Whenever I’m not blogging, I’m found at the shops. Working. Yes, my other day job is as a personal stylist. I actually consider it a privilege when someone contacts and books me to help them get back on their style track.
Digging into someone’s wardrobe really is PERSONAL. We carry a lot of baggage around with our clothes and often our clothes can be a bit of a stumbling block to looking and feeling our best.
(As an aside, I’d happily carry around my baggage in one of these Thursday Friday bags below.)
So every time I work with someone new, it’s really like sitting down to start a 1000-piece jigsaw. I start around the edges and work my way in to discover what’s really going to work to make this person feel nothing short of a amazeballs.
Yesterday, new client Sandra set me a challenge. (And boy, oh boy, do I LOVE a challenge)
As a mum of four, the 33-year-old hasn’t had a lot of time for herself lately. When she’s not caring for her own children, she’s working in childcare. Busy and on a budget.
I ask the budget question with each of my clients because I believe real change CAN be made on any budget (once I edited a wardrobe and came up with 12 different outfits for a client from her existing pieces; the only new thing she had to buy was a pair of black heels because her existing ones had broken).
So what was Sandra’s budget?
Yep, you read correctly. My eyes lit up immediately. This was SO possible.
Yes, you have to sift through the racks in discount department stores with more of a keen eye but with a bit of time and effort, it will pay off. And it did.
Where we shopped
Target: Khaki draped long vest, necklace and black long-sleeve top. Total: $71.20
Kmart: Black pointed-toe flats. Total: $20
GRAND TOTAL: $241.10
What we learned
1. Adding a layer and an accessory to a casual outfit can create a huge impact.
2. If you can fit more than two fingers into the waistband of your jeans they are going to be saggy and baggy by the end of the day. If in doubt do a series of lunges down the change-room hallway and you’ll soon find out how easily they stretch.
3. If your hips and thighs are your wide point, than be careful of colour blocking that area. Break it up with a belt. It’s all about creating an illusion.
4. Extend the line of your leg with a pointed-toe flat.
Have you created a style challenge for yourself lately? I’d love to know. And remember if you ever want to have me on tap for style advice and direction, you can sign up to become a member here.