WIW: To Style My First DFS Client

I recreated yesterday's outfit, worn to Dress For Success, where I was able to style my first client!

It is actually too warm in the DFS office for a jacket, especially running around hauling clothes, so last week someone suggested I plan to be without one. I also planned without a bag, since I neither wear one nor have one near my while styling. The top ended up being great for ease of movement, but the skirt was less so. The narrow skirt and non-stretch material slowed my walk considerably, and I barely caught my bus!

Hi-low seeveless button front - local junior's store
Donna Rae paisley skirt - flea market
Nixon wrap watch - flea market
Report Marks booties - Piperlime clearance

I had an AMAZING time at DFS yesterday - I stayed for a solid 6 hours! First, I got my feet wet by assisting another stylist, who turned out to be a retired real-life stylist who worked for 30 years. She was wonderful, and we put together 5 outfits for 2 different ladies who had recently been hired. They were totally sweet and looked very professional in their new clothes. I learned that my professional bias skews *highly* formal, even though I thought my last job was super duper relaxed - who knew?

Next, my mentor gave me the green light to take the final client of the day myself. She was an adorable blonde with an edgy haircut, getting ready to interview for a job that involved booking fashion-related shows. She said she needed to look fashion-forward in addition to being professional. How much more fun could I have with my first client??

We quickly determined that she looked amazing in Italian jackets, and she literally did a happy dance when she slipped on an olive and burgundy pinstriped pantsuit. We thought the rest would be a breeze when we found a killer cream ruffled blouse to wear under, but we hit a big roadblock when it came to shoes and PPL! We did not have tons of shoes in her size, and she said she could not even afford to pay a tailor to let the hems down. BUT! The hems turned out to be serged with a really low-contrast thread, so I let them down myself with a seam ripper and steamed out the crease right on the spot. The shoes fell into place, and unless any of her interviewers bent down to inspect the hems at floor level, no one would ever know.

Afterward, the veteran stylist showed me how to work various appliances, how they organize the hangers, and even complimented my work with the clients. I had the best time!

Which is a good thing, considering my current career goals. Now, if only I can get a job... ;)

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  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Look at you! Looking fab AND altering stuff on the go just like a pro. I am totally impressed and I bet your clients were too.

  • Jjsloane replied 6 years ago

    Great day for you! Sounds like a great learning experience and fun to boot!

    Do you have fashion tape on hand there? Would also help with on the spot repairs, and faux tailoring.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Looks like you learned a lot and also had a good time, win win situation!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Well first of all, you look fab of course! I love that skirt on you.

    Secondly, how AMAZING were you!!! Taking your first solo client and then doing some quick alterations to make it all work. Rae - you are hitting your stride girl and great things are going to happen!

  • tarzy replied 6 years ago

    This is all so incredibly exciting. I know great things are in store for you!

  • BethL replied 6 years ago

    Aww, that is just so cool, Rae. What a wonderful first day! You looked great, too, even if it was a hassle to get your bus.

  • JulieJohn replied 6 years ago

    What an excellent day! You deserve great things, and you look so ruggedly lovely. It sounds like you were a superhero with a seam-ripper in one hand and a steamer in the other. You might need a utility belt! What a great way to start your DFS expereince!

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Great story and I love your outfit! Too bad you couldn't take a picture of your happy client!

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    Ohmigosh, I love hearing exactly what you really did and do. The substance! What Rachel Zoe never tells you about, lol. And this is styling for a real good. Pretty awesome.

    To me, it's so hard to go to the racks and FIND stuff. It's a problem I have shopping and with my own closet. I have all these clothes not in the closet but hanging off the closet doors so I can see them. How do y'all find stuff in the DFS inventory?

  • RunningSue replied 6 years ago

    What a great way to share your love for fashion and help other women at the same time. You have my complete admiration.

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    What a great first day!! Congratulations on all your successes! And of course you looked super fab!!!

  • jayne replied 6 years ago

    now here is where all that creativity you have pays off! and obviously will lead you far RAE, great thinking on your feet, focusing on the solution, and taking the steps needed to make it happen! what a great first day!

  • ElleH replied 6 years ago

    You looked good & did good. Good for you!

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    Great story. You looked great but I know what you mean about straight skirts.

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Awesome recap! So glad it went so well--your clients are so lucky to have your keen eye. And wow for seam ripping on the go and making it work! I am so impressed! You looked super fab too BTW. High five and great work Rae!

  • Jenava replied 6 years ago

    congrats, Rae, that's so great to hear!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    It's amazing volunteering at DFS isn't it?! Keep it up!

    You look wonderful! I love the hemline of the top over a pencil skirt.

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    The story of your work at DFS is so heartwarming. You have so much talent to share and looked wonderfully stylish.

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    Wow, Rae, you look amazing and I love your story! You are so innovative :D

  • KathyL replied 6 years ago

    Way to go on your first day! You look great! And a very MacGyver-esque moment with the seam ripper. Nice job thinking on your feet.

  • Scarlet replied 6 years ago

    Sounds like a fun day and like you did an amazing job, Miss Resourceful! Interesting that you were skewing conservative. Well that's banking, isn't it? Love your outfit-- very fresh.

  • san replied 6 years ago

    You are amazing, I'm so proud of you. You did a wonderful thing. You look great and I'm sure your students have trust in you.

  • Louise replied 6 years ago

    You look amazing and it sounds like you had a great day x

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Congratulations Rae. Sounds so great and they are really lucky to have you.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Rae...you are on your way. I just know your career is going to take off. This is your love, and your love will take you where you need to go. SO wonderful.

  • Sona replied 6 years ago

    what a great first day! and you are simply glowing: it is so obvious that your passion s fashion related. I am sure a job is lurking out there and will be yours soon!!! wishing you tons of success!!

  • Zapotee replied 6 years ago

    That move to achieve PPL just made me proud lol. I love the playfulness of this outfit, it feels fresh and super stylish, as it should. You look amazing !!!!

    ...and the right job for you is just around the corner, you'll see....

  • Queen Mum replied 6 years ago

    Love hearing about your experience and I LOVE your outfit. So simple, yet chic and sophisticated!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    You all are so good to me! I appreciate all the encouragement so much. I know I never would be this confident - at DFS or during interviews - without all the time I've put in here at YLF. Y'all are totally my "village." :D

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