Racquel’s Complete Style Makeover

IMG_0262Name: Racquel R.
Age: 27
Occupation: Biomedical Engineer

Step 1: The Consultation // Find out the need for a stylist, get sizing & fit preference, take style quiz, examine budget.

  • Wants to look professional as an engineer so she’s respected at work. Especially since she’s young. She needs help creating outfits, not as confident with her choices. Has a lot of clothes but doesn’t know how to wear them. Has a lot that she hasn’t never worn because she didn’t know how to wear them. Needs closet organization (storing clothes for winter, and categorizing color, same type of hangers, etc..)
  • Prefers fitted t-shirts, loose flowy, going out tops, skinny jeans, variety of dress fits
  • Likes loud prints and color. Also, interesting details on clothes. Likes to wear headwraps and turbans and wants to find more of those.
  • Body type is athletic and petite.
  • Wants to focus on shopping for everyday clothes as opposed to work attire
  • Willing to splurge on a handbag, shoes, and premium denim jeans
  • Style influences are a few of her friends
  • Style quiz shows she’s drawn to a mix of the classic and boho style (see image below)
  • Goal is to look stylish and comfortable, but without a lot of effort. Likes the idea of the same look in different colorways.

TYPESofSTYLESAfter our consultation, I went home and created a moodboard on pinterest of styles I thought Racquel would be interested in based on what she told me.

Step 2: The Closet Clean Out // Go through each piece and see if it should be kept, donated, or sold. Create an organization system.

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Step 3: Outfit Creation // Go through the clothes that haven’t been worn because client wasn’t sure how to wear them, and create outfits from clothes in closet already.

outfitsraquel2 outfitsraquel3 outfitsraquel4Step 4: Shopping // Create list based on things that needed to be updated or missing gaps in the wardrobe, decide where to shop.

notebook-mainI suggested Nordstrom Rack as a great option to do our shopping since it has a great selection of shoes, bags, and clothing. We ended up shopping exclusively there. Our focus was finding staple pieces that were good quality, so they would last a while. Here’s what Raquel ended up purchasing…

DSC_8155A great first step in the right direction, she purchased quite a few staple items like neutral colored tank tops to layer with, a high quality structured Coach handbag to fit her laptop, and a pair of premium denim.

Step 5: The Final Result // Before and After.


  • The main takeaways for Racquel was to invest in quality over quantity. A lot of her items were from H&M and Forever21, and while they were cute, they were worn. I wanted her to learn the difference between a pair of jeans from Forever vs. Joes Jeans.
  • Another thing I wanted her to remember is by keeping her closet organized by color,  type, and all on the same hanger, she can see better what she has in her closet, and be more likely to wear it.
  • Last major tip: If you haven’t worn it in a while, don’t keep it. A closet clean out isn’t a one-and-done deal. It’s a continuous process. I edit my closet a few times a year to make sure I only keep what I wear. The rest can be donated, AND you make room for new purchases.

To watch the whole thing, check out this video! Looking for a complete style makeover yourself? Or, are you interested in learning more about what I do? Click here for a list of my styling services.