PHD to Professional

Georgina Brown has studied all of her life. She finishes her PHD in the autumn and turns 30 this month.

Most of her adult life has been spent in academia and on Uni campus. She hasn’t had time to consider clothes and what she’s wearing.

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NAME: GEORGINA BROWN

Age: 30

FAMILY: MARRIED TO MICHAEL

LIFE: BATH SPA UNI PHD STUDENT

NEW LIFE: EMPLOYED AT BATH SPA UNI AS OPPORTUNITIES AND SKILLS CO-ORDINATOAR

BODY SHAPE: A CURVEY HOUR-GLASS FIGURE

STYLE: STUDENT CASUAL (JEANS/T-SHIRTS/HOODIES)

STYLE SECRET: SHE OWNS LOTS OF COLOURFUL IRREGULAR CHOICE SHOES

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What did Georgina want from the Personal Shop?

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  • TO HAVE A CAPSULE WORKING WARDROBE

  • TO LOOK SMARTER THAN A STUDENT BUT HAVE A COMFORTABLE PROFESSIONAL WORK STYLE

  • TO STOP HIDING IN DARK COLOURS

What did I want to teach Georgina?

  • TO GIVE HER CONFIDENCE WEARING COLOUR

  • TO WEAR SOME MORE PRINT

  • TO UNDERSTAND HOW TO STYLE HER BODY SHAPE

Georgina has just lost 3 stone and has the most incredible curves that I was just dying to show off.

She has been hiding herself for too long (and only buying crazy shoes) but she had a wonderful shape, slim hips, great legs and very womanly curves.

Her lovely long brown hair with very pale skin so I was keen to try some warm colours on her. Reds, pinks, teals, navys - avoiding black, grey or any wishy washy colour.

It was important we spent the money wisely on clothes that were going to be well made and that will last. High End high street was perfect looking for quality and great tailoring that would last.

First stop was Phase Eight.

Printed print/sport style trousers & light weight navy jumper  PHASE EIGHT

Printed print/sport style trousers & light weight navy jumper

PHASE EIGHT

Mixing two prints works if the colours compliment. This will give Georgina another look for the trousers. PHASE EIGHT

Mixing two prints works if the colours compliment. This will give Georgina another look for the trousers. PHASE EIGHT

Elasticated floral trousers with a sporty stripe down the side looked fabulous for Georgina. Teamed with a navy slim knit jumper or a colourful stripy jumper .

Shape - wise, its important she tucks in at the front to show off her shape.

I also sourced a stripy jumper that she can team with the trousers, teaching her to be creative with mixing two prints in similar colour ways.

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I found her a fabulous navy spotty shirt dress with a tie waist. Polka Dots will never date and can be worn very season.

The tie waist worked perfectly with her figure as she could manipulate the belt.

I taught Georgina how rolling up the sleeves make the dress more casual and stylish and how she can layer colours under the dress in cooler months.

Red, Fuchsia pink, Orange are great contrast block colours you can team with the navy spots.

For now, she only needs to wear a fresh white pair of trainers for a cool summer look at work. In the autumn a pair of brown or navy boots will look great with this dress.

I wanted to find a comfortable jersey print dress that she can wear all seasons.

I introduced this red print jersey dress.

Georgina was a bit fearful at first but once on, she loved it.

This can be worn casually with pumps and denim jacket now or smart with heels.

For the winter she can team with black tights and boots.

I also sourced a white tuxedo to wear with it - see below.

DRESS PHASE EIGHT  BLAZER M&S

DRESS PHASE EIGHT

BLAZER M&S

DRESS PHASE EIGHT

DRESS PHASE EIGHT

Next up was HOBBS.

A smart trench was on my agenda and this is the perfect place to find one.

Brilliantly I found a petrol blue/teal trench. This colour co-ordinated with the pieces from Phase Eight so I was dying to see how it fitted.

She loved it and teamed with a fuchsia pink fitted top underneath she looked incredible.

We also found a pinstripe V neck blouse with tie waist. A lower neck line is much more flattering for Georginas shape. It’s also really important that she tucks in and shows off her waist to reveal her shape, rather than wearing baggy tops.

This pinstripe wrap top is ideal for Georgina as she can tie around her waist, widen the belt to really enhance her curves.

Trench Coat & Fushia top HOBBS

Trench Coat & Fushia top HOBBS

Pinstripe wrap around shirt HOBBS

Pinstripe wrap around shirt HOBBS

Teaching Georgian how to wear the top

Teaching Georgian how to wear the top

Giving her confidence to show off her fabulous curves

Giving her confidence to show off her fabulous curves

Onto M&S

I had sourced a white blazer the day before and was dying for Georgina to give it a go.

It would be a refreshing change to wearing a cardigan that she can team with over her spotty dress and red dress and also wear with her floral trousers. She loved it.

Teaching Georgina how to wear the cream blazer with her new purchases.

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Last up was a bit of Joules - not an alien brand to Georgina but I encouraged her to try on some khaki chinos - not something she would attempt before, but she loved the look of them .

At first she was confused about what colour to put with khaki. I taught her to think of khaki as a neutral (like denim) - she was away with mixing them with her fushia pink top.

Adding the scarf brings all the 3 colours together. This blazer will also work with her denim at home.

JOULES  Teaching how to wear the Khaki Chino - teaming with pink and the white M&S blazer

JOULES

Teaching how to wear the Khaki Chino - teaming with pink and the white M&S blazer

JOULES  Showing how adding a scarf with the 3 colours (khaki, pink & white) will pull the outfit together.

JOULES

Showing how adding a scarf with the 3 colours (khaki, pink & white) will pull the outfit together.

What Georgina learnt.

To not be afraid of colour

Accentuate my waist

Not be afraid of bold prints and stripes

Learnt how to mix and match my purchases so I can wear them in different ways.

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