Styled by a Professional


On Monday, my friend Stephanie, a personal stylist and style blogger, came over to help me out with my closet. The plan was for her to help me look through my clothes and pull together a few outfits and teach me some tricks of the trade. I love fashion and beautiful clothing but don’t always know how to wear it on my body or how to put it all together.

We ended up going through everything I own and getting rid of over half of it! I was not expecting that so it kind of threw me, but the whole process was amazing. She had me look at each and every sweater, dress, pair of jeans, and shirt and decide if I really loved it or not, Marie Kondo style.

We also got rid of anything that was stained or had holes or was generally falling apart. I had been holding on to some things for way too long that really weren’t wearable anymore. It was time to let go. And I don’t even miss them! I actually find that it’s so much easier to get dressed with less clothing.

I will be donating some of my old clothes, bags, and shoes to a local organization that moves homeless people into homes and selling the rest on Poshmark where I’ll be donating all of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry. All of the Poshmark items will be listed in the next month and I’ll announce it here and on Instagram.

The next step is to fill some of the holes in my wardrobe. For example, I own one blouse now. ONE. BLOUSE. And every pair of pants in my closet is jeans except for one pair of black pants (seen here). So we’re working on that and other things. Her mission, which I love, is to fill closets with only classic basics and pieces that you adore and can’t get enough of. No more buying just to buy. She is going to help me build a closet with intention. And I can’t wait.

After we cleaned out the closet, we were admiring our handiwork and I asked Steph what she would pull for me as an outfit based on what I already own. I was supposed to go into the city yesterday for meetings and previews so she started with a look for that. I didn’t get to wear it because I had to cancel the trip (long story) but I wanted to share it anyway.

This plaid blazer is one of my favorite pieces for fall so I was happy when it was the first thing she was drawn to. She immediately paired it with my Everlane Tread sneakers which I never would have thought to do. The blush pink in the blazer matches the blush in the shoes perfectly. I love those shoes so much but never know how to wear them.

I told her I wanted to be comfortable but chic so she put the white turtleneck under the blazer with my favorite high-waisted jeans (these jeans are half the price but have the same 10″ rise and button-front.) and a cross-body bag to easily walk around NYC without having to use my hands.

I love this look for so many reasons but mostly because it’s so so comfortable and when I’m comfortable I’m more confident. if I’m tugging down a shirt or constantly pulling up pants, it is distracting and annoying and makes me self-conscious. This outfit feels like me… but cooler!

Here’s what Stephanie has to say out this outfit:

I LOVED these sneakers the moment I saw them. The statement sneak is definitely having a moment right now but I’ve always considered them to be a wardrobe essential. Julia was heading into the city so I styled them back to her favorite pair of high-waisted denim, tucked a turtleneck, and finished the look with this plaid blazer. It has a touch of blush throughout which paired nicely with the Everlane sneakers. If you wanted to turn this looks into evening swap the sweater for a nude lace cami and throw on a pair of pumps!

Plaid Blazer (gifted) / Turtleneck Sweater / Veronica Beard Jeans / Everlane Sneakers (gifted) / Cuyana Bag



Plaid Blazer (gifted) / Turtleneck Sweater / Veronica Beard Jeans / Everlane Sneakers (gifted) / Cuyana Bag

Photos by Julia Dags.

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  1. Sarah said:

    Wait, you just posted about Persifor pants on Monday and now you’re saying you got rid of them and you only have jeans? So you posted about a pair of gifted pants that you encouraged your readers to buy but you didn’t like enough to keep? I’m confused.

    11.7.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Ahh you are right! I have one pair of pants. They’re at the dry cleaners so they weren’t in the closet for this!!

      11.7.19 · Reply
  2. Amanda G said:

    Love the look and how the color pink pulls everything together.

    11.7.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Me too! I never would have thought to pair all of this but I love it.

      11.12.19 · Reply
  3. Jessica said:

    Please keep providing updates as you grow your intentional wardrobe. I am planning to do the same as we enter 2020. Spending the rest of 2019, not spending on clothes and purging what I do have.

    Perhaps a run down of absolute musts for your wardrobe?

    11.7.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I will for sure! You should follow Meg Hall. She does a great job at this.

      11.12.19 · Reply
  4. Brynna said:

    I’d LOVE to see a post about intentional wardrobe essentials! We did the Kon Mari Method last fall, but having additional ideas about how to put pieces together would be so great!

    11.7.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      I will be working on it over the next few months and will share as I go!

      11.12.19 · Reply
  5. Erica said:

    I love, love, love this outfit! It is comfortable and so chic. You look great, Julia! I live in Colorado and have been struggling with what to wear as the weather gets cooler. This is a perfect outfit!

    11.7.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Thanks Erica! I thought it was pretty fun too 🙂

      11.12.19 · Reply
  6. Libby said:

    I love the intentional closet! I always think that a capsule wardrobe would be so easy, and I think that this winter I am kind of going to try! I also donated so many things at the beginning of summer when I cleared out the winter things, and realized that I didn’t wear over half of it during the season. I also get to do some shopping now, but will shop intentionally! Love this Julia!

    xx Libby
    https://premedwearspearls.blogspot.com/

    11.8.19 · Reply
    • Julia said:

      Good work!!! It feels so good to purge, right?

      11.12.19 · Reply
  7. Jessica said:

    Great look! I am all about cutting the closet down and getting long-term pieces. I guess that’s the switch that happens when you hit your 30’s, you start to hate fast fashion (so many reasons). Looking forward to updates.

    11.14.19 · Reply