I’m a fully qualified Personal and Fashion stylist and accredited member of the Federation of Image Consultants. I have also trained with the ‘London College of Style’ enhancing my Personal Styling skills. I work with both individuals and organisations to help them find their own unique style.All of my consultations are based on Personality, Lifestyle & your Body Shape.
Today I have seen on a message thread a comment asking ‘ What sort of person requires a Personal stylist / shopper’ so it made me realise that not everyone understands why some would employ either a Personal stylist or Personal shopper.
In the 12 years of working as a Personal stylist I have been very lucky and very privileged to work with amazing clients from all walks of life and for many different reasons so I thought I would share a few of my experiences.
Firstly, I trained and qualified both as an Image Consultant with the Federation of Image consultants and also furthered my skill base with the London School of Style gaining the highest grades so I am an expert in my field just like a builder, plumber, dentist, mechanic, hairdresser and so on.
I have seen many ladies and gentleman in the 12 years since my business has been up and running ranging from;
CEO’s of large corporations, both men & women
Ladies returning to work after pregnancy
Men & ladies after a seperation or divorce
Ladies & Men after a serious illness
Men & Ladies buying gift vouchers as presents for the loved ones
Corporations using my service as an incentive for their employees and also for branding continuity of their business
Men and Women with a life changing experience i.e.; death of a partner/husband/wife/child
Men & Women attending a job interview
Students heading off to University
Clients with disabilities
Clients with time constraints due to a busy work & personal life
Clients who want to understand how to shop cost effectively
Clients with mental heath issues, low confidence, self esteem.
The main part of my job is to listen and understand a clients requirement and to ensure that the service I deliver is bespoke and their style is individual. We are all individuals and our style needs to represent that.
All the clients I have seen, some that laugh, some that cry, the most important element of my job is listening to ‘why’ & helping them regain their confidence & enthusiasm for clothes & fashion and inevitably feeling good about themselves.
As a Personal shopper/stylist I work with all budgets from £50 to £10,000 and all of my clients are treated the same and I feel entitled to the same experience.
So, in answer to the question there are many types of people who require and benefit from a Personal Stylist / shopper.
I have been known to have rather a few shirts / blouses in my wardrobe, they are probably my most favourite garment. They add the formality and neatness I like with the collar but you can add different fabrics, textures and prints which allows an outfit to really come alive.
Here are a few of my favourites;
This Print mulit long sleeve shirt is not for the faint hearted but wow I love this from River Island. I know it is very ‘me’ and I’d love to see some of your facial expressions as you read this but for £35.00 I may sneak this in my basket.
Keeping a block coloured shirt in your wardrobe means you can wear it with all types of bottoms whether they be trousers, jeans, skirts or even over a slip dress.
This pleat tie neck pale blue shirt is £32.00 is available in Top Shop.. The softness of the fabric will add a real femininity to your look. You can undo the tie and open the neck to create a V neck if you so wished.
The Berry Sundae blouse is included in the new Ted Baker collection, it is very sheer so I would recommend popping a vest top underneath. For £109.00 its attention to detail is perfect and the buttons a statement area of the shirt.
From the amazing New Look the yellow animal print long sleeve shirt is just £15.99. It does also come in green ( which is more like Khaki than green ).
This big, strong print is a great illusioniser as the print detracts from certain areas of the upper body. For a small busted lady you can do the blouse up right to the top, a bigger busted lady can open the buttons to create a V neck.
And finally, changing the fabric to organza, this pretty shirt is from Zara and is £39.99. The full body and the sheer sleeves creates a pretty romantic look.
Lots of gorgeous dresses this coming season, there is a very nice range through the prices so do select the ones that work for you.
A dress, for me is the unsung hero of the wardrobe and can be worn for any occasion whether you are doing your week shop, having lunch with friends, a wedding or even a fab day at the races. Please don’t keep a dress in the wardrobe, wear them and enjoy them.
The Elfrida print silk dress is available in Whistles, it is £299.00 but is pure silk so the feel of this dress on is beautiful. This is a shirt dress and hangs perfectly.
The V Neck wrap dress is £49.99 and can be found in H & M, I hope you can see the pleased cuffs and skirt. Stunning print and will look very nice with a piece of jewellery sat in the neck area.
This dress at £195.00 is from French Connection and is called the Flori embroidered floral maxi dress. The fabric is light and sheer so adds the delicacy.
Now a place where I seem to find slightly different dresses, both long & short. This is the Abba Shell chain mixed floral from Rixo. The dress is 30% silk and 70% viscose satin with a price tag of £275.00. It has a rather 80’s revival element to it.
And finally this blue Tencel dress for £15.00 from Primark. The adjustable straps mean you can sit this dress exactly where you want it so so it can sit perfectly on the bust. This dress is an empire line style so also perfect for ladies who carry a little weight on their tummy.
With the ‘trainer’ trend set to stay for a little while longer I wanted to show you a few of the styles that you will be seeing this season.
Now, I know the trainer, although wanted to be worn by many can be quite scary for the majority. There are so many styles of trainers that you really can choose your favourite and to be honest there are no real rules to what and how you can wear the trainer.
A trainer will certainly give you a far more casual look so are great for dressing an outfit down, they can also make an outfit more edgy or sporty.
What can I wear them with I hear you ask;
A denim dress
A floral mid length dress
A slip dress
Wide leg linens
Here are a few of my favourites;
These are one of my personal favourites, the Sandro Paris trainers with flames on the side are not for the faint hearted but are STUNNING and so are many others from their trainer collection. £205.00 is not actually that bad for the style and brand.
Now these Gucci trainers are not within my price bracket and I don’t think I would wear them but I had to show you as they are something quite special. They are £705.00
The white jewelled webbing trainer is available in Next for £36.00. The white colour will allow them to be worn with lots of outfit styles, the jewels can give some the bling that gives the trainer more femininity.
If your like my daughter who prefers a trainer to look like a trainer then these super Lamar black low top trainer from Carvela are in the sale for £99.00.
The fabric is soft with a more pointed toe in comparison to the above rounded toe.
These leather lace up trainers that set apart the men from the boys are from Marks and Spencer and add in the animal print to create a new fabric and a quirky look.
The canvas trainer is still as popular too, I have chosen these canvas trainers from Hush as the Khaki colour will add a different colour into your wardrobe and also works beautifully with greys, denims, florals and more.
For all my ‘rainbow’ loving ladies the rainbow glitter stripe trainers from Air & Grace will be the ones for you.
Still a very simple white trainer just with a splash of colour and femininity.
With denim being HUGE this season, I am asked on a regular basis what are the best jeans to buy and what style. So I thought today i would show you a few styles that are very prominent in the stores for the Spring / Summer.
Oasis Sophie Carpenter jeans are very popular, the high waisted jean with a flat front and straight leg are super for those who like a change from the skinny jean.
I do like a raw hem and a few rips here and there so I really do like the Skinny high ankle currently available in H & M,
They are also great for ladies like me who are shorter in the leg as they tend to fit perfectly and can in some cases sit perfectly as an ankle grazer.
The Turn up wide cut from Warehouse are certainly not going to be for everyone but are super if you are curved on the lower body as they will help balance out the hips but be sure to balance the shoulders too.
There are some days that I really prefer a relaxed jean that are not tight on my calves so this will be a style I opt for this season.
The Flared jean is back and can look sensational and are perfect to pop a sandal, trainer with to create a different kind of look whether it be casual or for a dressed up look. These acid wash jeans can be found in Zara
The flare is great for the curvy Pear & Hour glass body shape.
Paige And finally the Paige Hoxton Skinny high rise jeans are just superb, these are a premium denim with the Transcend fabric. These jeans are soft, soooooo comfortable and are very skinny which creates a super silhouette.
I have found that ladies with slim calves love this jeans too.
Pretty in Pink ……it is very much here this season! Let me show you a few of my favourite tones that I have found in the high street.
A huge fan of Zara this pretty pastel pink textured tweed frock really caught my eye. This coat is available from XS to XXL and is £79.99. Isn’t it elegant?
Lots of ladies say how they would love to wear a jumpsuit / boiler suit but are not quite sure how to do it so I wanted to show you this pink floral one by Great Plains and can be found on the NEXT website.
This jumpsuit is a super illusioniser as the print creates so many distractions on the body shape.
The fabric is 100% polyester.
These ankle grazer, peg leg trousers in Terracotta will be perfect for those summer months just teamed with a t.shirt and a pair of trousers.
These trousers can be picked up in M & S for £29.50 and go up to a size 24.
And finally the Pink Satin resort shirt from Mint Velvet is new in this seasons collection. A great price of £59.00 and the sizes range from 8 – 18.
A shirt that can be worn casually with jeans, linens or a really nice pair of cotton trousers or pop it under a blazer for a more formal look for work.
I love yellow, it’s bright, it’s playful and can really make you smile BUT I do understand that a good few of you find yellow, like red a really hard colour to wear.
Yellow can either run with a yellow or a blue undertone so there really is a yellow for all of us.
I have picked out a few items that we are seeing in our stores so you can see exactly what choices you have this season;
Firstly, this is the EBBA jumper currently available in the French Connection sale. This yellow, being deeper and slightly more sludgy in its tone will carry more yellow in it so perfect for those ladies who prefer autumnal or spring tones.
If you don’t really like yellow against your face why not opt for a pair of trousers. The Haya slim fit trouser is from Reiss, a yellow that is softer and more pastel in appearance which means they do carry more of a blue undertone.
A simple basic casual T from Oasis could be all that you need to add that pop of colour to your wardrobe. I have put the T.shirt below the trousers so you can see this too carries more blue in its tone.
And finally this stunning bright yellow blazer currently in ASOS, being brighter it carries lots of yellow.
I think the blazer is my favourite, what is yours?
It’s still not quite warm enough for me to pack away my winter woollies and make way for Spring / Summer pieces so I thought I would show you a few of my favourite knits that are around.
I’m a huge fan of Alexa Chung and her styling anyway so I was very pleased to see this Metallic Jacquard roll neck sweater at Net-a-Porter with a huge discount of 60% making the price £118.00 instead of £295.00. Really easy to wear and lots of pastel tones that will take you into the next season too.
Call me a granny but I do love a cardi as they add a softness to any look whilst keeping us warm at the same time.
This oversized cable knit cardi is just £39.99 and is available in H & M. I’m thinking floral shirt, wedgie jeans and a white trainer.
This knit is all about texture, the Halo finish cashmere Nova jumper can be found in Jigsaw. I have chosen the Navy as it goes with mostly anything and it is a knit that you will just feel so cosy in on a slightly colder day.
Reduced from £199.00 to £159.00 this is a good price for a piece of cashmere that will last a lifetime.
And finally, the v neck Melody flash jumper can be purchased from Oasis. A very versatile knit for £38.00 and I think it creates both a nautical and sporty look.
*Nation-wide research released today by Deichmann Shoes*
THE STILETTO HEEL COULD SOON BE CONSIGNED TO THE HISTORY BOOKS, AS NEW RESEARCH REVEALS MODERN FEMALES PREFER WEARING TRAINERS ON EVENINGS OUT AND ROMANTIC DATES, ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY
Researchers took an in-depth look into the shoe wearing habits of the nation and discovered, the stiletto, once the very essence of seduction, has been replaced by far less glamourous shoes such as trainers and brogues.
The word “stiletto”, comes from the Italian word stilo, meaning dagger and started being used to describe high heel style shoes from the early 1930s.
However, the history of heels dates right back to 15th century Persia and began with them being created for men.
After a wave of popularity in the 1950s, their status faded, until a version of the stiletto heel was reintroduced in 1974 by Manolo Blahnik, with Marilyn Monroe famously declaring “I don’t know who invented high heels, but all women owe him a lot”.
But according to new research, the trainer has been revealed as the shoe most likely to help women meet their match, dispelling the myth that heels are the number one ‘seduction shoe’.
And this may signify the end of old-fashioned glamour, with as many as 36 percent of females saying they would always opt for a trainer on a romantic date. In fact, only a quarter of females said they would wear a high heel to impress a man on a date
But it seems modern men are not bothered about the demise of the high heel, with as many as 44 percent of males saying trainers are the shoes women should wear on a first date and 20 percent opting for a brogue. In fact, only 30 percent of the men polled felt that a female should wear a killer heel on a date
The research, commissioned by Deichmann Shoes, also found an incredible 63 percent of Brits admit to judging people by their shoes, with 8 percent even saying they would probably end a relationship with someone if they wore inappropriate or undesirable footwear.
The nationwide survey of almost 2,000 British adults also shows the average Brits owns 14 pairs of shoes, with women owning an average of 18 pairs and men owning 10.
Simon Wilson, Head of Buying and Marketing at Deichmann, said: “Fashion is forever changing, but we have noticed that certain styles remain consistent. It’s interesting to see that trainers, once thought too casual are now one of the most popular date shoes.”