“You only get one chance to make that first impression…”
Case Study: Build me a Capsule Wardrobe!
Charlotte is a typical client of mine, she’s a busy working mum with the lack of time being her biggest stress. She has plenty of clothes but has nothing to wear, sound familiar? When I met Charlotte it was hard for her to even find a day to fit me in, so when I told her I didn’t need a full day and that I would be able to build her a Capsule Wardrobe in a couple of hours, she definitely raised an eyebrow in disbelief.
The reason why it’s possible is because there is a set unique formula I use and train all my Style ME stylists to use, it’s quick and works every time.
Step 1: Colour Analysis to see what’s working for her complexion and Step 2: Wardrobe Styling; eliminating clothes from her wardrobe that no longer serve her or suit her body shape. These 2 crucial steps are what make Step 3 the Personal Shopping trip a breeze, as we’re not wasting time trying on styles and colour that simply won’t flatter her.
We had a great day out and found everything we were looking for; items she could mix and match, from day to night, from the school run to the board room. We were in budget and you guessed it, we were done in just two hours!
Case Study: Build my confidence post illness.
Beautiful Helen came to me to get her ‘colours’ done and I instantly warmed to her. I had a sense that I was meant to help her in some way and the only thing that came to mind was to help her dress her ‘Circle’ frame more effectively as that tight restrictive blouse she was wearing was making her look much bigger than she actually was!
Little did I know Helen has alopecia and that bubbly personality of hers was actually covering the heartache of her loosing all of her hair. Clients like Helga remind me of why I got into the personal styling industry in the first place. It is all about making people feel good about themselves no matter what they are going through either emotionally or physically. With the right clothes and make-up it’s our job to make them feel amazing; bringing out the best version of them.
We did Helen’s colours first and she was in fact a ‘Summer’, seeing Helen’s face come to life with excitement when I applied her correct shade of red lipstick was amazing. She was so grateful for this knowledge and I could see a beautiful confident woman emerging. The power of wearing your right colours is not to be underestimated. If you want to create a youthful, radiant and healthy complexion then you simply must wear your colours!
Helen confessed that as much as she loves colour since getting alopecia she hides in black and grey so I knew I had to take her shopping to create her a capsule wardrobe full of colour and clothes that would flatter her shape; clothes that would highlight her enviable bust without drawing attention to her tummy area.
We had the best time shopping, the right clothes just magically seemed to appear and we were done in just over an hour! Loosing your hair for any woman is one of the hardest things, so to see Helen beam with excitement over her new look without her wig on was just one of the most rewarding and humbling moments for me.
Helen had a photo-shoot to celebrate her new look and having personally seen all of the photos I can honestly say she looked just as good with and without her wig on, that’s the power of dressing your shape and wearing your colours, only your best features are on display leaving plenty of room for your self confidence to grow! Helga’s smile was simply infectious and I’m so lucky to have had the experience to help her on her journey to recovery!
Case Study: Help me be a ‘Yummy Mummy’!
Stunning Sofia got my number four years ago and said she had been meaning to book a Personal Styling package but life got in the way. By life she meant 2 children, aged 5 and 2 and now 1 one more on its way! Yes Sofia is 27 weeks pregnant and she is counting down the days where she can get ‘herself’ back!
Whilst her two children were away on holiday with her husband she said she couldn’t resist but call me to sort out her existing wardrobe. She wanted to clear some space and perhaps buy some transitional pieces.
I arrived on the Monday and met a very conservative ‘autumn’ wearing Sofia. Now let me tell you Sofia has a sensational figure, she’s one of those lucky woman who hasn’t put on weight anywhere but her tummy. So when I saw her wardrobe I was surprised to find very ‘mumsy’ outfits, none of them showing off her amazing legs!
We of course did her colours and she is a ‘winter’ but like so many mums out there has been purchasing autumnal colours, probably to hide amongst the other mums and to create a more sophisticated image. Well the problem is if you are not an: ‘autumn’ but wear autumn colours all you look is flat, dull and grubby and there’s nothing sophisticated about that! Sofia looked incredible in the winter colours and insisted she couldn’t wait until after the birth to buy some new clothes, the only problem was that she was on strict doctors orders not to leave the house for too long.
This is when I suggested we did a ‘Shop and Deliver’ service, where I would shop on her behalf. Sofia was thrilled! So the next day I headed to Harrods on her behalf and purchased her the most amazing pieces, clothes in her winter palette that she could wear during the final stages of her pregnancy and post pregnancy. Clothes perfect for any ‘yummy mummy’! And of course the one thing that can make any woman go from drab to fab in an instant: some high heels!
When Sofia came to meet me wearing her new red lipstick I couldn’t believe what a transformation I had seen from the shy woman I’d met just the day before but by the time she tried on all of the purchases I was blown away with just how sexy and confident she looked. Sofia purchased every single item I chose for her, you might ask how did I get it so right? It’s because I knew how to dress her shape and her colouring that I could effortlessly choose the perfect capsule wardrobe for her; it really is just a formula!
By the Wednesday Sofia sent me a video of her new capsule wardrobe delighted with the results and I’m sure you’ll agree she looks hot! She insists her and her husband will stop after baby number 3 but if she continues to look this hot you never know.
Case Study: Help! I’m going back to work after Maternity Leave
Alice was returning to work after a long maternity leave. Like so many other clients it wasn’t going back to work that filled her with dread it was actually getting dressed for work that she was fearing the most. She has so many clothes, mainly cheaper online shopping buys that she was buying whilst at home with the kids and roll on 2 years, her cupboards were over flowing with impulse buys and her old work clothes suddenly look so dated and didn’t actually fit her new post pregnancy shape.
As always the first step was to eliminate colours and styles that no longer suited her. This clear out is always the first step to sanity and does so much for clients self esteem. With the help of the drapes and with the key styling rules I teach all my clients they soon realise there’s nothing wrong with them; all they have been doing is buying the wrong items that were in fact making them look bigger than they actually are or in many cases older and tired because the colours didn’t flatter their complexion.
The shopping trip, as always was a delight. Alice loved how effortlessly everything we chose fit and flattered her, she felt really confident and said she was actually excited and looking forward to getting dressed for work the following week. What I love about styling is the transformation of not only how my clients look, but how they actually feel, in such a short period of time too.
Case Study: Help me Turn Heads!
Alison came to me for a Body Shape analysis session. Always thinking she was a ‘Pear’ she has spent most of her years in baggy boot-cut jeans and high-necked tops. During the session we soon saw she had an enviable bust she was hiding and that she was in fact bordering onto an Hourglass frame. Even though I’d taught her the rules on how to dress her individual shape Alison still said she’d love me to take her shopping to buy her a Capsule Wardrobe.
Alison has been running a pub for the last 17 years, works long hours and despite having lots of clothes, when her partner suggests a night out, she still never knows what to wear! She wanted a contemporary look, perfect to go from day to night. I insisted we do her colours and she was to both our surprise an: ‘autumn’, so mustards, oranges and purples were the pop of colour we would be looking out for to compliment the beiges and browns.
Our shopping day was a breeze; Alison couldn’t quite believe that everything I had previously said I would want her to own was right there in the stores “this never happens when I shop on my own!” That’s the thing, when you just go shopping for clothes without knowing what really suits you, you just end up trying on lots of clothes, get frustrated when nothing quite fits and instead buy something on impulse that probably just sits in your wardrobe.
We at Style ME only let you take items into the fitting room that we know will suit your colouring and your shape, leaving you with items to chose from that are guaranteed to create you a slimmer balanced silhouette in colours that will all compliment each other, so with less clothes you can actually create more looks, saving you time, money and space in your wardrobe, it’s genius!
“Allan loved my new capsule wardrobe, I just tried on everything for him! You’re worth every penny Nisha, thank you for a fabulous experience.”
Case Study: Help me dress for a night out – I’ve gained weight!
Renata like so many of my clients has put on a lot of weight over the past couple of years. She called me because she had a party to go to and was full of dreaded fear because she was embarrassed and depressed of how people would react to seeing her with the weight gain. That combined with having nothing to wear is what pushed her to call me and book a styling package.
I assured her that although I wouldn’t be able to help her lose weight in time for the party I would be able to make her look slimmer and younger! She didn’t believe me but I knew I could because I knew exactly what she had been doing wrong. Like so many women who have put on weight she was living in black, thinking it would be slimming, but black is not slimming and in fact if black isn’t one of your flattering colours it actually works against you, making you look older and paler.
Although Renata hadn’t been shopping for clothes she had been indulging in buying lots of makeup, which too were in the wrong shades. When we did Renata’s colours it was obvious we had to change her make up too to make her look more radiant and slimmer on the face. We had a lot of fun on the day with me advising Renata on exactly what would suit her fuller shape and educating her, that just because an outfit is available in your bigger size it doesn’t mean it’s the right style for you! Knowing what clothes to take into the fitting is the best thing a stylist can offer a client who’s not in love with her body and weight gain as it avoids all the pain that comes from trying on clothes that don’t fit you or flatter you.
Renata looked fabulous on the day and called after to say she felt amazing at the party and the compliments kept on coming!
Case Study: Dressing for the Job you want
Stefano came to me because he’s going for a promotion at work and he wanted to show his bosses that although he hasn’t yet got the new role he definitely knows how to dress for it! This for so many people can be daunting especially if your colleagues are only used to seeing you dress super casually! You don’t want to look like your trying too hard so everyone notices but at the same time you want to show you have what it takes.
For every man I style I always insist we do their colours first because if we are going to spend money on a suit or two I want to be absolutely certain that the colours flatter him; buying a suit is an investment no matter what your budget. We had a great few hours in the shops and the grey and navy suits looked amazing. The best thing is Stefano now confidently knows how to dress them up and down by either wearing the blazer with jeans or wearing the suit as whole with different pocket squares and accessories. As he said he’ll be able to ease into the fully suited look when it’s time to nail the promotion interview!