When my client and friend contacted me for a Day of Style appointment, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to give my blog readers a look behind the scenes. Since I give all my personal styling clients nicknames, this is Miss Medicine. She has appeared on my blog and social media before. In addition to being a wonderful client, she is a dear friend, and always graciously allows me to post her wardrobe on this site. So before we dive in, I want to thank her again for her courage, openness, and support.
Ms. Medicine's Shopping Look
We decided to meet for brunch at Farmer's Bottega and plan out the day. She admitted she felt she had gone off-course after a few too many solo shopping sessions. After we finished eating, we edited her closet at home and decided to return some of those unsatisfying recent purchases. After that closet purge, we went shopping at Fashion Valley. We visited Nordstrom, J. Crew, Ann Taylor, and Ecco. As we were leaving her home, Ms. Medicine was unsure if wearing sneakers to shop was acceptable. Chic sneakers are more than acceptable. They are cute, functional, and on trend, which I commended her for. She was very comfortable in this look and the V-neck on this dress, with the white sneakers, and the Kate Spade cross-body bag gave her a fresh, young vibe, which suits her very well.
I asked Miss Medicine to style herself first, so I could get an idea of how she is currently wearing her clothing. In the look on the left, she wore a black crew neck tee, black leggings, and red knee high boots. In the look on the right, we paired a baby blue blouse with faux suede taupe leggings and a black cardigan. Like many modest women with full busts, Miss Medicine's first instinct is to cover it all up up. However, this tactic actually draws more attention to the chest and can make the woman look larger overall. In the "after" picture, the V neck blouse is more flattering, while still being quite modest. The pendant adds weight to the blouse, indenting her waistline and giving more shape to a flowing top.
With this look, Miss Medicine styled herself in a ruffled polka dot dress with black flats. Again, the crew neckline and an oddly placed ruffle are adding extra weight to the top half of her body. In the "after" picture, a V neck saves the day again. The bohemian style and pattern of the dress is also much more appropriate for her age and personality. The cognac boots add luxury, polish, and interest to the look, while giving the added benefit of extra height.
The look on the left is what Miss Medicine wore to brunch. Because of the scoop neck and the autumnal color palette, this look works pretty well for her. She mentioned that the boots were uncomfortable and decided to return them. Like her, I am petite and have a hard time finding knee high boots that are flattering and comfortable. While not knee length, the cognac pair she purchased from Ecco during our shopping trip will easily replace the taller brown pair in her wardrobe. On the right, we paired her favorite jeans with an emerald green tee we picked up from J.Crew, a black ruffle sleeve blazer, and black kitten heels. The blazer is actually a cropped style, but as we shorter women know, that makes it regular length on us. Both looks are dressy-casual, making them perfect for her lifestyle. Love Miss Medicine's new look? Shop her new wardrobe purchases below.
Shop her Closet
Eliza J. Cropped Jacket, $58.80
Caslon Tie Sleeve Knit Blazer, $59
Vince Camuto Cold Shoulder Blouse, $47.40
Loft Modern Fit Button Fly Jeans, $79.50
Ecco Shape 45 Point Sleek Kitten Heels, $150
Chelsea28 Velvet Burnout Dress, $89.40
Loft Poppy Bloom Dress, $89.50
Kate Spade Triple Drop Earrings, $128
Kate Spade Jackson Street Harlyn Crossbody Bag, $228
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I take the stress out of getting dressed. As a personal fashion stylist in San Diego, I help women organize their closets, define their style, and shop with intention. My blog features practical style advice for women everywhere. I've been addicted to blazers since 2004.