In Style: with Leslie Young
It’s August, which means the brisk months of Fall will soon be upon us. This is also the time of year when you begin to dust off those winter coats and boots. At this time of year, it’s always a good idea to conduct a little closet audit.
A closet audit is simply taking inventory of your wardrobe to determine which items to keep, which to toss and how to get the best use out of the items you have. Not only will you see your closet in a whole new way, but at the end of your audit you’ll have a shopping list to help you buy only what you need on your next shopping trip. Are you ready to take inventory of your closet? Here are some simple but key steps to performing a closet audit.
It’s very important to realize this process requires patience. The very first part of this process requires a little bit of homework. In order to decide what to do with the clothes in your closet, you need to have a style vision that makes sense for you in this stage of your life. Grab some fashion magazines but also some non-fashion magazines. Non-fashion magazines often offer spreads that express a mood or a situation that you identify with more than the style spreads in fashion magazines.
Next, you need to dedicate a few hours to go through your wardrobe and try everything on from your hats all the way down to your boots. I always suggest making this part of the process personal. Don’t enlist the support of others during this process. This is a time for you to get real with yourself and think about what makes you feel and look your best.
As you go through this process, ask yourself four specific questions. Does it have a flattering fit? Does it fit your lifestyle and age? Have you worn it in the past year? Would you buy this item today? As you’re answering these questions, be sure to put the items in one of four piles (1) keep, (2) donate, (3) tailor and (4) maybe. The “maybe” pile is for items you like but need to be altered in some way to get the look and fit you want.
At the end of this process, you’ll see you’re left with some great pieces. With magazine tearsheets in hand you are now off to pull looks together from your closet. Remember to take some pictures so that you can refer to them as necessary.
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This Month's Spotlight: Hooked by Ima
Meet Ima of Hooked by Ima, an L.A. based clothing designer specializing in crochet, but not your grandma’s crochet. “Everything is trendy, colorful and made with love using quality yarn,” says Ima, owner/designer of her unique line. Ima took up crocheting as a hobby in high school. She sold hats and scarves on the bus for extra money.
Later on she realized the potential this hobby had so Hooked by Ima was born.
Hooked by Ima offers a wide range of crocheted items from hats to hair bows to baby shoes and even swimwear with nothing over $60.
Her talents have been noticed by the likes of Grammy award winners Erica Campbell of the gospel singing sensation Mary Mary as well as well-known reality star Tori Spelling. Her designs have been spotted in People.com, on the reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and her items have even been placed in the swag bags given out at the Grammys.
The biggest challenge for Ima was when she was laid off from her job a year and a half ago and she decided to step out on faith and trust God 100% to pursue this entrepreneurial business fulltime. “I know God has blessed me with this gift and because He has, I am able to overcome all odds.”
You can find Hooked by Ima products at www.GetHookedbyIma.com and at three local L.A. boutiques, InvenTORI (owned by actress Tori Spelling) in Sherman Oaks, Cordially Invited in L.A. and Mia and the Dragonfly in Burbank.