We’ve all been in the same situation – probably on a daily basis. You open the wardrobe, it’s rammed with clothes and yet you have nothing to wear.
I’m happiest in jeans and when I’m working at home you’ll find me in jogging bottoms, t-shirt and hoodie. When I left my employed job, I donated all of my ‘office wear’ because I associated it with a period of 6-12 months that I wanted to put behind me. My dilemma falls when I have to go to a client meeting or networking event. The amount of times I’ve got ready and then wondered if what I was wearing was appropriate.
Step forward Reshma of Ishbel’s Wardrobe based in Swindon, Wiltshire. Reshma is a personal stylist and works with her clients to help them discover their colours, body shape and style.
My first session was the colour analysis. After a discussion around what I normally wear and what colours I’m usually drawn to, we set about completing some questions including who my style icons were. It was then time to sit in the hot seat so that Reshma could look at my colouring (hair, eye colour, skin) against different types of colour to determine some specifics. This included whether I have a warm or a cool skin tone or whether you can wear dark or light colours.
The analysis showed that I am an ‘autumn’ so I should be looking for colours so I’m looking for clothes that are every shade of nature from deep golds and oranges, rich reds and greens, heathery blue mountains and deep teal of the sea. Knowing what colours work for me will mean that when I do hit the shops, I will only look for colours that are in my palette – no stark black (navy is better) or white (cream or ivory is better).
My second session looked at my clothing personality. Again, we completed a several questionnaires and had a chat about what what I was trying to portrait when I go to client meeting. I was quite pleased that Reshma said she’d never seen me at networking meeting and thought I looked scruffy! The most scary part was having to stand in my underwear although it was literally for less than a minute. My clothing personality is a mixture of classic and ingenue (aka princess). This means I’m looking for clothes that are tailored, nothing too loose and smaller accessories together with pretty lace and slightly more feminine – think Michelle Obama meets Emma Bunton!
Finally, I decided that it was worth asking Reshma to do a personal shopping day for me so that I could get a capsule wardrobe for work wear. We met at Cribbs Causeway in Bristol as they have two big department stores and plenty of other shops to peruse. Reshma was like a woman possessed in Marks & Spencers which was our first shop (& somewhere I wouldn’t normally go). She marched through the rails, handing me various items. Going with someone else means that you don’t veer to the normal ‘safe’ clothes of choice and are more open to trying new things.
After a full on day with lots of laughing, I ended up with 3 jackets, 6 tops, 3 pairs of trousers, a handbag, 2 pairs of shoes and a handful of accessories.
I can’t recommend this process enough. If you can save a few pounds, it’s a an amazing treat that will serve you for many years to come. It means that you’ll save money by not buying things that aren’t in your style or colour.