New Looks for Women of All Ages, Sizes and Budgets.
Everybody loves before & afters. But as you scant these example, remember that our work together isn’t about making you look good once for a photo. It’s about building a closetful of inter-coordinated outfits just as flattering as the looks you see here. So you’ll never again moan “I have NOTHING to wear ..”
What kind of changes would that make in your life?
Melissa’s too-long skirt, too-long sleeves and boxy shirt all dragged her look downward and the drab colors drained her. First we fitted the skirt properly, tucked in the shirt and pushed up the sleeves – an amazing difference in the same clothes. The crisp contrast and shaped lines of the new pantsuit balance her color pattern and tastefully emphasize her shapely, youthful figure. The same pant and shell get a casual but professional feeling with the sleek cardigan instead of the tailored jacket. At work the next day, even her good friends walked right past and didn’t recognize her.
Between the badly-fitted pants, the unstructured shoulder-line of the sweater and the unflattering colors, Amy wasn’t doing justice to her naturally lovely appearance. The new chocolate pantsuit and blush-pink shell make her skin glow. Professional tailoring narrowed the pant legs and jacket sleeves for a much more flattering fit. She was so excited to show off her new look. that she could barely wait for us to take her “after” photo.
Christine has gorgeous warm coloring, a great head of hair and a willowy figure, but her basic black “uniform” didn’t do anything showcase those assets. The camel suede blazer warms up the look and the scarf visually connects the garment colors and her hair tones. Pairing the same jacket with a print skirt – which was already in her wardrobe – and a chocolate brown turtleneck adds richness the look and also repeats her eye color. Dark brown tall boots complete the coordination.
Donna’s dominant upper body looks top-heavy in a white double-breasted jacket. The jacket’s shaped fit makes it look too tight, while the baggy, too-long sleeves add visual pounds. Changing to a straighter jacket style in a darker color minimizes her top proportions, and the print skirt fills out her lower body to create a balanced look. Wearing the jacket open over a bright red shell creates a vertical line that further slims her figure. You can see the new confidence in her expression and her body language, can’t you?
Amy orchestrated her own makeover – and was sweet enough to share pictures – based on concepts she learned from the LOOKING GOOD book and a workshop I presented in Washington DC. What a difference! She sewed both outfits, but the first one is overpowering her while the second is showcasing her instead. The updates she put in place helped motivate her significant weight loss too. Yes, it really is the same person, and she now has a closet full of the shaped styles and soft mid-tone colors that work so well on her.
Crystal was being considered for a big promotion to a client-facing position, and her mentor tactfully shared that a more polished appearance would significantly improve her chances for the job. Solid colors, more structured silhouettes, hair and makeup updates all contributed to her new look. We helped her build an entire new professional wardrobe in a single weekend without breaking the budget. Now she looks every bit the valuable employee she really was all along.
Laura has a casual lifestyle, juggling her job as office manager of a very informal accounting firm (informal in dress, not in accounting principles that is!) and playing mom to two young sons. But she also leads a very sophisticated life, literally traveling the world with her husband. She needed a wardrobe that could bridge both worlds, and these relaxed but polished separates fill the bill. The softly-colored clothes let her equally subtle personal coloring glow. The unstructured aqua blazer just pops her eye color and the muted red leather jacket is embellished with brass studs that match her hair highlights.
Suzy needed to rebuild her professional wardrobe after a major weight loss. She came from a traditional professional background and was reflexively choosing dark, ultra-conservative clothes that gave her a hard-edged look entirely at odds with her warm, collegial management style. We introduced her to softer colors and more stylish separates that maintained her professional credibility and added a friendlier and more youthful energy. You can see the difference in her face, can’t you?
This client insisted that she would never wear a skirt. But this longer styling and darker print gave her the same figure elongation she loved in pants, but with far fewer fitting challenges. Wearing the jacket slightly open makes your eye follow the narrow strip of blue sweater in a vertical direction, slimming her figure and pulling the attention to her face. The newly styled hair and subtle makeup are key to this transformation. In fact, my workshop participants often question whether this is actually the same woman!
Jennifer wanted to create an updated look using clothes she already owned. This pink suit – a personal favorite – had lots of potential for improvement. We shortened the skirt so it hit at a more flattering part of her leg, and tapered it for a sleeker look. We also shortened and tapered the sleeves. If we were doing this transformation today we’d also reduce the width of the jacket’s padded shoulders. (Shoulder pads are still important, but need to be much more subtle than this to look current in 2016.) The gray silk blouse and pumps tone down the bright pink, and the pin placed high on the shoulder brings dominant attention to her face.
There’s no reason to insist on losing weight before upgrading your professional appearance. This Human Resources professional communicates far more sophistication and authority – as well as a trimmer look – in a sleek tailored suit. The jacket’s buttons keep the visual emphasis vertical and the brown color is just as slimming as black but much more flattering to her personal color pattern. The low-vamp shoe makes her legs look longer by exposing the top of her foot. And notice how something as simple as combing her hair behind her ears slims her face and creates the illusion that her whole figure is slimmer too.
This young professional woman wanted to retain her wash-and-wear hairstyle, minimal makeup and understated color choices. But none of those constraints kept her from increasing her credibility with a more polished look. A precision haircut and quick lesson in product for her curly hair made a big difference. A 5-minute makeup routine brought her facial features into focus. And a sleeker suit silhouette moves the focus from her feet to her face. Also great example of looking totally professional in a color other than black!
This example – and the three that follow – are part of a Women’s Event we did at a major local company. This woman was making the standard mistake of believing that black and white is the universal choice for a professional wardrobe. But because the contrast between black and white is so much greater than the contrast in her facial color pattern, the clothing was stealing all the attention – totally overpowering her. We kept her black pants and top, but introduced colors in the cardigan and alternate jacket that echo her skin tone and hair highlights. See how much more readily you can focus on her face, and therefore her communications?
This woman’s soft, warm coloring wasn’t being enhanced at all by her black pants and sweater. See how her skin and hair glow when she changes into the cardigan in a range of camel and brown tones. The shell underneath is a more muted teal than it looks in the photos, perfectly matching the teal in the cardigan. The sweater’s straighter shape is ideal for her rectangular body type. After the event we took the pants to a tailor to remove extra fullness from the legs for a sleeker fit.
A major weight loss motivated this gal’s wardrobe makeover. See how pale and tired she looks in the “Before” black and white striped tee shirt? (Do you sense a theme here?) Her green eyes, peachy skin and gorgeous auburn hair are just asking to be showcased in similarly warm tones of olive, rust and camel. The bias cut keeps the bold plaid from adding visual pounds. When she skips the jacket and substitutes a paisley pashmina shawl and mixed-stone necklace the same top and pants are ready for date night with her hubby.
Her petite stature made it easy for this bright young scientist to look like a student intern when she wore her typical polo shirt and hoodie. An equally comfortable fine-gauge turtleneck sweater and contrasting cardigan communicate the presence her credentials deserve. We added ruching to the side seams and sleeves of the red top to add a styling detail while also shortening it for her body proportions.
I’d love to help you find the look that showcases all your best features and makes it a joy instead of a hassle to get dressed every morning. Give me a call and let’s chat about the possibilities.