Clothes Mentor Personal Shopper Spree

If you’ve read any of my previous posts, you already know that I’m a big fan of resale. It's more affordable and is so much better for the environment. I am a big fan of Clothes Mentor in particular because they carry high end designer brands at super low prices. So when I was presented with the opportunity to participate in Clothes Mentor’s free personal shopper program, I jumped at the chance! You might be wondering why a fashion blogger would use a personal shopper. That’s a fair question. The answer is, I know my shopping habits well enough to realize that I tend to go for the same styles over and over again. Now that’s not to say that I don’t try new trends, but when it comes to my everyday wardrobe, I can sometimes get stuck in a style rut (anyone else have that problem?). Having a personal shopper choose outfits for me was great because she put together looks that I never would have picked out for myself, and guess what? I LOVED THEM. It’s easy to recommend that others take fashion risks, but it can difficult to do for yourself. This experience forced me to expand my fashion horizons and helped me find some killer outfits that I never would have found on my own.

You also probably know from this blog that I am a big fan of saving money. Shopping resale lets me wear brands that I love without paying prices that I don’t love. But let me show you just how much money you can easily save when shopping resale!

Ten of the items I purchased were brand new with the tags still attached (NWT):
$49.50 JCrew “Masterpiece” graphic tee (JCrew)
$44.00 a.n.a. Black distressed jeans (Kohls)
$29.00 Dog graphic top (Dillards)
$33.00 Umgee black embroidered boho top
$44.00 Libby Edelman denim lace up dress
$29.99 A New Day black striped jumpsuit
$24.94 Old Navy mint cut offs
$24.94 Old Navy dusty rose cut offs
$29.00 Mia navy ruffle slip ons
$39.99 Madden Girl rose gold sandals
$348.36 TOTAL

Based on the retail prices on those tags, I would have paid $348.36 plus tax if I had bought them from their original retail stores. But by shopping resale, I was able to buy 38 ITEMS (4 flyaways, 11 tops, 4 pairs of pants, 6 pairs of shorts, 4 dresses, 2 jumpsuits, 1 vest, 1 jacket, 5 pairs of shoes) for less than those 10 items originally cost. So for the price of this….

...I was able to buy ALL of this!

Starting to see why I’m such a big fan of resale?

Let’s get back to the personal shopper experience. It was super simple to sign up. I just went to the Clothes Mentor website and clicked on the personal shopper link. That took me to a short questionnaire. I told them what styles and colors I like, what sizes I wear, if there is anything specific I need (like certain pieces for my upcoming trip to Ireland and a cruise later this summer), and gave them my contact info. The whole process took less than 10 minutes. Easy, right? Then I was contacted by one of their personal shoppers to set up a time to come in. She asked me a few more questions to really get a good idea of what i was looking for and made me feel so at ease from the very beginning. Check out this cool bio sheet she made to help her decide on looks I would love:

The best part of the personal shopper experience is walking in the store and being treated like a rock star. My personal shopper had a rack full of amazing clothes waiting for me as well as a bin full of great shoes! I was then shown to my large dressing room where she helped me decide what tops to try on with what bottoms and which shoes would best complete the outfit. Yeses went in one pile, maybes in another pile, and she put all the nos back for me. She gave me honest feedback on every outfit and helped me create multiple outfits from the same pieces. If an item I liked didn’t fit quite right, she would run find a similar item in another size. It felt like a total “Pretty Woman” shopping experience!
Somehow, we managed to narrow down all of this...

...and all of this... this!

As I mentioned before, one of the best perks of having a personal shopper was that she picked out items that I wouldn’t have normally picked out for myself. I think we all get into fashion ruts once in a while where we find ourselves wearing the same styles over and over. Having fresh ideas from someone else is never a bad thing, in my opinion. Here are a few of the fabulous looks I wouldn’t have now if it weren’t for this experience:

I would have thought this dress was way too long for my petite stature, but it looked amazing!

A simple denim dress seemed too plain at first, but it's so easy to dress it up with different shoes!

I never would have even pulled this off the rack, but it looks SO cute on!

Whether you need a few key items for a specific event or an entire new wardrobe, I highly recommend Clothes Mentor’s free personal shopper program. I can say with complete confidence that you will not regret it! They pick out great looks for you, help you put outfits together, and give you feedback….and did I mention that it’s FREE?  Plus, you can save a ton of money on great designer brands. Remember, I ended up buying almost 40 items (many of them NWT) for the same amount I would have spent on only 10 of them originally. And you don't have to feel guilty because shopping resale is environmentally responsible.Treat yourself and give it a try! But in the meantime, take a look at the rest of my epic haul! And please give me a shout if you have any questions. Xoxo

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