Wardrobe Angel Case Study – Working in a creative industry

Lots of my clients work in creative industries, namely television and radio. This creates some interesting wardrobe dilemmas as the creative industries are usually pretty casual in their dress codes. This then leads to people wearing the same things for work as they would at the weekend and never quite standing out in the workplace as they should. Here is one Wardrobe Angel Case Study to show how I turned one creative worker’s wardrobe into a career defining success: Fiona, TV executive Recently promoted to a lofty and visible position of authority, each night driving home from work instead of feeling incredibly proud of her awesome achievement, she would start to feel anxious about what to wear the following day. This became a self-fulfilling prophecy; as she stressed more and more about what to wear, she found it harder and harder to find something to wear. Plus, she didn’t even really know what she was supposed to be wearing – the job description didn’t come with a Dress Code. What did I do? Utilised jackets to convey strength in her position  – sartorial armour if you will – by giving her a defined silhouette. Removed black from her wardrobe (with her soft colouring the contrast was too harsh) and focused on creams, taupe, sky blue, yellow and navy. Combined low heels (she was on her feet a lot during the day, a high heel wouldn’t have been appropriate) and jackets as the pillars of her wardrobe, combined with a variety of dresses and the odd pair of trousers and jeans. Made necklaces her USP and wove them into nearly...

Why doubling up could be damaging your style

Style is increasing individual but have you ever bought 2 or 3 of the same item of clothing for your wardrobe because you liked it so much? One of my first clients did a lot of TV shopping on QVC and bought items in all the colours each range had to offer. Needless to say she didn’t wear half of what she owned and found the choice in her wardrobe overwhelming! Buying duplicates can seem like a good idea when you really love an item of clothing but in my experience it really means you will wear your favourite item less. I liken it to really enjoying a meal then ordering the same meal again only to find that the taste is slightly different and you are already full from your first sitting. If you really love an item of clothing then wear it and enjoy it. When I was a teenage I was the proud owner of a velour Miss Sixty t-shirt (I know! Sounds hideous! But it was awesome, I swear) but I hardly ever wore it. It laid perfectly folded in my wardrobe and each time I went for it I thought “no, it’s for best” and opted for another t-shirt. Then I went to university, shrunk the t-shirt in the wash and the rest is history. I only remember wearing it once for an extended family picture. What a waste! If you repeat buy the same items, as well as running the risk of never wearing the item, you also run the risk of looking the same all the time.  Your style uniform becomes so small that...