How would you describe your own personal style?
I find this question hard to answer because my style can really run the gamut! I love being a chameleon and changing it up depending on the day and how I am feeling. One day I might want to infuse a little 90s into my look, so I might wear a slip dress over a t-shirt and pair it with a cardigan and Chelsea lug boots, but the next day I might want to go for an 80s prep look with an oversized blazer, turtle neck, straight legged jeans and heels.
It just depends on what strikes me and what catches my eye that makes me feel good and inspired on that particular day. That said, I do love the simplicity and classic feel of a neutral colored chunky turtleneck sweater paired with a camel overcoat, vintage denim and a classic cognac leather mule. You can never go wrong with timeless and classic.
Tell us about your approach to working with clients…a lot of your personal styling services seem to be geared towards deliberately minimizing, which we obviously love!
I run a no-judgment type of business and strive to create a safe space for my clients to shed what is no longer serving them in their closet, to grow and learn about their personal style and to feel confident in what they put on their body every day.
I specialize in one-on-one wardrobe consultations: teaching both men and women how to work within their budget, maximize their closet, shop efficiently and create outfits that they love to wear. I really love working with all different types of people and it brings me great joy to teach them how to best dress their bodies, grow their confidence and feel joy within themselves.
I pride myself on making each client feel valued and respected throughout our sessions and love watching them flourish and become more self-assured in their everyday life.
What advice do you have for someone who is looking for their closet to give them joy rather than being overwhelmed?
Pull out the things that you know you love, wear every day and that make you feel great when you put them on.
Then look at everything else hanging in the closet or folded in drawers (seasonal and special occasions can be the exceptions) and ask yourself:
What emotions come up when you look at certain items that are still left in the wardrobe?
What might you be hanging onto for reasons that don't align with where you want your closet to be?
What pieces make you feel badly about yourself and why?
Ask yourself some of the hard hitting questions, figure out what comes up for you, then grab a big plastic garbage bag if you are ready to purge and release that stuff!
If you are ready to let go, donate everything that goes into the big black garbage bag. Or if you aren't quite ready to remove certain items permanently, get a big plastic bin and store it for 1-3 months (depending on your attachment to the items).
But either way, start removing the things in front of you that no longer serve you.
Then if you haven't missed the pieces or thought about them in that amount of time, then it's time to remove them for good. This method will really help you get clear on what you want staring back at you from the closet.
You deserve to feel good and starting with your closet is one powerful way to start taking control and creating a closet that works for you, not against you.What are some of your closet must-haves?
- Classic white tee
- Chambray button-down
- Black turtleneck
- Black blazer
- Tan wool overcoat
- Dark blue denim
- Black jeans
- A leather tote
- White sneakers
- Black booties
- Camel mules
How do you approach styling for clients with an active lifestyle or who are constantly on the go with either family, friends or even fur babies?
Wear what feels good and works for you for whatever stage of life you might be in. The rules are fake, so take what resonates and leave the rest!
Finally, tell us what you're wearing in your looks!
Christine got her start in fashion by informally styling friends, but the demand grew as people came to her whenever they needed fashion help and so she took the leap to turn her passion into a business–doing what she loves.