Have you ever bought a piece of clothing that you never really wore and regret your purchase? I often hear this complaint and when I am with a client I only recommend purchasing clothing that you truly love. Just liking it won’t cut it! Every piece has to have a purpose in your wardrobe.
Here are my tips to make sure you are making the right choices:
As noted above, most important question: Do you love it?
– Do you feel comfortable in it?
– Does it fit right? If not and you love it, have alterations made right away in the store if possible so you don’t have to bother later.
– Is it easy to take care of it and if not will you take care of it the proper way?
– Do you have other clothes to wear it with?
– Are you buying just because it is a brand you usually like or because it is on sale? If yes, keep the money in your wallet!
Shopping in a store, particularly in a department one, can be overwhelming and not always a smooth experience.
Trying on merchandise can be the trickiest part since the fitting room is not always the ideal place to see how you really look. Lighting, getting hot, small space… I am sure you know what I mean.
So, how to make the most of this sometimes uncomfortable experience?
-First, make yourself pretty. Not kidding. If you look at yourself in the mirror and you think you don’t look your best, your mood will suffer and you will not particularly be open to the clothes you are trying on. The lighting is often bad in fitting rooms, so I can’t emphasize enough what a little bit of make up will do for your overall outlook.
– No empty stomach. Who can really think straight when hungry? And water. I always bring some snacks and water at my appointments with my client. It is a nice touch and I want them to be as comfortable as possible.
– Wear the right shoes! Ask the sale associate to bring the appropriate pair of shoes for you to try with your new clothes. I personally always have a pair of pumps and/or flats for my clients in the fitting room. If you are trying a dress on, you really want to have a clear idea of the whole outfit. Thanks to the shoes you will really see the potential of your pieces.
– If possible, go to the store as early as possible. Mornings are often the best because the sale associates are more available and the store is still pretty tidy so you will browse more efficiently.
As a personal stylist, my goal is to help my clients to define their true style. During our consultation, we talk about lifestyle, fashion, go over their image goal and what will be our plan to achieve it.
Personal style is a way to develop a proper image and get it aligned with your personality. You want people to understand who you are just by looking at you.
Here is a great fun little exercice to determine what the image you want to have:
First step: Think about the future you.
In what purpose you want to revamp your image? (new job? uninspired by your closet?dating? )
How would you define your future style? Use specific words like urban, classic, chic, bohemian, preppy, tomboy, minimalist… to categorize it.
What do you want people to think when seeing you? (i.e successful, sophisticated, creative, authoritative…)
Second step: Create an inspiration board to illustrate this future you.
Open a new Pinterest board. Don’t use a current one. I would like you to have a blank page because you will want a fresh start.
Pin about 10 pictures. Here you will want to pin pictures where you like the overall look. You don’t want to focus on the very specific details. In other words, you will not necessarily reproduce the exact outfits. The exercice is here to make you understand your personal style as a whole picture. When looking at your board you should understand your general style.
Here is an example of a Pinterest board I put together and here some looks I personally enjoy.
Third step: Compare the words you have for your future image (first step) with your inspiration board (second step).
Do you recognize your future you in the inspiration board? Is it aligned? If not, pick the images that don’t reflect the words you picked and see why in the first place you picked these particular pictures. Maybe there is a second layer of style that you need to take in consideration. You might be a mix of two styles. If so, more fun to play with!
I hope you will enjoy this little exercice! And if not, you can always contact me, I will be happy to answer any questions!
I got to say, with valentine’s day around the corner it made me think that even if we are in a relationship or not, every woman should feel sexy and I would say, pretty often.
Feeling sexy is very personal and it will be defined differently from one person to another. It can be subtle or not, at the end, if when you are looking at the mirror you feel sexy and empowered, go for it.
Details in the clothes, lipstick, necklaces going under a garment, high heels, hair moving…a lot can be seen as sexy as long as you believe in it.
Sexy can be hard if you are not 100% sure about yourself. I did not know how to be sexy. I did not know how to embrace it. I felt ridiculous sometimes trying. The solution I found was in taking baby steps. And getting the right attitude and dare it. And Believing in it. So I tried many things….high heels, pencil skirts, deep V- necks, red lipstick… and I found what I liked and confident with.
This is how I envision being sexy.
So spice up your outfit and be confidently provocative!
Colder weather and style are not necessarily best friends and layering pieces can be tricky to play with when it is too cold outside…But winter can also be a great time to play with different chunky fabrics and create new ways to work with your current wardrobe and make it cold weather proof. Here are the ones that I think are stylish and will keep you warm when it is colder outside.
Oversized wool scarf aka the blanket scarf
Faux fur vest
Belt it to make it more form fitting.
I hope this selection will inspire you to add some stylish layering pieces in your wardrobe!