I am so glad I consulted with Nancy and recommend her image consulting services. Everything went well, and I cant think of how they could have gone better. Nancy begins by requesting a series of photos from you so that she can assess your coloring, face shape, and body type, and, at least in my case, administering a 15-question Thinking Patterns inventory (I expressed I was overwhelmed by all the choices when I went shopping). These initial steps are done via email. Next, she met with me for 2 sessions in person. During the first session, she presented me with Color 1 samples (colors that look good on me) that I can take with me when I go shopping; sketches of the styles/shapes of clothing that are best for my body type; information on my color profile, and fabrics, jewelry, purse style, shoe color, etc. that are best for me; and instructions for using my Color 1 samples. I color my hair, and Nancy gently suggested that the reddish tint in it was aging me by distorting the contrast between my hair and skin, encouraged me to go back to my natural dark brown hair color, and even emailed me photos of a flattering hairstyle for my upcoming salon appointment. I followed her advice, she was right, and in the long run, Ill be saving money since Ill only be coloring my hair to touch up the gray. During the second session, Nancy spent several hours with me shopping my closet creating several new outfits, explaining why certain items should be altered for a more flattering fit, accessorizing, and developing a list of items to purchase; suggesting a more flattering eyeglass frame color next time I get frames; explaining what a wardrobe capsule is and how it can be my go-to outfit; makeup advice; ways to tie scarves (and alternative uses for scarves that werent flattering on me), etc. After your last meeting with Nancy, for the next 3 months if you buy anything new or are considering buying anything new, you can send her an e-mail with a picture or link and she will say yes or no and explain why.
I really appreciate that Nancy provided me with tangible info. For instance, during our consultations, she would take photos of outfits I would try on, and show me immediately on her viewfinder why something worked or didnt work. She showed me how the reddish tint in my hair color was aging me. She didnt simply say you should wear bright blue but instead leaves you several samples of flattering blues (and other colors) that you can take with you when you shop, as well as sketches of flattering clothing shapes. Nancy is respectful of a persons style, whether its sporty, casual, tailored, and/or fashionista, etc. and doesnt try to change you. She works with the flattering pieces that are already in your closet, gently points out those that arent and why, and how they can be put to other uses. I waffled about contacting an image consultant because I thought it may be frivolous; after all, Im not famous or in the public eye. But its not frivolousIve learned that in my case, my natural hair color was the way to go so Ill be saving money in the salon; I have more in my closet that I can work with than I thought I did; and if youre like me and are so overwhelmed when you go clothes shopping that you cant make a decision or buy something just to have something to show for your 2 hours in the mall, then the color chart and clothing sketches that Nancy gives you will help you to zero in on flattering styles/colors in stores and walk out if you dont see anything that suits you. I recommend Nancy highly!