Closet cleaning is a late-summer rite: You start by agonizing over whether to finally retire those pashminas. Then you’re misting up over the magical moments you had in that expensive but so over halter dress. Soon you’re shoving it all toward the depths again. And you still have nothing to wear.
Enter Chicago fashion experts Annie Barlow (a stylist at Charlotte Brody) and Mary Liz Lehman (owner of chic local boutique Perchance), who have teamed up to launch a style-consulting firm, Barlow.Lehman.
Now’s the time to make space for your updated fall wardrobe, and if employed, Barlow and Lehman will arrive at your house and start with an essential question: “Did you wear it last fall?”
Then the purging begins. Anything you own that’s pilled, unworn or requires alterations that cost more than $50 is out. (Suddenly you feel so organized and virtuous.)
Restocking is the fun part. Barlow and Lehman are pros about finding your most flattering fit (turns out we’re a pants/dress/skorts kind of gal), and this season they’re likely to steer you toward a few key pieces like a transitional pair of pixie pants from J.Crew, a menswear-inspired coat or a bag in a bold color for balancing winter doldrums.
Smaller jobs are up their alley, too. Put them on the hunt for a new interview outfit or a few fun pieces to help celebrate (or accommodate) a changing body.