Have you ever wanted a complete wardrobe overhaul? Or at least a fairy godmother to come and dress you or at least help you choose better clothes? I have. Better yet – I found the solution in Mayfair, and her name is Ines.
Debrett’s, the trusted source on British social skills, etiquette and style, kindly invited me to an introductory style and image consultation with Ines da Silva, an international fashion expert. Happily, I accepted and soon I found myself in their gorgeous Mayfair headquarters, nervous and excited.
It must be said that I changed three times because I didn’t know what to wear when meeting a fashion expert. I had imagined myself walking in looking like Gisele’s younger sister, mane flowing, with a stunning ensemble – but who am I kidding? I finally settled on a black dress (so original, right?), black tights, and my trusty camel Bobbies boots, and came in with a top-knot to ward off the frizzies in this cold and damp London weather. Let’s be honest – I need someone like Ines in my life to help me upgrade my wardrobe.
Upon entering the sunny room where our session took place, I knew my fears were unwarranted. Not only is Ines relaxed, warm, and non-judgmental, but she is also there to help. Her priority is her client, and she makes you feel like there is nowhere else in the world she’d rather be than in that room with you talking about clothes, fashion, and life. Her style of teaching is natural, and never did I get an inkling of condescension. Au contraire, Ines’ enthusiasm and passion for the subject are contagious and shine through the entire experience.
In true British fashion, Debrett’s had prepared a gorgeous tea set and an array of biscuits and delicious macarons, as a nod to my Parisian past. After friendly introductions, we moved into the main part of the course, a very thorough and interactive presentation. Not giving away too much, I learned about a great deal about fashion and its place in British culture. Ines personalizes an element of the afternoon, so not only do you learn about fashion overall but also its application in your daily life.
The style analysis, created by Ines, revolves around your persona and personal image. She wants to empower you, help you feel confident within. This helps you give off the image that you’ve got it together, and let’s face it – how many of us strive to do that every day? The session is empowering and accessible, as servicing and enhancing is a large part of what Ines does. You feel supported and guided. The way you dress yourself projects a certain image. You want to make sure that you are showing your best self, especially when it comes to making that first impression with a client or future colleagues.
Those that could especially benefit from booking a style and image session with Debrett’s are: women in business, to help you feel empowered, especially those who are starting a new job, career, or are in a new role; mothers-to-be or new mothers, who will experience an evolution in their style; and foreigners, who would appreciate insight from the angle of a London fashion insider.
I would recommend starting with the introductory course but also booking a follow-up course, which includes offers wardrobe screenings to change your look (if that’s your goal) or just revamp what you already have. It helps to have the introductory session because Ms. Da Silva and you can get to know each other, which will only yield better results in the second session. Plus you will have better knowledge of the basics after intro session, as you’ll have been introduced to different looks, styles, and cuts that you may not have considered before. To really up your game, you can also book the third step, which is a bespoke shopping session with Ines in London, Paris and/or Milan. (My dream!)
I learned so much in the afternoon I spent with Debrett’s, from the importance of tailoring (spoiler alert: this is a game changer) to the looks and colors that will best suit my skin and body. Thank you so much, Ines and Debrett’s!
Book in for your appointment by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 7290 5950. For more information, visit the Debrett’s site: http://www.debretts.com/british-etiquette/fashion-and-style/classic-introduction-session
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