Tracey Marshall image consultant and personal stylist for Bracknell & Crowthorne
Have you lost your mojo when it comes to clothes and style? Not really sure what suits you or what to buy? I can help!
I am a House of Colour Double Star Consultant, winning the sought-after accolade of one star in my very first year. I was then over the moon when the following year I achieved a coveted two stars!
I love being a House of Colour stylist. When I “had my colours done”, it is no exaggeration to say that it changed my life. I went from feeling frumpy – and trying pretty hard to be invisible – to being comfortable and confident in my own skin … and in my clothes!
Many of the people who come to see me are facing some kind of transition in their lives and perhaps are feeling a little lost, like they have forgotten who they really are.
- after having children who feels very ‘mumsy’ and that they have lost their identity
- leaving the corporate world who has forgotten how to dress casually
- about to enter the world of business, terrified about what to wear to the office
- in their early 30s, wondering if they are dressing old before their time
- in their 40s/50s/60/70s worrying that they might look like ‘mutton dressed as lamb’
- experiencing what some people call a ‘midlife crisis’, others a ‘wake-up call’
- more mature, towards the end of their career, finishing work and heading into retirement
- coming out of a relationship break-up and wanting to ‘dress for themselves’
- not knowing what to buy or what to pair with what, so wearing the same old things
The reason I love my job so much is seeing a person’s transformation, knowing I am helping it to happen. It’s about making a difference, seeing how pleased they are … and then when they ring or email me saying “I got three compliments this morning, and all I’d done was …” well, that just makes my day.
Getting to know my client during our session together means they will trust me and let me show them a colour palette or outfit suggestions that may well include shades or shapes they might not have gone for themselves..
The two main session types are Colour and Style: many clients decide they would like to do both, if so, it is totally up to you which one you want to do first. Some people love to start with Colour; it’s what has made us famous, and there is a clue in our name! And, by the way, there is so much more to your Colour consultation than simply being a ‘Season’! Our recommendations actually depend upon the creamy undertones of your skin and whether they are more warm or cool.
Style is a longer session where I want to learn more about you so I know which looks will suit your character. For me – and now for many of my clients – it was the Style class that had the most profound effect. A House of Colour stylist uses Carl Jung’s body archetypes to determine what styles of clothing suit you best – but then also seeks out those clothes which allow your personality to shine through. It’s really about creating the illusion of proportion … but I will be dressing you according to your personality and not just your proportions, showing you how to dress your body, making the most of your best features.
It’s about not hiding under (or behind) your clothes: I want to peel away the layers (at least metaphorically!) to find the real you inside, and bring her – or him – out to play … or work … or go partying … or dine out … or chill … or do school runs … or whatever … looking great and feeling gorgeous!
NB Why not take advantage of my Three Step Offer: If you book your Colours and Style sessions at the same time (i.e. the booking is made in one go, but the sessions themselves can be taken separately), you will receive the Make-up Tutorial for free. With the Three Step Offer, it is a nice idea to do the three sessions fairly close together – the impact of the change is quicker and more dramatic, leading to lots of compliments!
1:1 A half-day tailored just for you – many clients much prefer it this way, and you will have the whole session to learn about exactly what suits you. If you choose a Colour session, you will learn which are your WOW colours, and how to combine them to get the look that works for you, letting your personality shine through – and you will leave with a beautiful wallet of fabric colour swatches to take with you – for the next shopping trip, or just to explore the potential of your own wardrobe! A Style session is much longer as it’s not as simple as just assessing your body shape – by getting to know you properly I will identify what your personality is like, so that the clothes will suit the “you on the inside” as well as on the outside.
1:2 Perhaps you would like to come with your mum or your daughter or best friend (this person needs to count as a ‘Bubble Buddy’, i.e. be in your social bubble) so that you get that all-important second opinion from someone whose judgement you trust already, plus you will probably have a really good giggle and a fun day out!
The Transformational All-In-One-Day Experience In for a penny, in for a pound! Or just getting it all done in one go! A full day (unfortunately I cannot provide lunch at present) with Colours in the morning and Style in the afternoon. This is often the most popular option with my male clients, but many female clients like it too, taking everything in during one longer day.
1:3 Usually I can see a small group in my studio, up to 3 max, but with current Covid restrictions this service is not available, unless the three people are all from one family who live together, or are in the same ‘social bubble’.
Make-up Tutorial Generally this comes third in a trio of sessions, to co-ordinate with and complement your new sense of Colour and Style, but it is also available as a standalone class. If a client books both Colour and Style sessions at the same time (i.e. the booking is made in one go) then the Make-up Tutorial is free, as per my Three Step Offer.
Shopping Trip Not ideal during current restrictions as it is not possible to try on clothes in-store. However, online shopping options are definitely possible – let’s say you want a new winter coat … I could help you get one that is perfect for you.
Wardrobe Review This can easily be conducted online, and it’s a bit like a shopping trip, but in your own home!! Time to get excited about what’s in your wardrobe already, items you already own!! Very affordable if you are on a tight budget … and it could be a real revelation!
For availability, prices and availability, please see my 'classes' page.
If you aren’t really sure which option to go for … or the published dates don’t suit, just get in touch and let me see what I can do.
'Now I understand my Colours and Style, I realise why I sometimes used to feel like I was dressing up in someone else's clothes.
I have now reduced the amount of clothes that I own, but strangely seem to have more to wear - it's great!
Thanks so much'