I had the pleasure of visiting family on Shaw Island recently. It’s an enchanting place largely due to its natural beauty and supportive community of people who have chosen to live there, preserving it.
This trip, I was able to meet with several interesting women about their wardrobes, including Kathi. Some common themes among our chats were… 1) It is hard to find time to shop, living a ferry ride and car drive away from stores. 2) Many know how to sew and can alter their own clothes. We discussed how garments could be changed to be more flattering and current. 3) These women value and understand quality. They aren’t apt to pay for anything poorly made. 4) They don’t shop online. Shipping and returns are fairly complicated without a UPS drop off near by. And being able to feel the item is also important to them. 5) With little outside influence about new styles and possibilities, admittedly, they hold on to things for far too long.
The topic we discussed most of all… 6) It is easy to get stuck in a rut and hide in over-sized, lack-luster, “comfortable” clothing. Living in such a casual environment, one can get lazy when it comes to personal style and resort to just blending in.
So they enlisted my help to spice things up a bit!
I spent a fun and spirited day with Kathi. She is artistic, intuitive, smart and busy with all sorts of professional and personal responsibilities. We went through her entire wardrobe that was full of rich history. We ended up purging at least eight garbage bags full of clothes, that I happily transported off-island for her to donate to a recycling program. What was left was the best of the best. We planned a few strategic purchases online and styled about thirty, new-to-her outfits! Enough to grant her the island’s most stylish award!
Here’s what Kathi had to say a couple of weeks later, after her purchases arrived:
“I wore the new eggplant cords with that sleeveless, cowl-neck top, new ankle boots, dangle-y earrings and my belt to a party and felt very well put together. I have been wearing pants in my proper size which I can wear without a belt and I don’t have to hitch them up constantly. And, I have been tucking in my shirts! It feels good to get out of dull, north-westerner, outdoorsy garb sometimes. Thanks for all your great advice and for putting a spring in my step.”
Thank you, Kathi, for allowing me to feature you on the blog. I like seeing your personality shine through in what you wear. You are striking. I’m so happy that you have found a renewed sense of pleasure putting outfits together!