closet that I absolutely can’t wait to wear! And, Robin helped me shop online for a few new tops and earrings to go with my current wardrobe. Robin gives expert style guidance to real moms. That’s just what I needed!
Check out Robin’s 10 Essential Wardrobe items at High Heel In A Haystack
FYI- I was not compensated for this post and did not receive anything free. It was worth every penny.
Christina Simon is the co-author of Beyond The Brochure: An Insider’s Guide To Private Elementary Schools In Los Angeles. She blogs at www.beyondthebrochurela.com