Shopping for clothing is something that we all have to do. Clothes shopping can be a joy, but with it comes so much emotion. Some people absolutely live to shop…and others loathe it! Understandably so.
We have so many variables to consider, the extra 5 we gained on vacation, post-baby weight that just won’t go away no matter how much we yell at it! How shall we disguise that today? We all have our crosses to bear now and again, don’t we?
When we do venture out, we usually take a friend who might acknowledge a purchase that is totally wrong for us because she doesn’t want to hurt our feelings…or maybe she just likes to help you spend your money so she doesn’t feel so guilty about her empty wallet! There is so much involved in making the right purchase, making good investments and buying something that we not only love, but that flatters and is right for our shape.
People tend to follow trends in almost a maniacal way and think that they are stylish dressers. First, your size, shape, personality and lifestyle need to be considered. There is the budget, too.
With a personal shopper on your side there are fewer errors in judgment and more good choices made because she can be honest and forthright in helping you build a working wardrobe that isn’t full of worthless trends. Don’t get me wrong, trends are fun! The industry is aware that people want to look current and stylish but you can do that without breaking your bank and becoming a fashion victim.
I work under the thought that good investment pieces within your budget will last for years. Trendy accessories and the insertion of hot, new colors can totally transform a wardrobe and bring you au currant.
There is so much less time and money wasted scouring the malls and sale racks when working with a personal shopper since you set your goals with her before you step into the store. The closet needs to be purged and the structure of your wardrobe set, depending on your needs.
The budget then comes into play. What can we fill in with to make each piece more versatile, fresh and fun within your plan? Your personal shopper will either accompany you to the stores or can bring items to your home for you to try on in the comfort of your own bedroom. After an initial look-see at your favorite boutiques and maybe department stores’ online sites, I prefer option II as you can move around in the clothing, see it in different lighting and mix and match it with things you already own. You can also freely comment without having people in the dressing room next to you eavesdrop on your angst!
So, if you find yourself considering a change, puzzled over what to wear to work each and every day or wonder why…hey, I don’t feel like the Michelin man! Why do I look so short-square-plump-dowdy? Invest your valuable time and hard earned money in working with a personal shopper to help guide you. The confidence you will gain will be immense! First impressions go a long way in sealing the deal, landing the dream job or even meeting Mr. Right! Look what great clothes, flare and the accompanying confidence did for Carrie Bradshaw!
Content contributed by Miriam Cash, Equilibrium Design and Consulting
Wouldn’t you love the chance to work with a personal shopper just once? I know I would love to pick the brain of a professional standing in front of me. I would totally go through the What Not to Wear experience to come out a better dresser. I think even when you are aware of what looks good on you, you still need the honest opinion of a professional!
Here is your chance! ENTER TO WIN!
Equilibrium Design and Consulting is offering a gift certificate entitling recipient to a free one hour personal shopping consultation valued at $75.
Miriam will travel the greater Philadelphia area, including Wilmington, DE and Cherry Hill, NJ should someone in this vicinity win the prize drawing.
For those living elsewhere, I will provide the recipient with a 20-30 minute phone consultation to discuss their wardrobe needs. We will spend time discussing their personality, lifestyle, wardrobe needs and dilemmas. I will give them resources and websites to help them build their wardrobe and will offer a second phone call to check in and answer any questions or supply more resources, if needed.
How to Enter: Leave a comment telling us why you need to win a session with a personal shopper! Winner will be selected at random using Random.org.
Deadline: August 18 at Midnight PST.
US Residents Only, Please.
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