"Holding on to the clothes that are no longer doing your shape justice is like waging psychological warfare on yourself every morning ."
Meet my 32 year old client, Cassie.
Cassie's dream job as a Marketing Director for a rising tech company landed her and her husband, Paul, in Raleigh about 8 months before we met.
The stress of getting married, focusing on her career, and moving to a new city have made grabbing taking out and hitting the snooze button instead of hitting the gym an all too common occurrence for Cassie.
These habits partnered with the curse of how our bodies change heading into our 30s has left Cassie with a wardrobe that no longer fits or flatters her new figure.
Her casual closet is stuck in the boho, festival style that she has been wearing since her mid 20s. She has gone up in sizes, but the fit is all wrong and she feels defeated because when she looks in the mirror all she sees are the problem areas staring back at her.
Cassie's new company has a very casual dress code, but with her job putting her front and center as a leader she needs to look the part. She knows that as a woman in her field she needs an elevated style that creates a confident and capable authority among her peers.
I know from my own personal experience not being the size you once were causes new levels of frustration when getting dressed. And when you go shopping not only do you have to size up, but try on whole fits and shapes of clothing that are new to you.
My mission for Cassie was to teach her she could still have the essence of the 70's feel that she loved in her wardrobe. The key was choosing the right fit first to help her fall in love with her curves.
For her Style Strategy our goal was a feminine 70's Inspired wardrobe that empowers her to shine in her new role at work.
What Cassie really liked about the 70's style elements were the floral prints, bell bottoms, muted neutrals and brights mixed together.
Her Style Icon is Rachel Zoe. A lot of what Rachel wears hangs on her very thin frame. This isn't the way clothing was going to fit Cassie, and that's okay. The elements of Rachel's looks that Cassie loved-pattern, flowy fabric, wide leg pants were all things that would translate into her curvier style.
During Cassie's edit we tossed a TON! She was hanging on to sizes that were too small and that did not fit her new style strategy.
Next I pulled looks for her that included pieces that were:
-High Waist Wide Leg Trousers and Jeans-create a long lean line
-Knee Length A Line Skirts-hem floats away from the body
-Blouses with soft flowy fabrics.
-Wrap or shirt style dresses that emphasized her small waist
-accessories that were delicate or made a big statement
-Floral and abstract patterns for visual interest
This mini capsule has looks similar to what Cassie is rocking to work now.
All of the looks are a nod to the 70's but carry her through her day as a modern marketing maven. To create a narrow waistline any look with a blouse Cassie will tuck in to her skirts or pants.
The majority of us look in the mirror and see something about our shape that we would like to change. The style and cut of a piece of clothing can do amazing things to turn what you see as a problem area into your best asset.
Key pieces to add to your closet to enhance your shape: