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Enter Cassandra Dittmer, a stylist based in Los Angeles whose aim is to help people just like me. Dittmer has 10 years of experience in styling, and has worked for celebrity stylists like Ilaria Urbinati. She’s since branched out from red carpets, where she has styled actors such as Reid Scott and Ty Burrell. Dittmer now focuses on a more personal wardrobe styling experience. Specifically, she specializes in sustainable styling: She works with clients to purge and revamp their existing closets, find eco-friendly pieces to fill the Merry Quarantine Christmas 2020 Xmas Pajamas Holidays Gift T-Shirt it is in the first place but gaps, and ultimately rethink their mindless shopping habits in general. “To me, being a stylist in 2020 is about an integration of values,” Dittmer says. “We have such increased access, and hunger, for transparency—and not just in fashion.”Prices for Dittmer’s sustainable styling packages range. They start at $75, where Dittmer will create a shoppable e-boutique featuring a list of sustainable brands. As the prices and tiers go up, it gets more customized. Her highest package, at $4,250, includes a complete closet overhaul, tailored mood boards, and eco-friendly brands that are specifically curated to her clients’s personal style. At the end of the day, she wants her clients to be more conscious about where they spend their money, no matter their income. “I help clients rewire their brains to shop,” says Dittmer. “It comes down to the three Es—economics, ethics, and the environment—and how to consider all of these things and make the best decisions possible.”