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Stories from the changing room (part 2)

By 27th February 2011 No Comments

Stories from the changing room (part 2)
I promised to tell you about the daughter-in-law of the 73-year old lady I met in the changing rooms.
Such a little dot, she was, modelling a rather snazzy pair of snakeskin trousers and a lacy blouse in cream. She looked fabulous. “What do you think?” she asked her mother-in-law who looked extremely dubious and replied that she wasn’t too sure at all. You see, a Classic looking at a Creative will turn her nose up and declare that SHE wouldn’t be caught dead looking like that. So, once again, I’m afraid that I had to stick my nose in and tell this lady that she looked wonderful.
I also mentioned that she was a Creative. “How can you tell? she asked me. To me, it’s obvious and sometimes even I don’t know how I work it out but, after 23 years in this business, it’s become second nature. It has a lot to do with colouring and body shape and scale. This particular combination, combined with an analysis of the person’s personality (which, in this case, had to be done on the fly) usually brings the right result.
I then told her that she probably loved ankle boots (especially with fur around the top), ethnic jewellery in wood, shells, or enamel, and loved mixing different fabrics and prints. She was amazed and agreed with everything. So, when she modelled the next outfit, a long, clingy skirt in masses of different colours teamed with a black, long-sleeved top with tassles, we both knew she looked fabulous.
And it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. Just ask yourself how important their opinion really is. If the chips were down for you, would they pay your morgage for you? No? Then their opinion is really worth diddly-squat, isn’t it?
Trust your own judgement and get some expert advice. You need to wear clothes that:
• complement your colouring
• suit your body shape and scale and personality
• are comfortable
• are appropriate for the occasion
If you learn whether cool or warm colours look the best on you, and also understand which shapes and fabrics suit you most, you will soon be meeting all four of the points above.
Classics like a more conservative look (though, this is never boring) and will never be able to understand why a Creative would want to wear non-matching fabrics or prints. Dramatics often cannot bear the feel of cotton and cannot relate to a Natural wearing natural fibres. Europeans will prefer a blended look and will not appreciate Dramatics in their total contrast outfit. And the list goes on………
So, perhaps you ought to think twice before taking advice from your best friend, your mother, or your Great Aunt Morticia unless they happen to be either
• the same style as you or
• thoroughly objective?
Taking time out to learn about which colours and styles really make you look wonderful is an investment – in yourself. You will end up with a small wardrobe that works for every occasion – now doesn’t that sound like heaven on earth?

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