Melany Carlos image consultant and personal stylist for Arlington, Virginia
What I love about House of Colour is that it’s not just about color and clothes, it’s about confidence. Not about buying more but purchasing wisely. Not about fashion but about feeling authentic. A color and style consultation leaves you with that joyous feeling of freedom and possibility when you look in your closet or walk into a store.
It was not always like this for me. I spent many mornings frantically searching through my stuffed closet for something to wear only to give up and put on yoga pants and start my day feeling mediocre. Buying and trying hundreds of lipsticks or new makeup colors only to throw them into a drawer with the rest of the cosmetics that just didn’t quite feel right. I remember as a child my grandmother always looked amazing, but I remember watching her “put herself together” and it really took some time. So, it just never seemed feasible for me to do the same. Who has that kind of time anymore?
What my House of Colour consultation gave me was the knowledge, tools, and confidence to build a smaller capsule wardrobe. I have a clutter-free closet with fewer clothes, but so many more outfits. The clothes all work together and best of all they work for me. It takes no time at all to get dressed and I’m done with a professional makeup look in less than 90 seconds!
Imagine feeling confident and authentic walking into a first date, final interview, the first day of preschool pick up, a final pitch to an important client or just an every day Saturday. If you are uncomfortable when you are, ‘put together’ something is not right, and I would love to help. I became a House of Colour consultant because I want to inspire others to celebrate their own natural beauty. Highlighting what makes them unique in the best way using color and style.
Melany was warm and welcoming. She explained the color analysis process so that I could easily understand how easy it was to look and feel my best every day. I feel like the person in the mirror finally matches the person inside. This was hands down the best money I have ever spent on myself!
Thanks to Melany’s excitement about helping people look their best in their colors and shapes and her committed investment in the House of Colour’s color and style analysis training, I now have a wardrobe of retirement clothes that I enjoy wearing each day. I started with the color analysis to understand why my previous color analysis under a different system seemed to leave out colors that I thought looked good and gave me some I did not think looked good. House of Colour’s Paint Box Spring sub-type makes me very happy with my neutrals and bright colors. It also makes me happy to see my friend and sister who were in the color class with me look radiant just by wearing a top in their wow spring colors and have more confidence and interest in choosing clothes. I was originally only interested in the color analysis, but Melany’s testimony as to what the right style does for body confidence led me to do the style analysis as well. It was enlightening because I had been looking at the wrong body shape when I was trying to understand what clothes to wear. I really needed someone who could give me an objective look at my body and help understanding what hips really mean. Also, I also came to realize that I was trying to dress classically because I “should” rather than what fits my body and personality. Natural Gamine is much more fun for me! Even for someone who has never been close to being a fashionista, the analysis with Melany was very worthwhile. I may not need a lot of outfits, but now know that each piece I add will be something that works for me.