I recently received a promotion, managing a team and working with senior executives at a Bank.
Between all the moving, and all the challenges in between, I forgot about myself and about how I wanted to represent myself professionally, socially, and personally.
A recommendation from an executive coach I was working with prompted me to reach out to Lizzie Edwards Style Consultancy. I had reached a point in my career where I was looking to take on more responsibility, and it was suggested that some attention to my personal brand would be transformational while requiring little effort on my part.
I do not have time to shop - ever. It's always rushed, last minute and disorganised. I never know what to buy so I fancied having someone to help me buy clothes who would be impartial. I had also recently moved firms and I wanted some new items.
I contacted Lizzie as I needed to appear more senior. I was going for promotion, but I still wanted to look young and up to date.
I had moved from a corporate office environment to a working from home arrangement, with regular outside meetings. I needed to transition to a smart casual look, so I contacted LESC and booked in with one of Lizzie's senior stylists.
I was not getting the best use out of my wardrobe and felt I would benefit from some help in making the best out of the clothes I already had. I needed a wardrobe that could easily move from smart casual, to smart, to potentially evening out.
I wanted to find a new way of dressing – giving up my old banker suits and finding a look that was more contemporary but still fitting for a 45 year old in finance.
I had recently been promoted to Board level positions in a couple of companies and needed a new look that was smarter and more consistent with that level of seniority, but which still afforded me credibility as a scientist.
I contacted Lizzie as I had been promoted to the Executive Committee at a large UK bank. I wanted to look more corporate, and for my clothes to help with signalling my new status.
The referral to Lizzie came about as part of my employer’s formal annual review process. It was, perhaps, a slightly delicate subject, but the question arose as to whether I “looked like a potential partner” and the answer was not a unanimous 'Yes'.
I contacted Lizzie mainly due to my lack of time as I have two teenage kids, and I work very long hours. Over the years, my confidence has eroded and I suffer from the fear of looking middle-aged or 'mutton dressed as lamb'...