New Client - First Shop

by Kayla Kluver

Snagged my first client - started with a wardrobe consult and a successful shopping trip. Now, how many client's do you need before you can call yourself a personal stylist? One I hope.

The brief was pretty straightforward. My client hadn't been shopping in ages (she hates it) so her wardrobe had a gaping hole between stuffy business clothes and lounge wear. She was looking for pieces that, with just a few tweaks, could take her from day to night - specifically a new outfit for her son's first birthday party which was bringing together a large group of friends and family.  I did some online browsing before our meeting - as she hates shopping I wanted to keep our first excursion short and focused. I was on the lookout for a chic daytime party outfit and a couple closet staples to get her started.

Now, you can't talk wardrobe staples without mentioning the blazer. Tuxedo or boyfriend cut, it doesn't matter. One that fits your shape and style will get TONS of wear. So, we made a beeline for the nearest Zara. I originally sought out black, but the navy blue looked great with her skin tone and is just as versatile.  The fit and tuxedo-esque lapels make it dressy enough for an evening out (jeans/heels now - floral dress come summer) or a casual lunch with friends (skinny jeans and flats). I also chose a classic white Zara blouse that would look great with just about any bottom - I'm thinking casually tucked into printed trousers or a knee-length skirt. For the upcoming birthday party I chose a blue Oasis blouse that tucks perfectly into the denim a-line mini skirt (also from Oasis). At first she wasn't interested in a skirt (or the cut of this specific one) but once she had it on, she loved it. Always be willing to give something a shot - the only way to be certain you don't like something is to give it a go. The skirt, which nipped in at the top of the waist, was ultra-slimming and the length was flattering and age appropriate.

At the end of the day the client was happy (phew!) and so was I. Now, who's next?