Time after time, Sacramento stylist Jennifer Sattler (pictured) hears women say the same thing: “I have a closet full of nothing-to-wear.” So she made it her mission to help women of all ages, sizes and budgets assemble a wardrobe that makes them look and feel great. Her blog, Closet Choreography, is a cheat sheet filled with fashion pointers and wallet friendly finds, like how to assemble a capsule wardrobe for under $500; tip-offs to hot sale items like a Halogen side-slit sequin skirt for $47 or a pair of Joe’s dark-denim crop-leg jeans for $67; and high-low swap-outs, like a $910 Burberry belt bag and a dress-for-less version from Target for $25. Here is a sampling of her fashion wisdom.
FAST FASHION FROM AMAZON
“It’s fun to go to Amazon and buy a cute blouse or dress. Do not use the picture they show you. You have to look at the fabrication, the seam construction and the details, like the buttons.” She recently shopped Amazon for a budget version of her favorite wardrobe staple, a $700 double-breasted Veronica Beard blazer, and found one for $50 that ticked all the boxes.
Instead of traveling to San Francisco for high-end designer wear, Sattler heads to East Sac vintage shop #Panache. “When you shop there, you’re getting something really special and one of a kind,” says Sattler. That’s where she purchased an Hermès cuff that she mixes with her Amazon finds. “It gives me a wardrobe I’m jazzed about.”
BUYING JEANS? DON’T LEAVE HOME
“I think you can have better luck buying jeans online than in a store,” says Sattler, who worked as a stylist for Nordstrom for more than 20 years. If you know your rise and inseam measurements, you can find the perfect-fitting jeans online in less time than it takes to drive to the mall. And because brick-and-mortar stores are so understocked these days due to supply-chain woes, online shopping gives you way more choice in terms of size and style.
THE SUMMER’S IT SHOE
“High-top Converse sneakers. We’re wearing them with skirts, with wide-leg jeans or a pull-on pant.”
NINE EASY PIECES
On the blog, Sattler shows off a nine-piece capsule wardrobe that allows you to create 24 separate outfits. It includes wide-leg jeans, a metallic skirt, a white tank and a graphic T. “Having the right pieces makes getting dressed easy,” she says. “It’ll give you a little more pep in your step.”
SHOP AT TAR-ZHAY, DAHLING
Sattler loves Target for certain pieces, especially white Ts and tank tops. “Target has a great white T. They also do a really good job on graphic T-shirts, like the classic Rolling Stones band T that’s been around forever and ever. I see them in LA boutiques for $200. Target’s version is $12.99. They also have a Nirvana one and Def Leppard, too. You can throw it underneath your $700 blazer.”