“The last thing I thought I would ever need was an image consultant. And then Gwen entered my life. It didn’t take long before I went from skepticism to having her voice in my head whispering good advice whenever I was getting dressed or shopping”
I was looking forward to working with Linda Hearne as I arrived at her lovely home in sunny Marin county for her personal style appointment. Linda has had an international career for eighteen years, including working as an economist with the United Nations and running a micro loan project for the Swedish International Development Agency. With her work she has traveled much of the world, including frequent trips to Africa and India. Currently, she is a life coach interspersed with long stretches of travel in Europe. One of the fruits of her exotic travels is her extensive collection of ethnic and regional jewelry, which we put to good use as we worked together.
“She pointed out that, like many of her clients, I buy clothes that I like, rather than clothes that look good on me. This simple yet profound revelation was absolutely true and I was stunned that I never figured it out on my own.”
In our initial conversation, Linda said she wanted to look as attractive and fashionable as a 66 year-old woman could look, while certainly not looking like she was trying to emulate the style of a young woman.
Here’s her story:
“We had two sessions together. Gwen sorted through my bulging closet and sadly explained that much of what I owned is not appropriate for my body and my age. She pointed out that, like many of her clients, I buy clothes that I like, rather than clothes that look good on me. This simple yet profound revelation was absolutely true and I was stunned that I never figured it out on my own. I now would be on the journey of buying clothes that flatter me and letting go of clothes that don’t.”
“In our next session Gwen continued to edit my closet and coordinate the selection of clothes that worked into new combinations. Next, came the most exciting session… an appointment with Gwen to go shopping and fill in the missing pieces. I learned so much! For example, pants that stretch and have no waistbands or zippers reduce bulges. These are a godsend when I travel! I can eat a fabulous meal, and gain a few pounds, the clothes she recommends keeps the extra weight hidden. She showed me what necklines lengthen my neck and work for the shape of my face, that was really a revelation.”
“Now, I am often told how good I look and asked if I lost weight or something else. Gwen has created for me such an integrated and flattering look that it garners attention wherever I go.”
“Gwen advised that if I followed her guidelines, I would need fewer clothes. She was right. Slowly, I’ve been happily weeding out the old items that I now know simply do not suit me. Even with fewer things to choose from, I have all the clothes I need to be well-dressed and looking good for any occasion.”
“Another major benefit from inviting Gwen into my closet is that it has actually saved me money and time, since I now know “where to shop” and “what to buy”.