Do you wear your clothes, or do your clothes wear you?

As my mother said when I asked her about her closet, “your clothes can either haunt you or help you.” Which do yours do?

Help /help/ verb make it easier for (someone) to do something by offering one’s services or resources.

Haunt /hônt,hänt/ verb be persistently in the mind of (someone)

When was the last time getting dressed in the morning was invigorating? What if you could go shopping without the sting of rejection or regret? How would it feel always be at ease no matter what you’re wearing?

It’s easy to get lost in your wardrobe and still not end up in Narnia. To rip your closet apart and still find nothing to wear. Or to grab what you’ve always worn, figuring this is as good as it gets.

But what if getting dressed, or cleaning out your closet, or finding something to wear to that event could actually be as simple as it sounds. What if the doubt and the worry and the second guessing didn’t have to be there? What if you didn’t need a separate section of your closet for all the many roles you play?

That’s what I do.

Together, we’ll create a wardrobe that represents you. All of you.

I’ll work with you to bring your clothing into alignment with who you are (the whole of you) and who you’re becoming.

What if you could use your clothes as a tool for showing up as your whole self?

I’m Holly Chayes, I know the power of your perfect personal style.

Your clothes can either haunt you or help you. We’ll make sure your style is always on your side.

Even though I own a ton of clothes, I didn’t always feel like I had something to wear in the mornings, and often felt like I needed to revamp my closet (or at least my perspective on it). I had tried downsizing my closet and identifying staple pieces but didn’t have much luck doing it on my own.

After this week I have a better sense of what my staple pieces are and feel like I can get rid of clothes I’ve kept simply because they look “flattering.” Plus the two approaches to planning an outfit brought a new appreciation to some of my clothes. I’m seeing pieces I don’t often wear in a new light, experimenting with things I don’t pull out much, and actually setting style intentions.

– Haile Bennett, NYC

Wardrobe information: Purple sweater made-by-me. White graphic skirt made-by-me. Fawn sweater made-by-me. Rings from various places.