As I write this month’s column it’s still January, so 2017 can still be referred to as a New Year. Typically for this time of year my social media feeds have been full of ideas and products for losing weight, re-booting my fitness, mastering my business and generally exhorting me to change who I am. Funnily enough, I’ve got to a stage in my life where I have no great desire to be anything but me. I don’t need a new year to create a new me — I’m happy to grow and evolve, to improve in areas of my life where I want to, when I feel I need to and I don’t need external cheer teams to do that. Which got me thinking that I’m not sure I’m alone in that.
As much as I love working with those women who want to totally re-create themselves, when I listen to my clients explain why they are seeking my advice I understand that often they just want to be the best they can be. They’re bored with what they see in their wardrobe, they feel a bit ‘stuck’ with their garment choices. Perhaps they’re starting a new role at work (or in life) and they want a wardrobe to reflect their new duties (be that a senior management position or something for the school run).
With that in mind, I often find that doing an audit of my clients wardrobe is not so much of a “throw it all away and start again” exercise, it’s more about finding what’s working, what can we re-invent to work for who you are now, and what needs to be moved on. I think that it’s important to know that all of us have a few gems hanging in the wardrobe that can be transferred from one part of life to another. It’s a very rare thing to see a wardrobe where everything really should go and we need to start wholly fresh. Of course, I do get clients who want just that — everything new (and, I’m not going to lie — what fun that is!).
With all of that in mind, I encourage you to re-visit what you have before buying new, to see what you can re-work, dress up or dress down. To make your wardrobe WORK for who you are now. Trust me, it can be done! If you’d like a little help to spot the gems in your existing wardrobe, I’d LOVE to help! Why not get in touch and let’s see if we can create a little magic for 2017 together.
Jackie O’Fee is the owner of Signature Style. Further information can be found on her website signaturestyle.co.nz or give her a call on 09 529 5115.
Words: Jackie O’Fee
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