Does Your Style Matter?
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Does your style matter?  The short answer is YES! Of course, your style matters! All of our style matters.  Why?  Well, there are a bunch of reasons…

The first being that our style is literally the first thing people learn about us upon meeting us.  Yep, before you even speak a word, your style is speaking.  Whether you’re dressed great and feeling your best or just rolled out of bed, your style is speaking volumes about you.  It could say “I really put myself together today” or it could say “I woke up late”.  Inasmuch as we hate to admit it, we’re making judgments about people and how they’ll interact with us based on their appearance; and people are making that same judgement about you as well.

The second being that while people are making judgments about you and your style, it also communicates how you value people.  Forget about what my style says about me for a second.  If  I show up to meet someone for the first time (personally or professionally) how I 'm presenting myself speaks to how I value that person, doesn't it?  If I'm showing up to a job interview wrinkled, if I'm showing up to a date without makeup or brushing my hair, if I'm showing up to my  office in sweat pants, that all speaks volumes about how seriously I'm taking these events and people.  People understand how much (or little) you value them and their time based on how you present.

Lastly, it matters to you and for you.  Haven't you noticed that you FEEL so much better when you know you look great?  And haven't you also noticed that you have this inclination to hide when you're not looking or feeling your best?  And of course, inevitably, that's when you end up running into someone!

So while you may think style is superficial (and it certainly can be) it doesn't have to be; and whether we like it or not, our style speaks volumes about us, how we value ourselves, and how we value those around us.

5 Fashion Mistakes That Are Aging You

Age appropriate style is a real thing.  I get it. Just because we’re a certain age doesn’t mean we should lose who we are and trade in our heels for a pair of orthopedic shoes.  HOWEVER, have you ever considered the fact that trying to look too young is in fact making you look older? There are a few other things that will instantly age you that we often don’t think about. Take a look below for the 5 fashion habits that are making us look way older than we are.

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1)    Dressing Too Young

Age is just a number! I’m right there with you! But sometimes, we need to reel it in a bit.  Whether it’s a piece that’s too of-the-moment, too revealing, or just too young, these looks can age us 10 years (easily).  I understand that 30 is nowhere near old; but if you have a 16 year old cousin who no longer wants her Hello Kitty baby tee (I don’t care how great your abs are) that is not an invitation for you to take it.  If you like the tiny tee look, no problem.  Why not a basic tee, a pair of denim, and a fun necklace?  Your style doesn’t need to be buttoned up ALL the time; but it does need to be age appropriate, otherwise you’ll look like a 30 year old in a 16 year old’s clothing…and no one wants that.

As far as dressing too sexy – I always tell my clients “Chic is always sexy, sexy is not necessarily always chic”.  Keep that in mind and consider the benefits of highlighting a silhouette as opposed to exposing skin.

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2)    The Wrong Fit

You can have clothes that are current, and classic – but if they don’t fit properly, it’ll be a mess.  In addition to pieces that are too tight/small pieces that are too large are also not helping the cause.  Swimming in your clothes (if they’re not meant to be oversized) can cause a look (no matter how cool) to look dated, and when our clothes look old, so do we.  Take note of your jackets/blazers.  Where are your shoulder seams hitting?  They should be aligned with your shoulders.  Pay attention to excess fabric around your waist and in the sleeves.  Simple tips like these can keep you looking sharp, fresh, and young!

 

3)    THE WRONG SHOES!

This one really gets me!  I’m not saying you have to be in sky-high stilettos to avoid looking old, on the contrary!  You can be current and chic in a simple pair of flats, but please don’t underestimate the importance of an age appropriate shoe!  A shoes really can ruin the whole look.

 

4)    Wearing The Wrong Bra Size

The wrong bra size changes everything.  It affects silhouette,  posture and the fit of your clothes.  If your bra doesn’t fit properly, the likelihood is that the rest of you clothes don’t fit properly either.  I know what a pain bra shopping can be, but do yourself a favor:  go out, and get fitted.  Get fitted, get the right bra one time and be done!

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5)    The Wrong Makeup

Whether it’s the wrong shade of foundation, a frosty lipstick, or a too-blue eye shadow, the wrong makeup can really do some damage.  I know that makeup can be frustrating, and many of us like to be all natural – that is aok.  However, if you’re going to take the time to buy and apply makeup, be sure you’re buying the right tones and colors for your skin.  This doesn’t mean you have to go to Sephora and spend millions.  Even if you’re into drugstore makeup (which often times, is just as good as the high end stuff) take the time to test and get opinions on what looks best on YOU.

Building Your Outfit

It recently occurred to me that one of the biggest struggles my clients have is actually building their outfit.  So, I’ve decided to give a couple tips here today on how you can build your outfit sans the stress!

Building Your Outfit

 

When I say “build”, that’s exactly what I mean.  I want you to think of yourself as an architect of your outfit and pay attention to these 3 elements:

1)Foundation

2)Structure

3)Decor

 

Let’s keep getting dressed as simple a process as possible, shall we?

Foundation:

This is what you’re building your outfit on.  It’s one piece, the piece you MUST wear that day. Whether it’s a cool new top, or you’re most comfortable pair of denim; choose your piece and build on it!

For example, say I choose a pair of white denim as my foundation. Next up, is the structure.

Structure:

This is what gives your look it’s overall “completeness” It’s your next piece in the look.  It’s not the focal point of your outfit, but it’s the compliment.  My foundation piece was white denim, I’ve decided to add a stripe top.  My look isn’t about the top, it’s about my denim – but the stripe top is the complement.  You’ll find that your structure piece can work over and over again with different foundations…as you’ll see below.

Building Your Outfit

Decor:

Of course, it’s just like it sounds – this is the spice! The decor is always the fun part! Whether you want to add accessories like jewelry, or a pop of color handbag, or a fun shoe – now is the time! you’ve laid your foundation, you’ve added your structure, now is the time for some fun! I added a gold necklace, and an orange handbag!

 

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Later, I added a denim jacket – I was cold!

 

Building Your Outfit

 

And just as an added bonus – take a look at how changing my foundation piece mixed things up JUST a bit.  My structure stayed the same, and my decor changed a tiny bit…but it gave me a new look!  Depending on how adventurous you feel, you can change up your foundation and structure to make so many looks of what you already have!  Remember, your closet works together!

Building Your Outfit

 

Sorry for the photo quality, but I think you get the jist!

Until Next Time!

Candace

Candace Hanna
WHY DO YOU STYLE?

A lot of people ask me why I do what I do.  They say “Oh, so do you want to work with celebrities?” My answer is ALWAYS: NOPE

And that’s the truth! I do this work for a few reasons; and I want you and all my readers to understand what personal styling means to me, and how important each individual client is to me.

 

Fashion (10%)

There are a lot of beautiful things in this world.  There’s art, architecture, food, but my personal favorite is fashion.  I love beautifully crafted pieces, I love mixing and matching, and generally just continually trying new things and fashion allows for that.  While I’ve worked in numbers my entire career, I certainly have a creative side, and fashion/styling allows for me to nurture that.

 

Entrepreneurial Butterfly (20%)

If you’ve worked with me, known me, or even met me, it’s likely that you’ll see; I’m just not built for the office life.  I don’t do 9-5 (well), I don’t like being at a desk all day, and I certainly don’t like told when to work, when to go home, when to eat lunch, etc.  Personal styling combines my love of fashion and people with the freedom that I require to do my best work.

 

The Joy of the Work (70%)

I can’t tell you just how true this is.  There is no greater feeling than someone telling you that they “feel pretty for the first time”, or that “they looked and felt so great, that it came out in their job interview”.  Those are memories and moments I wouldn’t trade for all the money in the world.  THAT is the reason I have no interest in working with celebrities.  My passion is with the everyday man and woman.  The people who may not  have the means to spend and overspend on one-of-a-kind pieces,  who struggle with confidence, and need an extra boost, who are exhausted and overwhelmed with the struggles and responsibilities of this real life that we live, that just need a little extra help to get themselves together and on their way.  THOSE are my people.  Those are the people that I want to help, comfort, and guide.  Celebrities don’t need me, they have all the confidence and all the money in the world.  I want to help people like me, who are doing their best every day and just need a little assistance.

 

I am a PERSONAL stylist, which means that I’m all about my clients.  It’s about YOU and making you the best version of YOU, not someone else.

Candace Hanna
WHAT DO YOU DO?
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I realize as a personal stylist, a lot of people don’t really understand what I do.  I thought I’d take a quick minute to go into detail about my most popular service; The Sort, Shop & Style.

I’ll first start by saying that this is by far my most popular service because it’s designed to take your closet from start to finish.  You won’t be overwhelmed, and you won’t be left wondering what to do next,

The entire process is comprised of 4 separate appointments which can be done in person, or virtually (yup, I’ve done this service with clients overseas).

Appointment 1: Sort (2-3 hours)

Before we do anything in your closet, we chat.  We discuss your current style, what you like/don’t like about it, why you think it’s lacking, and where you’d like to take it.  This is important because it gives us direction throughout the sort process.  The Sort is the most important part of the Sort, Shop & Style because gives us our starting point.  It helps us to understand what you have that’s working vs. what isn’t working for you, and how much you have in each category.  During this time, we go through your whole closet piece by piece.  I know it sounds daunting, but I’m doing most of the work.  We talk about each piece, why you love it, why you hate it, etc.  We also get rid of pieces you hate, pieces that are dated, and pieces that are ill-fitting.  At the end of the Sort, we’re left with a de-cluttered closet of only the stuff you love.  Imagine a closet full of only things that you love…we can get you there!

 

Appointments 2/3: Shop (2-3 hours each)

Most stylists offer 1 shopping trip, but I offer 2.  Depending on the client, and how much you’re left with after the Sort portion, it can be very difficult to purchase large quantities in just one trip.  Because of this, I like to include a second. These are the appointments that usually frighten people.  Because most of my clients hate to shop, I offer 2 methods; but regardless of which method you choose, I’m doing the tough stuff.  The first method allows the client to shop with me, the second has me shopping FOR the client.

Shopping with me essentially means you have to show up.  Before our formal appointment begins, I will have already pre-shopped several stores for you.  This means that I arrive a few hours early, do all the dirty work like sorting through racks, finding sizes, etc.  I pull everything that I think you’d like and will work for your style goals and have it all set up upon your arrival.  So, when you show up, you’re essentially just trying on the pieces I’ve pulled.  Forget having to sift through racks, and piles of clothes, forget being overwhelmed by an exorbitant amount of options, I’ve got it figured out!  Once you try on the pieces, you simply purchase the items you want, and leave the items you don’t.

If I shop for you, it’s the same process, except you stay home!  I go through the same shopping process, but instead I come to your home and deliver your curated pieces.  With me in your home, you’ll try on the pieces, keep what you want and be invoiced for them by me, and I’ll return what you don’t want.  Simple as that!

Appointment 4: Style (2-3 hours)

This is the Style.  This is where we blend your newly purchased pieces with your existing.  I’ll put together different looks, and photograph you in them. We’ll mix and match difference pieces to come up with several different outfits (shoes, and accessories too), I’ll photograph you in the outfits and put them all in a digital look-book for your reference.  The digital look-book is a handy tool that houses photographs of all your individual pieces, as well as your complete looks.  If you wake up one day and don’t know what to wear, you can reference your look-book, and boom! You have your outfit ready to go.

 

So there you have it, the Sort, Shop & Style, my most popular service (hopefully, you can now see why). If this is something you need, or have further questions about, please feel free to contact me at any time:

candace@stylebycandace.com

Candace Hanna