Conservative - now that’s a spectacularly dirty word.
But I’m not talking politics. I’m referring to vocation - finances, law, insurance - and the dress code of the people within those organizations. Think lots of black. Maybe some pearls.
These are my clients. Hot shots, typically. Highly promoted people, always cocked and loaded with potential. But...there’s a blah factor.
Which is why they call me - an ex Mary Kay saleswoman running around lighting closets on fire.
Kidding. Arson is for amateurs. Say you and I got in cahoots - there could be some items in your closet worth repurposing. But, if you really want to burn a few things when we’re done, I’ll bring the matches. Besides...the sparks match the ones behind my eyes.
That said, if we’re building a pyre, you bring the Pinot and we’ll toast just this once to the good ol’ days where you, like me, started from ground zero - with barely the basics - and worked your way to the top.
Because we’re going to do it again. Only this time, it involves your clothes. And MOI. So it’s going to be a lot more fun (even if you do hate shopping).
To be clear, I’m not your stylist, and I’m not your fashionista. Style doesn’t sell in the conservative corporate world, confidence does. And you know as well as I do that when there’s confidence, the money, the promotions, the new clients soon follow.
Oh and side note - I don’t do vintage. As mentioned, there’s only one final toast to the old days, because I’ve never made a habit of looking back or bemoaning the stigmas of any past life. (Single motherhood. Pink cadillacs).
I’ve always looked to the future, and when clients look with me, there’s no time to tsk tsk over personal style ruts or weight gain or the inevitability of aging.
Instead, we’re going to slip on a smile and perhaps a tailored jacket. We’re adding color that compliments our particular complexion and accessorizing with the perfect bracelet. Maybe we’ll tie it all together with a gorgeous silk scarf, but regardless, we move forward - we MEET the future head on.
I know how to get this done because I’ve worked with clothes and makeup for two decades. I’m a Certified Color Consultant using what they call the “Color Clock System.” I’m Menswear Certified too, Corporate Image Consulting Certified, and I’ve served as a Wardrobe & Color Consultant/Personal Shopper for Bon Marche (what is now Macy’s).
Know what else? A new, more befitting image and the confidence that accompanies it isn’t the only thing I sell.
I sell ease, mornings with no fussing, perfect fits, appropriate looks, preparation to put an outfit together all on your own.
What other descriptive word pairings could we try right here? How about something basic with something light?
Conservative confidence. Meaning, “I don’t try to look twenty years old when I’m not.” Meaning “I keep my cards close and look like I know what I’m doing because I do.”
Meaning, “I look as sharp as the pins you’re sitting on, so people lean in to hear what I have to say.”
Last one - Upward momentum. Let me in the boudoir to rethink, reimagine, reconsider what you own and ask the tough questions like, “Is this you now? Or is this who you were 10 years ago?”
I work with people who can bring themselves to the table, as well as their desire to invest in an upgraded self that FEELS like making a new future. Everything is so much easier when you want to do it. If you can do that, I’ll do what I’ve always done when it’s time to reinvent and move forward - I’ll bring my color wheel. My fire.
My excitement for the combination of possibilities I know are always waiting just ahead.