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Eliana
10-28-2010, 02:53 PM
Would you consider hiring one? I wonder how much one would cost. I wonder how to go about locating one.

I'd LOVE to have someone come in and dress me! I see other people and think, yes, I want to dress like her! But throw me into a store and I am LOST! There are way too many decisions and about the best thing I can do is throw together bottoms and tops. Matching up jackets and other extras confuses the heck out of me.


time2lose
10-28-2010, 02:57 PM
I would love to have one! I am totally helpless when it comes to clothes!

Creeech
10-28-2010, 02:59 PM
That sounds expensive, especially where I live! :(


kateleestar
10-28-2010, 03:01 PM
You might try picking your most "fashionable" friend and ask them to go shopping with you! :)

That would at least be cheaper! LOL.

totsandfries
10-28-2010, 03:08 PM
I am in need of one! To me I think a V-neck t-shirt and jeans are perfectly fashionable.:?:

Eliana
10-28-2010, 03:08 PM
I do have a friend I could ask, except though I admire HER style, she once convinced me to buy the most horrible red dress when I was 235 pounds. My MIL has a family picture with me in that dress forever hanging in her kitchen. :rolleyes: Oh, it's awful! I'm not sure I trust her opinion on me. LOL!

Money is definitely an issue. I read on my PT's blog last night that she used one and all she mentioned was that the consultant came and purged her closet and then went out and shopped within a budget. I want to get more information.

It's probably a pipe dream...

Eliana
10-28-2010, 03:09 PM
I am in need of one! To me I think a V-neck t-shirt and jeans are perfectly fashionable.:?:

Yes! Exactly! Add sweatshirts to the mix and that's my closet.

Shannon in ATL
10-28-2010, 03:26 PM
Does Nordstrom still have personal shoppers who can help you pick things out? I remember going with my aunt when she was in for a wardrobe overhaul when I was a teenager. The woman assigned to us spent several hours with us, picked out clothes from head to toe.

Which is like what Rachel did on Friends, as a matter of fact. :)

totsandfries
10-28-2010, 03:36 PM
Yes! Exactly! Add sweatshirts to the mix and that's my closet.

Yep, I live in v-necks, jeans, hoodies and flip flops. When it gets cold in the winter I will even wear my flip flop with socks on. :nono:

Rosinante
10-28-2010, 03:47 PM
I have it mind to book a "Colour me Beautiful" consultation but not quite yet. I'd been thinking of January but I'm not going to be near enough goal, I don't think.

DixC Chix
10-28-2010, 04:03 PM
What a great idea - I want the one who made over Susan Boyle.

saef
10-28-2010, 04:05 PM
This is one thing that I absolutely cannot imagine outsourcing, as I love looking at & buying clothes & every day, I think getting dressed is like a combination of creating an artwork (like a painting) that expresses my mood & the season & what things I love lately, and dressing a character in a theatrical production. Like who do I want to be today, while still being saef?

And it's so individual that I cannot even imagine telling someone else what to wear.

I mean, I enjoyed "What Not to Wear" but I'd never want to do that.

rachael
10-28-2010, 05:23 PM
I would LOVE to go on What Not To Wear. You still get to pick what you like, they just guide you.

What I did was pay a lot of attention to what I like that other people wear. I am pretty simple, but I like dresses a lot and dresses are easy because there's no coordinating.

xty
10-28-2010, 05:26 PM
Many, many stores offer personal shoppers for free now.

Even JCrew and Banana do this! You make an appt and its totally free. Try it out :)

They often tell you about sales in advance and hook you up with coupons too.

Over time I have developed my own sense of style. Having for so many years just bought whatever I could button/zip up and didnt look atrocious, a whole new world opened up when lots of things could be zipped up. Hehe :)

Dont be afraind to try anything on, take pics of yourself, and then return later after you have had time to think it over. And when things truly fit, dont be afraid to buy many of them (if you are staying one size!).

My #1 rule is about fit over style. Not long ago everyone had their clothes tailor made just for them. The invention of ready to wear is horrendous in my opinion. Hardly anything truly fits anyone, regardless of how small or large they are. My biggest tips are around making sure your shoulders fit, your waist and butt dont pinch or gape, you can sit without baring your *** and that overall you create a nice lean line. This is one area where looking at models helps, look specifically at the fit. And always always always sit down, bend over, walk, etc to test that out while trying on clothes.

Eliana
10-28-2010, 06:42 PM
Many, many stores offer personal shoppers for free now.

Even JCrew and Banana do this! You make an appt and its totally free. Try it out :)

They often tell you about sales in advance and hook you up with coupons too.

Over time I have developed my own sense of style. Having for so many years just bought whatever I could button/zip up and didnt look atrocious, a whole new world opened up when lots of things could be zipped up. Hehe :)

Dont be afraind to try anything on, take pics of yourself, and then return later after you have had time to think it over. And when things truly fit, dont be afraid to buy many of them (if you are staying one size!).

My #1 rule is about fit over style. Not long ago everyone had their clothes tailor made just for them. The invention of ready to wear is horrendous in my opinion. Hardly anything truly fits anyone, regardless of how small or large they are. My biggest tips are around making sure your shoulders fit, your waist and butt dont pinch or gape, you can sit without baring your *** and that overall you create a nice lean line. This is one area where looking at models helps, look specifically at the fit. And always always always sit down, bend over, walk, etc to test that out while trying on clothes.

Oh, you may well be a life saver. ;) I did not know this about personal shoppers being free! I will be on the look out. Whoopie!

katy trail
10-28-2010, 07:16 PM
i need to start thinking about this too. i would love to steal my mil and sil for a weekend and buy a whole wardrobe. i keep saying my dd gets her fashion sense from them lol. dh has more fashion sense about what looks decent on me than i do. he's not into shopping at all, just has a good eye i guess.

Teresa66
10-28-2010, 08:13 PM
I watch a lot of What Not to Wear so that now when I go shopping I mentally take Stacy and Clinton shopping with me and follow their rules. I also take my boyfriend who I trust to tell me the truth no matter what I think the mirror is saying. This is especially helpful when I'm trying something on that is outside my comfort zone (meaning over-sized) and is fitted more close to my body.

I have also hung out at Barnes & Noble skimming through books on style and how to dress your body type. It helps a lot.

The most important thing is to just try stuff on. This last summer we went to a wedding and I had to look great for several days. I tried on a ton of clothes before settling and liking just six outfits. It was worth it because I have never felt so good about myself in clothes.

Meg
10-28-2010, 08:22 PM
Macys has free personal shoppers at some of their stores. Here's (http://www1.macys.com/store/service/mba.jsp) a page about their service and a list of stores that have them.

Nordstorms offers a free personal stylist program, if there's a store near you. More info here (https://secure.nordstrom.com/services/personal_touch.asp?origin=customerService).

Have fun and be sure to post a report if you go!

caryesings
10-28-2010, 08:57 PM
No, never. I spent too many years picking my outfits by what would fit and in my price range rather than what I liked and looked great on me.

While I've been losing sizes I have taken advantage of the Goodwill store and extreme discount racks at department stores and Target to buy some pretty cheap clothes to experiment with. It really didn't matter if I picked something that was going to fall apart after 1 wash as likely by the time it needed washing I'd have already moved on to another size (and most stuff I picked up was in $5-10 range so I wasn't breaking the bank).

I now love, love, love putting outfits together. I swear that what gets me to meet up with some of the men I've met on line is the chance to get dressed up!

socalfelicity
10-28-2010, 10:17 PM
my BFF is my image consultant- she is 5'1" and weighs 110 pounds...and always dresses SO CUTE! she really gets how to make the most of her shape (she used to weigh about 40 pounds more)- and she is really helpful to me. i still feel like a frump next to her- but...she makes me look my best and really has my best interests at heart.

the bad part is that she lives 2000 miles away (i moved away about 10 years ago, but we still talk on the phone every day)...so my time in person with her is limited...

i really wish she would nominate me for what not to wear! LOL!

Rosinante
10-29-2010, 03:35 AM
I too am really enjoying, even now, the thrill of shopping for clothes that fit; but I like the idea of a paid consultation, a la Colour me Beautiful. I know the colours I like, I know the safe colours I've always stuck with but would love advice on others. Plus, a whole 90 minutes, where the focus is MEEEEEEEE sounds lovely.