Recently I found myself standing in front of my closet, unable to get dressed, actually uttering the clichéd words “I have nothing to wear.” False. I definitely have something to wear. Many things to wear. My closet is full of clothes, my dresser drawers are bulging. “I have nothing to wear” is simply a cop out. What I meant is “I don’t feel inspired by my wardrobe.” Uninspired and too lazy to sort through it and find some new direction.
Designer and environmentalist Lanni Lantto believes the idea of dressing beautifully to express yourself can be in harmony with the concept of decreasing your consumerism and environmental impact. Lanni started her line (re) with the goal of creating original, unique pieces of fashion from pre-existing materials. She says “By using pre-existing materials and creatively salvaged fabrics, I breathe new life into fashion otherwise destined for the landfill. After all, the most eco-friendly fabrics are those that already exist.” This statement struck me because even in those moments where I truly feel like I can’t pull an outfit together, there are aspects of certain items that I really do love. I don’t always want to spend my money on new clothes but I can’t figure out how to make the clothes I own work for me.
Eco-consultation is one of the services offered by (re). Available to her clients all over the world via Skype, Lanni works as a personal stylist who can reimagine your wardrobe in an eco-friendly way. She uses three main categories to help decide which clothes need to be 1) donated/resold through consignment, 2) what will be kept, and 3) what can be redesigned.
When Lanni came over to help me with my closet situation, she spent the first few minutes talking with me about my lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. She was probably also getting a feel for how difficult it would be to get me to part with items that I didn’t need anymore. Was I going to be a free spirit ready to purge excess baggage? Or a borderline hoarder who ascribes sentimental value to each pair of underwear I own? Spoiler alert: I’m a natural at purging and have tendencies to over-sentimentalize things. So how did it go?
I think Lanni and I were both surprised at my willingness to let go of clothes that weren’t working for me anymore. I have a lot of clothes that I still love in theory but haven’t worn since the early 2000’s. I also have clothes that I don’t love but that I never got rid of simply because they were of good quality or had been expensive. I do try to do an annual assessment of my wardrobe to get rid of items that aren’t worn, but when doing this task on my own I always find excuses to keep more things than I need.
With Lanni guiding me, I was forced to be a bit more honest. She asked gentle but blunt questions about pieces that I wavered on. “When was the last time you wore this? When was the last time before that? Do you feel this flatters you? Do you have another piece that serves a similar purpose in your wardrobe that you like bettr?” In the end, I had three garbage bags worth of clothes to donate to charity. This was much more than I had ever been able to part with in one session before. Besides being accountable to Lanni about the reality of my wardrobe, I also felt more relaxed about donating things because I knew Lanni would be helping me re-work what I currently had in the closet.
There were two pieces in particular that I felt resisant to donating simply because they were expensive and hardly worn. A J.Crew bridesmaids dress and a long GAP peacoat were both set aside to be consigned, in hopes that a profit from those items would give me a little money to buy items that might fill in the gaps of my now smaller wardrobe.
When deciding what to get rid of, Lanni made me feel extremely comfortable about how much she was “letting” me keep by explaining that I could have different categories within my overall wardrobe. She advises clients to have a base wardrobe that is combined with a summer and winter wardrobe during the appropriate season. She also allowed me to have a pile for professional clothes and yoga/exercise clothes. I had no excuse to cling to things unnecessarily because the “rules” for keeping clothes were so reasonable.
When we were finished taking out the clothes that would be donated, Lanni helped me organize my closet so that when getting dressed I would be able to easily access the type of piece of I was looking for. Cardigans/cover-ups together, underlayers together, dresses together, etc. This seems so logical, but before that day my closet literally had no rhyme or reason.
The most exciting part of an eco-consulation with Lanni is the chance to get her help in reinventing pieces of your collection of clothes that you love too much to part with but don’t use as they are.
Lanni focused two dresses that I love, one for comfort and one for fanciness, but rarely wear. She took a shirt and a skirt from my ‘donate’ pile and showed me how some elements from those pieces could be combined with the dresses to create new looks.
A comfy gray jersey dress that I found a little too plain to wear regularly was transformed with the flowers from an old skirt into a funky, fun piece. My fussy, metallic dress (the time of strapless is over for me, I think) became more wearable and softer when the lace details from a long forgotten top were dyed to match and then used to create straps.
Under the “re-design” header Lanni also designates the subcategories of “self-mend” and “have tailored.” A beloved tunic with a tear and a favorite dress with loose straps were both easy fixes after Lanni gave me a basic tutorial on how to sew them myself. A comfortable sweater dress with a pattern that I adore was rarely worn because I found it a little too boxy. The look will be much more flattering after my tailor adds a few back darts.
The concept behind (re) and Lanni’s eco-consultation service combines the natural desire to express oneself through personal style with the responsibility we have to consider the way our lifestyle impacts our environment. This service can be provided to fashionistas all over the globe who already possess good taste and most of their wardrobe basics but need a fresh perspective to expand their options.
Want to win a FREE eco-consultation with Lanni? This package is valued at $120 and will give one YouFrillMe reader the chance to reinvent their wardrobe in an eco-friendly and budget conscious way! To enter you comment on this blog, and ‘like’ (re) and YouFrillMe on facebook.
–Lane from The Traveling Circus
Hi everyone! I have some pretty exciting news to share today! Next week we will be holding our very first giveaway on the blog, and boy are we excited about it! You’ll have to check back between now and next week to find out exactly what it is, but I’ll give you a hint: it has to do with fashion!
So, in honor of this first giveaway, I thought I’d attempt to throw up some fun fashion posts between now and then. This post is inspired by a favorite fashion blog of ours, Wendy’s Lookbook. Probably the biggest thing I have taken away from Wendy is the magic of tailoring.
You can really maximize your current wardrobe by having alterations done to pieces you already own. Or if you see something you love, but is still lacking, snatch it up and have a tailor recreate it for you!
I realized this summer that there were a couple of dresses in particular I had stopped wearing over the years. Still, they were quality pieces that I really didn’t want to get rid of quite yet. They just needed a little updating, so off I went to have them altered. Check it out:
DRESS 1: The Before:
I think this dress was just fine before. The problem was, I wasn’t getting any use out of it. I was simply never wearing it anymore.
I asked the tailor to shorten the dress and to make the traditionally styled sleeves capped. You can’t really tell that they are capped here because as I move around, it creates more of a sleeveless look. I love the update because it’s fun, fresh, and cool, which is perfect for those super-hot Texas summers. FRILLING!
DRESS 2: The Before:
I love this dress and have had it for years. I wore it to our dress rehearsal when we got married five years ago, and I’m pictured here (from a few years ago) at a Christmas banquet. However, it has gone years without wear because as my style has evolved I began to realize that it’s simply just not me. It just felt too long for a girl of my height. (5’1).
I decided to create a LBD (little black dress) since I currently have nothing in my closet that fits this description. For me a good LBD is just that.. little. The former, more classic length didn’t fit my needs, but I’m really excited and happy with the changes. Now my legs are elongated, and I feel taller and overall, more frilling, in this dress.
Still, I don’t think it’s always worth it to have existed clothes altered. My advice is to only have a piece tailored if it’s a nicer, quality article of clothing that will continue to be functional in your closet for years to come. Let’s face it, tailoring ain’t cheap, y’all!
Happy Thursday everyone! Remember Part 1 of Jo Ann’s FRILLING closet makeover? Well, now to the fun part!
While going through Jo Ann’s wardrobe, she pointed out a few articles of clothing that she really loved, but either wasn’t sure how to wear or didn’t get enough use of. We made at least 3-4 outfits for each piece, and I snapped pics of Jo Ann with my point-and-shoot so that she could remember each look.
Before we get to those pieces, check out this outfit that does a great job of representing Jo Ann’s style:
I would describe Jo Ann’s style as classic and chic, with a little pop of trendy. Classic because nearly every article of clothing she owns has a timeless look and quality to it, chic because she tends to wear clothes with lots of clean, straight lines which add to her modern and elegant tendencies, and trendy because almost every outfit she wears has some sort current piece incorporated.
In this case her colored pants are super trendy, but the color isn’t too loud. Because of this, I imagine they will be in her closet a lot longer than some of my own neon pink pieces!
On it’s own, this bright orange cardigan is another timeless piece that Jo Ann will have for a long time coming, but paired with the bold teal pants, it adds to the bold and bright, neon, and color-blocking trends that are so popular right now.
One final word about Jo Ann’s style: she loves extra FRILLS. Almost all of her tops have some kind of detailing such as lace or added fabrics.
Now that we understand Jo Ann’s style, check out some of the looks we came up with using clothes she already owns:
Look 1: the skirt
Jo Ann had one top that she always wore with the skirt, causing her to practically never wear this amazing gem! I mean, can you believe it? When I saw it, I said, “Jo Ann, this skirt might be one of the most versatile pieces you have in your closet. You can wear it with practically ANYTHING,” and then we proceeded to make four solid looks with it.
I love this look because paired with the scarf we were able to incorporate pattern mixing, which y’all know I’m a complete and total sucker for. We also paired this skirt with 4 different tops, three different cardigans, scarf and no scarf, belted over tops, and belted over cardigans. This skirt is so amazingly versatile because even though there is a pattern, the colors are neutral. This quiets the piece down, giving Jo Ann a palette ready for anything and everything.
Look 2: the dress
At one point, Jo Ann held up this dress saying how she really liked it, but didn’t really know what to do with it. We pretty much followed the same formula that we did with the skirt. Various cardigans and belts can make a huge difference! Sometimes no cardigan, sometimes no belt, sometimes a navy cardigan, sometimes a colored, skinny belt, etc., etc.
Not only can Jo Ann create many different looks with this dress, but this belt/cardigan combo is especially flattering to her figure. She actually wore this outfit on her first day back to work after our Saturday together. She told me she got lots of compliments!
Look 3: lace top
Once again a beloved piece that Jo Ann needed some advice on. This top is beautifully detailed, like most of her tops are. Sometimes, though, having that much detailing can make it confusing when styling because it adds a loudness that usually wouldn’t be present with a simple neutral top.
My advice to Jo Ann? Ignore it! She can wear this top with anything! Here, we paired it with her hot pink H&M pants and her animal-print sandals for some pattern mixing. I LOVE it! Perfect for a day of shopping or a night out with friends.
All in all, I think it’s safe to say we had a great time watching Jo Ann’s closet transform from a perfectly fine, gets-the-job done closet to one that is simply FRILLING and a joy to shop in!
Jo Ann’s take on the whole experience:
” Even though I always felt like my closet was somewhat organized before—looking at those pics, I can see that it looks chaotic, and it is so much more peaceful and harmonious now!”
Thanks, Jo Ann! You really are one FRILLING fashionista!
Hey everyone! I hope your week is off to a great start! I’m so excited to introduce you all to a new series I am starting on my newest hobby: closet organization. I’ve had quite a few people ask me to go through their closets with them, and I thought it would be really fun to blog about it.
So, without further ado, meet Jo Ann. Jo Ann is a FRILLING fashionista, a working woman in the professional world, and a super fun gal who loves to travel and spend time with friends.
Here were our goals for Jo Ann’s closet makeover experience:
Even though we worked for a solid ten hours, there is still a lot to be done, and Jo Ann is really excited. She already has plans to better organize her shoes and to set up a section for her jewelry and mirror for getting ready. It was so fulfilling to see the almost-finished product. Jo Ann will have to update us when she adds her personal FRILLS to this space!
Before/After comparison: left side
Before/after: right side
With her newly assessed and organized closet, Jo Ann won’t have to worry about random, impulse buys. She now knows exactly what’s in her closet and what she’s missing. This leaves room for less wasteful and more thoughtful shopping in the future. FRILLING!
Jo Ann, you FRILL us! Stay tuned, friends, for part 2 of Jo Ann’s experience on Thursday. She’ll be modeling some of her new outfits we found among the clothes she already owns!