This, is why I love being an Image Consultant!
Being able to help women feel confident about their personal style, is beyond rewarding. Wendy and I talked by Skype last month.
Two years ago, I left my corporate job to pursue a long-held dream of creative writing. I wasn’t sad to leave the world of navy suits and heels behind. But I didn’t expect the style crisis I would experience, without my work uniform.
Since then, I’ve “tried on” many styles. I’ve struggled to find what felt right for me, and my 50+ year-old-body. I tried colours, sparkles, preppy, boho and funky.
I took just about every piece of fashion advice, from style bloggers who seemed to know “just what I ought to wear”. (which seemed to be what they liked to wear).
After two years, I knew one thing and one thing only. Building a chic wardrobe for my “work at home life”, was a unicorn. It didn’t exist. And yet, I still dreamed of simplicity, comfort and elegance. I wanted to exude the same confidence in my new realm that I’d exuded in my old realm. But where to begin?
And then – Jennifer.
I’m not going to lie; I had my doubts. After all, I’d had more than a couple of people “help” me define my style over the years. Most were completely uninterested in helping me unearth the “real” me. They seemed incapable of helping me articulate why I wore some things from my closet, all the time. But avoided the rest, despite them being expensive, pretty things that fit well.
From our pre-Skype, questionnaire, to the two plus hours she spent talking with me, I felt someone was finally able to put it all together for me. I felt exhilaration and understanding. I finally knew why I was making the same mistakes over and over. And I had a plan to stop doing that.
I now know what to look for when I’m shopping. I know what will look good on me. I also understand what I can admire, but must leave for others to wear. I understand myself and my wardrobe in a way I never did before.
In the two weeks since I’ve worked with Jennifer, I’ve cleaned out my closets. I’ve also shopped, but only bought one or two new things. I’m now wearing things I already own. Simple, chic pieces, that worn correctly, make me feel like a million bucks. I feel like myself in what I wear. The many compliments I’ve been receiving have been astounding.
I believe Jennifer is going to save me money in the long run. In the past, I’ve purchased clothing in a misguided attempt to find my style. Now that I know how I want to present myself, it’s easy to bypass 98% of the clothing I see.
Best of all is how fun Jennifer made the process. Her passion for style and helping people find, and understand their best style is inspiring.
There are few things I can say, have actually changed my life. I can honestly say this has been one of them. I appreciated everything about the process and most of all, I appreciated Jennifer.
Wendy McLeod MacKnight, reformed style victim
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