Yesterday I tried something new. I met with a fashion consultant.
This has been a dream of mine ever since I realized how transformative fashion can be. It can give confidence and power when done well, and it can leave you with shame or doubt when done poorly. We try to pretend like what we wear doesn’t matter, and deep down it doesn’t. But the image we project is a part of our introduction. It makes a first impression and gives clues to who we are. It is important to dress well.
Step 1: Meeting
I went to a cafe at the mall to meet with a stylist. I had won her services at a charity auction for about 15% of her normal rates. WOW. Talk about a dream come true! I will call her “S”. She was in a really fun but professional outfit: long blush dress with a fun collar, two necklaces, fun boots, and platinum blonde hair framing a pixie face. Quite the striking figure! I was excited but nervous. S put me at ease by offering to get me a drink from the cafe where we participated in some easy banter before delving into fashion.
Step 2: Interview
This is the first time someone has ever asked me so many questions about my clothes. It was really fun and introspective! She asked questions like,
- Who do you dress for? Myself, and for work (I have a dress code).
- How do you want to feel in your clothes? Comfortable! If it’s not comfortable, I won’t wear it.
- What do you want people to know about you by seeing your clothes? It is very important to me that I look approachable. I would also like to look polished.
- Tell me about your favourite clothing item that you own. My favourite item is a new dress that I got for $120. It’s a black Carven dress that was $240 at the consignment shop, but I got it for $120 because they were having a 50% off sale! S told me that this was an incredible deal because those dresses can cost up into the thousands. Yesssss!!!!
- Tell me about a clothing item you own but hate. All of my pants. They’re too long or too short or too tight or too loose. Bad fit.
- How would you describe your style? Audrey Hepburn meets Punk Rock!
I really enjoyed discussing these details and I think it took my fashion education in a totally new direction!
Step 3: Window Shopping
We then ran around the mall for half an hour, looking at things in a variety of stores. S gave me great tips like, “Buy off-season for good deals!”. She pointed out pieces that would suit my body type, and I gave her feedback (as per her instruction) about whether or not I actually liked the garmet she had pointed out. I learned a lot about which clothing might suit me, but we didn’t try anything on. It was just browsing.
Step 4: Wardrobe Audit
Our next step will be to take a look at the clothing I own and to remove the items that don’t work well on me. Then, she will help me identify gaps in my wardrobe so we can round out my daily options. I think she will be quite intrigued by my minimalist selection! I am constantly paring down the items that I own.
All in all it’s off to a great start and I can’t wait to do Step 4 with her! I’ll let you know how it goes.
Would you ever hire a fashion consultant?