Questions you might ask us...
Do you need to have a lot of money to go on a shopping trip?
No. When we meet with you & make your shopping list it’s you who sets the budget for your shopping trip. We then work within that budget – which means we go to the stores that fit; be that high-end designer boutiques, cheapie chain stores or a mix of both – we’ve even shopped at second-hand stores and Dressmart. Generally, to get a great result we encourage you to set the budget as high as you can, because that way you are getting the best value out of working with a stylist. Of course, “as high as you can” is different for everyone; we’ve worked within really small, tight budgets and with ‘no limit’ budgets and the result is always magic.
Do you go to certain shops when you go shopping with someone?
No. Where we shop depends on what we are looking for & your budget. We have a few favourites (many stores give our clients a discount which helps) but sometimes we like the range in a particular shop one season and then find their garments don't seem to work so well the next, so we definately shop around. We shop in the stores that are going to get you the best result for your money.
I’m losing weight – shall I wait until I reach my goal before coming to see you?
Whatever weight you are you want to look fabulous, right? So, we’ve lots of services that make absolutely no difference whether you are plus size or petite – like a Colour Analysis or Make-up Lesson. Even the things you might think are dependant on size really aren’t: our Body Shape Analysis is about your proportions not your size. Some things will never change – the length of your torso, length of your leg, your neck length etc. Even when losing significant amounts of weight most people will find their basic frame shape stays the same – so it’s worth knowing how to dress the body you have as you work toward the body you want. We also offer to repeat the Body Shape Analysis FREE OF CHARGE if you get to your goal weight and want to check how you’ve changed.
Are you going to throw everything out of my wardrobe?
No, not unless you want us to! Most people have some real gems tucked away in the wardrobe that they can use as building blocks to create the looks they want. We work with you to establish what is working for you, and make a plan for you to build on. We try and create a wardrobe that fits you & your lifestyle – so yes, we usually do get rid of the pieces that just don't work for you, but you are unlikely to be wearing them or feeling good in them anyway. We never ask you to get rid of any emotional or ‘heart connected’ items either – we love seeing your “going away” outfit!
Getting your “colours done” is so ‘80s – do people still do that?
It’s true, having your colours ‘done’ really hit the NZ scene back in the days of big hair and bigger shoulder pads but the theory still holds. Wearing the right colours really does make you look younger and healthier. It also opens your eyes to a world of possibilities that you weren’t aware of: you may know some of the colours that work for you but there will be loads you’d never have thought of, which is always fun! Knowing which colour story to buy in is also incredibly effective when building a wardrobe as you will have far more options for mixing and matching.
There’s loads of “Personal Stylists” or “Image Consultants” out there – how do I know that you are any good?
Working with someone on your personal style is a really intimate process and one where you need to feel like the person you are working with “gets” you and where you are at. Sometimes that’s nothing more than a personality thing but a true professional will have enough training and experience to really be able to help – all the while stretching you a little bit. We think we’ve got that combination pretty spot on – and the level of repeat business, referrals and countless “thank you” emails and cards we get would suggest that our clients think so too. We offer a complimentary, no obligation coffee & chat so you can meet us and see if we are the people you want to work with. Give us a call and come on in - we’d love to see you.