Breathing life into Katie's wardrobe

Katie and I met at my Style Clinic in Salisbury. Katie owns Memory Opticians in central Salisbury and Amesbury. An independent, boutique style, high end opticians that delivers style and specs.

It was clear right from the start of meeting Katie that she is an image conscious individual and that teamed with her dedicated attitude to style within her business, she was keen to learn to be more creative and self assured with her own personal style. She fronts her business and requires to look the part.

Katie is a great advert for a women just over 50. Exercise is part of her life, as is meditation and with her artist husband they enjoy shopping together.

Katies wardrobe is incredibly tidy, well organised and colour co-ordinated. The photo below is her spring/summer wardrobe (discounting her holiday clothes). It’s a tonal, neutral wardrobe consisting of mainly cream, grey, navy, with an injection of artistic print (encouraged by Martin - he has a great eye).

But Katie felt lost, unsure, bored of what purpose these garments had and how they should be worn.

Although a good shopper and most of the clothes high end and designer, Katie wasn’t really independently making use of all it all.

In fact, we had planned a personal shop in the afternoon to create a bespoke wardrobe for Katie.

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We didn't need to shop.

After working through each garment, I created 64 outfits of a capsule wardrobe she didn’t understand.

Katie at work.

Katie at the weekend.

Katie going out.

46 outfits, no wish list, just fabulous confident self assured outfits.

I was very excited about how beautifully Katie’s clothes worked together. This often happens with clients. They shop well, as they have a rooted (subconscious) understanding of why they buy a garment.

They are just are not sure how to make the garment work as an outfit.

Thats my job.

To turn the unknown, into something they own.

Katie looks incredible in neutral beige tones, creams and greys. She can also wear warm colours. Her hair has changed from a brunette to a warm blonde so a few cooler bright colours were edited out.

I was taken by how fabulous she looked in neutrals. As an individual who talks about bright colours, it is exciting to be able to share my work styling with mainly neutral colours.

Mixing layers and textures together to create an overall interesting composition of clothes that just look so comfortable on Katie.

Composition wise. Katie tends to wear skinny jeans, heels and fitted straight style dresses.

She looks fabulous in these styles, but we’ve developed her style a bit. Wearing a wide leg trouser and pleated print skirt gives Katie’s style a modern twist.

Katie now feels 100% self assured with her outfits. She has received all the outfits digitally in folders and as a wall hanger in her wardrobe. I spoke to her today.

She is still happy and like all my clients, she refers to these pictures daily..

no more ‘what shall I wear moments’ just confident, happy dressing so she can get on with living and enjoying life.

Teaming the white tuxedo over a fine knit and adding pearls and metallic wedges

Teaming the white tuxedo over a fine knit and adding pearls and metallic wedges

Making the white tuxedo work at work with tailored wide leg culottes

Making the white tuxedo work at work with tailored wide leg culottes

Casual trousers and a vest are given a lift with a printed snake print jacket - great for a weekend

Casual trousers and a vest are given a lift with a printed snake print jacket - great for a weekend

Layering lace over linen and adding a touch of sparkles

Layering lace over linen and adding a touch of sparkles

Braving a pop of colour on a top to toe tonal weekend look and utilising that beautiful scarf

Braving a pop of colour on a top to toe tonal weekend look and utilising that beautiful scarf

Adding a tapestry textured coat on everyday essentials

Adding a tapestry textured coat on everyday essentials

Evening style -A glam look wearing skinny embellished jeans, heels and long length blazer.

Evening style -A glam look wearing skinny embellished jeans, heels and long length blazer.

A new look for Katie. Printed pleated skirt and long line blazer. Modern yet totally suitable for her working day.

A new look for Katie. Printed pleated skirt and long line blazer. Modern yet totally suitable for her working day.

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Warm matching golden accessories pull a shirt and jeans together

Warm matching golden accessories pull a shirt and jeans together

1 page of 3: of Katies wardrobe, catalogued to hang in her wardrobe to refer to daily.

1 page of 3: of Katies wardrobe, catalogued to hang in her wardrobe to refer to daily.