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Jeanette Chivvis’ innovative and effortless style can be seen on television, the red carpet, international fashion editorials, emerging designers lookbooks and commercial ads all over the world. Her creative vision is defined as juxtaposing opposites and mixing vintage with contemporary to achieve her signature style. Her trend forecasting and intuitive styling are two things that make this Texas bred stylist stand out in a sea of fashion wannabes.

Hailing from a small west Texas town, she poured herself into VOGUE and COSMO at the age of 9. With stars in her eyes as big as TEXAS, she made her move to Los Angeles where she debuted her own line, “Nay-Nay LA” which sold in over 60 stores nationally and internationally. Off the success of her line, she opened a celebrity hot spot boutique, “Sugar On La Brea” with one of her Texas’ girlfriends. Right away, the southern infused boutique caught the attention of the LA fashion world. It was at Sugar, Jeanette started to style celebrities for the red carpet, became a fashion trend expert for the Style network, E! News and The fashion Team on TV Guide Channel and an editorial lead stylist for magazines. Some of Jeanette’s celebrity clientele included Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Tiffany, Amy Poehler, Isla Fischer, Patricia Arquette, Kyle Richards, Maureen McCormick, Cierra and more.

Missing her home state of Texas after nearly a decade in LaLa land, Jeanette decided to come home and settle down. She missed wide-open spaces; her close knit Texas family and her chicken fried steak! She opened a contemporary wholesale showroom in Dallas. She represents designers and helps them develop their brands and continues to be one of the most sought after lead stylist in the south for editorials, commercials and advertising. She produces fashion shows for charities with her group, ProArtist Group. She is also employed by ABC Good Morning Texas as the “Frugal Fashionista” and does on-air segments produced and written by her. You can see her every three weeks on Good Morning Texas and see my newest editorial styling work in the new PATRON magazine for Dec/Jan.

Clothes Circuit asked Jeanette to talk to us about her views on resale and consignment shopping:

Jeanette Chivvis Fur CoatCC: How do you utilize consignment stores? Do you take gently-worn clothing and accessories to get cash back? Do you also shop consignment stores? Both?

JC: Being the FRUGAL FASHIONISTA for GMT, I have always made it a point to find the best deal on the nicest designer clothing. I utilize CC for many reasons:
1) I go there for editorial fashion shoots to pull wardrobe to feature in my story. They have such a vast array of designers and styles. It is like a treasure chest I hunt until I find the crown jewels that I can’t wait to style and that are perfect for my story.
2) I go there to pull for FRUGAL FASHIONISTA segments for GMT because seriously it doesn’t get better than the quality, variety and PRICE at CC. I debated on sharing because I like to think it is our insider secret but it is just too good not to share with my viewers.
3) Honestly, I shop for ME! I love nice designer clothing but I am level headed about price. I like to give back to the orphanages for children ( since my son came from one in Houston) and I also like to invest. So at Clothes Circuit I can get fabulous designer clothing for 90% off retail – seriously that is HEAVEN to me!

I will say NOT all consignment stores are made equal in my eyes. I only shop CC mostly because the location is the best in town. When teaching about how to shop consignment I always say “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION” just like real estate. MOST IMPORTANT to consider before venturing off to shop consignment. I have stopped in some random consignment stores in questionable locations before and it is just all kinds of DON’TS and WRONGS!

Chivvis JeanetteCC: What is it that you like specifically about shopping resale? The thrill of the hunt? Being cost conscious?

JC: I am kinda of a tree hugger hippie, so I like the recyclable and green aspect of it. I also love to wear something that has a history to it. Same reason I love vintage. It has a history and a “soul” to it. I LOVE TO FIND A BARGAIN! It gives me a feeling like I out smarted the retailers and like I said before, I will spend some money on wardrobe. That is what I do for a living so I have to keep up my style. But that can get super expensive and plus I really do feel guilty if I spend thousands because I think it is being too indulgent and I know kids who struggle to eat everyday or don’t know where they will sleep. But that is my Southern Baptist guilt coming out, ya know?

CC: Tell me about a great find you acquired or an amazing deal you’ve gotten by shopping consignment?
JC: OMIGOSH! I got an amazing GOLD FENDI BAG from CC for $379. Orginally $1750 it is 88% off the original retail. I also got a Missoni dress for $65 at CC. AHHHHMAZING!

CC: Do you incorporate resale into your work with clients or is it just a personal passion?
JC: You can see above from question one how I totally incorporate it into my styling work. I really don’t do personal styling any longer because my fabulous agent keeps me busy with my corporate clients. I style commercial print for magazines, commercials, TV and fashion editorials for magazines. I do refer my friends and family to CC and also blog about them on occasion.

I also just LOVE IRENE and LINDA and the rest of CC. I have such deep respect and admiration for them as business women and also just on a personal level. They relate so well to their clients and have such strong relationships with their clients. They both are so down to earth but also know exactly what they are doing. I love Irene’s quiet confidence and humility. I know what it takes to run a boutique I had one in LA. It is not easy to keep a boutique running for 10 years much less 30 and run it successfully like she does. I also love Linda’s sense of style and her talent for identifying luxury and matching the perfect client to the product as soon as it comes in the store. I have gone into her office before and I say “OMIGOSH, who’s is that” she says ” We just got that in today and I immediately called Mrs. X and she bought it right over the phone and I am holding it for her.” 🙂 I just can’t say enough about them. I bought my first Chanel purse there right out of college before I moved to LA and just felt so empowered that I could own a chanel bag even though I was this poor college grad starting out in the fashion world in Dallas. It gave me hope as cheesy as that sounds.

You can follow Jeanette Chivvis on Instagram at http://instagram.com/chivvistyles.

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