A few months ago, I met with a client who was working on several self-consciousness issues. She was a tall woman, and had to endure an endless stream of height-related commentary from friends and strangers alike. Her mother had instilled in her the belief that her ankles and feet were huge and unsightly, and was struggling to make peace with that. She loved fun clothes and dressing up, but lived in a community where folks attended just about every event from “night at the gym” to “night on the town” in the same casual, comfy duds. We talked at length about this last one, and she said, “I have one friend who I’ve never seen in anything but a fleece and jeans. I wouldn’t want to head to a girls night out in a frilly dress and make her feel uncomfortable.”
Originally posted 2013-02-18 06:32:24.
There are a few things that came up time and again when I worked with style consult clients. Shirt length was one of them. Closet orphans were another. But the one that consistently surprised me? So many of these stylish, enthusiastic, creative women who are keen to transform their sartorial lives lack one of the most important tools in a stylish woman’s arsenal: A full-length mirror.
Most of them have mirrors in their bathrooms or atop their dressers that show everything from the hips upward. Some undergo potentially dangerous contortions to perch on the bathtub edge. Some check the top half and then clamber onto the bed for the bottom view.
Originally posted 2012-11-06 06:31:25.
Jori sent this question via e-mail:
Recently at an airport I noticed a woman walking toward me from some distance away wearing what appeared to be an odd combination of colors. But when she got closer I could see her dress was not actually a solid color but rather had a very detailed print that wasn’t evident from far away. There were colors in the print that actually matched other parts of her outfit, so up close she seemed very put together. So: I was wondering if you had any thoughts about how to dress if you’re going to be seen from a distance – for example, anyone who gives presentations in a large room. (And also how to “test” how you will look from a distance, since most of us stand fairly close to our mirrors when we get dressed in the morning.)
Originally posted 2013-01-16 06:45:28.