Meet Rebecca Miller, the winner of last month’s Gordman’s gift card giveaway! I was excited to meet Rebecca and help her shop for some fabulous deals, but I had no idea what fashion challenges awaited! Rebecca has some very specific needs, and we had a wonderful time coming up with creative solutions for her!
Read on to find out what conundrums she was excited to have me help her with, and what we did about them… 🙂
Mission: Style Makeover with Specific Needs, and on a Budget!
The Subject: Rebecca Miller, wife & mother
The Challenges: Rebecca let me know that she had recently gotten married, joined the LDS church, and was adjusting to her new faith’s specific wardrobe requirements. She wears special garments under her clothes, which prohibit her from simply throwing on a tank top and pair of shorts when the weather gets hot. Last summer, she told me, was her first summer in the church, and a new experience for her in looking for fashions that covered those garments, AND were not too warm for the excessively hot Boise sun. The wardrobe guidelines she had committed to embracing, required an adjustment in her thinking, and her closet!
Added challenge: Rebecca is a young mother, and is nursing her first baby! Everything she wears must be easily accessible for breastfeeding. Getting around clothes, garments, and breastfeeding, all while staying modest, would be an overwhelming task for any woman, much less one on a tight budget and new mom’s tiring schedule! No wonder Rebecca was excited to have some professional input. ^_^
The Shoulder Solution: We found that Gordman’s had some wonderful, breezy maxi dresses that looked fantastic on Rebecca, but had thin or “spaghetti”-type straps. The thin strap challenge was solved by finding an ultra-lightweight cropped & short-sleeved sweater, for about $15! Rebecca was thrilled at this find, because it gave her more shirt & tank top options, while keeping her shoulders covered, without being too hot for summer! The cropped sweater looked great with the maxi dresses, and was an item she could see purchasing in a variety of colors.
The $6 Problem-Solver: The maxi dresses had a crossover neckline, perfect for giving her son access to nursing! But they were unfortunately too low-cut, and wearing a tank top underneath would be too much fabric to tug up & around, while maneuvering a wiggly baby. The solution: this $6 black sport bra (padding removed), fit nicely over her bra, bringing up the neckline while still being stretchy & easy to work around! Rebecca loved this, seeing it as a closet staple she could use under a variety of tops where the neckline might be low enough for nursing, but too low to be really appropriate for her. Those $6 bras came in a variety of colors, so she could mix & match them as fun layering pieces!
Rebecca had a budget to work with, and wanted wardrobe staples that she could build around as the season progressed. We were pleased to find so many wonderful items for her on the clearance racks, some as low as $3 or $4! She even found some adorable gladiator sandals for $15, a super-versatile necklace for $12, and great earrings for $5! When the cashier rang it all up – minus the $50 gift card and some 20% off coupons! – Rebecca was pretty pleased with the savings total. 🙂
Congratulations on winning, Rebecca! I had a great time shopping & styling with you. 🙂
All photos taken at Gordman’s in Meridian, ID, at 2260 N Eagle Rd.