Fashion is a total art form for me, and much like your home’s interior design, I believe that what you wear should be a reflection of who you are and what you love.
So I’m going to go ahead and admit that I have always had a shopping problem - I love clothes, and I especially love scoring great deals on designer items. Right up until a few weeks before Whitley waltzed into my closet, I purged my clothes every few months, but somehow no matter how much I tossed, my closet was still packed to the gills.
As my business has continued to grow over the last year, I felt like I wanted my clothes to be a better reflection of my own personal style. I think since I’m both getting older and inching closer to 40, I’m also embracing this season of life and the personal evolution and growth that comes along with it.
I’m a huge fan of Whitley Adkins Hamlin, and have both read her blog and followed her on instagram for years - she’s definitely one of my style icons. She’s literally the queen of fashion and is well-known in Charlotte and beyond for her killer sense of personal style. Check her out and you’ll see what I mean - she’s used to working with celebrity clients, so I was totally intimidated because I didn’t think she’d work with a normal person like me! I finally put all of my insecurities aside and gave her a call - y’all, she is truly one of the most genuine and kind souls I’ve ever met! We started with a great phone conversation, and scheduled my closet clean-out session.
When the day finally arrived, Whitney showed up at my home dressed to perfection - seriously, her closet must be like heaven on earth! Not only is Whitley beautiful on the outside, she is truly beautiful on the inside. She’s a mom and a runner, a cheerleader and encourager for others, and she’s definitely someone I want to be like when I “grow up!”
We chatted for a while - she asked me about my style icons, what I loved, my favorite styles, etc - and then got to work! I love how Whitley talked me through what to keep and what to get rid of - she helped me see what works for me and my body, and more importantly, what doesn’t. I tried on EVERY ITEM in my closet, and by the time we were done I found myself staring at the mountain of clothes on my bed in disbelief. I had NO IDEA just how many clothes I had that I didn’t wear or that didn’t truly speak to me and reflect my personal style. Honestly, I kind of felt frustrated with myself when I saw how much I had, especially when most items had only been worn once or twice… or still had the tags on! Whitley and I purged probably 90% of my entire wardrobe, and it felt GOOD. I didn’t feel any stress or pressure, and I truly believe Whitley helped me define my personal style. In fact, I was able to get rid of 12 trash bags full of clothes, shoes, and jewelry!
I did freak out a bit after she left… I kept asking myself “what am I going to wear?!” I’ve never had such a small amount of clothes to choose from in my entire life! (I know #firstworldproblems) But honestly, it feels so nice to not have so much to choose from and to know that I really love every item I own. It’s actually much easier to get ready in the morning, simply because I’m not in sensory overload as soon as I wake up and walk in my closet.
In addition to purging my closet, she and I went through all of my drawers (i’m never allowed to buy a concert t-shirt again), and I got rid of a lot of my workout clothes and even some of my pajamas! There's no reason any person should have 10 sets of pajamas and 26 (!!!) pairs of yoga pants - trust me.
So what happens now? Well, Whitley took extensive, detailed notes during both our phone call and our closet cleanup session, and she really got to know me. From here, she will pull together outfits for me to try on, and we’ll have regular shopping sessions where she selects items for me. Whitley will also style me whenever I have a big event or photo shoot, which will eliminate the hours of outfit selection stress.
I truly believe every person should find a stylist and hire them - even if it’s just for a closet cleanout session. It’s only been a couple of weeks since my time with Whitley, and I can already tell that I’m more confident in what I wear and am excited to get ready each day. AND - I’ve definitely shopped less, which my husband would say is the biggest benefit! Ha! Honestly, hiring Whitley was one of the best things I’ve ever done, and I am so glad I have her on my team. Everyone needs a Whitley!