Dress ($74), by Allihop, sweater ($138), by Tabitha, sandals ($148), by Miss Albright, belt ($78), gold chains ($58), all from Anthropologie, four metro locations including 4999 France Ave. S., Edina, 612-285-9164, anthropologie.com
Shopping is one of my favorite pastimes, but as a college student on a budget, I had to settle for window-shopping and perusing fashion blogs. It’s been a few years since I graduated, and I’m still on a budget. But now that I have a “big girl” job, it’s time to step it up.
I expected shopping with a stylist to be like shopping with one of my best girlfriends, but I found it to be much more formal. Before we hit the stores, Sasha Westin of Fabuliss wanted to know looks I admire, favorite stores, and what I hoped to get out of the experience. I sent her my Pinterest profile and a favorite blog, atlantic-pacific.blogspot.com. All that digital window-shopping can be quite helpful in defining your own look.
We met at Anthropologie at 50th & France. Sasha walked me through the store, and we discussed different pieces and why they would or wouldn’t work on my frame. When the longer hemline Sasha suggested felt too “interview outfit,” she agreed that I’m young enough to wear a shorter hemline but suggested pairing it with flats to be office-appropriate. Cinching the waist with a belt and adding a cardigan and accessories to polish my look were two more of Sasha’s suggestions.
Shopping with Sasha changed my goals slightly. Instead of getting excited over the latest trends, I plan to fill my wardrobe with classic styles, pairing them with top layers and fun accessories. And I can justify investing in a great pair of metallic shoes. It’s all about price per wear, and metallic goes with everything!
About Sasha Westin:
After 16 years in advertising, Westin founded Fabuliss, an image consulting and makeover service. She has trained with Clinton Kelly of What Not to Wear and the Association of Image Consultants International. Her packages include closet inventory and style evaluation, personal shopping, seasonal update, and complete makeover. Prices start at $200. fabuliss.com
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Always wear top layers and accessories. They add polish to a great outfit, tell your co-workers that you take your job seriously, and create a distinction between work and weekend looks.
Invest in a foundation of classic basics. Pants, jackets, sweaters, skirts, and dresses in neutral colors can transition with changes of the seasons and trends.
Look for statement pieces. While not always inexpensive, these pieces will add to the first impressions you create and give you an outlet to express and evolve your personality and style.
To elongate your legs, define your waistline high up with a belt or pencil skirt.