I love working with clients who are reinventing their lives. They recognize that their style needs to evolve as their lifestyles change:
* The wardrobing needs of a recent college graduate starting a career are likely to differ dramatically from those of a mother staying home with young children.
* A client who achieves significant weight loss is often ready to experiment with new colors and styles.
* Newly single women need to have flattering things to wear for dating and other social occasions.
* If we start a new business or receive a promotion, we may want to change our look a bit to reflect elevated professional goals.
These are just a few of the transitions I encounter. Some changes are more dramatic than others. I hear women who say they just want to look more “put together,” “current, not trendy,” “wear a little color,” or “just get out of their yoga pants.” Like anything else, we need to create a plan of specific goals and measurable steps to up our style quotient.
I like to think of the closet audit process as evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Very few of us have the budget or the inclination to donate and replace everything at once. I encourage my clients to ask themselves several key questions in advance of our initial appointment:
Do I wear it?
Do I love it?
Does it fit and flatter my body today?
Is it in good condition?
Does it make me feel beautiful and confident?
If you answer yes to all of these questions, it’s a keeper. If it’s a no or an unsure, let’s devote our time together to figuring that out.
I’m excited to be part of the panel for WEN is Now on March 29th. If you have “maybes,” “unsures,” or “orphans (odd pieces ISO an outfit)” in your closet, bring them with you to the YWCA with you so we can figure it out together.
Martha Fickinger is the President of Style Venture Inc, a full service wardrobing company; a Club Level Stylist for W by Worth; and an Executive Director with peach Intimates, where she leads a national team of bra fitters who believe that style, fit and confidence require a comfortable base layer. Martha attended the Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology while working in the Garment Center for 17 years. She produces the annual Beauty and Style Event at the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood to benefit local charities. Martha serves on the boards of the Social Service Association of Ridgewood and the Learning Services Home and School Association. Martha works with the York Street Project in Jersey City to help economically disadvantaged women dress appropriately to obtain employment.
Join YWCA Bergen County and presenters Martha Fickinger, Gayle M. Gruenberg, and Kerry Fitzgerald for our March 29 WEN is Now: Pivot—Ideas and Inspiration for Life’s Changes and Transitions. Register online today! Get more information about WEN is Now Memberships and upcoming monthly topics.