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Confidence and Self Belief is not something that comes naturally to me, in fact, I don’t ever remember feeling confident until Styled By Susie.
I’m not quite sure why this is, but the one aspect I’ve always felt unconfident about is how I dress which can basically be described as Ammaji or Granny Chic but without the Chic!
My mum has dressed me my entire life and I’ve worn the weirdest and wonderful colours going, some that suited me and some that did not.
My mum’s main MO in dressing me has been, dress modest and being blessed with Curves at the age of 13 I’m so used to hiding everything that I was left floundering for about 5 years since I got married and moved away from home.
I just don’t know how to dress stylishly and my husband has been on at me from Day 1 to dress my age instead of Granny like.
I’ve just been hiding for so long, it’s taken me a long time to emerge from the cocoon of my warm safe style of dressing to try something different.
That is until I discovered Styled By Susie.
What is Styled By Susie?
Styled By Susie is a personal Styling business run by Susie Hasler and her colleague Sarah Lilly with Hair Stylist Fiona McIntyre on board and the amazingly organised Zoe who is PA for the whole team and who I discovered through The Organised Mum who’s a cleaning Blogger.
Gemma had a makeover with Susie’s services and looked amazing and the change in per personality was astounding.
She not only looked stylish and confident, she sounded it too.
What was even better was the Styled By Susie service did online sessions, and since the business is based in East Grinstead which is nowhere near me, I could get styled online from the comfort of my own home!
And that’s exactly what I did.
Styled By Susie Services
Styled By Susie runs both in person shops you can book in for in the Bluewater shopping centre, wardrobe declutters, Online Styling Services, Online Shops and much more for customers around the world.
What’s more is there are Wardrobe Decluttering, Holiday Packing, Confidence and more guides available as well, my favourite is Basic Bitches which has a list of all the basic but boring items needed to tie your outfit together and is grouped by shape and season.
And even better they offer Hair and Glasses Analysis which I promise you are worth the money!
I had a quote from a Personal Styling Service in my local area and the price for 1 hour knocked me for six, so I was really attracted to the Styled By Susie service mantra of being affordable for all women.
Package prices are available on their website and even the Bronze Online Style Analysis has a wealth of information that is above and beyond what you would expect.
What is an Online Style Session?
An Online Style Session is a document that is bespoke to you with advice on your shape and colouring, called Seasons.
Everyone is a specific shape including Apple, Strawberry, Hourglass, Rectangle and Pear.
And then you’re assigned a specific season like, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.
Since the service is online you’re asked to submit some photos of yourself in good natural lighting (don’t worry you keep your clothes on!) and only the Styled By Susie team see those pictures, they’re deleted once the Analysis is complete to keep in line with GDPR regulations.
What do you get in an Online Session?
Depending on what package you choose, so much!
I had the Analysis done in November 2018 and since March 2019, the system has changed completely due to the popularity of the business.
Packages are available on the website, so if I was to get an equivalent package, I would go for the Gold one simply because you get a wealth of information including:
- Jeans analysis
- Example Capsule Wardrobe
- Shop Suggestions for your shape
- Style Personality Mood Board.
Everyone who chooses a Gold or Platinum Package now gets assigned a Style Personality which helps to tie the whole analysis together and make it easier to define your personal style in one word.
How long does it take to get an Online Session?
From point of payment, and receipt of photos it takes 10 WORKING Days, not including Bank Holidays and Weekends.
What is my Shape, Season and Personality?
I’m an Autumn Hourglass with an Edgy Personality.
For years I was convinced I was a Pear shape but the Styled By Susie team actually told me I’m an Hourglass which took some getting used to!
Can you change Shape and Season?
The only time it could change is if an Hourglass becomes an Apple or vice versa but generally people tend to have the same shape despite weight gain and weight loss.
In terms of Season, no you cannot change Seasons, it’s very rare and most likely to happen when a person is a lot older.
What if I’m too old to dress Stylishly?
Styled By Susie have clients of all ages, shapes, ethnicities and locations around the world.
In the free to join Facebook Group, women from all walks of life share their blossoming confidence and get support from others even if it’s just trying some new makeup or jeans.
Full Disclaimer – I am an Administrator on the Styled By Susie Tribe Facebook Group but this is not a paid role.
How has it helped me?
I started lurking in the Styled By Susie Facebook Group since late September and then plucked up the courage to get an Analysis done for my Birthday which my husband kindly paid for.
I got the equivalent of the Gold Analysis and also paid for Hair and Glasses Advice.
Makeup Advice comes as standard with every package and has options from High Street to High End makeup.
I finally got my Analysis in late November and it was like Eid had come!
I don’t remember crying but I was emotional at Susie’s kind words to me in the Analysis and seeing myself through her eyes made a massive impact on my self-confidence.
For everyone who followed me at that time, you noticed that I started dressing totally differently, and I slowly started implementing the changes suggested.
Let’s just say, I went a bit mad buying things and since I’d had a massive declutter last summer with 7 Bags of clothing I’d thrown out, it was much needed!
Not everything was suitable for me, but it was fun to have trial and error in trying new things!
What’s changed since the Analysis?
I wear earrings now! I never used to wear earrings but I now wear them, this is not suggested in the Analysis but it’s something Susie encourages to frame your face and it makes a difference.
I bought my first pair of white trainers – something suggested in my analysis and also something I would never have done before as it seemed like something more appropriate for my younger sister than me!
I bought a Biker jacket! I’ve never had a Biker jacket in my life but I bought one in green, as black is too harsh on me.
I changed my makeup style – despite being a trained Makeup Artist, I had no clue what colours suited me! Since using the suggestions in the Makeup Guide, I’ve looked more fresh and awake then when I was sticking to black eyeliner which was ageing for me.
I started recieving more compliments – people at work who rarely talked to me, started complimenting me on my Hijab and earrings! This never happens so it was a huge boost to my confidence.
I started feeling good every time I got dressed – choosing an outfit now is so much less stressful! I have most of the colours suggested in my Analysis in my wardrobe and even with non-compliant colours, it’s more about the cut and as Styled By Susie say, if you love it, wear it!
Would I recommend a Style Analysis from Styled By Susie?
Honestly, it’s the best money I ever had spent on me Alhamdulillah!
Susie kept my modest dress sense, cuts and lifestyle in mind and the questionnaire was emotional to fill out as I had to describe myself and it took a phone call from a good friend to find things others liked about me.
Now I like things about me.
When you look good and you feel good.
I’d 100% recommend Styled By Susie!
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