Below are some commonly asked questions/comments. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions...
Why should I work with a stylist?
Retaining professional support is not always needed but certainly can be a good idea. It's kind of like choosing to color your own hair or change your own oil. Sure, you can figure it out but when all is said and done can you say you did a great job, feel confident in your steps and didn't waste time?
I am a huge supporter of being resourceful, saving money and I love learning new things. However, when it comes to our bodies and style it's easy to get confused quickly. Working with me is a fun and educational experience.
I encourage you to explore using an apparel stylist if you...
- Feel drab and bored with your clothing
- Have a tendency to want to "blend in with the crowd" and hide behind your clothes
- Are concerned how to dress appropriately for your current age
- Experience any stress or anxiety when you get dressed
- Wear a very small portion of your wardrobe
- Feel you waste time and money
- Are challenged with finding items that fit you well
- Tend to purchase items and never wear them
- Feel self conscious about your body
- Own or buy items that you have no idea how to wear
- Have low self esteem
- Are in transition or have just experienced a big change be it a job change, a loss, pregnancy, dating, divorce, retirement, children moving etc.
- Loathe shopping
- Feel nothing ever looks good on you no matter what you buy or wear you go
Some of the benefits of retaining a professional:
- Learn exactly what looks good on you and why
- Define your unique personal style
- Experience more self confidence and increased self esteem
- Appear younger and slimmer just by changing your clothes
- Save oodles of time and money
- Diminish clutter
- Enjoy new found energy, joy and compliments!
I am super nervous and new to all of this! What are you like to work with?
Boy do I understand that feeling! Let me first start by saying that it takes a lot of courage to as for help. Especially with something so personal. I am extremely sensitive to peoples needs and I am very perceptive. My goal is to fulfill the goals we set together however, it is also very important we move at a pace that works for you. What I won't be doing is barking demands and expecting you to wear or buy what I tell you to. No no no.... this is about exploring your style and needs together. My desire is to create an experience that is fun and leaves you feeling empowered and excited! Not to make you feel bad about your choices or your body.
Most of us had some point in our childhood where we considered getting dressed fun. Perhaps it was in your Mamas shoes or marching around with your toy gun and spurs. Whatever the get up was, you played to the fullest and enjoyed yourself! There was a freedom, ease and comfort that transpired. This was a time before body issues and life's influences unfolded.
My intention is to give you the permission to play again, protect you from looking frumpy and help you understand how to dress your personal body while infusing your own personal style along the way. Some of my clients know what they like and others have no idea. Regardless where you find yourself, I am fully equip to support you. You will find me to be patience, understanding and kind. For me this is an honor to work with you and I don't take it lightly. It's a relationship that requires confidentiality, compassion and trust.
What can I expect from a Shopping Session?
Shopping for items can be done a few ways. We can either meet at a location and explore together. Or, I set out ahead of time and meet you at a designated time. Most clients prefer the later but I am open to either.
A traditional shopping session takes place after we have had our initial meeting and I am aware of your apparel needs and we have addressed your goals. I pre-select some items I feel would most benefit you before hand. I then meet you at the decided location and we head to the dressing area together. Here you try on the items and we decide together what works and why. I am very respectful of your comfort level in this arena. Some clients are comfortable to step outside the dressing room and others prefer to refrain from doing so. Either way, our needs can be met. (Trust me, I have terrible memories of trying on things when I was younger and feeling like a spectacle. I get it!)
Any items that we agree upon as "keepers" are discussed. We consider price, need vs. want, quality, integrity, versatility, fit and of course, how much you love the item and how comfortable you are to wear it. All of this takes place before heading to the register.
My body type and size is a challenge.
I am very skilled in working with men and women of ALL shapes and sizes. Most clients do retain my services because they have issues with finding items that fit them well. It can be very discouraging but it doesn't have to be. I’m able to tell you why certain things won’t work for you and find options that will compliment you and leave you feeling confident.
My body/life is not where I currently want it to be and I don't know if this is the best time to use this service.
This is a very common comment men and women share with me. I am usually on their mind for a long while as something they plan to do when ________ happens. Here's the thing. If you really think about it, we are always going through transition in our lives. We are in a mode of being really busy at work, we just had a child, we are changing careers, we are going through a divorce, we have a physical goal, we just moved.... I could go on and on. If we think about all the stages through our lives we can quickly see that it's always changing.
I would never want someone to do something they are not ready for as that never works. However what I will say is there is much to be said for realizing that there will always be something going on for that is how life works. And as you are doing "life" you still have to get dressed and face your day. I would argue that you are deserving of feeling your best and taking the time to learn what looks best (and have fun dressing again!) is of value and important. It's important to your self care, your mind set, your success, what you model to your children and enables you to feel that much more joyful through your day.
I am feeling hesitant as your style is different from my own.
Just like you, I am a unique individual and it took me a long time to give myself the permission to dress how I felt best and find my own Moxie. Once I did, I had way more fun and had much more success in my life. I can be elegant, classy, funky, casual, playful, retro or sophisticated. It all depends on my mood. This relationship is about you. It is not about getting you to dress like me. Through getting to know you I will be able to gather what you are drawn towards, why, and what is best suited for your lifestyle and needs. One of the reasons I am skilled in this profession is I am able to draw you out of your shell a bit and yet still honor your personal choices.
How do I prepare for our session?
When we decide on a comfortable avenue for your needs, I provide specific instructions at this time so that you are well prepared and comfortable. Be it a Closet Clarity Session or a Shopping Session, I will let you know in advanced all you need to know so it is an enjoyable experience without stress.
I am limited financially. Can you still help me find items?
Absolutely! I believe that apparel support should be obtainable for everyone for we all deserve to feel our best. My rates are very competitive and you will find I put a lot into our time together. I work with many clients at each price point and am able to find some wonderful items. Your budget and needs would be discussed before hand to we devise a plan of action that feels fitting and obtainable.
Where would we be shopping?
I work with a full range from department, online and boutique locations. This depends on your style, needs, budget and location which all is explored during a consultation.
What can I expect from a Closet Clarity Session?
The intention of a clarity session is to get a sense what you have currently, what your clothing habits tend to be and where you are needing some support. There are some basic staples in every wardrobe that make life far easier when it comes to dressing and we want to devise a plan if there are needed items. All suggested items get documented and provided to you shortly after our appointment.
During this time we will go through the current season you own. I may also have you try on some items. This is also a great time to potentially let go of items you no longer adore. I provide my honest feedback but I also am sensitive for it's a very personal step to let me into your closet!