I first began working with Kristi almost 7 years ago before I was a trained stylist. Kristi always admired my outfits. She didn’t enjoy shopping, and putting things together didn’t come easily to her. At that time I was 6 years into a new home with a massive yard that needed landscaping. This was Kristi’s forte and we traded our skills. I enjoyed helping her shop; she sketched out plans for landscaping.
I chose Kristi as a Client of the Month because I like to show the variety of clients that I work with. For some it’s a one time appointment. For others, it’s ongoing. Changing your style does not happen suddenly—it evolves. Some women need the continual affirmation. New situations come up. Questions arise. There are stages and it’s a process. My sincere thanks to Kristi for being willing to be featured in this post, and for her support of my business.
This photo was taken in 2005. I found her the pink jacket and helped with the jewelry. She barely wore any at the time. Would it be my first choice today? Probably not, but it worked at the time. Kristi laughs at her hairstyle then, but who doesn’t look back at hairstyles and cringe a little?
I first took Kristi shopping in the winter months when turtlenecks and suede jackets were all the rage. Remember that? The year was 2004.
S by K: Describe that first shopping trip.
K: I was buying things too big and hiding behind them. I had lost 15-20 pounds, but didn’t embrace the new body I had. A more fitted pair of pants and fitted jacket made such a difference. I realized it wasn’t about being super thin, but embracing what I had and looking the best I could at that time—accentuating the positive.
I tried to teach Kristi “rules” so she would learn what to look for on her own. I realized that putting outfits together does NOT come easily to everyone. Kristi is not alone—MANY women struggle with making choices and decisions.
When I started my stylist business, Kristi expressed interest in my consulting services. I took her through the profile which was a piece I didn’t have before my training. I could asses her body type and personal style. I worked extensively on playing up her assets and her confidence. In the years since that first shopping trip, Kristi had gained back some of the original loss, but then took off a total of 50 pounds! She needed new clothes.
It’s hard to buy new things when you are in transition. This picture is a good example of wearing things too big in that stage where you’re “trying to get by”.
Kristi had weeded many things out of her closet. We talked about how clothes would look differently on her. We discussed what could be altered and what needed to be given away. We worked on accessories: belts, scarves and jewelry. We put new outfits together and took photos. We spent a lot of time on color. It is very easy for Kristi to choose the same colors and styles and not branch out. She was very drawn to black and other dark, almost overpowering colors. But, with her hair, skin and eyes, intense colors aren’t the best choice. Pastels wash her out, so the right saturation of color is important to bring out the best in her features. Kristi also needed new frames for her glasses and I helped with that too. Below you see the Before/After glasses.
The dark purple sweater was a favorite and overall a good color for her. The shade was so intense that it really “wore her”. I suggested the scarf which has green, yellow, cream and purple. It softens the deep color around her face.
S by K: What is the most challenging thing now about shopping on your own
K: Fashion changes quickly so I get stuck in that. I’m not fashion forward. I get comfortable with what I had last year and the year before. I don’t think of different ways to wear what I have. I find something I like and keep buying it over and over.
S by K: Do you feel like you have fully embraced how clothes fit you.
K: When you are not at your best, it takes a lot more metal prep to embrace a shape you’re not 100 % happy with. When you dress current and in fashion instead of hiding behind something that isn’t fashionable, it makes a difference. I realized when I wear something current it helps me look and feel so much better
The red helps brighten up the black. The blue sweater brings out Kristi’s blue eyes. The style of the sweater really helps add some volume to Kristi’s small shoulders and balance the hips. Kristi is now enamoured with belts when before she never wore them at all. The belt adds some interest. A long necklace or a series of bracelets would work as well.
Looking fab in jeans and boots
Kristi bought this gray sweater on her own. It was a good choice, but it was hard to find the right thing to go under it. Turns out, I had this blue top in my closet and wasn’t wearing it. SOLD. The shade is a cross between navy and cobalt and is perfect.
Wearing jewelry has been a learning curve for Kristi. When she sent me this photo, I explained that with layering you want one piece to “nest” inside the other. The chunky piece really stands by itself and she doesn’t need a piece above that–that link necklace almost gets lost. The other silver necklace could be worn long rather than doubled up. I suggested one necklace and sticking with the bracelets and earrings.
S by K: What was the most helpful part of my services the 2ndtime around?
K: Accessories to brighten outfits, re-thinking color. My new glasses have made a huge difference. I’ve also changed my hairstyle. All of these pieces worked together to change my look. I receive compliments all the time and it feels great!
This next picture is Kristi’s favorite. It’s been a journey and I believe this photo depicts her happiness and confidence. And finally, my favorite photo. My goal is to teach everyone to do this on their own. Kristi bought the sweater without me and later asked for my opinion. It followed all the rules when it came to color, and style for her body type! Perfect.
Make a comment to thank Kristi for sharing her story! I know she will appreciate your compliments.