Enter- Made you look lifestyle stylists.
MYL offers affordable wardrobe overhauls, closet design, personal shopping, style consulting and everything in between.
Their service is about providing busy (and clueless, like me) people with wardrobe interventions and affordable solutions. They help you tailor your wardrobe such that you have all the essentials you need for both formal and casual occasions. They also help style your existing clothing, so that your wardrobe is being used optimally.
For me personally, I didn’t need much styling/ shopping advice as I love putting outfits together and shopping for clothes.
BUT… What I did need desperate help with was wardrobe organisation.
My stuff was just chaos. I couldn’t see all of my clothing, let alone find what I wanted to wear. I had so much stuff in my wardrobe that my hangers were practically glued together so flipping through them was impossible. My shelves were a jumbled mess.. When I wanted something, I would dig my hand in and pull clothing out at random, like a lucky packet.
I do try and organise my wardrobe every few months, but all it takes is one rushed getting ready session, and everything is crazy again.
I would never have thought that I could afford a service like the one MYL offers… I thought that these kinds of things were only for celebs! MYL is surprisingly affordable, and can be justified because it is an investment.
So, one Saturday morning, 2 ladies arrived on my doorstep armed with notebooks, a camera and a whole lot of determination. The first thought that struck my mind is wow, they are gorgeous! Dominique and Carol were both dressed to the nines, and look like supermodels with bodies to match! The next thing I thought was.. oh my gosh, I am so intimidated… I can’t believe I am going to expose my wardrobe to supermodel-esque strangers. Are they going to judge me? They’re probably going to be horrified that my clothing is in the state it is. My wardrobe definitely isn’t something I am proud of.
These ladies were totally not judgemental at all. We started the session with an in depth consultation.. all about what types of clothing I prefer, what my lifestyle is like, my weight and measurements, my style icons etc.
Next I opened my wardrobe and Dominique said: “I am so excited to start! I can’t believe you live like this. You’re going to be blown away when we’re done.” I was shocked, and must have asked her 3 or 4 times whether she actually enjoys cleaning out people’s cupboards. She replied saying it is her passion! After watching them work, I could see that clearly both ladies love what they do.
So- here are the before pictures *cringe*
They started by empting everything out the cupboards, so they could get an idea of how they were going to reorganise.
Previously, I had a “belt” hanger and a “scarf” hanger… both of these had to go!
The 1.5 hour appointment went super quickly. We agreed that they would return later that week to complete the wardrobe overhaul.
When I saw how they arranged my cupboards, I was gobsmacked. Oh em gee. I cannot believe that they managed to do this with the limited space I had!
|Love this storage idea for pumps and sandals|
|Hatbox and handbags on the top shelf, with clothes neatly folded below. Swimming costumes were placed in a clear plastic box.|
A: Dom: In my opinion, an amazing pair of jeans that can be dressed up or down, a fabulous, classic little black dress and good underwear!
Carol: Good jeans, killer heels and properly fitted underwear (most importantly a well fitted bra)
Q: What were the key changes you made to optimise my space?
A: Re-hanging and folding items allowed us to separate gym and more relaxed clothing from your blouses , knitwear and pyjamas which immediately made items more visible.
Q: What suggestions could you give people on a budget to better organize their clothing?
A: Dom: Pack away what you don’t need, don’t hoard unnecessary items and keep folded clothes neat. Drawer dividers and boxes are brilliant and make your cupboards more visually appealing. Use MYL- we are not an expensive option!
Carol: Good coat hangers don’t have to be pricey and they really make your wardrobe visually pleasing
Q: What are your favourite stores to shop at, for both casual and glam wear?
Dom: I love Zara, Mango and Woolies for basics; Gemini Jane for evening wear; Luella and Aldo for shoes; Guess for jeans and Puma and Adidas for gymwear
Carol: I have to say Gemini Jane! I buy my shoes from Nine West and luckily get to travel where I buy good inexpensive basics from H&M and Uniglo