Why do we buy clothes and then not wear them, or buy something that doesn't go with anything else in our wardrobe? The answer is actually quite complex, but certainly has a lot to do with how we are feeling about ourselves, time constraints and habit. Quite understandably, we don't want to get rid of clothes if we still feel we love them, so my job, is to help give all of those beauties you own a chance to shine and be worn.
Decluttering wardrobes is something that my colleague Helen C does. This simply involves purging and clearing your wardrobe so that you are left with only things that you love or you really need.
My job is different and draws on my specialist styling skills, because as we go along, I will be advising you on style and what really suits you. So even if you love it or it is something that you really need, I might be the one to say "In all honesty, that doesn't suit you so much" and advise you to put that particular garment on the pile for the charity shop. On the other hand, I might rescue items you were thinking of discarding, by suggesting that they might work well as part of an outfit with other items you own. Sometimes this involves the client taking a leap of faith and stretching their imagination a bit. It is my job to help you edit your wardrobe so you are left with a collection of clothes that really suit you and work well together. This means that you can then create numerous outfits you never thought of, from clothes you already own. One of the huge benefits is that it will result in you having a much clearer sense of your own style and what really suits you.
TOO MANY CLOTHES
The biggest complaint I hear from clients is that they have a wardrobe full of clothes but can never find anything to wear! Having too many clothes can leave us feeling confused and anxious because we can't pin down a single outfit. This can be hugely frustrating and leads to us just ending up wearing the same old reliables. If we do manage to find a good outfit that we feel comfortable in, we tend to wear it repeatedly, rather than trying those items on with something else.
An example of where it can all go wrong is with jeans. How may pairs do we need to own? Do we really need them all? Do we wear them all? Do we even know how many pairs we have in our wardrobes?
We tend to only wear 20% of the clothes we own. My response to that is that surely it would be better to own fewer clothes but to wear all of them? Jeans are a really good example of where we tend to overdo it and end up with too many. We seem to have jeans for best, every day, activity, spring, summer, autumn, winter, wide leg, boyfriend fit, old favourites, skinny jeans which go with this top, straight leg jeans that go with that top, pale blue, dark, stretch, hipsters, jeans for skinny days, jeans for fat days. Do you recognise this? The problem is that we tend to only wear a few and leave the others to one side.
THE STYLIST'S JOB
So, this is where I come in. My job is to work with you to edit and refine your wardrobe by helping you develop a sense of your own style. And this is the key - it is your style I will help you refine, rather than me trying to impose a style on you. After all, no two of us think about our style in quite the same way. For example, if I say Green Dress, one person will think this:
Whereas someone else will think this:
Or if I say Stripy Top, one person will think of this:
Whereas someone else will think of this:
I know I have done a good job, when my client tells me that they feel good about the way they look every day and that they are wearing all sorts of new combinations of the clothes they already own, without them having to necessarily buy any more. In order to achieve this, I will spend quite some time asking clients about themselves and their lifestyle. Let's face it, if you are employed on a farm, you are hardly going to appreciate me recommending that you wear these to work!
So who uses the services of a stylist? Well, we are not just for the rich and famous that's for sure. I help men and women of all ages and lifestyles at various stages of their lives. Perhaps you are returning to work after maternity leave and need to be able to reach for work outfits in a hurry, or you have retired, lost weight, been promoted, lost your way style-wise, left a job in uniform or just simply feel it is time to clear out some clothes and want to be sure that you hold on to the right things so that you end up with some amazing outfits.
If you think that you could benefit from my styling or personal shopping service, just drop me a line on email@example.com or get in touch via the hspace.co.uk website. I would love to hear about you and your style.