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A Professional Image

February 16th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm by Mrs. Bee @ Weddingbee PRO

I had a bunch of meetings on a business trip out to Los Angeles last month, and I realized that I had absolutely nothing to wear.  Because the last four years of my life have been spent working at home alone, my wardrobe completely reflected that (read: pajamas and loungewear). It didn’t really help that I’m an introverted homebody and wear jeans everywhere like they’re going out of style.

When you work in a creative profession like weddings, or any creative profession for that matter, people expect you to dress a certain way.  As Weddingbee grows, I’ve found myself taking more meetings, attending more functions, and speaking at more events.  But my wardrobe didn’t reflect that change, and having recently turned 30, I realized it was time for a makeover. Luckily I have a friend, Amy Salinger, who’s a fabulous fashion stylist, so I gave her a call.  

Step 1 is to clean out your closet and assess what you have and can work with.  Amy came over last Friday and we went through every article of clothing, pair of shoes, accessory, and handbag I own.  


Amy laying my jewelry out on my bed

A pattern quickly emerged — dresses that I’d worn once to one of the many weddings I’ve attended, and loungewear galore.  I also held onto certain clothes because they were a gift, because I loved them once upon a time, because I’d never worn them, or because I hoped to fit in them again.


My handbags, two J Crew dresses I need to get altered, and the rest are dresses and coats I’ll give away to friends..

I thought it would be difficult to purge as much as we did, but it actually felt great!  I was ready to make a change, and having Amy there giving me feedback on what I should keep and what I should toss made the entire process so easy.  I felt like I was on an episode of What Not to Wear (Amy has worked on that show!).  It’s embarrassing to think that I held onto so many articles of clothing from high school and college.  

We ended up paring my wardrobe down by at least a good third, and filled 5 garbage bags with clothes, shoes, and handbags that I’ll donate to a local charity.

They say most people wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time, and that was definitely true in my case.  With closet space such a premium in Manhattan, I hope to have a much smaller wardrobe filled with pieces that I regularly wear — no more holding onto items that I think I might wear again one day. 

Next up: shopping and pulling together complete outfits!  

How is your wardrobe looking lately?  Does it embody or represent your profession? 

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15 Responses to “A Professional Image”

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Mrs.Emerald

how FUN!! Can you send her my way? I need a stylist friend as well =) I love all your gold jewelry, pretty much all the jewelry I own is silver or white gold, and I REALLY want some gold pieces. I have finicky and sensitive skin when it comes to metal, so I can never wear any fun costume jewelry either. Pooh.

 
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Mrs. Canary

I need to catch your bug, Mrs. Bee! Your friend sounds awesome. I may need her help. I am loving the inside look into Weddingbee! ;)

 
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tammi L

what a FANTASTIC idea. i’d have to work up the courage to do this one day LOL

 
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Angel Swanson @ Events of Love and Splendor (message)  33 posts, Newbee

i love this post, bee! when i dress for meetings, especially consultations, i like to highlight my personal style: great skinny denim, funky prints and textures, and loads of whimsical accessories. on the wedding day, i like to wear feminine dresses in the event’s colors. ;-) no boring black suits here…

 
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tahoebound

I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

 
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Emily @ Peach & Pearl

I love these behind-the-scene looks at Weddingbee and PRO. Keep them coming!

 
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K

Putting this on my ‘to do’ list!

 
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Miss Penguin

You’ve definitely inspired me… I have so much old junk in my closet that I refuse to let go of… some of it is just expensive stuff that I don’t want to let go of, even though it is CLEARLY out of style! I gotta purge!

 
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bonnie tsang

This is just wonderful! I’ve been thinking of getting an update of my look to reflect my profession too!

 
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Amy

Great post! Gave me a nudge- Spring is coming so it sounds like a good time to go through my closet too. Sadly I think I have a lot of those “will wear once I fit into” items to donate. :)

 
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Megan

This is one of my biggest challenges because I normally dress kind of like “ghetto-fabulous” I guess you would say. LOL! I know that running a business you have to look professional so I try to buy things here and there to reflect that but my husband hates when I dress that way. It is conflicting for me. I need to go on WNTW and have Stacy and Clinton merge my styles.

 
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Miss Peep Toe

Can’t wait to see more!

 
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Lillindy

I need to do this! Can you send her my way also? I have such junk for clothes and THE WORST was when one of my kids at work the other day said I looked, “Cute, not like how you usually dress like a teenager.” DOH!!!

 
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Miss D'orsay

Oooo, I can’t wait to see the rest! I’ll make sure this is one of the first things I do when I get back to the states!

 
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Leigh @ Leigh Miller Photographer (message)  305 posts, Helper bee

your old closet is my closet. sigh…i vow to not wear all black to weddings this year. however sometimes its just easier. and i always try and jazz it up with some sassy earrings or something. id love to hire a stylist. ive been reading the book style statement. its a good resource and forces you to think. its really like a workbook. i highly recommend it.

 

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