Since nothing is better than real life proof, I decided to share some client Before & After photos with you guys! After I post these, they will reside on the yet-to-be-created (or titled) “Before & After” or “Client” tab under the header. I thought I would start by sharing a little taste of my time with the gorgeous and hilarious Stephanie of Cush Cush Design!
Stephanie decided to partake of the Complete Sort, Shop, and Style because she wanted some fresh eyes on her wardrobe, and hoped she could step it up a notch to portray more of the creative person she is to the world. She has several different areas to dress for, client meetings for her design business, going out with friends, and dating. Her tendency, not unlike many women, was to hide her perceived “problem areas” with her clothing. She owned many stylish, blouse-y, verging on tent-y, tops like the one below because they made her feel comfortable and hid her tummy. She would style her looks simply with a color palette of blue, navy, and black.
Stephanie looks cute and not without style in this outfit, but she’s not pregnant, and does own a waist. I started in her closet during the Sort process by showing her how she might wear the items she already had to more effectively flatter her figure. I then shopped for pieces that would fit within her comfort zone and pre-existing color palette and encouraged her to try slightly less blouse-y tops with higher waisted pants and skirts to emphasize her tiny waist and hide her tummy.
Here’s a cute going out on the town with friends look or a first date. Stephanie is comfortable in navy, and the top still has some blousing to it, which she does love, but it’s TUCKED IN to her higher-waisted jeans to show off her waist, and we’ve added the bold necklace to amp up the look a bit. She’s a creative woman, and her clothing should reflect that!
Stephanie, during the shopping process, when she discovered that she didn’t need to pick anything out herself (or put anything back on the hangers), started to get more adventurous and began to try on items that were more out of her comfort zone. I almost passed out with excitement when she suggested she would like to try RED JEANS on! They were a hit, and we styled them to go out on a second date, perhaps?
When I came over to shoot the photos for this piece, Stephanie had a hard time remembering what she used to wear for the “Before” shots. Since she’d learned what looks best on her body, she didn’t even consider going back to wearing her clothes the same way she’d worn them before. Stay tuned for Stephanie’s new and improved work outfits and an interview!
August 16, 2011