Shopping is one of my favorite past times, especially when it comes to clothes. I tend to pick neutrals and basics because they are safe choices, in other words I have a pretty basic wardrobe. I was excited to have the opportunity to work with Lynn Reid from Mirror Image, so she could help me step outside my comfort zone!

Lynn typically starts with getting to know her clients lifestyle, for me I am a working mom who is always on the go. From there she can base her suggestions on key components such as body type, what colors work best for you, age appropriate style and what works for your budget. Lynn came prepared with a check list and went through my closet to see if there were any key pieces I could add to my wardrobe. Her suggestions were great, and they would all be the perfect compliment to my current wardrobe. She suggested I pick up 3 items:

  1. Denim Jacket – this would be a great piece to go with all the dresses I have. It’s definitely a piece I would get a lot of use out of, especially when it’s a little chilly!
  2. Nude Pumps – having a neutral pair of shoes is a staple, because they can really go with anything and everything!
  3. Basic Blazer – this allows me to dress up my look for work but also dress up a basic jeans and tee look. This is one item I have never owned!

I asked her to style 5 outfits for me, that I could wear for work or a night out. I have a tendency to make an outfit and never mix it up so I was excited to see what she would put together that I might not think to do, Accessories are a must she told me, with every outfit spend the time on accessorizing it. I will admit I don’t do this very often and am not much of a jewelry person so this is something new for me to try.

Look 1

I’ve recently introduced black denim into my wardrobe from Vici which seems funny to say, but my go to is always blue jeans! I asked Lynn if the rips were work appropriate and she said absolutely, as long as you dress up the look everywhere else. She paired an off the shoulder plaid blouse that can be worn on the shoulder as well with the black denim. Lynn then accessorized me with layered necklaces and bracelets and finished the look with black dressy sandals.

Look 2

I couldn’t even tell you the last time I owned a skirt, but I recently found this one at Marshall’s in LA and loved it! I had no idea how to even wear this, it’s been so long since I’ve had a skirt but I loved how the look turned out. Lynn paired it with a dressy tee, layered necklaces, stacked bracelets and finished the look off with grey pumps. I never would have thought to try anything but a black shoe with this look, I loved that she shook up my regular style!

Look 3

Lace is another item I wouldn’t typically wear! I loved this top when I saw it online at Vici, mostly because its is such a great shade of grey (my go to in my wardrobe is grey). Lynn styled this look with some skinny jeans and suede mules. She accessorized the look with a grey/black chain and layered bracelets. This look would be so perfect if I added a blazer, it’s on my list to find on my next shopping trip!

Look 4

I loved this dress when I found it in LA last week at Nordstrom, I thought it was perfect for a casual day with the kids! Surprisingly Lynn dressed it up, and honestly I never thought it could pass as a dressier look! She styled it with a long beaded black Mala necklace, stacked bracelets AND patterned pumps! Whoa, I never would have thought of adding those shoes to this outfit!

Look 5

Rompers are hot right now, and I love this one I have from the Gap. I love it so much I actually have it in solid black as well! Lynn accessorized it with some color in my necklace, stacked bracelets and open toe pumps. It’s amazing when you change the shoe from a sandal (which I always wear it with) to a pump how much it can change the look!

I’m so happy with these looks, they took me out of my comfort zone but weren’t to much for me that I felt uncomfortable. There was one more thing she mentioned, it would be great if I could add more color to my closet…….so I am going to make an effort to not always choose black or grey when shopping. I can’t make any promises but I will try!

This closet edit was in partnership with Mirror Image. The opinions expressed are my own from my personal experience.