102: How to simplify your wardrobe & personal style – with Sarah Jackson

By January 28, 2020The Simplifiers Podcast

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Do you wish you could simplify your wardrobe down a bit? More importantly, when you open your closet, do you feel like you’ve got NOTHING to wear? Girl, I feel ya. If your personal style could use a bit of a refresh or you’re finding the task of getting dressed in the mornings totally tedious and borderline stressful, this one is for you!

My special guest today is Sarah Jackson and she is sharing easy ways to simplify your wardrobe and personal style. Like it or not, how you feel in the outfit you wear today directly influences how you show up in the world… and especially, how people will perceive you. 

So, it’s important to know that the clothes you wear today (even if you work from home and your cat is your only co-worker) will have an impact on how confident you are, if you hit your sales goals and how you #dothething. But here’s the good news… Sarah promises that (more than likely), you won’t need to go out and purchase loads and loads of new clothes to do it.

Here’s how.


Sarah Jackson shows us how to simplify your wardrobe & personal style.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • Why it’s important to define your personal style through fashion and what you’ll gain along the way
  • How to begin to clarify what your personal style is – what questions she asks her personal styling clients that helps them find theirs
  • How to create a capsule wardrobe per season, so getting dressed in the mornings is a cinch
  • How to be strategic about what you where to certain work functions and what colors are best for certain situations (such as a sales pitch meeting, conferences, networking, or when you speak onstage)
  • What to do if your career evolves over time and how to evolve your personal style with it
  • How to shop more ethically and reduce the amount of “fast fashion” we all purchase and consume in the world

I loved this conversation because I know I’ve got a few outfits in my wardrobe that are guaranteed to make me feel like a million bucks when I wear them. This stuff works! 

A simple shift in your wardrobe could make a world of difference to your confidence.

There is power in dressing for your body, knowing what you love the most and then, simplifying down all the oodles and oodles of choice in your closet to make your life easier in the mornings.

Plus, think of all those networking meetings you attend, knowing that the photos are going to end up on social media! I hope you gain a few new ideas on how to simplify your wardrobe and personal style, so that the next time you walk into a room, you are guaranteed to SHINE bright!


My challenge for you this week:

How are you going to take what you’ve learned in today’s episode and apply it to your wardrobe this week? How might your personal style get refined this week? Share it with me, privately or publicly. Snap a photo of you doing the thing, and tag @thesimplifiers on Instagram for added accountability and support!

Links, books and apps mentioned:

Book: How to Fail – Elizabeth Hay

Event: Clothing Swap – in Lady Bay – Friday, the 7th of February 2020 – 7-10pm GMT – Style Swap Events

Event: Clothing Swap – in Nottingham – Sunday, the 1st of March 2020 – 11am-2pm GMT – Style Swap Events

Promo Code: Get 10% off your personal styling consultation with Sarah Jackson – mention the promo code: Simply10

Pinterest: Check out Mary’s personal style Pinterest board – to get a sense of her fashion style!

Resource: Expert Guide: Get the most out of your personal branding photoshoot – Karina Lyburn

Podcast: How to simplify your style to match your personal brand, featuring Carrie Montgomery – The Simplifiers Podcast

Favorite quotes from this episode:

[02:32] “Defining your personal style really is what makes you feel good, what you feel you look good in, and what you feel good in yourself. It’s not (always) how other people want you to look… It’s how you feel confident.”

– Sarah


[08:37] “I often ask my clients, who is their style muse? Who do they like? And that could be anybody from someone they work with. It could be their sister, it could be Meghan Markle, it could be many people. And they will show me usually a Pinterest board… this is the person, I like the way they dress. I like how she puts a blazer jacket with a pair of jeans, and an ankle boot, whatever it is they like about that style. ”

– Sarah


[10:27] “The starting point is the questionnaire and then we look in their wardrobe and we identify their hero pieces. So, what are the pieces that they love? And I can go, ‘Oh gosh, we could do lots of that.’ For example, we could style that in lots of ways… And then it’s not about going out and spending thousands of dollars on a new wardrobe. It’s about buying items that will work around the items you have.” 

– Sarah


[14:47] “We put together the items that make outfits… [some of my] customers like them hanging in outfits. Personally, I like my to hang them in categories, so I like all my blouses together or all of my bottoms together or all my jackets together. That’s how I’m used to building. Some people [sort] by color, so we can work out which way you want [to organize your] wardrobe or closet. And then, from that I will create a shopping list and shop for that list. ”

– Sarah


[23:58] “[As per Greenpeace,] we’re consuming twice as much fashion as we were in the year 2000, but we’re wearing it and keeping it half as long. Here in the UK, there’s 30 billion pounds of clothes just hanging in closets and not being worn. ”

– Sarah

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About Sarah Jackson

Sarah Jackson – With over 20 years experience in the fashion industry as a fashion buyer, Sarah works as a consultant for fashion brands, enabling them to identify and capitalise on greater business opportunities. In addition, she is a personal stylist, helping her busy clients to take the stress out of getting dressed each day and define their personal style.

Sarah is also a Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University within the School of Art & Design, focusing on the Fashion Management Marketing & Communications degree tracks.

She also runs Style Swap Events, which are sustainable clothing swap experiences, encouraging women to extend the life cycle of garments and embrace a Reuse – Rewear – Relove mentality.

Where Sarah hangs out online:

Website: myfashionforecast.com

Instagram: @my_fashionforecast

Instagram: @style.swap.events

Sarah’s vote for the perfect guest on The Simplifiers Podcast:

Hilary Marconetto – Interior designer who specialises in working with bold colours for redesigning your home or office, based in the East Midlands, England.

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