In June I got my first opportunity to style a woman (Valerie) for a fashion show. The show was a culminating activity in which women who were being empowered through a program at their church discovered who they were and learned to love themselves for the beauty they possess inside and out.
I started my first gig very seriously. I had already drafted the SilynRose Client intake form – on which I ask questions about size, dimension, and what you feel you best features are.
I remember in response to what are your best features, Valerie had responded with “ha, ha, ha”. That was troubling. Every woman should know and embrace her best features. I would say mine are my legs.
Anyhow. Since I had been given permission to shop secondhand, I went to all of my favorite spots (Crossroads Trading Co, Beacon’s Closet, Goodwill) and put together the three required looks – business, evening, and casual.
The business look – a leather wrap skirt, fitted blazer, with a belt to accent the waist, a structured blue handbag and a green necklace – and a tan and metallic shoe (the metallic makes it a neutral)
The evening look – a fitted short sleeveless dress in black and white. Because you usually don’t want to do both short and sleeveless, I added a sheer black scarf to be worn with the tails of the scarf flowing to the back over her shoulders. I added a red purse for accent. – I love red. Whether in a shoe or a purse, hat or nail polish. It always accents an outfit.
Lastly, the casual look – I had found a beautiful, colorful circle skirt with the word Paris on it and an etching of the Eiffel Tower. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was a hit. I paired this extra colorful bold skirt with a plan white tee-shirt (remember I categorized a white tee-shirt as a closet must have). I bought brown high heel sandals that would elongate the leg and brown wooden necklace. The browns and the white tee-shirt would neutralize the outfit a bit. The key to wearing bold colors is let the one piece be the statement piece but don’t over do it. But I was very careful to accent the colors in the skirt. I put 3 colorful bangles, a red hat and red sunglasses, and an orange vintage woven bag for accent.
I remember when my cousin received the items for Valerie; she commented that the Paris skirt was too much. She couldn’t get with all of the colors. Trust me, she isn’t alone. Many people still don’t know what to do with too much color. But luckily Valerie was willing to take the risk.
The fashion show was a hit. – And the Paris skirt received rave reviews. I had an opportunity to speak with Valerie afterwards. She said she had never even considered buying items that looked like what I had sent for her to wear. She simple hadn’t considered a leather skirt as a possible business skirt. And she, like many others, doesn’t think in complete outfits. What I had sent included bracelets, necklaces, bags, sunglasses, and hats. I had considered the arms, neck and head a part of the body that needed to be accessorized when putting an outfit together. It worked out well and I have secured my first client ☺