Yesterday, I had the pleasure of working with Ali Ehrlich of Right Up Your Ali to organize and update my closet. Ali is a native of Boston who has spent over 18 years designing wardrobes for women all over Massachusetts and working for high-end designers, such as Chanel and Valentino.
As you know, I can’t dress myself and even have a Pinterest board devoted to helping me become more stylish, so when Ali offered me some of her wardrobe services in exchange for a post on CNC, I jumped at the chance. I need fashion help in a major way!
So, what does a fashion stylist like Ali do? Here are some of the services she offers:
- Personal Shopping
- Closet Organization (including “outfit lists”)
- Fashion & Image Consulting
- Wardrobe Makeovers
I have a lot of clothes, but I feel like I never have anything to wear (sound familiar?), so Ali helped me review my current wardrobe and decide what to keep, alter, or donate, which was a great way to identify (and remember!) clothes that I love, but just don’t know how to wear.
Surprisingly, I have a good amount of in-style, dressy clothing from weddings, showers, blog events, etc., so Ali suggested dressing down some of these items by wearing them with jeans and even white jeans in the summer. I love this idea!
Ali took every single piece of clothing out of my closet, asked me what I thought about it, and then rehung it by color, type (dress, skirt, short-sleeve shirt, long-sleeve shirt, etc.), and with all of the hangers facing the same way, which is something I never do, but it made a huge difference in how my closet looks.
FYI: Instead of using wooden hangers that take up a lot of space or wire hangers that ruin your clothes, Ali suggested Black Huggable Hangers. You can get them at the Container Store, but places like Marshalls and TJMaxx sell them too. They save space and more gently hang your clothing.
Any piece that I was undecided about, Ali asked me to try on and then we assessed it from there. It was so nice to have someone who actually knows a thing or two about fashion to help me with these decisions. Otherwise, I would have kept a bunch of (out-of-style) things that would have taken up space in my closet and I never would have worn.
I love that Ali organized my clothing by color. I actually never thought I’d love a color-coordinated closet so much. It definitely makes it easier (and less stressful) to see what’s inside.
After tackling my hanging clothes, we tackled my sweaters.
I loved that Ali folded everything nice and neat and again organized it by color. My closet looks so pretty now!
After organizing my closet, we started on my dresser, which actually went a lot quicker than I expected. From start to finish, the whole process took 1.5 hours, but Ali said the length of her appointments really range—anywhere from 30 minutes for a closet in Back Bay to 4 hours for just shoes in Chestnut Hill. Imagine having that many shoes!!
Nice and neat!
Murphy, of course, wasn’t far from the action. Thankfully, Ali likes dogs and didn’t mind the pug at all.
I ended up donating quite a bit of stuff—more than I expected considering I just went through my clothes not too long ago. Ali didn’t force me to get rid of anything. Instead, she walked me through the process by asking how often I wore a particular piece and then gauged my reaction before helping me make a final decision. Long story short, I was more than happy to donate what I did!
Once Ali organized my closet and dresser, she made suggestions for specific pieces that would help me fill in the gaps in my wardrobe. Here’s what she suggested:
White jeans (for now)
Black washout jeans (for fall)
Ali said my wardrobe wasn’t in bad shape, so I think these few suggestions will definitely add a lot to what I already have in my closet. She also said I need to actually wear the nice clothes that I do have. I always end up wearing the same few things over and over again (jeans/shorts, plain t-shirt/tank top, flip flops) when I actually have some pretty stylish clothes.
Need help organizing your closet or getting some fashion advice? I highly recommend Ali. She was incredibly friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient—we got a lot done in 1.5 hours! If you’d like to hire Ali to get your wardrobe in order, you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. And if you mention CNC, you can get 20% off her services!
Questions of the Day
What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever received?
Do you color-coordinate your clothing?
How many pairs of jeans do you own?