Keeping up to date on fashion trends, especially those that can be translated into an office wardrobe, is a seemingly endless pursuit. And while the staff of Nashville Lifestyles is lucky enough to be in direct communication regularly with some of the city’s top style experts, we rarely take the time to get one-on-one consultation. But last week, we changed that and took the time to visit with Tina Adams, a wardrobe consultant who has her own Nashville-based firm.
You might be thinking: She probably works with stars—is she accessible? In fact, Adams works with everyday people. “Our clients are budget conscious, just like you,” she told our team. She stressed that wardrobe consulting should not be reserved as a luxury service but rather an investment that will help save time and money for everyday women.
Adams’ services range from a starter package (a Style Session, closet evaluation and eventually a virtual lookbook tailored to your own closet) to a full wardrobe makeover for couples. To us, the virtual lookbook alone is worth the price (the consultation rates range from $850 to $2500), since it includes for up to 80 images of put together “outfits” from your own closet.
For our team, Adams offered up a number of essential items for spring 2013 as well as a few rules to live by. As for the rules: She is a big fan of neutrals as they give more mix-and-match options; she recommends not overspending on trends; and she suggests always being prepared with strappy heels and jewelry to transition from day to night.
And here are Tina Adams’ new business casual must-haves for spring…
1. White Jeans
2. Ankle Pant
4. White T-Shirt
5. Chambray Top
6. Menswear-inspired Blazer
7. Wedge or Dress Flat
8. Statement Necklace
+ An oversized watch and a structured tote.
Her delivery was both helpful and firm, meaning we knew exactly which wardrobe items we should keep and which we should try to replace. Plus, she not only provided us with a solid sense of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to office attire… but also a cheat sheet on where to find the best deals (hint: UAL, TJ Maxx Home Goods in Brentwood, and the Savvy department at Nordstrom).
For more information or to book a consultation, go to tinaadamsconsulting.com.
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