Carmel Business Benefits ‘Dress For Success’
Perhaps you’ve heard the adage that if you haven’t worn a piece of clothing for a year, it’s time to toss it or give it away. Debbie Mukulla, who started a business called Closet Control five years ago, has a new twist on that – with a social conscience. Debbie’s business helps women gain control of their closet and wardrobe by determining what they want their clothing to say about them.
Mukulla said people keep clothes that no longer speak to who they are. She helps determine if such clothing is still right for you. Debbie brings in a clothing rack and has clients divide their clothing into sections based on how much they wear them. If you don’t wear them much, she has you try them on and stand in front of the mirror and answer these probing questions: Do I still love you (the clothing)? Do I feel fabulous in you? Do I look fabulous in you? Do you serve my needs today? Do you tell the world who I am today?
The result can often be rediscovery of clothing that was basically lost to you, and finding a way to repurpose it. It can also prompt the realization that you will never, ever wear that jacket, skirt or suit again. In that case, Debbie has another answer for you: donate the clothes to Dress for Success. “Things you no longer wear (and may want to donate) were reflective of who you were many years ago when you purchased them. Those clothes did speak to who you were then,” she said. “Now, you’ve evolved all these years later and it might be time to let someone else enjoy them.”
Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization founded in 1997. It has helped more than 700,000 disadvantaged women find and keep employment. Many of the women served by Dress for Success are returning to the world after being incarcerated. Debbie has volunteered for the Indianapolis organization for five years as a personal shopper. She said she has helped as many as 100 women find suitable clothing that, hopefully, propels them to find a job and make a new life for them and their family.
Mukulla said the hour she spends with the client in the “boutique” is truly transformative. “Many times you see their self esteem transformed before your eyes. They are grateful and really excited about this new chapter in their lives,” Debbie proclaimed. It fits perfectly with her Closet Control business in that she can help you determine your own wardrobe needs while also giving you the necessary nudge to donate the things that no longer suit you.
Debbie is convinced that what you wear says a lot about you, and that managing and editing your wardrobe helps you use clothing to define who you are and even lead you to more success.