Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #92: Planning Your Style with Lani Inlander

May 2, 2022

Today’s episode is a bit different – it was all inspired by listener Halston (perfect fashion name!), who posed the following set of questions:

What about an episode of how to plan regarding your wardrobe. Possible topic ideas:

-How to plan purchasing pieces 
-How to find a style
– Planning your outfits for the week to simplify mornings and ensure you’re wearing more items out of your closet
-I think lots of working women and moms in particular are looking for a polished casual wardrobe. Best tips to do that?

Upon receiving this email, I immediately contacted Lani (professional stylist, prior BOBW guest, BOBW Patreon member, and someone I generally think is awesome!) and she agreed to come on the show!

She answers these questions + more, and even gets into some of her own planning rituals + tools.

yes! Yes I am! (graphic from her site!)

This was a really fun episode to record! You too can work with Lani — she offers in-person styling (DC area), virtual styling (which I got to experience!) and also an e-course. The pieces Lani helped me pick out are still going strong ~2 years later, from classic dark jeans and elevated tees to work tops to petite dresses.

Thank you Lani for being such a great guest (and friend of the pods!).

Happy Monday everyone – back next week on BLP with my current planner obsession, Hemlock & Oak. I just moved into combo of that + Full Focus (affiliate link – SARAH10 gets you 10% off) and I may be approaching Planner Peace yet again. Time will tell . . .

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  • Reply Camille May 2, 2022 at 9:34 am

    I am obsessed with hemlock and oak was was waiting for everyone else to realize how amazing the planner is. Can’t wait for the episode!

  • Reply JustMisha May 2, 2022 at 1:45 pm

    This was great! Definitely clearing my closet this month!

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns May 2, 2022 at 2:02 pm

    Funny note – I think the 2nd ad on your show was an insurance ad aimed at truck drivers. It started off by saying something like, ‘you are a busy truck driver’ and I kind of chuckled because I do not think that is your audience! Hee hee.

    This was a fun episode. I’ve been trying to get a handle on my closet since I stopped breastfeeding this spring. I segregated the outfits I would wear so I could easily tell what winter clothing I was wearing (was solidly in winter clothing through the end of April since Minnesota doesn’t know what season it is!). I’m planning to do the same with my spring/summer clothing. Hopefully I can start to pull that out now. I’m really sick of wearing sweaters!! Then maybe by the fall I can work with a wardrobe consultant. I got to go along with my friend went shopping as part of her wardrobe consultation and it was so fun!

  • Reply Liz May 3, 2022 at 10:13 am

    I’ve been printing out their free planner downloads. So excited to hear what you think! My problem is…do I need just the weekly? But I’ve wanted to dive into daily planning…do I get both? Or have been reading Rachel Miller’s bullet journal book, maybe I need the bullet journal. All three?? 🙂 Love that they are made in Canada and are so eco conscious. Been eying their pen as well.

  • Reply Anne May 3, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    I loved this episode! So many good tips.

  • Reply Amanda May 3, 2022 at 2:11 pm

    Just checked out Full Focus because I really want to try it, but the permabound is not my thing. Saw they now have a coil option – super excited! Looking forward to your episode on how you’re currently using it.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger May 3, 2022 at 3:19 pm

      I’ve always used the spiral!!

  • Reply Alyce May 4, 2022 at 1:34 am

    I loved this episode! I have always loved clothes and have always planned my wardrobe in advance. But this conversation reminds me that it takes time and energy to plan well, and maybe it’s something I should be looking to outsource because I have more money than time right now. Having spent the last week packing up and returning a bunch of failed online purchases, I can’t help but think there has to be a better way.

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