Yesterday, I told you all the reasons why I needed Closet Analysis. Another big reason I hired MacKenzie Image Consulting is to have my personal colors done. I’ve read several books on the topic, but there’s only so much you can figure out yourself.
Megan started out the process by draping me with several different colors to see which ones look the best. In good colors I looked happy, awake and more myself. Bad colors made me look like I had no makeup on, gave me dark circles under my eyes and made me look tired.
After the assessment Megan and Shauna concluded something I already knew – I’m an autumn. But then they refined it – I’m a light autumn. Plus they gave me a pallet of my specific colors. Its something every girl needs. Here’s how mine turned out:
The biggest surprises? Orange is not a good color for me. Red is. Go figure. All the colors fit in a nice case compact case that I can take with me when I go shopping.
Then it was on to my actual clothes. Before Shauna and Megan even arrived I had some homework to do. Pick 5-7 images of:
1. Images That Inspire You
2. Clothes You LOVE (no matter if you think you can wear them or not)
3. Clothes You Would NEVER Wear
Here’s one of the images I picked for clothes I love:
Here’s one from images of clothes I’d never wear:
While I was explaining the clothes I’d love to wear, Shauna said to Meg “Are you noticing a trend here?” Turns out I like feminine, belted silhouettes. Incorporating more color and accessories was also a goal.
We walked upstairs to my closet. Shauna and Meg started pulling out my dresses. Megan said “OK, this would be perfect with a belt. Where are your belts?” Gulp. ”I don’t own any belts!” I replied. They both stared at me with eyes wide. ”How can that be?” Shauna said, “All the clothes you liked included a prominent belt!” Holy smokes. I hadn’t even noticed. NO WONDER I never look like the clothes I like.
They also looked at my “maybe” pile of clothes. I was thrilled when they figured out how some of the pieces could be reincorporated back in my wardrobe. For instance, here’s me in a dress I never wear, a necklace I never wear and shoes I wouldn’t normally put with the dress:
After going through my closet, I realized I don’t need a total wardrobe upheavial. Shauna and Megan put together two weeks worth of new outfits with just the things I already owned. My short shopping list includes pencil skirts, belts and yellow flats. Totally manageable.
HUGE thanks to the women of MacKenzie Image Consultants for all their help. Your advice was helpful, refreshing and exciting. I already have one of the outfits on today.
Shauna Heathman and Megan Roberson