I left my corporate job two years ago at age 50, to pursue a long-held dream of creative writing. I wasn’t sad to leave the world of navy suits and heels behind. What I didn’t expect was the style crisis I would experience, without my work uniform.
For the past two years I’ve “tried on” many styles. Struggling to find what felt right for me, post-work, and for my now 50+ year-old-body. I tried colours, sparkles, preppy, boho and funky. I took just about every piece of style advice from every style blogger I could, who seemed to know, just what I needed to wear (which seemed to be what they liked to wear).
After two years I knew one thing: building a wardrobe for a “work at home life”, that felt like the best me, was a unicorn. It didn’t exist. It was a fantasy. And yet, I still dreamed of simplicity and comfort and elegance. I wanted to exude the same confidence in my new realm that I’d exuded in my old realm. But where to begin?
And then – Jennifer.
I’m not going to lie; I had my doubts. After all, I’d had more than a couple of people “help” me define my style over the years. Most were completely uninterested in helping me unearth the “real” me that I wanted to dress. Or were completely incapable of helping me articulate why I wore some of the things in my closet all the time, and avoided the rest. Even when they were expensive, pretty things that fit well.
From our pre-Skype-discussion questionnaire to the two plus hours she spent talking with me, I felt someone was finally able to put it all together for me. I felt exhilaration and understanding. I finally understood why I was making the same mistakes over and over again. And I knew how to stop doing that.
I now know what to look for when I am shopping. I know what will look good on me. I also know what to admire from afar, that isn’t my style. I understand myself and my wardrobe, in a way I never did before.
In the two weeks since I’ve worked with Jennifer I’ve cleaned out my closets. I’ve shopped, but actually only bought one or two new things. Instead, I am wearing things I already own; simple chic pieces that are now worn correctly and make me feel like a million bucks. Thanks to Jennifer, I feel like myself in what I wear. The amount of compliments I’ve been receiving is astounding.
I also believe Jennifer is going to save me money. For too long I’ve purchased clothing in a misguided attempt to find my style. Now that I know how I want to present myself, it seems easy, effortless and has me bypassing 98% of the clothing I see.
Best of all is how fun Jennifer made the entire process. Her passion for style and helping other people find and live their best style, is inspiring and invigorating.
There are few things I can say have actually changed my life. I can honestly say that this has been one of them. I appreciated everything about the process and most of all, I appreciated Jennifer. I cannot recommend working with her enough!
Wendy McLeod MacKnight, reformed style victim