CRYSTAL LAKE – Stephanie Ormsby, owner of Wear Did U Get That in downtown Crystal Lake, wears her passion for fashion on her sleeve.
A price tag dangled from the sleeve of a new sweater she was wearing in her shop Monday.
“I try everything on that comes into the store so I know how it fits,” Stephanie said. “When a box of new clothes comes in, it’s like Christmas.”
Stephanie’s husband, Tom, owns Ormsby Motors in Crystal Lake. They have three children, Travis, 20; Molly, 18; and Grant 14, a freshman at Prairie Ridge HIgh School.
“My husband encouraged me to do this,” she said. Wear Did U Get That opened in late November at 66 N. Williams St. “It was good timing for us to do this,” she said.
After being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work for another retailer three years ago. “I had quite a following of customers because my passion is outfitting people,” Stephanie said. “And I know how to outfit people for their body type and lifestyle. I really talk to them about what they do, what they need. And then I put them in clothes, and I am very honest; I tell them if it looks good or if it doesn’t look good.
“We all have issues,” Stephanie said. “We all need to hide things, and accentuate other things – and I’m good at bringing that out.”
Customers range in age from 18 to 85.
“People keep coming back because they trust me, and they know we can make them look really good,” she said.
One of the shop’s specialties is premium denim, featuring Level 99 and Kut brands. Prices range from $88 to $118 for various styles, including, boot, skinny and straight leg.
In jeans, the shop carries sizes 0-16, and tops range from extra small to plus sizes.
The shop is currently featuring cruise wear/spring break fashion. Accessories include jewelry, purses and scarves.
The shelf life is not long for most clothes in the shop. “There are times a certain item will not last a week,” Stephanie said.
Usually a customer will come into the shop and see some things that she likes. “Then we start pulling product for them,” Stephanie said. “We bring items to them in the fitting room that we feel would look good on them.”
“A lot of the shoppers that come in love the fact that they’re seeing things in here that you don’t see every day. They’re unique – but affordable,” said store associate Jenny Theberge of Crystal Lake.
“She’s trying to make everyone look and feel good,” Jenny said of the store owner. “It really is fashion for every day. It’s really all about people leaving here feeling good about themselves.
“This has been Stephanie’s passion for a really long time and she’s doing it,” Jenny said.
Stephanie said future plans for the shop include private parties, “with 10 people or more in the evening. I’ll provide light appetizers and desserts and everyone will get 15 percent off,” Stephanie said. She’s also planning to sponsor shop-and-share fundraisers for schools and organizations.
Stephanie said she had one of the shop’s busiest days last Saturday. “We have a lot of fun. It doesn’t feel like work. It just feels so good. It comes so naturally,” she said.