What I love most about my work as a personal stylist — my ability to ignite change. Every client shares one common trait, they are seeking a personal or career transition. The written requests I receive are not about dressing in the latest trends; rather, wanting to feel and look their best…
“When people look at me, I want to send the message that I’m a confident women who knows what she wants in life.”
“I want to learn how to make an impact and statement when I enter a room.”
“My clothes are basic but my personality is the opposite! I’m not flashy, but I want to be noticed.”
A study, conducted by Professor Karen Pine from the University of Herfordshire, found that specific clothing could contribute to our confidence, raise our self-esteem, and help propel us in the workplace.
Yet, individuals often don’t realize the transformative power of dressing with purpose.
In 2016, an HR Executive was transitioning from a corporate environment into launching bluvista, an international firm focused exclusively on coaching, leadership development, and team facilitation. From co-working spaces to coffee shops, networking dinners and cocktail hours, she knew making an adjustment to her wardrobe was necessary.
Having an entrepreneurial mind-set came naturally, adjusting a corporate uniform required support. She signed up for Stitch Fix and Trunk Club.
“My goal was to create a capsule wardrobe for work and what I ended up finding out was that I was spending a lot of money on individual pieces that I only wear one way, maybe two. I was at a point where I was adding so much to my wardrobe. I would wake-up every morning spending extra time searching through my closet and not feeling good about it.”
“I just felt like I had a bunch of stuff that I really didn’t know how to wear. Stitch Fix and Trunk Club didn’t relieve any of the pressure, they just added to it. I was confused about my style and what I wanted to wear for my networking and client meetings.”
At this moment, she called àllie la mode for personal style support. I was living in Brussels when the phone rang, my sister’s name popped-up — Meet Tanya.
What made the àllie la mode experience a better option for you?
“Allison’s knowledge of the fashion industry, her understanding of body shapes, skin tones, hair colors, all those factors and knowing she takes the time to understand what works for me. What Allison does that’s really unique is that she also considers your personal brand and image. Part of her styling formula was to sort out and understand where I was in my life and how I wanted to feel throughout the day.”
The corporate world is constantly evolving and I had to remind myself of that with my newfound style. Now, a lot more progressive companies focus on dressing for your day.
What did working with a personal stylist help you realize about yourself?
“She gave me the confidence that the choices I was making were not only going to make me feel good about what was wearing but that clients and potential clients feel good about me and what I’m communicating. Fashion is so personal…you have to be vulnerable and just kind of let your guard down. Sharing my vulnerabilities with Allison, gave her information to make recommendations for the short and long term. A conversation with your personal stylist doesn’t stop after your first or even series of sessions.”
What is one styling tip you would give to other professionals who are tired of stuffy suits + collared shirts and looking to break free from the ‘professional dress code’?
“My only piece of advice is in the form of a question; I would ask, “Why do you feel like you have to dress that way?”
Style Story | Meet Tanya.
Currently lives in:
I start each day by:
Waking up at 5:30 am, working out with my husband, Tom, while listening to CNBC.
I spend Monday – Friday:
Helping leaders get from stuck to stellar! I’m an Executive Coach who helps people figure out how to take their leadership or career to the next level and partners with organization to solve strategic, leadership development, and cultural problems.
My style icon is:
Olivia Palermo. Her style seems effortless and timeless — balanced with edge and sophistication.
My favorite accessory is:
Moscot sunglasses. I love ths story of the Moscot family, who started the company over 100 years ago in Manhattan. Five generations later, all frames are still handmade in New York City.
My favorite quote is:
“Life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the ones who treat you right. Forget about the ones who don’t. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a chance, take it. If it changes your life, let it. Nobody said life would be easy, they promised it would most likely be worth it,” by Harvey Mackay.
What was your biggest fashion faux-pas?
Believing in the 5th grade that a crocheted, gold-colored beret and matching scarf complemented a royal blue cotton puffer coat…and wearing it every. single. day. that winter season.
What is your favorite memory with àllie la mode?
My favorite memory was experiencing the entire suite of services — crafting my style, doing a closet detox, and curating a capsule wardrobe for my 40th birthday trip to Lake Como and Bellagio, Italy.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Unpretentious, Interesting, Playful
What first impression do you make?
I hope the impression that I make is that I’m attentive.
If you could give one piece of advice to your 15-year-old self what would it be?
Wear unique pieces with confidence event when everyone else dresses the same.
What has your personal style taught you?
That I have the freedom to send any message I want, even if I’m not feeling it at the moment.
Client Story: Tanya | 40s
Personal Style: Unpretentious, Interesting, Playful
Style Solution: Style. Organize. Shop. (SOS)