A glossy flyer arrived through my door this week, from a major High Street shop in collaboration with a well-known designer.
It says (and I paraphrase):
The top 3 things every woman should have in her wardrobe for the Summer season:
- Trade your skinny jeans for a wider leg
- A dress in a pretty floral print of vibrant hues
- Add a black belt to update last year’s dresses; a belt with a bow adds a modern edge to girly prints
Such nonsense always makes me scream out loud. The idiots that write such trash are offering generalised tripe, masquerading as fashion advice.
My standards are a heck of a lot higher than that!
I wouldn’t EVER offer generalised advice
And I refuse to apologise for it
So the question I continue to ask about garbage like this from people who should be able to do a lot better is, “Why do you bother at all?”
My concern is that some poor lady desperate for advice on how to update her wardrobe will read this garbage, believe it, copy it, and look and feel a right rotten mess as a result.
- If your Straight up-and-down clients already look good in skinny jeans, why on earth would they want to hide their shape behind enough material to make a tent? (And if your answer is, “To be in fashion,” you’re missing the point!)
- A dress? What about those Naturals and lots of Dramatics who wouldn’t give up their trousers for all the tea in China?
- A pretty floral print? Try that one with a strong-minded Winter and you might get a fat lip for your trouble!
- Vibrant hues? That’ll be the last you see of any gentle Summer clients…
- A belt? Not if you’re straight up and down and shaped like a ping-pong table!
- You’d get a good slap from a Classic if you attempted to ‘add a modern edge‘ to anything, let alone a girly print!
- A black belt? Before you go recommending black to anyone at all, I recommend you check their colour directions first and then make sure they’re happy to wear black… How? Just ask them!
The entire grubby little missive smacks of generalised, average, mediocre advice which, in my book, without adding in each individual person’s body shape, colouring and personality just translates into nothing more than misguided misinformation.
And the people who write such tripe should be taken out and flogged!
These are absolutely NOT the top 3 things that EVERY woman should have in her wardrobe for the Summer season, or for any other season, ever!
Because we’re not all the same
We’re different, unique, and utterly individual – and don’t you forget it!
Please – for yourself, search out some outstanding, useful, informative, well-thought-through personalised advice about you and nobody else but you.
And when it comes to your clients…
If I need to spell it out, perhaps you need a change of career?