Tina Adams opened up Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting, LLC seven years ago and with her team of stylists, they serve over 700 men and women. We’ve also been highlighting Tina’s advice as a guest writer on StyleBlueprint for over 5 years. Tina also has a special place in heart for women battling breast cancer, for many reasons including her own cancer experience. This month, she is launching a new side to her business, The Pink Chapter, as a charity to specifically help the women in Nashville who are in this fight for their lives.
As a Nashville native, and a fashion expert, how has the fashion scene in Nashville changed since you were growing up, and how do you compare today with other southern cities?
Well, I spent the majority of my youth in a plaid skirt and saddle oxfords (which may explain my obsession with tartan and brogues), but things have definitely changed. There are certain neighborhoods in Nashville now, like 12 South where I live, that are full of what I call the clan of the tragically hip. I’m more modern-traditional, like our clients here and in Birmingham, Louisville, Atlanta, etc. But these groups of trendy hipsters make for a more colorful landscape for sure. And the Nashville shopping scene has improved drastically, too. I am on a mission to keep Nashville dollars in Nashville.
How did you get into the wardrobe consulting business?
I have a master’s in counseling and worked with teens and college students for years. When I was ready for a change, I moved to London to study art history at Sotheby’s and came back to open a jewelry brokerage business. But it was my wardrobe advice people wanted, and so began Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting, LLC in 2007. We counsel our clients every day. Working with someone’s wardrobe can be a very emotionally-sensitive experience, and we know how to set your heart and mind at ease. My amazing team of stylists and I have served over 700 men and women in the Southeast, clients who value our commitment to being truth-tellers and building a wardrobe around timeless classics.
You are launching a new charity based on your experience with breast cancer. Can you tell us briefly about this?
I’m a previvor. I have 2 first-degree relatives with breast cancer, my father and sister, which puts me in the high-risk category. After multiple biopsies and watching my sister go through surgeries, chemo and radiation, it was time to take proactive measures. I had a bi-lateral prophylactic mastectomy on December 12, 2013, followed by reconstruction. My lifetime chance of having breast cancer dropped from nearly 90% to less than 5%. Even for me, as a wardrobe consultant, I found it difficult to find clothes that felt and looked good. So we wanted to give women going through this a beautiful experience with personal style that treatment can often steal. My partner in crime, Deidre DeFelice, and I started The Pink Chapter to provide, pro bono wardrobe services, hair or wig styling, and makeup makeovers to these women. We have several other sponsors, like Doorstep Delivery, who will provide 2 days of food. You can nominate a friend, sister, mother, etc. on our website.
Nashville has so many charity events, in comparison to other cities. What are three key pieces a woman can have in her closet that can get her through the bulk of the luncheons, cocktail parties and lower key functions that seem to come up with regularity?
Every woman needs a grey sheath (more versatile than black), a fabulous jacket and a killer pair of leg-lengthening nude heels (any height that is comfortable and walkable).
How many stylists are currently work for Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting and do you have any plans to expand?
We have five stylists right now serving the Nashville area. And big news: we have just launched a brand new men’s wardrobe consulting chapter. And, more news, we are expanding into several southeastern cities. We’re always looking for fabulous stylists who get that we are more about caring for people than just “shopping for a living.”
What is the difference between a stylist and a wardrobe consultant?
With us as your wardrobe consultant you experience a very personal approach to solving your wardrobe needs, a rarity in today’s world of impersonal online shopping services and pushy salespeople. Instead of taking commissions, like most stylists, we pass our discounts along to you, giving you access to up to 20% off at the best national retailers and small boutiques alike. It’s in our interests to deliver results that are best for you and your budget, so we have a very loyal clientele.
When you go into someone’s closet, on average, how much “extra” stuff can most people get rid of?
Are you ready for this? We regularly advise tossing and donating over 50% of people’s wardrobes. It’s very cathartic, once you get over the shock.
Is there any advice that you’ve leaned on throughout your personal life or business career?
From a faithful Puritan, “this life does not have to bear the weight of all your happiness.” Ironically, this truth has freed me to take risks and have no regrets. Life will only get better.
Do you have a mentor?
Many. The women on my advisory board are my close friends and my heroes (Mary Winn Pilkington and Cherrie Clark). I basically want to be them when I grow up. I also read a lot of business books and am mentored by these as well.
When you travel, what are some must-have items in your carry-on bag?
Pashmina. Socks. Music. Chocolate.
Where are your go-to Nashville places to bring out of towners?
I love my neighborhood, 12 South – such great restaurants and boutiques. I’ve been going to the recently-reopened Sutler since I was a child with my father. Also, the Gulch is a fave spot, especially 404 Kitchen and the bar at Kayne Prime. And for a little down-home fun, honkey-tonkin’ on Broad is an unforgettable experience.
What books can be found on your nightstand and/or ereader?
Italian Renaissance fiction, Presidential biographies, a Bible, and a biz book called Contagious.
What is a favorite indulgence?
Time off spent in Beersheba with my family, or on a lake somewhere with friends. Also, the TV series Suits.
Name three things you can’t live without (excluding faith, family and friends!)
White t-shirts, white jeans, and Shout stain remover wipes.
Thank you, Tina! For more on Tina Adams Wardrobe Consulting, including information on The Pink Chapter, see: tinaadamsconsulting.com
Special thanks to Ashley Hylber for our photos each week in the SB FACES series. For more on Ashley see: ashleyhylbert.com
Find out more about Tina Adams with exclusive questions on Nashvillelifestyles.com or pick up a copy today. It’s their 25 Most Beautiful People in Nashville issue — always a fun one to read! The FACES interview is on the inside back cover — and Tina fills us all in on even more! Who made the top 25? Pick up a copy to find out.