I’ve loved fashion all my life. Right after college, I was thrilled to work at Glamour Magazine with experts who spotted and put together stories about trends.
I stayed in fashion as a personal shopper at THE store of the 80’s – Bloomingdale’s. I kept celebrities, wealthy socialites, high-powered executives, and the wives of Wall Street moguls stylish and on-trend.
After I married and began a family, I kept up with other stay-at-home moms in my upscale suburb. My closet burst with designer clothing, handbags and shoes.
My perspective changed when we decided to move and I saw all I had accumulated. One broker was amazed by the 30 sweaters arranged neatly on shelves by color. At the same time, the media was focusing on decluttering. And I became mindful of fashion’s huge negative environmental impact.
As I cleaned out my closet, I realized I was trying to define myself from the outside in. Exploring spirituality, I began to apply the concepts of mindfulness and detachment to my wardrobe.
Today, I am mindful of trends yet not driven by them. Shopping now is pretty simple, because I know what looks good and makes me feel good.
I know I’m not alone in wanting to be stylish yet not a slave to fashion. I started Mindful Style to share my expertise with women and men who want to get off the fashion merry-go-round and make wardrobe choices based on inner values. I’m excited to help you develop your own Mindful Style.
I’ve learned an enormous amount about how simplicity and streamlining my wardrobe makes my getting dressed in the morning so much easier. Now all I have to choose from are items that flatter me completely, and in which I feel so comfortable – physically, yes, as well as image-wise. I look as good as I feel inside!Julie, Maplewood, NJ