Here’s the lovely Stephanie of Cush Cush Design again, wearing an outfit that was a typical “first meeting” with a client look. She’s got an amazing pencil skirt on, but she’s hiding it behind a casual, boxy top and boots. She’s not a hopeless case by any means (if there is such a thing), she just needed some ideas for how to make her look a little more professional-creative, and less art-school-creative.
So, using items she already had in her closet, I put together this look for her:
We took the pencil skirt and made it more sophisticated by pairing it with a fitted, interesting top. She’s accustomed to helping clients mix prints with their home decor, so why shouldn’t this creativity play out with a little print mixing in her outfit? The wide embroidered belt looks great with the lace top. And we switched out her boots for a pair from her incredible shoe collection. The green in the shoe plays off the colors in the belt, and she’s ready to book a dozen more clients, at least!
When I shopped for Stephanie, I looked for more pencil skirts for her, and found this one in a fun print. If we hadn’t tried a few looks from her closet during the Sort phase, she might not have been open to trying more waist-defining bottoms like this one. During our final Style session, Stephanie tried the new skirt with a top from her closet. She was in the habit of not tucking, and before our time together would have worn it like this:
But after I showed her the photos I had taken during the Style session (cold, hard proof!), she found that a tuck or a belt actually shows off the waist in a way that makes the tummy disappear! The pattern of the skirt also serves as a tummy-distraction, and she looks like a shapely hourglass, ready to impress!
Stephanie looks amazing, and we had such a blast together. Stay tuned for Part Three of my Stephanie series, where she’ll talk about her experience using Trophy Boutique’s Complete Sort, Shop, and Style Service! If you missed out on Stephanie’s before and after casual looks, check out Part One here.
August 18, 2011