With Spring right around the corner, “a young man’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of love,” says poet Alfred Tennyson. But for young-at-heart adventurers like us wanderboomers, our fancies turn to thoughts of fun fashion makeovers for future travels!
Who among us hasn’t found ourselves in a fashion rut, choosing the same colors and clothing styles which may have worked well in the past, but now belong in the Smithsonian? Who says you have to cultivate the rumpled or same old boring look when traveling?
A brief scan of my closet convinced me it was time to up my travel fashion game, time to stretch my clothing comfort zone and add pizazz. I was due for a fashion refresh, a reboot to mirror the new self I had become since my first fashion makeover with Clinton Kelly, former host of What Not To Wear, seven years earlier. But that’s a story for another time.
After researching my options online, for this makeover, I decided to go for the gusto in partnering with Seattle personal stylist Mellicia Marx of Poplin Style Direction. I opted for full-service personal styling + photoshoot since it had been a while since my last one. Here’s what followed.
Introductory Style Consultation
We started my fashion metamorphosis with an in-home “Introductory Style Consultation.” First, we identified keywords that described the image I wanted to create, like “Confident,” “Classic,” “Fun,” “Unexpected,”- and let’s not forget, “Sexy,” when out on the town. It’s never too late, friends!
Tip: Think about your travel persona. How do you want to feel and come across when you’re out and about, whether in your neighborhood, on a road trip, or traveling internationally?
Personalized Online Style Plan
Next, Mellicia analyzed my body figure silhouette which she classified as a petite slim hourglass shape. Following Dr. KellyAnn’s Bone Broth Diet really paid off, I’m happy to report. (Tip: Always check with your doctor first before embarking on any change of diet.) “Think Emma Watson, Nicole Richie, Olivia Palermo, Lea Michele, and Kelly Rippa,” Mellicia added. “Okay, I will, Mellicia!” Ha.
From here, Mellicia zeroed in on my style approach, colors, specific clothing pieces (tops pants, skirts, dresses, jackets, and shoes), and accessories to complement features I want to accentuate for my body figure silhouette and those I want to minimize instead. Also included? Recommended retailers where I’m most likely to find the pieces I’m looking for to add to my wardrobe.
Collaborative In-Home Closet Analysis
Mellicia believes, “Your closet should feel like a boutique curated just for you.” Sounds like a dream, doesn’t it?
For our three-hour closet edit, Mellicia’s goal was to set the foundation for identifying what clothing belongs in my curated boutique and what doesn’t. In other words, it was time to assess what clothing to keep, what to eliminate and what to consider purchasing based on my style and budget.
Out went pieces that no longer fit, weren’t tailor-friendly, meaning it would cost more to have tailored than the clothing was worth, or clothing that was hopelessly out of date. We had a few spirited exchanges about clothing with sentimental value supplemented by my occasional whining: “But it’s so comfortable!” “Does it represent the words you chose to define your new image?” Mellicia gently prodded. “Well . . . ” Her advice: “Keep it, but pack it away and get it out of your closet.” Done.
Tip: Wondering what to do with clothes you decide to let go? For gently-worn clothing her clients no longer want, Mellicia donates the items to YouthCare, whose mission is “to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential.” Not only are clients creating the closet of their dreams, but they’re also providing clothing to those who can benefit most from it most.
For the next fun phase of my fashion makeover, let’s go shopping! Once we explored my specific clothing needs, Mellicia drew up a personalized “Uber Wishlist” of 35 items, including shoes and accessories. As a travel journalist, a few of my main requirements were for clothing that travels well, i.e. wrinkle-free clothing that’s easy to pack, clothes that mix and match easily to lighten my luggage load, and at prices within my budget. I scored big time on all fronts.
How fun to scan through the clothing wishlist Mellicia had selected for me to consider! I loved her detailed descriptions of why she had selected the individual pieces, explaining how each would take me where I wanted to go stylistically. A few items were definitely outside the box for me, but then that’s why I chose to work with her, to look at my fashion style in a new light.
Outfit Strategy and Documentation Session
Once I had the basis for my curated personalized boutique, including a few new pieces, it was time for Mellicia to weave her fashion magic by documenting a variety of different fashion looks for me with the pieces in ways that wouldn’t have occurred to my former self.
By having this detailed documentation accessible in my personal online profile, I’m able to look for fresh ideas whenever I feel stuck in a clothing rut. If it’s in my closet, I’m going to wear it, mixing it up as I go along, whether out & about running errands, traveling, or out for a night on the town.
Everything Mellicia set in motion culminated in the final payoff: an outdoor fashion shoot. For this, Mellicia brought in her team of make-up and photography artists. It takes a village, folks! We started with my in-home session with Seattle make-up artist, Kat St. John, followed by an outdoor photo shoot with portrait photographer, Amy Paine.
Talk about fun! Mellicia selected locations both within my neighborhood, then further afield in Seattle, to create just the right mood to go with the outfits we selected for different occasions. If you’ve ever wondered what it felt like to be the star of your own show, have a fashion photo shoot! And if you think you’re past the age of adding animal prints to your wardrobe, think again.
Ready for your own fun fashion makeover? PoplinStyle Direction offers several package options to suit your fashion needs and budget, whether for a one-time special occasion or a comprehensive update.
Many thanks to personal stylist Mellicia Marx of PoplinStyle Direction, make-up artist, Kat St. John and photographer Amy Paine for a fabulously fun way to celebrate the new me!