Do you ever get that inevitable feeling when you’re prepping for a special event, something like, oh my god, I have nothing to wear? Or perhaps the new season brings you a little style anxiety because, what the hell goes with tartan? If you need a little helping hand in styling, from an event, to a wardrobe rehaul, Style Doctors* are just what you need.
Style Doctors offer a unique personal shopping service in areas such as Oxford Street and Westfield London to help you get the most out of your shopping experience. Founded in 2004, Style Doctors are an award winning team of Style Consultants, Personal Shoppers, and Makeup Artists spanning the UK and the USA, ready to make you look and feel amazing, no matter your age or gender.
Services offered include Personal Styling on Oxford Street*, Half or Full Day Personal Styling, or even a Home Wardrobe Visit, to help you get the most out of what you already have! This is perfect for a gal or guy with a lot of clothes (which doesn’t at all resemble a put together capsule wardrobe, like me) or bloggers/fashionistas that need help with some outfit planning for shoots or just generally looking and feeling fab err’day!
Style Doctors challenged me to find an outfit for my next blog post within an hour, and you know me, I love a challenge. And voilà, I was booked in for a one hour Oxford Street styling session* (worth £85.00) with stylist, Elin! Firstly, I did an online questionnaire to narrow down a few things I was looking for on the day. I was looking for a casual, everyday look that could be dressed up or down with preferably some white heeled boots (as I’ve been longing for a pair for a while). I then got a text message from my personal stylist, Elin, and she briefly introduced herself and let me know what to expect on the day, where to meet, what she looked like, etc.
The next day, I met Elin and her assistant outside Miss Selfridge on Oxford Street and we got to work finding a few new outfits. Oxford Street was the perfect base for this as all of my fave shops (Topshop, Zara, Mango H&M) are all so close together right by Oxford Circus station!
Elin began by asking me a bit about what I usually go for, and said she wanted to push me outside of my comfort zone, eeek! She talked me through adding a pop of colour for confidence, and she really did make me feel sassy af. Honestly, the gal was so supportive and constantly letting me know what was really ~ werkin’ ~ for me and my body.
Most of the outfits that Elin picked out for me that were really *me* were all monochrome bases with colour built on top. However, many of them were a little too dressy for what I was looking for, a casual outfit that I could dress up or down. What really surprised me is that as soon as I got home from the personal styling session, I noticed that a lot of the suggestions that Elin was throwing out there, like the mustard blazer and red beret/bag combo, I already had in some shape of form in my closet! Okay, okay, okay… they may have been hidden at the back of my closet and neglected, but they were there. More so, I just didn’t get a lot of wear out of them on the daily as I didn’t know how to style them.
*pop of mustard*
The origin of this outfit began when I fell completely head over heels for these Miss Selfridge High Waist Wide Leg Trousers in red, however I wouldn’t be able to dress them down as they were so long (yes, they were petite!) so it ended being a no from me… *cry*.
Okay so the initial outfit I wanted turned out to be a dud as I’m just too short for even petite wide leg trousers. So I went back to my safety blanket, Petite Topshop Jeans. I picked up these light blue beauties, with a step hem, in the Oxford Street store a while back and they’re still the best pair I’ve ever owned.
One of my fave looks that Elin created was the pop of yellow blazer which really added something extra to an otherwise, casual yet comfy everyday outfit. I thought, let’s roll with this look! Classic white blouse with a twist and the best chunky knit from River Island made for a fab colour block combo.
Even though I didn’t try any on on the day, I did mention to Elin that I was looking for a kitten heel white boot and she gave me the heads up that she spotted some in Miss Selfridge. I ended up browsing the entire Topshop & Miss Selfridge store on Oxford Street and found these drop dead gawwwwjus boots that I’m totally obsessed with.
Also, you can’t really plan for things going out of stock so I was well gutted that they didn’t have any of the woven red heart cross body bags left at Zara when I went back to Oxford Street to shop for the outfit, so I bought this boxy black alternative which is just as textured and makes the whole look work. Thank you so much for the tip on textures, Elin!
SHOP THE LOOK
*pop of red*
My second favourite look that Elin created for me featured a chunky knit half tucked into a faux leather mini, topped off with high leg boots. Again, it wasn’t meant to be – I could not find the boots in my size in any Zara shop on Oxford Street, and Zara had also decided to change around the store between our visits and the skirt I initially tried on was no where to be seen, eek! I found a mannequin wearing it but there weren’t any on the floor, leading me to believe it had sold out and I’m not surprised!
However, I was determined to make this look work as it looked so chic in the changing room with Elin. I opted for my high leg flat boots that I already owned, and popped into Mango and magically found this wrap around leather mini that looked quite similar in length and had the same high waist cut – SUCCESS!
Since I already had my heart set on red accessories like Elin styled me with during the personal styling hour – I needed to find a simple knit. Miss Selfridge have the best chunky knits right now, and I even nabbed this one at 20% off in the Oxford Street Store! The puffy balloon sleeves have that “pom pom” look that’s all over the ‘gram right now and it’s just the right length to do that mini half tuck.
SHOP THE LOOK
What would you be looking for if you had an hour of personal shopping to pick an outfit?
Photography by Sarah Ellen Photography
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*I was gifted this experience with Style Doctors and some of the items in this post, but my thoughts and opinions are my own*