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Located in historic Over-the-Rhine is the
type of highly curated men’s clothing store previously unheard of in
Cincinnati — one that would normally find its niche in a high-end
fashion hotspot like New York City.
by Holly Rouse
Posted In: Fashion
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Getting personal with personal shopping
One of our summer
interns, Holly, is a stylist and buyer at Clothes Mentor in West Chester who
writes about style, DIY and other stories and people that inspire her. Check out
her blog, Oh Golly, Holly, to read more.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times: Knowing
your personal style is so much more important than following fashion trends. I
don’t really care much for fashion. I’m definitely not a slave to it — unlike
so many people in the retail world. To me, there’s a huge difference between
fashion and style; style is so different from person to person. It really has a
personality to it, which I love. That’s why I was so excited when my store
decided to start its own personal shopping program. And even more excited when
I was chosen to be the personal shopper. I already did a lot of styling for the
store mannequins, so I was eager to try my hand in styling real women.
I get asked by friends, coworkers and customers to go pick
out outfits for them, but I always end up forcing them to come brave the
shopping racks with me so that we can work together in finding something that
they really love. That’s what’s so great about style: it’s a form of self
expression. Even if you’re not an artsy type or into things like Pinterest or
DIYs and don’t have an artistic bone in your whole body, you can still express
yourself through your style choices. I think that’s why I’m so into the idea of
personal shopping at the resale shop I work for: there are so many different types
of clothing and so many different brands there — you can really mix and match
what you pick out to find something that’s really “you.” It’s made me into a
shopping addict for sure…even more so than I already was. Which my wallet isn’t
happy about. But whatever.
Even though I’ve been so excited to
have a new outlet for my styling addiction, personal shopping for other women
makes me nervous — a good kind of nervous, but nervous all the same. Especially
since I take style so seriously for myself. I’m not very good at drawing or
painting, but I can put an outfit together that I really love and feel proud
of. I want to help other women do that, too! I’ve given a lot of thought to all
of this lately (obviously), and I think my biggest goal for this new venture is
to help other ladies feel happy in their clothes — regardless of their shape,
size or style preferences. So many women come into the store and are so unhappy
with their size that they can’t even see how many awesome options are out there
for them. I hope to change that. Yeah, there are probably more important and
respectable ways to alter someone’s self esteem, but you have to start
And maybe starting with style is a perfect step toward
self-love. I know it won’t change the world, but it might change what a brand
new mom sees when she looks in the mirror or help a lady have an awesome
interview because she feels good about the first impression her outfit will
make. Sure, an outfit is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to feeling good
about yourself, but if I can help spread a little bit of happiness or offer an
ounce of excitement, that’s more than good enough for me!
How do your style choices make you feel? Are you a slave
to fashion trends or do you march to the beat of your own stylish drum? How
would you define your style? Do you have any questions about styling or need
help putting an outfit together? Let me know your thoughts with a comment
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