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I have some weight I’d like to lose. Should I wait before working with you?

Absolutely not! One of the most common mistakes women make before working with me (and/or deciding that the time has finally arrived to make a change in their appearance/image) is thinking they need to lose weight before improving their wardrobe and appearance.

Not only is this unnecessary because with the right clothes you can look fabulous at any weight, very often years go by without any significant weight loss and, from personal experience, the weight usually goes up the older you get.

The size of a woman’s clothes has nothing to do with looking and feeling put together, professional and attractive. She can be a size 2 or 20, but as long as her clothes are the right color, style, and fit, the size on the label won’t make any difference in her appearance, or how she sees herself. Being thin does not guarantee a woman to be well dressed or confident in her wardrobe choices.

It is possible to look and feel your best without losing a pound. I like to say that after working with me you’ll look amazing – without giving up dessert.

If I hire you, will I need to get rid of all the clothes I already have?

That’s an easy one to answer…NO. My goal is for you to only have in your closet the clothes that you look and feel great in.

Most of the time I find that women have a few great pieces in their wardrobe, along with a few duds, and then a bunch of clothes that still have tags on them. We’ll start by going through your wardrobe and determining which pieces look great on you, and which aren’t so flattering.

Then I’ll help you put together multiple outfits from your existing pieces. My guess is that you probably have a few favorites that you wear the same way every time. I’ll open your eyes to whole new ways to wear those favorites and, even if you only have a few pieces, you’ll have many options.

All the clothes that don’t work for you anymore can be stored in another room if you don’t want to part with them, consign or donate. Note: Most of my clients end up eagerly getting rid of the clothes that they now see don’t fit or flatter them.

If you add on a personal shopping session, then I’ll also help you pick additional pieces to complement the clothes you’re keeping.

I just wrote an easy-to-follow closet organizing guide that will show you how to organize your clothes so it will be much easier to know and find what to wear. You also will get a video tour of my closet, showing you how to use my organizing tips. Women love seeing the inside of my closet, as they expect it to be out of a magazine, and are pleasantly surprised to see it is not so different from their own.

Do I need to buy expensive clothes in order to look good?

I don’t so why should you? As a matter of fact, I always hit the sale racks first because I love saving money whenever and wherever possible.

Another perk of working with me is that I’ll provide you with very specific and personalized tips for styling clothes that can cost $10 or $100 or, more typically, someplace between the two. No matter what a garment costs, if it isn’t the right color or style for you, it is simply a waste of money.

Here’s an insider tip as an example: For less than $40 you can make a dramatic change in how your clothes look on you just by getting a new bra that has been professionally fitted.

How? For starters, your waistline will be more defined, as the correct bra will keep the breasts up where they belong and you will find your clothes will fit so much better. When your bust line is back where it was meant to be, you will instantly feel and look younger, thinner, and taller. Imagine how great the right clothes would now look with your new uplifted shape!

And that’s just the beginning.

Is hiring a stylist expensive?

Nope. You’ll actually probably end up saving money because you won’t be making shopping mistakes that result in price tags left on unworn clothes and shoes in your closet. All those unworn clothes and shoes are simply money wasted and plain old aggravating.

Not only that but loss of confidence, and missing out on business and events are very expensive.

Finally, knowing what you should wear and buy is the best money you’ll ever spend. Well, other than a vacation to Paris perhaps…

Depending on whether you work with me personally or virtually or how often, an initial investment can be as low as $400 and you’ll be surprised at what we can do with what you already have in your closet.

Do you buy the clothes for me?

Your credit card never touches my hands or eyes, so only you will be buying the clothes that we both agree are perfect for you. We work together as a team. As your personal shopper, I select the clothes so that when you arrive in the filled dressing room, all you have to do is try them on.

If we are working together virtually, I’ll send you a slew of links for pieces I think will work for you. You can place orders for what you want, and return anything that doesn’t tickle your fancy.

Fair warning: When I show my clients what they should be wearing, it is almost always not something they would have picked out on their own. But 99% of the time, it is what they buy, as they love it and are thrilled to get out of their fashion rut.

So, as a rule, if we’re shopping in person, you’ll be required to try everything on that I pick (but you don’t have to buy them) and if we’re shopping virtually, I highly recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and buying things to try on that you normally wouldn’t (or better yet – try finding the virtual items in stores near you to try on).

What if I don’t like what you pick out?

This gets back to our being a team. As long as you are open to trying on new labels and styles, the only, and I mean ONLY, reaction that counts is your own.

I don’t design the clothes, so all that matters is how you look and feel in what I select for you. I tell my clients that their first reaction is the one that counts.

I must say that my proudest moment always is when I hear the words after they love how they look, “I never would have picked this out myself!” That’s when I know I’ve done my job well.

What is an “in-person styling session” and what do I take away?

I come either virtually or in-person straight to your home (and closet) to give you recommendations on what colors, shapes, and styles are best for you.

You’ll get little-known yet transformative tips that will maximize your positives and minimize your perceived negatives. We’ve all got those!

Then I’ll evaluate your wardrobe, one season per session, to assess which items flatter you, need alterations or repair, and clear out those that don’t do you justice. The result will be a well-organized closet containing clothes you will want to wear!

I’ll help you see your clothes in a whole new way by putting together creative outfits with what you already own. I’ll show you which of your accessories to wear with your newly created outfits, and determine which pieces if needed, should be purchased to further complement your wardrobe.

As a special added bonus you’ll have your very own “lookbook” with the photos I will take of your “new” outfits, which will be e-mailed to you after the session. No worrying about remembering which top went with which pants, as you will always be able to refer to the photos when you need guidance, inspiration, and, frankly, peace of mind.

What is a “virtual styling session” and what do I take away?

The virtual “Develop Your Unique Style” is a program designed especially for the woman who lives outside of my travel area, or for the Westchester NY area local who wants to “try on” my services without literally trying things on in front of me.

You will receive a brief questionnaire, to be completed via email, along with a request for a few photos. After I review your photos and information, we’ll have a 60-minute style call during which I’ll give you recommendations on what colors, shapes, and styles are best for you. You’ll also receive links to recommendations on where to shop and specific items for you to look at and, if you’d like, purchase.

What do I need to have before I hire you?

Breakfast or lunch, and a full-length mirror. It’s that simple.

How do I know you won’t make me look like someone I’m not?

I promise that won’t happen with me. Not everyone should be “pigeonholed” into a specific style or type. I excel in asking the right questions to uncover a style that works for your personality, career, and lifestyle.

What you’ll come away with is a style that is uniquely and authentically YOU.

Not only will you have learned what works for you and why, but you’ll also hear my voice in your head (I promise you in a good way) telling you what works for your body, lifestyle, career and budget whenever you choose what to wear and buy.

I’ve always thought that styling was for the rich and famous. Why do I need this as a business owner?

Absolutely not! I work with every budget and it is not about where you shop but what you buy. I love to find things that are already on sale, and I create more outfits for you with fewer clothes than you had before. I usually save my clients money since they no longer waste it on the wrong clothes that end up sitting in the closet, often with the price tags still attached.

Simply put: You are your brand. You are your business. You are the person people are hiring. Your image matters!

It’s also true that many entrepreneurs work in their PJs or leggings, sitting behind their computers, and when it comes to actually stepping a toe out of their house to go to an event, lots of scrambling and stressing goes on to find real clothes that still fit and look good.

You shouldn’t dress to disappear or look boring. Your wardrobe and how you feel in your clothes send the message that you are talented, professional, creative, and interesting.

Plus, if you are looking to earn money, and step up your brand and business, your personal image is as important as your new website or business card. Just saying.

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