FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you do extreme makeovers?
I see what I do as teaching a life skill, not
doing a magic makeover, which may only last a few hours, or - as
in some of the television shows - spending tens of thousands
of dollars on dental and facial procedures.
The service I offer is about making the most of your colouring, shape and hair,
and knowing how to maintain that optimum look within the reality of each person’s lifestyle
Who are your clients?
I will never name my clients, confidentiality
is top of my code of ethics. I have been privileged to work with
people from every walk of life and all ages - from teenagers
through to women in their late 70s. The career range of my male
clients has been tow truck driver to Members of Parliament and CEOs.
My female clients range from students and at-home Mums to MPs and
CEOs. I’ve also had a number of clients from the armed services,
who have spent their working lives in uniforms and are not sure
what clothes suit them or where to shop when they leave to begin
civilian careers. Some of my clients are blind and rely on assistance
with their wardrobes.
I feel nervous about coming to see you.
Many people do feel nervous about the process
until they start - and then they are so thrilled to be learning
a new skill that will help them throughout their life. It is not
a critical experience, it is an empowering one to help YOU make
the very most of yourself. Most people leave saying: “I wish
I’d done this years ago.”
Do I get a say in where we shop?
Yes, you certainly do. Together we work out the
best shops for the sort of clothes you need and the price range
you want to spend. I am totally independent and not connected to
any store, label or brand. I am working for YOU, to ensure you have
a wardrobe that works for you.
What happens if I do not like the clothes you select for me?
There is NO pressure to buy anything you don’t
like. It is vital that you like the garments we choose, otherwise
you won’t wear them. My role is to guide you to clothes that
work for you and explain why I’ve chosen them, but the final
decision is always yours.
How much money do I need for a shopping trip?
That is entirely up to you - we can shop
at Glassons or Hallensteins, middle-range chain stores or top designer
labels. It does not matter to me what your budget is, and I strongly
believe you do not need to spend a fortune to look great. It’s
not how much you spend, but what you spend it on. If the clothes
are the right colours, suit your shape and fit you properly, you’ll
As a colourist why do you wear black?
First, it is one of my best colours; and second,
when I’m working closely with another person, I do not want
my clothing to detract from the client’s. The experience
is all about them, not me.
My friends tell me I’m extravagant if I
shop with a personal stylist.
If you’re 100% happy with all your clothes and your appearance,
you only need a personal shopper if you are too busy to continue
shopping for yourself.
However, if you have clothes in your wardrobe that you’ve
bought and never wear, then how much more money are you prepared
to waste and not be totally happy with your look?
How does shopping with a stylist differ from
shopping with my best friend?
Your best friend knows you, but she probably
is not a trained colour and style expert and not a trained personal
shopper and, believe me, there is a big difference. The trained
image consultant is totally focussed on YOU and knows exactly what
to look for to suit YOU. She is quick, efficient and professional.
What can you offer that I cannot do for myself?
I can teach you the colours and shapes that work
for you and give you a blueprint for your wardrobe. I can
take the stress and question marks out of shopping for you. With
an extensive knowledge of fashion shops and labels I can introduce
you to new stores, where you have not been before. I give you professional
advice on all garments you try on - I am not like a shop
assistant, who wants to make a sale - I am working for YOU
to make sure you get the best clothes for you. I will do all the
running in and out of the changing rooms for you and seek out more
How do I develop my own style?
It’s about knowing what really suits your
colouring and your shape and being confident that those garments
really work for you. If you LOVE something, that’s your style
- start trusting your gut instinct. Dress YOUR body and go for
clothes that APPEAL to you.
Can you give me a list of must-haves for my wardrobe?
The most successful wardrobes have clothes that
suit you and work for your lifestyle. I don’t believe in
those lists of the season’s must-haves that we read in magazines.
The real must-haves are what make you look your best and you feel
comfortable in. A winning wardrobe only has garments that
suit your colouring, shape, lifestyle, budget and personality.
I’m on a diet, I’ll wait until I’ve
reached my goal.
The colours and style consultations have nothing
to do with weight. So why not give yourself some extra encouragement
and wear the colours and styles that suit you? When you reach your
goal weight, reward yourself with a shopping experience.
Will you tell me I have to wear heels?
No, it is not my style to tell you that you have
to wear anything. If you are not comfortable in heels there is
no point wearing them. This is not an endurance test, it is about
developing a style that you enjoy. Comfort is very important. It
is hard to have a winning smile, if your feet are hurting!