Style with Wisdom 19 Nov 2021
This week’s #FestiveFriday we are delighted to be collaborating with Lisa, founder of Style with Wisdom.
She’s been out and about in St Albans, searching for some fabulous fashion finds for all the family this holiday season.
Find out more about Lisa, her top fashion tips, and click on her interactive look books so you can shop her edit.
Get ready, get set, g-SHOP!
Tell us a little bit about your background?
I’ve worked in the fashion industry for over 20 years now and still love it so much! It all started with my obsession with the Fashion Wheel as a child and then it was just working out what I wanted to do within Fashion. I remember watching This Morning one half term and everyday they were doing a “Day in the life life of a ……………” for career inspiration and one day they covered a Fashion Buyer and I was hooked! I worked as a Senior Fashion Buyer for both Debenhams and House of Fraser creating ranges with the Design team, it was great fun and so rewarding seeing it all in store and customers shopping it! I got to visit both factories and shops all over the World with my job which was a highlight, along with working with John Rocha and Jasper Conran!
How can you help people get the wardrobe of their dreams?
Wardrobe Edits are hugely popular right now as so many peoples working days and lifestyles have changed! The space in your wardrobe is incredibly valuable and a space you visit every morning so getting it organised and something you are excited by is so important! I work alongside my clients to edit it down to ensure everything in that space fits, has a purpose and makes you feel fantastic, otherwise it doesn’t deserve to be in that valuable space! During our time together I create new outfit combinations and build a focused shopping list. It’s always great fun and like therapy really! It does take time and energy but I cannot stress the amount of time, money and stress it saves in the long term!
What are the key things people should look for when shopping for Party outfits?
The key thing is wear what you are drawn to and what makes you feel fantatsic! Confidence comes from within so if you you feel great in your outfit the conifdence will come. I think whilst looking for those key pieces you should absolutely bare in mind sparkle, metallics and all things that glitter! These outfit essentials will no doubt bring a smile to your face and all those who see you! We are here for a fun time not a long time so make it count and wear the outfit of dreams!
How can people bring sustainability in to their wardrobe?
The key thing here is to wear your wardrobe and that’s wear the sustainability starts, especially by doing a wardrobe edit as it allows you time to remind yourself of what you have, what you love and what you really need, if anything at all. Being familiar with your wardrobe ensures you make the most of what you have and it will reduce your impulse buys going forward. When you then shop do try and think about newer smaller sustainable brands where items are made to order to reduce waste or buy into brands that use environmentally kind production processes and yarns that protect as opposed to harm our environment! I am also a huge fan of preloved shopping too, giving unwanted clothing a home is kind on your purse and the environment! If there is a gap in your wardrobe before shopping new have a search on key preloved sites and you may find what you are looking for!
Where do you love to shop in St Albans?
I feel so lucky with the high street in St Albans as it has such a breadth of retailers from charity shops, small businesses, pop ups, the market and many of the big players in retail too! I love to keep my shopping habits balanced as I feel we need all these elements supporting each other to have a successful high street, however the charity shops do tend to be a favourite of mine as you really do not know what delights you will find! It reminds me of my buying days where we would hunt vintage shops and fairs for anything that gave inspiration for the next best sellers! It’s great when you find something you love in your size and it feels like a one off too! I have introduced a lot of my clients to preloved shopping and they love it!
What services do you offer?
My services are constantly evolving and that is the beauty of running my own styling business as they can be so adaptable to what my clients need. Wardrobe Edits are extremely popular right now and a great place to start if you want help with your style and outfit choices. I also do personal shopping both out at the shops or bring it to your home, I also do virtual styling via personalised look books where my clients can shop the looks form the comfort of their own home and then for fun, I do style parties with groups of friends. I present the key trends of the season and then bring all my picks from the high street to show how various looks can be pulled together and then the best part…trying it all on. It’s a great way to try some new things and have fun with your friends at the same time!
Do you have any Christmas promotions or offers?
The biggest seller in the lead up to Christmas for me is without doubt my gift vouchers. Using a stylist is not necessary something people buy themselves but it’s always a great gift that someone may have not considered! Gift vouchers start from £38.00 which will buy you a personalised Mini Look Book then you can choose to buy any other service or a value towards a service. I package them up so they can be presented as gift to the recipient, and they always tend to be well received!
How can people find out more about you?
You can follow me on my insta page @stylewithwisdom or facebook page Style with Wisdom where I share tips and tricks for styling and editing your wardrobe.
There is also my website www.stylewithwisdom.com which includes everything about me, my services, my testimonials and all my contact details if you would like to get in touch!