I recently spent a couple of hours in my closet with Style Coach Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme. She and SF Marketing Director Laura Foster were a dream team of style! They whipped up outfits that I had never considered and organized all of the looks into albums on my ipad. Getting dressed has never been so easy!
Are you wondering how Megan will create looks from your closet when you don’t even have the right pieces to put together? This is where I confess that I skipped a few steps in the full style coaching experience. So let’s back up and I’ll take you through the process.
For most clients, including me, Megan will send you a few questions to answer regarding your style needs, and tastes. First she inquired about the types of outfits I needed….daytime work wear, date night outfits with a sexy edge, and evening events that require something more reserved. Next, I sent Megan links to my style boards on Pinterest. I also sent her measurements, for which she provided a perfect tutorial. The measurements help her identify what shapes will be most flattering for your body type.
Once in my closet, we discussed my style boards/icons. Megan will push you to define what it is about each look that you are drawn to…the color, texture, shape, construction, etc… which helps to identify your personal style. She also asks about your “style history”. I was skeptical at first, desperate to leave that Laura Ashley prom dress in my forgotten past, but Megan soon revealed the value of examining all of the things you loved, hated, or were forced to wear as a child, as they play a legitimate role in how you present yourself today. This is where I had to admit that style is more than skin deep…it can affect your confidence, productivity and general happiness. If you feel confident about the way you are presenting yourself, then you can bring your best to every situation.
Okay…prep work done. Typically, Megan will do an initial closet cleanse with her clients. We all have trouble letting go of past favorites even if they haven’t fit for years and went out of style around the time of parachute pants. We skipped this portion as I had just done a major purge and finally let go of pieces, while beautiful, weren’t serving my style needs or mental health by hanging in the closet for one more day! During this purge, I also hung on to a few items that I was considering having tailored, to get Megan’s opinion. Megan’s objective observation about these items was priceless.
Megan puts the finishing details on every outfit. She adds the perfect jewelry, shoes, bag and scarf where needed. As style coach, Megan is also great at figuring out what to do with your “problem pieces”. You know that one jacket or blouse that you love but have no idea how to make an acceptable outfit with….Megan can handle it!
After the closet cleanse, Megan and her team can help you identify key pieces to round out your wardrobe and create looks with what you already have. She and her team will shop with you, or for you, and fill your closet with beautiful pieces that meet your style needs. After you have a solid base of pieces to work with, they will create your look-book. This is where we began our day. Megan created looks that only a fresh perspective could have pulled off the hangers. Along the way we had a blast and I am definitely inviting her back to “get to know my wardrobe” so that we can add to the look-book and pinpoint future purchases. Megan and her team are fabulous personal shoppers, and will whip your closet into great style shape in no time!
A huge THANKS to Megan and Laura for their style talent! And also to my good friend and fab photographer Beth Hontzas Photography for capturing the morning on film! Call Megan to help you plan your fall/winter wardrobe, or dress you for special events!
Don’t forget to tell her SCOUT sent you!!