Maybe you think I’ve always been a stylish person: one of those women who always knew what to wear and how to wear it.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
I spent my teenage years wading through the shame of wanting to be seen, the frustration when clothes never looked the same way on me that they looked on the model, the pervasive idea that if I were just different - if I had different hair, a different body, a different face, if I were a different person altogether - I would be better.
I couldn’t understand why this was so hard for me and why other women had it figured out when I didn’t. Why couldn’t I just walk into a store and pick out a blouse that looked good?
Thus began a long and painful cycle of experimentation and retreat. A box of Clairol hair dye, a dark red Mad Men-style dress that I couldn’t go two minutes without adjusting, a new shade of lipstick every time I went to the drugstore became a deep unwillingness to spend any real money on myself because I had no idea what I was doing and everything looked bad anyway, which became a panicked last-minute shopping trip at 8pm the night before leaving for vacation because I suddenly realized I genuinely had no clothes...
and then something happened that changed my life.
I discovered Personal Color Analysis, and with it the idea that nothing was actually wrong with me. I just didn’t know what was right for me.
With many, many people in my personal life thinking I had completely lost it, I took a leap of faith and decided to train as a personal color analyst. Learning my season had such an immediate and dramatic impact on my perception of my self that I walked around in a daze of self-discovery for months.
Shortly afterward, when a brilliant colleague introduced me to Personal Image Analysis, instructing me in the best styles of clothing for my body, I felt for the first time that maybe I could figure this whole thing out. I could look really good after all.
What I couldn’t believe was that crafting my own distinctive aesthetic was so much FUN! Every time I tried on something that looked great, whether it was a lipstick or a slouchy hat or a linen skirt, I was thrilled and surprised all over again. I went from being afraid to try (lest I failed utterly) to exploring my creativity in uncharted ways. And an amazing thing happened: women began to look to me for guidance.
I taught myself to combine my season’s colors in a way that felt creative and polished, instead of haphazard and confused.
I taught myself to wear my archetype’s lines and design details in a youthful and modern way, with a deep nod to my favorite vintage fashions.
I explored my personality through my style, asking myself questions like: how do I want people to respond to me? How can I show people who I am instead of telling them who I am? How can I show up as my most genuine self in every aspect of my life - including my clothing?
Personal style is a beautiful intersection of art, science, and psychology, and I love helping my clients develop their own dazzling personal style.
If you’re feeling stuck and you want a friend to guide you, let’s chat. I can’t wait to meet you.
I trained in the Sci\ART method of Personal Color Analysis with Terry Wildfong in the spring of 2014. I am a member of Chrysalis Colour.
I trained in Personal Image Analysis with Rachel Nachmias in the spring of 2018.