An Image Turnaround

Sunshine, green grass, birds at the feeder and flowers!  Spring is here (what was that hail on Saturday?), and there are a few style transformations taking place.

My most recent client flew in from Seattle and had previously been in a position at work that required only casual clothing. Now, as a vice president of a large national non-profit, her wardrobe necessitated change. She arrived with a few pieces that could work, and we spent the better part of a weekend finding appropriate, beautiful, dynamic clothing to match her personality and her new position in Reno, NV (no small feat, btw).  With only 12 pieces of clothing, 3 pairs of shoes and some jewelry, she has a cluster of clothing that has potential for growth, and the ability to make almost 3 weeks of outfits without repeating.   Below is most of the clothing, but not all.  Not pictured are three pairs of shoes, a teal dress and some classic but dynamic jewelry.

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There are many other options to take this wardrobe in the direction of her personal style.  And the fun of finding those pieces is easier because she is finding her authentic image and wearing clothes that reflect that.

In addition, Tres Benzley of Caliber Salon & Spa restyled her hair into the perfect look for her new position.

It was very rewarding being a part of someone’s growth and freedom from unrealistic fashion standards.  The time spent will save her time in the future, and lots of money on unworn clothing.  And, all her hard work has been rewarded by a well-deserved job as a vice president.

If you are looking to find an authentic, confident personal style and image, AND to create a wardrobe that works for you, please check out my website and contact me for more information.


From and Kathleen Audet:

The Influential Power of Non-Verbal Communication 

“The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
-Peter F. Drucker

Picture this: a woman tries on a skirt in a store.  As she twirls around to catch her image in the mirror, the skirt flutters.  Closed, the skirt seemed to be a uniform black shade, but slight movement has changed the shape of the garment, and now the narrow, chiffon pleats widen to reveal alternating black and white panels.

At first, the customer had loved the sedate look of the black, pleated skirt, but soon realized that movement imbued it with an unruly feel that, for her, was uncomfortable.  She didn’t say those words; she just said:  “It’s making me dizzy!”

What happened was this: the skirt had its own language – “clothes-ese” – that was foreign to her and a mismatch for her personality.  The jazzy design elements (often called “visual literacy”) of the skirt were dramatic, but also incongruous with the calm stability of her personality.  They simply didn’t accentuate who she was, or give her the confidence she was longing for – both key elements when choosing clothes.

We all know that our clothing is important, especially in the work setting, but what may be unfamiliar is a clear sense of what our clothes are communicating — not only to others, but to ourselves.

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