I wish I could say that I had a strong sense of style, but then I would be lying to you.
Most days I just put on whatever shirt is not wrinkled, and if the weather forecast says it’s going to be under 70 degrees I pair it with a pair of jeans, and anything above that a pair of capris. (And on a really hot day or I’m feeling particularly adventurous, I might even break out a pair of shorts.)
Many of my favorite summer dresses are on hold for a second summer in a row because they just aren’t practical for a busy breastfeeding mom on the go.
My wardrobe is starting to looking a little tired–ok, completely lackluster–and I’ve been feeling a little uninspired in the clothing department.
Thankfully, I was recently introduced to the fabulous Tricia Cromwell of Trust in Tricia, Independent Wardrobe Consultant.
Tricia is here to tell us about how she got started as a stylist, her top five summer wardrobe essentials, and the one thing busy moms (or really, any woman!) can do to really really make any outfit without creating a lot of extra work.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your business. How did you get started as a stylist?
When I was young my grandmother hated shopping so she would take me with her and trusted me to pick out her entire outfit! I grew up to work in retail and go to school for Fashion Merchandising, where I shopped for and styled customers as well as friends and family. In 2008 I learned more about having a career as a stylist and then I took a leap of faith and launched my business!
What is your favorite part about being a small business owner? What do you find most challenging?
My favorite part of being a business owner is the rewarding feeling of making a difference and accomplishing what you put your mind to. I love that I am able to help women regain their confidence and look and feel their best with the least amount of effort on their part. It is amazing to be invited into someone’s life, to learn their personalities, styles, and stories then help to them get to where they aspire to be through fashion. To hear feedback from a client that they landed the job they applied for or that they have been getting compliments at work or that they are able to dress for work every day stress free is the best feeling!
The most challenging part of owning a business is probably the business/life balance. As lucky as business owners are to have their passion be their livelihood, it is also easy to get completely consumed in your work and neglect quality time with family or even yourself.
I don’t know about you, but I am ready for summer! What are your top five summer essentials?
SO ready! My top 5 summer essentials are
- Maxi dresses: I could live in them…and they are great for those days you didnt get to shave your legs!
- Printed tank tops: Easy to wear and can then be layered under blazers/cardigans in cooler weather
- Cute sandals: for comfort and showing off your pedi
- Statement sunglasses that just make you feel like a celebrity getting caught in a paparazzi shot
- A summer fedora, for a cool laid look…or a great way to deal with a bad ‘do day or post swimming hair!
As you know, I design and make jewelry. What tips do you have for accessorizing? Are there any timeless jewelry pieces or accessories that you think every woman should have?
My #1 tip for accessories is not to forget them! They are your personal stamp on your style and really help to personalize and polish your look.
As for must have jewelry, I personally feel you should have at least one of each of the major categories to keep you covered: necklace (long and short), bracelet and earrings. Choosing all metal pieces (gold, silver, bronze, etc) will allow for the most use because they match everything. I recommend that for my clients that are just beginning their collection of accessories.
As for timeless pieces, you will almost always be safe with a moderate sized hoop earring (I call them “all day every days” because they literally go with anything) or pearls in any form.
As a mom of an infant, I am constantly on the go and in and out of the house and really have very little time to put together, let alone think about, wearing something stylish. I find myself often turning to the same outfits day after day which feels boring and tired after awhile. How can busy moms inject some sizzle into their wardrobe without creating a lot of work for themselves or spending a lot of money?
By hiring a professional stylist to put all of their season’s outfits together in a look book! (hehe *plug!)…But again this is where accessories really come in handy. They are the last step so often missed, but simply adding a necklace to an outfit can inject some bling, a scarf can add some print and even a bright handbag can add some color. They are also a budget friendly way to update your current wardrobe, and they always fit!
A huge thank you to Tricia for sharing some of her style-wisdom on my blog today! If you live in the Boston area and are in need of a little fashion help, be sure to check out her styling services. And if you are looking for some timeless metal pieces to accessorize your outfits (including the bracelet and earrings pictured above), be sure to check out Linkouture’s individually handcrafted sterling silver jewelry.
Tricia is a wardrobe consultant and personal shopper with over 15 years experience in the retail field. She has worked with some of the world’s top designer labels. Her experience is backed by a degree in fashion merchandising and a an unparalleled passion for fashion. Tricia works with clients to customize their wardrobes to ensure that they fit their lifestyles and are current for the season. You can find more information about Tricia and her business, Trust in Tricia, on her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.