Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an image consultant and a personal stylist?

A. An image consultant is not just a personal stylist.  Unlike a personal stylist, an image consultant focuses not only on a person’s physical characteristics but also their goals, preferences and lifestyle. The result is a wardrobe that “fits” a client in every way.  What’s more an image consultant relies on the science of style (the “why” behind why something works or doesn’t) as opposed to just the art.  Stylists can make you look great, but often the client has no idea how they did it – or how to get similar results on their own.  Working with an image consultant means that you’ll gain the education, tools and techniques to continue making great choices going forward.

What does it mean when an image consultant has AICI CIP after her name?

A. This indicates that a consultant is a “Certified Image Professional” (CIP) and represents an advanced level of accreditation awarded by the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).

What could I expect with an initial consultation?

A. Prior to a first meeting, you would be asked to fill out an image profile, containing questions about your goals, preferences and lifestyle. We would then meet for a session to review your best colors, silhouettes, and style based on your physical characteristics, lifestyle, goals and preferences. You would come away with a personalized color palette, client workbook and tangible image action plan.

What if I live outside of the NY Tri-State area?

A. Given today’s technology, distance is no longer a barrier to looking and feeling your best.  Just pick up your phone or log onto your computer and you’ll have access to me and the same information you’d receive in person. The process and takeaways are the same, it’s just the medium that’s different. See my Virtual Stylist services ››

I live out of state but would prefer an in-home visit. Will you travel to me?

A. Absolutely. Just reach out by email or phone and we can discuss the particulars.

How do I know if it’s time to update my look?

A. Assessing your own situation is never easy, which is why many people seek the advice of a professional.  A few tell-tale signs: People guess your age as 5 years older—or younger—than you are. Many items in your closet are faded or frayed. Manufacturers have discontinued your favorite cosmetic shades. Your stylist starts cutting your hair without asking what you want. You don’t feel great when you look in the mirror.

Do you also work with men?

A. Yes! I work with a number of the husbands, friends, brothers and significant others of my female clients.

What if I have a limited budget for clothing?

A. Not a problem. I’ll teach you how to shop smart. We’ll share tips on how to buy the best quality for less. You’ll learn how to mix and match to create more outfits with fewer pieces.  And, because we determine your optimum colors and styles, you’ll learn how to repeat your clothing successes and eliminate costly clothing mistakes.

A. While we advocate maintaining a look that’s current, I don’t recommend following trends for trends’ sake.  I advise incorporating only those new styles, shapes, and colors that look best on you. And, I advise adding these fashion-infused pieces only after you have the basics. Tip: don’t spend a lot on a trend. Remember: what’s in today can be so yesterday by tomorrow.